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Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival:
Get ready to visit one of the many themed venues to take in jazz performances from all over North America. Food Music and special concerts will put the groove into any jazz fan. This year the city will be alive with jazz the weekend following Labour Day, Sept 9 -11. Visit www.pentasticjazz.com for more information.
Okanagan Wine Festivals
Celebrate the South Okanagan's speciality — wine — and great food during this festival held 4 times each year. There are a variety of wine-related events going on through the valley. For more information visit www.owfs.com.
Rotary International Children's Festival:
Families everywhere make it a point to take part in Penticton's Rotary International Children's Festival, which each year brings in critically acclaimed acts and a range of entertainment for all ages. This year's festival takes place on the May 26-28 weekend. Check www.okchildrensfest.org for info on what's coming up this year.
This hot festival celebrating its 10th anniversary, was started in part, thanks to Harker's Fruit Stand, who produce 81 varieties of hot peppers. They turned to the colourful and spicy pepper, which is abundant in the Similkameen, to celebrate the end of the harvest in the area. Pepper season doesn't start until August, so the Sept. 17 date for the festival is just at the right time. The Harkers offer an eighth of an acre of pepper, when they often allow visitors to tour during the festival. One of the festival's most popular events —the Sear Factor Hot Pepper-eating Contest — is made possible thanks to the 100 jalapeno peppers donated by the Harkers. Participants in the competition must put their tongues to the test as they chomp away on the hot peppers.