About Walla

Ben passed away on June 15, 2019. Walla is permanently closed. See our Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/WallaArtisanBakery

“It is my good luck that, although this has happened to me, I can bear it without pain, neither crushed by the present nor fearful of the future. Because such a thing could have happened to any man, but not every man could have borne it without pain. So why see more misfortune in the event than good fortune in your ability to bear it?” – Ben, June 9, 2019.

We  are not a gluten-free facility. Our breads contain wheat and gluten. Due to our unique long-fermentation process, the gluten breaks down to make the breads more easily digestible so they mimic a gluten-free bread. Many of our customers have gluten sensitivity.
“My mom recently purchased some loaves of bread for me to try. I am
pleased to say that I had no adverse reactions to eating your bread. I have
been gluten free for 10 years. What a treat for me. I grew up eating Rye
bread so it is so pleasurable to enjoy your bread. So from the bottom of
my heart , Thank you . All the best to you.”
Sincerely, Kati
“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 comforting 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 Baking Schedule (this is subject to change- for current updates see our Facebook page!):

Wed. to  Fri.: Jewish Rye with caraway, Rosemary Focaccia buns (long-fermentation doughs)

Saturdays (our big baking day): we have 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, several varieties of Hot Bourekas, large Foccacia ‘Pizzas’ with Tomatoes & Olives or with Mushrooms, Fougasse with cheddar and chilis (hot!),  Pain au Chocolat., Cheese & Blueberry Danish, Almond Croissants, Peach Danishes, Italian Plum Danishes, 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 Fthrough side door off parking lot)

Tel. (250)770-2001

Email: wallafoods@shaw.ca

Website:  wallafoods.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/WallaArtisanBakery