The 2020 winners of the Penticton Art Gallery’s Loving Mugs chili cook-off. This year, the Loving Mugs fundraiser is offering loving take home packages. (Penticton Art Gallery photo)

The 2020 winners of the Penticton Art Gallery’s Loving Mugs chili cook-off. This year, the Loving Mugs fundraiser is offering loving take home packages. (Penticton Art Gallery photo)

Valentine’s Day alert: Penticton Art Gallery’s Loving Mugs packages go on sale today

The gallery gets creative for the fourth annual Loving Mugs fundraiser

The fourth annual Loving Mugs Project is finally here at the Penticton Arts Gallery, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

But due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, the gallery will not be hosting this event in person like they usually do.

“Instead, we are offering take-home packages just in time for the day of love,” said McKaila Ferguson, PAG’s collections and communication manager.

Each package will be lovingly wrapped and ready for you to give to your partner on Valentine’s Day, a friend on a coffee date, or for you to enjoy for yourself, she said. The packages will also have one handmade mug, a ‘Top Secret’ recipe book featuring recipes for delicious specialty drinks and treats, as well as coupons for coffee and other goodies from some fabulous local cafes.

The participating cafes are Seis Cielo Specialty Coffees, Blenz Coffee Penticton, Nautical Dog Cafe and KJ Coffee Bar out in Okanagan Falls.

All proceeds from the Loving Mugs Project will benefit the Penticton Art Gallery’s events and programming, including Little Leonardos Pro-D Day Camps; Creative Kids Art Adventures; Young@Art after school program; Topics + Tea Lecture Series; Artist Talks; Workshops; Spring Break Creativity Classes; Seniors Wellness art classes and more.

Before COVID-19, the Loving Mugs Project was a must-attend event at the gallery with a chili cook-off where the best local chefs went up against each other to capture the Loving Mug trophies.

In February 2020, more than 250 people turned out to the chili cook-off competition.

Last year, the Loving Mug trophy for most popular chili went to:

People’s Choice: Bogners

Odd Bean Out: Elma

Ring of Fire: The Hooded Merganser

Bad Hunter: The Bench Market

Whoopie Cushion: Nautical Dog Cafe

Loving Mugs packages are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Starting today, Feb. 8, you can pick up your Loving Mugs package.

Call the gallery at 250-493-2928 for more info or go online to

READ MORE: Loving Mug trophies given out for best, most unusual, and hipster chilis

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