With my task of organizing a post wedding breakfast for about 80 guests July 27th (in which I was also an out of town guest), I sought to find a bakery that would cater a selection of baked goods that would “wow” a foodie like me. Being from Vancouver where the choice is immense and having traveled to countries where croissants and Parmigiano Reggiano originated, and with limited time to organize this breakfast, my expectations were high to find a reliable and trustworthy establishment. Thank goodness Benjamin (the baker/owner) exceeded my expectations!
This small bakery and cozy cafe is tucked inside a mall behind a beer cannery where it was a bit hard to find but well worth the search! From the first sample of his sea salt focaccia buns I was hooked..a bit crusty, chewy, & ever so tasty with a bite of herb flavored sea salt! In addition to the dozens of buns, I ordered several large Mediterranean & gluten free Spanish Frittata quiches all of which proved to be a huge hit. They were fluffy and flaky and packed with intense flavors as only natural ingredients like Manchego cheese, locally grown veggies and eggs from happy chickens were used.
Everything made at Walla Bakery is additive free and handmade from scratch (including a variety of dips like hummus, baba ganoush and tzatziki). Benjamin even makes his own rich tasting Balsamic wine reductions and presses his own olive oil! From innovative savories, rustic breads to sweet indulgences (like clafoutis, chocolate croissants to specialty danishes and meringues the size of giant grapefruits like the ones I saw in Venice, Italy), everything was perfection! Service is professional, punctual and reliable.
If you’re passing through Penticton, be sure to stop by for one of the best bakery experiences outside of Europe and for those lucky enough to live in Penticton, be sure to consider Walla Artisan Bakery & Cafe to cater your next special event!
As someone who is trying to limit my carb intake, I'd say treat yourself and don't worry about the carbs for something special from Walla's!
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