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May 1 – 11
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Okanagan Spring Wine Festival.  It's been called one of Canada's best small festivals, and it is in the Okanagan.  After watching their vines sleep for months, local BC winemakers and vineyards celebrate the arrival of spring and the waking of the vines with a glass - or two - of wine.  And the BC winemakers want you to join them.  They're sociable like that.
Spread over the first ten days in May, the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival busts loose with over 100 events throughout the valley and it continues to grow each year. 

The Festival is deeply rooted in Okanagan terroir - which you'll experience through a plethora of dining and wine-ing events.  From light lunches to gourmet dinners served in spectacular settings, the wine and food community will wow you - year after year.  Whether you come for a day, a weekend or a week, the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival is a great way to meet the season's new debutante wines and taste what the Okanagan is truly all about. Great wine. Gourmet food. Gracious hospitality.
Various Venues throughout the Okanagan Valley
May 1 – 11
9 am – 6 pm
Spring Releases In Your Glass.  The BC VQA Wine Info Centre is a must stop to sample Spring Releases.  Featuring over 700 VQA Wines (at winery prices) you are bound to find some new favorites!  Check out the unique giftware, picnic items and wine accessories, along with local culinary delights.  Friendly and knowledgeable staff will be there to support your wine needs.  This is a free event. BC VQA Wine Info Centre
553 Vees Drive (corner of Eckhardt Ave & Hwy97)
Penticton, BC
Thu
May 1
6 – 8:30 pm
 
Best of Varietal Awards and Reception.  Join the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society as they celebrate a tasting of the Best of Varietal wines in British Columbia for 2014.  Awards will be presented in over 20 different varietal categories.  Be the first to taste the Best of Varietal winning wines and sample fresh tapas as you chat with the wineries and winemakers themselves.  This is a Get Home Safe event, sponsored by BC Liquor Stores and Valley First Insurance.  Tickets are $50 and available online or by calling 877-763-2849 or e-mail info@thewinefestivals.com. Ramada Inn & Conference Center
1050 Eckhardt Avenue
W Penticton, BC
Fri & Sat
May 2 – 3
7 – 9:30 pm
The WestJet Wine Tastings.  This is the largest wine tasting of the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival with 60 wineries, great deli food, live music and over 500 fun loving people.  The WestJet Wine Tastings - only in the Okanagan!  This is a Get Home Safe event sponsored by BC Liquor Stores and Valley First Insurance. Tickets are $70 (1 night) or $120 (both nights) and available by clicking HERE or by calling 250-717-5304 or e-mail info@thewinefestivals.com. Rotary Centre for the Arts
421 Cawston Ave.
Kelowna, BC
Sat
May 3
Time TBA
Pig Out.  Celebrate this exciting time of year with 30 wineries of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country.  The 3rd Annual Pig Out is an outdoor, tented affair set at Covert Farms with the latest releases and fan favorites from the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country Wineries. 

Interact with local chefs as they dare to impress you with their pig roasting skills while enjoying the music of local artists throughout the afternoon.  Tickets are $49 each and include admission, entertainment, souvenir wine glass, food, and wine.
Covert Farms
107th St
Oliver, BC
Sun
May 4
Noon - 3:30 pm
The Lakeshore Wine Route's 3rd Annual Spring Sip & Savour.  Four wineries, four unique experiences, one spectacular wine route!  Connect the dots to discover the heritage of some of the Okanagan's oldest vineyards (Tantalus, Summerhill, St Hubertus and CedarCreek).  As you take in the breathtaking lake and vineyard views, each winery will offer two samples thoughtfully paired with 2 delicious canapés.  Ticket Price: $7 each or $20 for all 4 wineries + tax.  For additional information e-mail: events@cedarcreek.bc.ca or call 778-783-1022.

