• Thursday , 1 December 2022

Chamber to honour best and brightest businesses on Nov. 14

On Nov. 14, Peachland’s business community will converge to celebrate its best and brightest.

Fifty nominated finalists will be honoured at the 2015 Peachland Business Excellence Awards night, which lead organizer and director of the Peachland Chamber of Commerce Patrick Van Minsel says will be bigger and better than ever.

Under the theme “red and black,” which guests will be encouraged to consider when choosing their attire for the gala affair, Van Minsel says finalists and guests will be treated to an evening of fun, food and community boosting.

Entertainment will be provided by Marty Edwards, Papa Thom, Niki Martinus and DJ Grant Eisworth.

Unlike previous years, where finalists met for a reception prior to the event, Van Minsel says this year the festivities will be broken up to make the awards night less hectic for finalists.

A finalists’ reception will be held on Mon., Nov. 9 at the Visitor’s Information Centre starting at 7 p.m.

And Van Minsel says that’s not the only new feature this year.

Rather than have the event catered by one restaurant, Van Minsel and the organizing committee opted to give five local establishments a chance to shine.

They’re calling it “A Taste of Peachland.” Each participating restaurant will prepare a dish inspired by a different country-to represent Peachland’s multiculturalism.

The “taste” includes offerings from Dragon Lotus (representing China), Gasthaus on the Lake (Germany), the Waterfront Grill and Pizzeria (Italy), the Blue Rooster Café and Deli (Canada) and rounding out the group is Beach Avenue Café and Tapas, who will represent Spain.

Van Minsel said the evening will still kick off with a welcome reception and awards will be given out in intervals, with brief intermissions in between.

For Van Minsel, who is also a business owner, the event is especially exciting because it not only gives local business owners an opportunity to celebrate their peers – it also allows businesses to thank the community for their support.

After all, he notes, the contenders are nominated by residents. Finalists are selected based on the number of votes a business receives, and the winners are chosen by a group of business owners and professionals who do not live or work in Peachland.

To keep things fair, each finalist is asked to submit a one page description of their business and how they fit the criteria for their category, and to simply state to an impartial reader why they should win the award they are nominated for.

The only exception, Van Minsel pointed out, is a new Lifetime Achievement award-which is selected by the Peachland Chamber of Commerce board members.

Tickets for the event are available to everyone and Van Minsel hopes to see as many community members as possible on Nov. 14.

Tickets are $55 and are available at the VIC or by contacting Van Minsel.

Doors for the event open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.

The event boasts a number of sponsors this year, including FortisBC and YLW.

For more information about the chamber or the event visit www.peachlandchamber.bc.ca.

Erin Christie

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