Welcome to the 8th Annual OneWorld Festival where you can experience the world through what you see, hear, taste, and touch. With over ## different countries represented by new and settled immigrants living and working in the region. Join us as we celebrate the diversity of the South Okanagan Similkameen.
OneWorld Live Stream
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International Food & Merchandise Vendors
We first opened our doors in 2016 and have been serving travelers and locals ever since. Our unique location along the highway offers a great way to start or finish your vacation and socialize with new found friends. Our restaurant brings a little Japanese flair and a whole lot of Okanagan hospitality together in what is the perfect blend for Penticton.
Enjoy our innovative menu inside or outside on our covered/heated patio and meet our friendly team ready to hear your adventures and stories. Whether you are going to the beach, a hockey game, concert or just need a place to feel welcome – we have everything you’re looking for.
Address:3480 Skaha Lake Rd, Penticton, BC V2A 6G4
It all started with a vision to serve fresh, delicious and authentic Indian Food to the Okanagan, similar to the fine quality and flavor packed dishes they had come accustomed to while growing up in the Punjab region of India. After losing his job at the local RV factory that he had worked for the past 30 plus years, Jaswinder, along with his wife Surinder Pal, decided to start a new chapter and venture by pursuing their passion for Indian food.
They started off by selling fresh samosas and Indian dishes out of their house, but soon realized that there they were unable to keep up with the demand due to limitations of their home kitchen. With the help and guidance of their son Jazz, they branched out and opened up a restaurant in the beautiful 500 block of downtown Penticton British Columbia. We have become known around the Okanagan for our delicious and fresh food, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and welcoming restaurant environment.
Address:504 Main Street Penticton, BC V2A 5C7
Spice Magic is an authentic Indian Restaurant whose traditional ambience brings you true Indian flavour with high quality ingredients, friendly service combined with modern dining. Our Executive chef is not only an awarding winning chef with over 25 years of experience in Indian cuisine, but also has incredible family history in Indian cuisine.
His grandfather, Chef Ibtiyaz Qureshi – renowned chef, inventor of Dal Bukhara and recipient of the Padam Shree Award – has been an influence and mentor throughout his life. When immersed in the meals Chef Yasin Mohammad Qursehi passionately prepares, one experiences refinement of cuisine only attainable through generations of fine-tuned craftsmanship. Specializing in Authentic Biryani’s, Tandoori Sizzlers and Curries, all with his modern, unique adjustments, Chef continues tradition with every dish.
Address:413 Main St, Penticton, BC V2A 5C4
Both of us, my wife Daniela and I, were born and grew up in Prague. Initially, we came to Canada for a short time only, but later extended our stay and eventually changed our status to permanent residents. When we made the decision to stay we started thinking of a way to create in Penticton a small oasis with the flavor of the city of our youth. Thus the idea of opening a small, but the unique coffee shop was born. We used to spend a lot of time in Coffee Shop Bean to the Beach, with its beautiful view of Okanagan Lake and we liked the location very much. When one day the proprietor of the establishment told us of her intention to sell her business and return to her teaching profession, we considered it our chance to take the first step towards realizing our dream. We decided to go ahead and we bought the coffee shop.
A short while afterward while visiting Prague we gathered lots of ideas about décor, menu and good, old Czech recipes. At the beginning of 2014 we started some renovations and at the beginning of March we opened the door. It is our goal that our customers will like our coffee shop. Hopefully the atmosphere and the goodies will help them to transcend the distance and feel, for a while at least, that they are in the centre of Europe. Our décor, menu, service and quiet classical background music will, we hope, be conducive to a pleasurable experience.
Please come and visit us. You will like the European flavour of our coffee, desserts and food.
- Michal, Daniela, Aja & Charlie Tiger
Address:102-250 Marina Way, Penticton, BC V2A 1H5
Tired of the comfortable life as a psychologist and physiotherapist masseur, Céline and David decided to abandon their habits to open themselves to a life of the unexpected. Once their permanent residence has been granted, they return to Canada in 2017 to the fabulous Okanagan Valley; at the first step of a journey through the universe to which challenges and adventures are presented one by one: Their participation in the One World Festival in Penticton was the first time they shared their culinary work, which succeeded in seducing tasters and changing some people's minds about vegan products. From there, a proposal emerged to create and cook an all-vegan menu for spiritual retreats (Susan Turner Healing Retreat, Tulameen, British Columbia): starters, main courses and desserts - from breakfast to dinner - while setting up their chocolate factory project. Céline and David create every day in a traditional way, replacing industrial mechanics with a gestural style filled with life. It is this energy of love that they put together in their creations, in order to share it with as many people as possible.