 
Tantalus
1670 DeHart Rd
Kelowna, BC

Summerhill
4870 Chute Lake Rd
Kelowna, BC

St. Hubertus
5225 Lakeshore Rd
Kelowna, BC

CedarCreek Estate Winery
5445 Lakeshore Road
Kelowna, BC
Thu
May 8
6:30 – 9 pm
Comforts of Grilled Cheese and Wine presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada.  A brand new event! Grilled cheese is a great Canadian comfort food.  When paired with British Columbia wines in a beautiful setting at the Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna.  Presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, savor eight different Canadian cheeses, from mild to aromatic, paired with British Columbia wines.  This is a Get Home Safe event sponsored by BC Liquor Stores and Valley First Insurance.  Tickets are $50 and available by clicking HERE by calling 250-717-5304 or e-mailing info@thewinefestivals.com Hotel Eldorado
500 Cook Rd
Kelowna, BC
Sat
May 10
7 – 9 pm
The Blind Wine and Cheese Soiree presented by Valley First.  Join the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society for this unique event and test your palate!  Their Blind Wine and Cheese Soiree presented by Valley First will introduce you to new friends - because you shouldn't judge alone.  Conspire and connive your way to guessing which wine is in the bag and try your hand at identifying some of the best cheeses from Dairy Farmers of Canada.  Challenge your friends, show off your knowledge and prepare to be humbled.  This is a Get Home Safe event, sponsored by BC Liquor Stores and Valley First Insurance.  Tickets are $50 and available by clicking HERE by calling 877-763-2849 or e-mail info@thewinefestivals.com. Ramada Inn & Conference Center Penticton
1050 Eckhardt Avenue
W Penticton, BC
Sat
May 10
Noon
Winemaker's Trail - Vineyard Hike and Picnic.  Walk your way to the top of the CedarCreek Estate vineyard while doing a progressive food and wine tasting with their Winemaker, then enjoy a giant vineyard picnic after.  They think it's the only trail of its kind in Canada! Comfortable footwear recommended.  Ticket Price is $35 + tax. For additional information e-mail: events@cedarcreek.bc.ca or call 778-783-1022. CedarCreek Estate Winery
5445 Lakeshore Road
Kelowna, BC
Fri - Sun
May 23 – 25
Times TBA
Half Corked Marathon Weekend.  Sample some of the country's finest wines and cuisine as you wind your way through the vineyards of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country!  The Half Corked Marathon has become one of the most highly anticipated events in Canada.  This race is all about having fun. If you are looking to set a record, this probably isn't the event for you.  Here is what the weekend will offer:
  • A parade of costumes on race day
  • A custom welcome bag with goodies & exclusive offers from Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country Wineries
  • Fine wines and cuisine from local restaurants on the route
  • Picnic at the finish line
  • Awards ceremony following the race
  • Fantastic best-costumes
  • An opportunity to meet the people behind the wines of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country
  • World-class scenery

Have questions about the Half Corked Marathon Weekend? Please check their FAQ page for an answer. If you don't find your answer e-mail marathon@oliverosoyoos.com and they will try to respond to your questions within 3-4 business days.

Oliver Community Park
6359 Park Drive
Oliver, BC
Sat
Jul 12
5 – 9 pm
Similkameen BBQ King.  Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills!  The Similkameen is about to name a new Similkameen BBQ King!  This truly unique Similkameen wine and food experience is a competition where featured chefs compete for the coveted title of Similkameen BBQ King or Queen!  Cost is $80. For more information e-mail info@similkameenwine.com or call 250-488-0878. Grist Mill & Gardens
2691 Upper Bench Rd SS 4
Keremeos, BC
Sat
Aug 9
4 – 7 pm
Mile High Wine at Silver Star Mountain Resort.  Love to drink wine?  Love to be outdoors?  Love to dance?  Have you tried doing all three at once at 5280 feet above sea level?  Silver Star Mountain Resort and the Okanagan Wine Festivals announce Mile High Wine – an outdoor wine tasting of smooth reds, crisp whites and refreshing rosés from 30 different British Columbia wineries.  Dress casually, wear comfortable shoes and be ready to experience great dance music from Sista B and the Boyz while tasting great wine, catering from GumTree and cheeses form Dairy Farmers of Canada – all in a stunning outdoor setting.  Tickets are $60 and available by calling 800-663-4431 or email info@skisilverstar.com. Silver Star Mountain Resort
123 Shortt Street,
Silver Star Mountain, BC
Sat
Sep 13
6:30 – 9 pm
Tailgate Party 2014.  This event sells-out well in advance each year, so mark your calendars.

