Welcome to the 8th Annual OneWorld Festival where you can experience the world through what you see, hear, taste, and touch. With over 35 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.
Join the conversation and watch the OneWorld Festival 2021 on the SOICS YouTube Channel by clicking HERE
Event Video Premiere Schedule
11:00 am - Okanagan Song
11:00 am - Men's Traditional Dance
11:00 am - Jingle Dance
11:00 am - Vuya Kaya
11:15 am - Castilla School School of Irish Dance
11:15 am - Emily McDonald's School of Highland Dance
11:30 am - Okanagan, Cooking Demonstration
11:30 am - Syria, Cooking Demonstration
11:30 am - India, Cooking Demonstration
11:45 am - Scotland, Cooking Demonstration
12:00 pm - Teach Your Dragon about Diversity Reading
12:00 pm - Project Vandal
12:15 pm - Speak Up Reading
12:15 pm - Yamabika Taiko
12:30 pm - Traditional Chinese Dance
12:30 pm - Henna Demonstration
12:45 pm - Sparkle Dance Academy
1:00 pm - OneWorld 2021 Closing
1:00 pm - What Do You See? | #OkWeGotThis
International Food & Merchandise Vendors
Be sure to mention “OneWorld Festival” to receive the special pricing from these vendors!
Kojo first opened their doors in 2016 and have been serving travelers and locals ever since. Their unique location along the highway offers a great way to start or finish your vacation and socialize with new found friends. Their restaurant brings a little Japanese flair and a whole lot of Okanagan hospitality together in what is the perfect blend for Penticton.
Enjoy the innovative menu inside or outside on their covered/heated patio and meet their 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 – Kojo has 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. They have become known around the Okanagan for their delicious and fresh food, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and welcoming restaurant environment.
Address:510 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. Their 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 Michal and Daniela were born and grew up in Prague. Initially, they came to Canada for a short time only, but later extended their stay and eventually changed their status to permanent residents. When they made the decision to stay they started thinking of a way to create a small oasis with the flavor of the city of their youth in Penticton. Thus the idea of opening a small but unique coffee shop was born. They used to spend a lot of time in the coffee shop Bean to the Beach, with its beautiful view of Okanagan Lake, and they liked the location very much. When one day the proprietor of the establishment told them of her intention to sell her business and return to her teaching profession, they considered it their chance to take the first step towards realizing their dream. They decided to go ahead and they bought the coffee shop.
A short while afterward while visiting Prague they gathered lots of ideas about décor, menu and good, old Czech recipes. At the beginning of 2014 they started some renovations and at the beginning of March they opened the doors. It is their goal that their customers will like their 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. Their décor, menu, service and quiet classical background music will, they 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 residency had been granted, they returned to Canada in 2017 to the fabulous Okanagan Valley; the first step of a journey through the universe in 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. They are a regular participant in the OneWorld Fesitval but are unable to take part this year as they are getting ready to move to a new location. You are encouraged to visit Maison Mulnati's new location when it opens soon at 221 Main st in Penticton!
Address:221 Main St, Penticton, BC V2A 5B1
A&K Grimms Sausage
Family run business run in Penticton for 34 years! Offerings include sausage, fresh meats and smoked products. All sausage and smoked products made on premises.
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
Eskala Mountain Sports is 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 their 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
Walter Hrynkiewicz and his wife Alicja spent many years in Thunder Bay, Ont., but were looking to move to a warmer climate and had looked in Osoyoos and other locations in the Okanagan Valley, but instantly fell in love with Penticton and all it has to offer. They offer popular items like perogies, cabbage rolls and borscht; the triangle of popular Polish food that their whole menu rolls around. Alicja's perogies were mentioned in a show on the Canadian Food Network and her borscht was recognized as the best in Thunder Bay. Everything on the menu is fresh and nothing prepared will be frozen.
