We are as surprised as you are that 2016 has blown by so quickly. Now, here we are on the brink of December. The holiday season is a time of year that stresses many of us for a myriad of reasons, which is why this is the only time of year we decide to do a handful of fun, legitimately amazing giveaways. The term "handful" probably isn't the best way to describe 31 absolutely amazing, unique culinary prizes you can win with our 2016 advent calendar, but regardless, you should be excited.
Check back here every day from November 25th until December 25th for your chance to win anything from a collection of the year's top-selling cookbooks to hands-on experiences behind-the-scenes at some of Canada's top restaurants and plenty more. We've gone to extraordinary efforts to steal Santa's thunder this year, trust us.
'Tis the season, indeed!
Update: Thank you to everyone who entered for all of these fantastic prizes! We have reached out to all prize winners, here is the full list just in case your prize email went to the junk folder (contact us here if it did). Lucky Canadians, indeed!
November 25: Brook Stoiko
November 26: Jessica Wedley
November 27: Emily Beemster
November 28: Shannon Gilby
November 29: Maria Merrick
November 30: Stephen deBeaupre
December 1: Nick Beemster
December 2: Sophia Chum
December 3: Christina Pearce
December 4: Kimberly Stoiko
December 5: Kam Parbhakar
December 6: Ariel Kwan
December 7: Ty Tang
December 8: Deborah Birnbaum
December 9: Matthew deBeaupre
December 10: Faye Slack
December 11: Jeanne Voon
December 12: Sheila Power
December 13: Maritess Schrauwen
December 14: Bronwyn Stoddard
December 15: Stephanie Warthe
December 16: Gene Slack
December 17: Jennifer Dyck
December 18: Eric Grant
December 19: Meghan Somers
December 20: Natasha Schooten
December 21: Karen Sytnick
December 22: Michael Au
December 23: Rebecca Roberts
December 24: Patricia Lau
November 27th: Go on a one-of-a-kind kayak, wine and cheese tour for two in Penticton from Hoodoo Adventures
The Penticton-based Hoodoo Adventures provides quality outdoor adventures and team events that highlight the best the Okanagan has to offer.
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