About Walla

Save the Date: Ben will be giving another lecture on ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Bread,’ on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 pm. at The Shatford Centre for the Arts in Penticton (admission is by donation, with proceeds to the Shatford Learning Kitchen). He will be addressing the myths and the science about wheat, gluten and digestive health, and will discuss untreated flours, sourdoughs and the slow fermentation process, the difference between artisan and commercial baking, and more.  Many of Walla’s gluten-intolerant customers can eat his breads, including some Celiacs.

“It takes more than an oven to craft a true artisan bread. It takes time… patience…and passion!”

Baker Benjamin Manea – Walla Foods

Baker Benjamin Manea – Walla Foods

Benjamin Manea

Ben was born in Romania and raised in Israel. He emigrated to Toronto in 1999 where he met his wife Sharon, moving with her to the Okanagan in 2005. He left a technical career to follow his passion for excellent baking and food, teaching himself old-school artisan bread baking and cooking so he could bring the flavours of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods to his new home in the South Okanagan. Using only the finest natural ingredients, with no chemicals, preservatives or shortenings, Walla Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Foods in Penticton, British Columbia operates a retail artisan bakery and cafe for brunch, lunch and take-home fine foods, such as the best Brioche French Toast you’ve ever tasted, lunches of gourmet focaccia sandwiches, including our Pastrami that is smoked in -house, home-made soups, rustic featured dishes such as Beef Bourguignon and Osso Buco, fine desserts, and also a selection of artisan bakery items and prepared foods such as:  Rosemary Focaccia buns, artisan breads, Chocolate Babkas, Savoury Bourekas, Quiches, Frittatas, Mediterranean Dips such as Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Tabbouli, Labneh, Matbouha, Turkish salad, firey hot Zhoug condiment, Baklawa, giant Meringues, Clafouti and Rustic Fruit Tarts made with seasonal fruits, and Callebaut dark chocolate flourless cakes. Specialty items include a line of handcrafted, old-style preserves, aged Balsamic crema, spicy hot pickles and cabbage, preserved lemons, and  always some new surprises. You can also call to custom order any of the other products on our list (usual minimum order of 6), or to find out what we’re baking/serving that day. Bring your friends and enjoy….!  Walla also has a tent at Penticton’s Downtown Market every Saturday, May 2 to Oct.10, from 8:30 am. – 1 pm. You can find us on Front St., in front of the Remax building. Like us on Facebook (below) to find out about our weekly Saturday market offerings.

Walla's bistro area

Walla’s bistro area

Walla’s Bread Baking Schedule 

Tues- Sat.: Rosemary focaccia buns

Wed. – Fri.:  a selection of artisan breads

Saturdays: a selection of artisan items that will include many of the following:  Focaccia buns, Challah/Brioche (plain & cinnamon-raisin), various breads, large Foccacia ‘Pizzas’ with tomatoes, cheese & Kalamata olives, Fougasse with cheddar and chilis (hot!), Manaeesh Flatbread with Za’atar,  Pain au Chocolat., Cheese & Blueberry Danish, Almond Croissants, Peach Danishes,Caramelized Apple -Walnut puff pastry Turnovers, Meringues, Baklawa, Chocolate Babkas and other surprises.

Other long-time purveyors of Walla products in Penticton:

Unique B&B and Art Gallery in Naramata uses all our artisan breads for their 5 star breakfasts.The Dream Café serves our rosemary focaccia buns for Panini sandwiches and dips. Fibonacci’s Roastery serves their steak sandwich on our focaccia (and provides us with their dark roasted organic beans for our coffee).

If you would like to receive our weekly email detailing new products and the baking schedule for that week, please send us an email:  wallafoods@shaw.ca.  Or check our latest Facebook posts and  ‘like’ us:  http://facebook.com/WallaArtisanBakery.

(We accept cash, Debit, and cheques.)

Chocolate hearts with candied rose petals

Flourless Dark Chocolate  hearts with candied rose petals and white chocolate/rose jam ganache

Walla Foods – Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Artisan Bakery and Cafe.
114-1475 Fairview Road. Penticton, BC. V2A 7W5 (corner of Duncan & Fairview)
The Cannery Trade Centre (entrance through side door, near the Cannery Brewery).

Tel: (250) 770-2001.  Email: wallafoods@shaw.ca

Regular hours of operation: 

Tues-Fri, Brunch/Lunch 11 am- 2:30 pm. Sat., Brunch/Lunch 9:30 am – 3 pm.
Retail: Tuesday – Fri.: 8 am. – 6:00 pm.


Rustic Fruit Tart with Stawberries, Plums and Frangipane

Rustic Fruit Tart with Stawberries, Plums and Frangipane