Address:65 Nanaimo Ave E, Penticton, BC V2A 1M1
World Music & Dance Performances
Elder Grace Greyeyes
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 Society. Grace is also a long-time supporter of the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services in our diversity and inclusion efforts. Each year, she has opens our OneWorld Festival with a blessing and prayer. Thank you Grace!
Kelowna Yamabika Taiko
Yamabiko Taiko is from Kelowna B.C. Their group was formed in 2003. They are Japanese drumming group spreading the love of music and culture throughout the interior of B.C.
They 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. We 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.
Nicole Schellenberg is a Native American from the Ulkatcho Indian band. She traditionally dances 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."
Tyrone Kruger is a Native American from the Penticton Indian band and he dances 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 dances in powwow that was given to them.
Emily Mcdonald's School of Highland Dance
Emily Mcdonald's School of Highland Dance is 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.
Their 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.
Vuya Kaya means "Come Home. We sing mostly in Dino's mother tongue called shangana (Mozambique). Their style of music is Afro Jazz and uses 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). Vuya Kaya started playing together almost 5 years ago.
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.
Anona will be performing "Okanagan Song".
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 their studio, they have moved classes online and while this transition was challenging, it has shown them how accessible the world of dance truly is. Since March, there have been opportunities like never before, to deepen their 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."
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 Demonstration: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. Interested in purchasing a cookbook? Message the Helpful Hands Kitchen team today on Facebook! www.facebook.com/HelpfulHandsKitchen.
OneWorld Demonstration:Qatayef and Ful (Syrian Fava Beans)
Flocerpida Fernandez immigrated from the Philippines. She raised her family to appreciate and celebrate the culture of both Canada and the Philippines. Today, her young granddaughters enjoy traditional Filipino food at home learning about their heritage.
OneWorld Demonstration:Traditional Filipino Dishes including Lumpia (Crispy Filipino Spring Rolls) & Pancit (Noodles)
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 Reading: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.
Find the book here: www.mirandapaul.com/speak-up
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 Reading: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.
Find the book here: www.mydragonbooks.com/products/teach-your-dragon-about-diversity
Tracey Kim Bonneau
Tracey Kim Bonneau (Syilx) is the Manager of Arts Culture and Adult Higher Learning at the En’owkin Centre. The En’owkin Centre is located in on the Penticton Indian Reserve. The organization was developed in 1979 and formalized as an organization in 1981 registered as the Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society. Tracey is an award winning television documentary director, writer and producer. Her expertise is building highly effective teams and designing multi-platform digital projects. Her highly successful production company Of the Land Productions Inc. specializes in capacity building and training. Tracey is also a veteran free-lance journalist in print, radio and television spanning over thirty years. Her freelance portfolio includes the publications: Aboriginal Voices, Wind-Speaker, Ravens Eye, CBC Radio-One, Peach City Radio, Global Okanagan, PBS KCTS and APTN National news. Her documentary series Quest OutWest Wild Food Season was nominated in four categories for Leo Awards in 2016. In 2018 Tracey was awarded the Aboriginal Business Excellence Award from the Penticton Chamber of Commerce.
OneWorld Demonstration:Grilled Salmon with Quick Saskatoon Berry Pan Sauce and Grilled Peaches with Brown Sugar Balsamic Glaze
Find the recipes online here: www.wildfoodwest.com
Chef Chris Remington
This cooking demonstration by Chef Chris Remington shares Haggis Tarts and Scotch Eggs as part of the Penticton Scottish Festival Society. The video series is produced by Wayne McDougall and explores Scottish culture in the Okanagan.
OneWorld Demonstration:Haggis Tarts and Scotch Eggs
Find the recipes online here: www.pentictonscottishfestival.ca
Amar & Preet Kahlon
Amar and Supreet originally from India, immigrated to Canada over 20 years back. They were able to establish successful business in Taxi Service and Realty. Hailing from Punjab, butter chicken is integral part of their culture, in terms of traditional food. They are very excited to share their recipe with everyone through OneWorld platform
OneWorld Demonstration:Butter Chicken
Click Here to Download Recipe: Butter Chicken