Address:756 Eckhardt Ave W, Penticton, BC V2A 2B7
A&K Grimms Sausage
Sausage, fresh meats, smoked products. All sausage and smoked products made on premises. Family run business run in Penticton for 34 years!
Address:667 Eckhardt Ave W, Penticton, BC V2A 2B6
Authentic Italian pizzeria and restaurant. Real Italian Pizza, fresh seafood, homemade daily fresh pasta, fresh salads, Tuscany charcuterie, Italian desserts. Cured fine meats and cheeses imported from Italy. Private events.
Address:201 Okanagan Ave E, Penticton, BC V2A 3J8
We are a proud local business serving Penticton and the South Okanagan renowned for its ideal climate and conditions where rock climbing, hiking and camping are popular activities.
Eskala Mountain Sports carries a variety of quality gear and apparel from today's leading outdoor industry brands. It is our mission to provide exceptional customer service and a positive friendly experience to those seasoned and new adventure seekers alike.
Come check out our shop. We would love to share our knowledge, hear your stories and get you geared up for your next adventure.
Address:136 Front St #101, Penticton, BC V2A 4J8
World Music & Dance Performances
Grace has a passion for education that has shown throughout her career. Her career started in nursing and spanned more than 35 years in Canada and the U.S. She has continued to work within her passion as a volunteer, advisor, Elder, and Aboriginal knowledge keeper in the South Okanagan. Most recently Grace has volunteered with the Penticton Indian Band’s Grandma program, which provides support to local elementary, middle and high school students, and founded the Penticton Indian Band’s Snpinktn Elders Socie
We are Yamabiko Taiko from Kelowna B.C. Our group was formed in 2003. We are Japanese drumming group spreading the love of music and culture throughout the interior of B.C.
Today, we are presenting three songs. Ogi matsuri matsuri taiko a well known festival songs from Japan. Next is Shigure it means light rain. Composed by Art Lee The last piece is Pop. Also composed by Art Lee. We hope you enjoy the performance. I hope everyone will stay safe and hope to see you all in person near future!
Castilla School of Irish Dance
Community, Culture & love of the Rince. Castilla Irish Dance. Ciara began dancing at the age of 5 with the kids from the local Irish Society in Kelowna, BC, with the first Irish dance teacher in the Okanagan valley, Ethna Tutt. Ethna taught recreational Irish dance classes for many years, fostering the love of Irish culture, music & dance with all of her students. Eventually Ciara had the opportunity to dance competitively with the Blakey School, and competed at the highest level - qualifying for & dancing at the World championships, North American Championships, and European Championships.
Ciara achieved her TCRG certification in 2011 and is a member of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. She has been teaching Irish dance in Penticton since 2009 and opened the Castilla School of Irish dance in 2018.
Hi, my name is Nicole Schellenberg I am a Native American from the Ulkatcho Indian band. I traditionally dance old style jingle, old style jingle is a sacred medicine dance that was used for prayers and when people were sick. A traditional old style jingle dress had 366 jingles on it for every day of the year and myself.
Hi my name is Tyrone Kruger I am a Native American from the Penticton Indian band and I dance men’s traditional dance. Men’s traditional dance is storytelling dance for the men that came back from a battle, after battle they would re-in act what happened out on the field and this was one of the first dance in powwow that were given to us.
Emily Mcdonald's School of Highland Dance
We are Penticton’s home for Scottish Highland Dancing for all dancers, new and experienced, from ages 3 to adult!
OCCA Communities Association
Okanagan Communities Association (OCCA)'s goal is to promote the mutual understanding, respect, and acceptance among diverse communities in the Okanagan, to build partnerships with all levels of governments and, to encourage and facilitate the full participation of immigrants and descendants in the social, cultural and economic life of the Okanagan region.
Our performance introduces:
1. Qi Pao Dance: These are Chinese traditional dance. Qi Pao is a traditional costume of Chinese women, known as the quintessence of China and the national costume of women. At old times women wear it all the time, now the women ware it most at the event or holiday.
2. Mongolia dance: This dance is traditional dance of Mongolia, it shows wild geese fly freely in the sky.
3. Pretty women: This dance is from east-north China. It is showing the pretty women with happiness.
My band is called "Vuya Kaya" meaning "Come Home" I sing mostly in my mother tongue called shangana (Mozambique). Our style of music is Afro Jazz and traditional Southern African influences. The band has 5 members. Dino Matias (Vocal & guitar); Dejan Naj (Drums & percussion); Thomas Sorensan ( keyboard) and Phil d'Aoust (bass). We started playing together almost 5 years ago.
