Do you know of a business on the Westside that deserves recognition for excellence?

Nominations are open until midnight for the Greater Westside Board of Trade Key Business Awards.

The awards recognize businesses, organizations and individuals located on the Greater Westside who have achieved excellence in the community through their efforts and initiatives.

All Greater Westside businesses are eligible whether or not they are a board of trade member.

There are 10 award categories: Tourism and Hospitality; Community and Public Service’ Indigenous Business; Young Entrepreneur; Small Business under 15 employees; Large Business with 16 or more employees; Platinum Service Provider; Sustainable Green Business and Performing Arts.

People are encouraged to nominate their own company.

Nominees will be named at a luncheon Sept. 6.

The awards will be presented at the Key Business Awards Gala Oct. 4 at 19 Okanagan at Two Eagles Golf Course.

Go online to and pull down the events tab to reach 2019 Key Business Awards to make your nominations.

Classic Boat Cruise

A few tickets are still available for the Greater Westside Board of Trade’s Classic Boat Cruise Thursday.

The scenic two-hour cruise is an opportunity to meet local business owners and local dignitaries one-on-one.

The cruise leaves the Kelowna Commercial Pier in downtown Kelowna at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $68 each and include your choice of a steak, chicken, salmon or vegetarian dinner and two drink tickets. Call the Greater Westside Board of Trade if you need transportation to and from the Greater Westside Board of Trade office.

Book your tickets before midnight tonight by going to the events tab at

Scenic restaurants

First they were named on the list of OpenTable’s Outdoor Dining Restaurants for 2019, now both the Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery and Old Vines Restaurant at Quails’ Gate Winery have been recognized on OpenTable’s 2019 list of 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in Canada.

Lake views appear to have influenced diners in the Okanagan with Earls in downtown Kelowna, Oak +Cru at the Delta Grand hotel and the Hooded Merganser in the Penticton Lakeside Resort also making the list.

They are among 35 restaurants recognized by OpenTable in B.C. OpenTable is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations.

Concert to be rescheduled

Michael McDonald’s concert scheduled for Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Sunday evening was cancelled Friday after the musician came down with a viral infection while on tour that impacted his singing.

Mission Hill Winery is working with McDonald, who is a former member of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, to reschedule the concert for a later date in August.

Once there is more information, those who had tickets to the July concert can either transfer their tickets to the August show or receive a full refund.

Opera in the Vines, which was scheduled for Aug. 2 at Mission Hill, has also been cancelled.

Long table

Celebrate Food Day Canada Aug. 3 with a Long Table Dinner at Mission Hill Winery.

Guests can enjoy an evening that highlights the winery’s summer releases paired with a three-course menu with a dinner created with fresh, local in-season and sustainably-sourced ingredients.

The event, which takes place in the Loggia, begins at 6 p.m. This event is for those 19 years and over.

Get your tickets online under the Events tab at

Dinner in the Vineyard

For those who dream of dining among the grapevines on a summer evening, Quails’ Gate Winery offers Dinner in the Vineyard Wednesday and Thursday nights until Aug. 29.

Starting at 6 p.m. guests will enjoy a four-course farm-to-vineyard long table dinner paired with Quails’ Gate award-winning wines.

Reserve online under the Winery Events tab at

Barb Aguiar’s business column appears every two weeks. Call 250-768-0129 or email