Get your picnic baskets ready.
The City of Penticton has officially launched its “Picnic-ton” campaign to support local food and beverage businesses during the pandemic.
The city’s economic development department launched the initiative as part of its efforts to support local economic recovery.
A part of the city’s Love Local campaign, Picnic-ton hopes to inspire residents to order takeout from local food and drink businesses and enjoy it as a picnic at local parks where three dozen extra picnic tables have been set up.
The city’s economic development manager Carly Lewis said recent good weather and ample park space should make for some great picnics.
As part of the program, 2,500 picnic packs are being distributed to registered businesses. The picnic packs can be handed out for free to customers who order takeout.
These packs will include items to use on your picnic such as paper place-mats and drink koozies with surprises added in like Picnic-ton beach balls, Visit Penticton t-shirts, wine stoppers and more.
While the packs will only be available while supplies last, related promotions and contests will continue throughout summer.
More than 40 businesses have registered for the program so far, each of which have been added to an interactive picnic map at penticton.ca/picnic. The map also provides park information such as the number of picnic tables on-site plus other amenities including splash pads, playgrounds and washrooms.
“We encourage all picnickers to check out the interactive map to see which businesses are taking part and to scope out your perfect picnic spot,” said Lewis.
The picnic program was created following recommendations from the city’s COVID-19 Safe Restart Task Force and with support from Visit Penticton, the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Penticton Association.
Its launch follows the return of Penticton’s responsible outdoor public consumption of alcohol program at designated zones along Okanagan Beach and in Okanagan Lake Park and Skaha Park.
Registration is free and open to all Penticton businesses that offer walk-up takeout food or drinks, including wineries and breweries. Visit penticton.ca/picnic for more details.