About Walla

Walla At the Market: as of Saturday, May 7, 2016 until Thanksgiving (Oct. 8), Walla will be closed at The Cannery retail location every Saturday so that we can be at the Penticton Downtown Market. The Walla Foods tent is on Front St., in front of the Starbucks lawn. The market hours are 8:30 am. to 2:00 pm. (new longer hours this year).  We accept cash or Debit. Check our Facebook page every Friday for last-minute posts on our market offerings: facebook.com/WallaArtisanBakery. Also please note the shorter summer hours at our café/retail location in The Cannery, below.

A note to our customers:  Walla has survived as an artisan bakery for the past 9 years in a small town with many in-store supermarket bakeries, during an era when traditional baking has all but disappeared. Three years ago we created a small adjacent café where customers could also enjoy brunch and lunch, made with the same quality and attention to detail that we give to our baking. Our breads and buns require a three day fermentation process, and our puff pastry, used for savoury and sweet items, is made from scratch with butter.  Needless to say, we do not cut corners to save time or money, and the quality of our products reflects that. The biggest challenge we face is the seasonal nature of business in Penticton, with snowbirds gone in the winter, and an influx of tourists and dominance of the farmers’ markets in the summer. As a result, during the winter months we are better stocked at our retail location at The Cannery, with longer hours at the cafe, and in the spring/summer months, we offer our largest bakery selection at our tent at the Saturday market on Front St. We regret that as a one-man operation we cannot provide both locations with the same selection and hours year-round, and we hope you understand our need to adjust our business seasonally.  We look forward to serving you at the retail and market locations.

“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 (many of Walla’s gluten-intolerant customers can eat his breads, including some Celiacs) 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 as well as long-fermentation techniques, with no chemicals, preservatives or shortenings, Walla Artisan Bakery and Cafe 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, Osso Buco, and Polenta with Mushroom Ragout, 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, firey hot Z’houg Yemeni condiment, Baklawa, giant Meringues, Clafouti  and pastries made with seasonal fruits, and Callebaut dark chocolate flourless cakes. Specialty items include a line of handcrafted, old-style preserves, aged Balsamic crema, spicy 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's bistro area

Walla’s bistro area

Our Summer Baking Schedule, as of May 3, 2016

Tues. to  Fri..: Rosemary focaccia buns (long-fermentation dough)

Thurs..:  Jewish Rye with Caraway (long-fermentation dough)

Fri.: Jewish Rye with Caraway (long-fermentation dough)

Saturdays at the downtown market on Front St.:  a selection of artisan items that will include many of the following:  Focaccia buns, Challah/Brioche (plain & cinnamon-raisin), Jewish Rye with Caraway and other artisan loaves, many varieties of Hot Bourekas, large Foccacia ‘Pizzas’ with tomatoes, cheese & Kalamata olives, Fougasse with cheddar and chilis (hot!),  Pain au Chocolat., Cheese & Blueberry Danish, Almond Croissants, Sour Cherry Turnovers, Kouign Amann, Meringues, Baklawa, Mediterranean dips and condiments, and more . . .

If you would like to receive our  weekly baking schedule, please send us an email:  wallafoods@shaw.ca.  Or check our latest Facebook posts: 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 off parking lot)

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

Website:  wallafoods.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/WallaArtisanBakery

Summer Hours (May 3 – Oct. 8, 2016) : 

Retail:  Tues-Thurs., 8 am. – 3  pm.; Fri., 8 am- 2 pm.

At the Saturday Downtown Market: , 8:30 am. – 2 pm., on Front St. in front of the Starbucks lawn.

Brunch/Lunch: Tues-Fri. 11 am.- 2:00 pm.