About Walla


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

Benjamin Manea – baker, proprietor

Walla Cafe

Walla’s bistro area

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 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 Bakery and Fine 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, fabulous home-made soups, rustic featured dishes, outstanding 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, 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 that day. Bring your friends and enjoy….!

Puttanesca sourdough with kalamata olives, capers, olive oil and olive pesto. 1Kg.

Puttanesca sourdough with kalamata olives, capers, olive oil and olive pesto. 1Kg.

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!), Pain au Chocolat., Cheese & Raisin 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 a great steak sandwich on our focaccia (and provides us with their wonderful dark roast 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 (our Facebook page is generally dormant between Nov-Apr.)

(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