Summerland Pipes & Drums
Summerland Pipes and Drums is a local band that draws close to 20 pipers and drummers from Kelowna to Osoyoos. Our emphasis is enjoying highland bagpipe music and at times we incorporate other genres of music into our repertoire. We perform at community events, parades and non-competing band events in the Okanagan Valley. The Summerland Legion generously provides us with a venue to practice in and for that we are very grateful. Anyone interested in joining the band can contact us through the Summerland Legion.
Sparkle Dance Academy
Sparkle Dance Academy has been celebrating world dance for 17 years. A recent highlight saw owner Wendy Goudie and colleague Elaina Collis tour through India performing 17 shows, in 8 cities, over 1 month. In addition, the pair studied with various teachers at the country's top dance institutes. They returned home to Canada with much to share. Elaina has been running Sparkle Dance Academy in Vancouver for 3 years.
COVID has changed the path of our studio, we have moved our classes online and while this transition was challenging, it has shown us how accessible the world of dance truly is. Since March, there have been opportunities like never before, to deepen our study via video and live chat with teachers in India, as well as take part in online shows, both locally and internationally.
All of us at Sparkle Dance wish to thank SOICS for the opportunity to share our joy, passion, and love for Bollywood dance, and India.
Anona is a member of the Penticton Indian Band in the Okanagan Nation. Anona has worked within the Nation sharing Okanagan culture with schools, museums, youth groups and government entities. Anona's traditional name is sknir'mən, which translates to Buttercup. She is a singer, drum carrier, beadworker, storyteller, dancer, teacher, harvester, disciplinarian, knowledge keeper, future elder in training, water protector and a woman who follows Okanagan protocols.
Interactive Demos & Cultural Ambassadors
Aasfi is a 19 year old immigrant from Bangladesh. She is currently enrolled at the University of Toronto and hopes to be a lawyer in the future.
OneWorld Performance:Henna is known as Mehndi in India. It is a tropical shrub whose leaves when dried and ground into paste, give out a rusty-red pigment that is associated with positive spirits and good luck in Indian Culture. Henna is very important part of many Indian celebrations, such as Diwali, Karwa Chauth and weddings.
Maria Al Louaissi
Maria is originally from Syria and came to Canada in 2016. She currently lives in Oliver, BC with her mother, younger brother and his wife. This is Maria's second time participating in OneWorld Festival and she is very excited to share some recipes from her home country with everyone.
OneWorld Performance:Qatayef and Ful (Syrian Fava Beans)
OneWorld Performance:Lumpia / Pancit
Yolanda Alvarez Quevado
Yolanda Alvarez was born in Chile. In 1996, she moved to Canada with her three sons. Initially they moved to Quebec City, Quebec where they lived for 20 years. She has reoriented her professional life and is now working as an ECE assistant (Early childhood educator) at both the Elementary Entre-Lacs School and at SOICS in the Childminding Department.
OneWorld Performance:Speak Up by Miranda Paul, a book that follows a diverse group of kids as they discover so many different ways to speak up and make their voices heard.
Azam was born in Tehran, Iran. She moved to Canada 2013. Azam knows that it can be very difficult to live in a place where you don’t know the language and culture, among the other difficulties of being a newcomer. She has displayed strength in starting her new life in Canada, and patience too, which has helped her achieve her goals and discover many experiences. She likes living in the Okanagan Valley. She feels she has met a lot of people who are very kind and help her to get more acquainted with the culture here. She also enjoys working as a Childminder at SOICS.
OneWorld Performance:Teach Your Dragon About Diversity by Steve Harmon, a book that emphasizes that people are people and we are all the same inside. Our differences, whether they be our appearance, our gender, or our beliefs, should be celebrated; they are what make this world so beautiful.
Tracey Kim Bonneau
Tracey is a media artist, journalist, documentary filmmaker and professional writer with 25 years of experience managing projects in the multimedia field. As a member of the Syilx Nation (known to the Western world as the Okanagan Nation), Tracey was born and raised on the Penticton Indian Reserve in British Columbia. Tracey lived through the years of conflict after the Oka crisis in Quebec, when the Penticton Indian Band rose to political prominence as a leading force in the aboriginal rights movement in Canada during the Green Mountain Road standoff. Quest Out West: Wild Food came about because of Tracey’s love for gathering and preparing traditional foods from the Okanagan Nation where she grew up on a farm on remote Shingle Creek Road near Penticton, BC. She remembers the romance of the farmhouse, lit by a coal oil lamp flickering on the kitchen table, the smell and sound of sizzling venison on the stove, and the aroma of homemade peach cobbler, surrounded by the laughter of family and friends. Tracey’s love for preserving food and preparing hearty dishes began on the farm, and now continues on APTN’s Quest Out West: Wild Foods program.