 
Poplar Grove Winery Grounds
425 Middle Bench Road North
Penticton BC
Wed
Oct 1
7 -9 pm
British Columbia Wine Awards and Reception.  A phenomenal way to launch the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival.  Be the first to see who wins at the annual British Columbia Wine Awards and have the rare opportunity to taste the best of British Columbia wines first hand.  There are only 100 tickets available so book early.  Speak to winemakers, savor local foods, and sip your way through a great evening.  This is a Get Home Safe event, sponsored by BC Liquor Stores and Valley First Insurance.  Tickets are $50 and available online by clicking HERE or by calling 250-717-5304.  For additional information contact the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society at info@thewinefestivals.com or call 250-861-6654. Laurel Heritage Packinghouse
1304 Ellis Street
Kelowna, BC
Fri & Sat
Oct 3 - 4
7 - 9:30 pm
The WestJet Wine Tastings.  The urban chic setting of the Rotary Centre for the Arts is your venue to taste over 250 wines all under one roof.  Let WestJet transport you into the wine culture of the Okanagan by featuring 60 wineries and a live band.  Cleanse your palate with a variety of appetizers from Nesters Market and cheeses from Alexis de Portneuf. Authentic, fun and incredibly social.  This is a Get Home Safe event, sponsored by BC Liquor Stores and Valley First Insurance.  Tickets are $70 (one night) or $120 (both) and available online by clicking HERE or by calling 250-717-5304.  For additional information contact the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society at info@thewinefestivals.com or call 250-861-6654. Rotary Centre for the Arts
421 Cawston Ave
Kelowna, BC
Sat
Oct 4
Noon – 5 pm
Grape Stomping Party at House of Rose Winery.  The annual fabulously fun House of Rose Grape Stomping Party will have stomps every hour from 1 to 4.  In addition to the fun watching the stomp, complimentary appetizers and tastings will be provided.  Join them with your kids and the grandparents as babies to eighties stomp away!  Please consider a non perishable donation to the Kelowna Food Bank.  This is a free event.  For more information e-mail info@houseofrose.ca or call 250-765-0802. House of Rose Winery
2270 Garner Rd
Kelowna, BC
Sat
Oct 4
6 pm
Starry Plates - Canapés and Wine Paired 4-Course Small Plates Reception.  Join CedarCreek Estate under the starlit Okanagan sky with Winemaker Darryl Brooker.  Enjoy canapés and a wine reception followed by a small plates 4-course tasting menu paired with their 'Vineyard Designate' wines.  Ticket Price is $75 + tax.  For additional information e-mail: events@cedarcreek.bc.ca or call 778-783-1022. CedarCreek Estate Winery
5445 Lakeshore Road
Kelowna, BC
 
Wed
Oct 8
7 – 9 pm
The Blind Wine and Cheese Soiree.  This soiree has leveled out the playing field for both beginner and oenophile.  Guests will have a blast as they try to guess which wine and cheese are presented with hidden identities.  Different Okanagan wines will be poured with covered labels and unique cheeses from Dairy Farmers of Canada, all served blind.  Completely rely on your senses as you challenge your friends.  They will give a prize for the best guess and the worst!  This is a Get Home Safe event, sponsored by BC Liquor Stores and Valley First Insurance.  Tickets are $50 and available online by clicking HERE or by calling 250-717-5304.  For additional information contact the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society at info@thewinefestivals.com or call 250-861-6654. Heritage Packinghouse
Laurel Heritage Packinghouse
1304 Ellis Street
Kelowna, BC
Thu
Oct 9
7 – 9 pm
Organic Cheese and Wine - A Natural Pairing.  Nowadays, organic farming is a sustainable and well recognized environmental practice.  Because the number and quality of Canadian organic cheeses and British Columbia wines being produced is on the rise, this evening presents one of the most unique cheese and wine presentations ever!  Join David Beaudoin from Dairy Farmers of Canada and a leading British Columbia organic winery to learn about the processes of organic farming for cheese and wine.

