About Walla

SAVE THE DATE!   “Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Bread.” Thanks to the many requests I’ve continued to receive from customers interested in learning about the differences between artisan and commercial breads, I will be giving another talk at the Shatford Centre on Monday, April 18th at 6:30 pm.  760 Main St., Penticton.  Admission by donation to the Shatford Learning Kitchen.  Here is the link to our Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/728457147291032/


“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 Winter Baking Schedule, as of Oct. 13, 2015

Tues. to  Fri..: Rosemary focaccia buns

Thurs..:  Jewish Rye with Caraway

Fri.: Traditional Braided Jewish Challah (dairy-free), Jewish Rye, Chocolate Babkas

Saturdays: 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, Hot Bourekas, large Foccacia ‘Pizzas’ with tomatoes, cheese & Kalamata olives, Fougasse with cheddar and chilis (hot!),  Pain au Chocolat., Cheese & Blueberry Danish, Almond Croissants, Meringues, Baklawa, Dark Chocolate Flourless Cakes, etc.

Other purveyors of Walla products in Penticton:  The Dream Café, The Cannery Brewery.

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

Winter Hours (Oct. 13- April 30, 2015-16) : 

Retail:  Tues-Thurs., 8 am. – 6 pm.; Fri., 8 am- 5 pm.; Saturday, 9:30 am. – 3 pm.

Brunch/Lunch: Tues-Fri. 11 am- 2:30 pm., Sat. 9:30 am – 3pm.