Looking for something different to do in BC this summer? Ask Creston native Jo-Anne Schultz how she thinks visitors can best connect with the locals, and she’ll likely tell you it’s through the stomach. Translation: cook in her kitchen, and not only will you have the opportunity to chop and simmer with a local chef, you’ll learn more about the community that she, and her neighbours, call home. At Creston’s Great Canadian Cooking School, you’ll do just that June through September with instruction that takes a local slant — both in its ingredients and its approach.
Daily cooking classes, for example, focus on seasonal Rocky Mountain menus; expect authentic servings of wild game, bison or Pacific salmon to make an appearance on the plate, complete with insight into local traditions and culture, and how each is reflected in the area’s cuisine. (As a bonus, you can re-create these gems at home with your own recipe book keepsake.) There’s more to savour, thanks to Schultz’s Saturday Culinary Walking Tour & Lunch, which promises farmers market outings that showcase regional flavours, courtesy of Creston’s bounty of growers and producers. To end your edible adventure? Dining with the locals at one of the town’s farm-fresh restaurants offers a fitting finish — in tasty fashion, of course.