Sit back and relax in a fresh, fun and naturally beautiful setting at Manteo Waterfront Resort in Kelowna.  Your palate will experience delectable Canadian cheeses and renowned British Columbia wines in this entertaining educational session.  Tickets are $46 and available online by clicking HERE or by calling by calling 250-717-5304. For additional information contact the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society at info@thewinefestivals.com or call 250-861-6654.

Manteo Resort
3762 Lakeshore Rd
Kelowna, BC
Fri & Sat
Oct 10 & 11
6 – 9 pm
Valley First Grand Finale Consumer Tastings. The big shout out to the fall grape harvest and a tradition at the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival.  If you have ever wanted to go on a Valley wide wine tour but didn't have enough time, this is your opportunity!  Over 80 wineries will be ready to tantalize you with a wide spectrum of British Columbia wines.  Enjoy live entertainment, artisan breads, gourmet cheeses and samples from Nesters Market.  Purchase your favorites at the on-site wine store presented by BC Liquor Stores.

The fun doesn't stop there! Included in the price of your admission are two free interactive seminars. Learn about British Columbia wines in "Wine 101" presented by an Okanagan winemaker - everything you wanted to know about wine, but didn't think to ask.  Or join Dairy Farmers of Canada for an "Introduction to Canadian Cheese."  Both seminars are offered during the evening on a first come first served basis.  This is a Get Home Safe event, sponsored by BC Liquor Stores and Valley First Insurance. 

Tickets are $65 (on night) or $110 (both nights) and available online by clicking HERE or by calling 877-763-2849. For additional information contact the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society at info@thewinefestivals.com or call 250-861-6654.

Penticton Trade and Convention Centre
273 Power St
Penticton, BC
Sat
Oct 11
Noon – 5 pm
Grape Stomping Party at House of Rose Winery.  The annual fabulously fun House of Rose Grape Stomping Party will have stomps every hour from 1 to 4.  In addition to the fun watching the stomp, complimentary appetizers and tastings will be provided.  Join them with your kids and the grandparents as babies to eighties stomp away!  Please consider a non perishable donation to the Kelowna Food Bank.  This is a free event.  For more information e-mail info@houseofrose.ca or call 250-765-0802. House of Rose Winery
2270 Garner Rd
Kelowna, BC
Sat
Nov 29
Times TBA
Snowflake Wine Festival.  In its 6th year, the Snowflake Wine Festival just keeps on growing!  As a fundraiser for the Revelstoke Ski Club, join some of the finest wineries in Southern BC for a great evening of wine tasting, savory appetizers, live entertainment, wonderful company and a great selection of items in their silent auction. Come and enjoy tastings from over 20 Award Winning BC Wineries and Begbie Brewery. 2950 Camozzi Rd,
Revelstoke, BC
Fri
Dec 13
7 - 9:30 pm
Big Reds at Big White.  Big Reds at Big White is a celebration of Okanagan wine in the winter wonderland of Big White Ski Resort.  Sample wine from over 30 local wineries and enjoy tasty morsels of food from the mountain’s fantastic restaurants as you explore wines from across the region.

The intimate atmosphere allows you to interact with the winemakers and learn all about what makes their wines unique.  Some of the wineries will be sampling new releases, and others will be showcasing their tried and tested varieties.   The event features primarily red wines; however there are always a few white options and even some ice wine to try.  The festival extends over two nights (Saturday December 14th is sold out). Tickets cost $60.
Big White Ski Resort
Village Centre Mall
5315 Big White Rd
Kelowna, BC

 

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