Summer wine fest redesigned

After decades of wildly popular wine festivals in the Okanagan, the Okanagan Wine Festival Society is starting over with its summer festival — morphing it into a valley-wide 10-day-long, outdoor wine-tasting event.

After decades of wildly popular wine festivals in the Okanagan, the Okanagan Wine Festival Society is starting over with its summer festival — morphing it into a valley-wide 10-day-long, outdoor wine-tasting event.

And, organizer Christina Ferreira believes it could end up being the most popular off all of the four wine festivals that highlight each of the seasons.

“Summer in the Okanagan is an easy sell,” she commented.

Along the way, the intent is to bring visitors to the valley, not only to patronize the businesses that are members of the wine festival society, but also all of the other attractions and services in the valley.

The first couple of weeks in July are generally slow, so the idea is to bump up the rubber tire traffic into the valley from centres such as Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

In Penticton, traffic will already be heavy with the Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx taking place and a provincial soccer tournament. The Granfondo is hosting its own wine tasting event at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre from 5 to 8 p.m. with cycling celebrities. Over 300 wines will be available for sampling along with cheeses and breads to cleanse your palate. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will got to the Axel Merckx youth Development Fund. Tickets are $59 and are available online at www.valleyfirsttix.com.

A charity fundraiser supporting the One Person Project and Raise a Reader occurs on July 13, poolside at the Ramada Inn. The Battle of the Benches is the place to try the best of each growing region in the Okanagan at a wine tasting event. Tickets are $40 and there will be a silent auction and a draw for a instant wine cellar valued at $750.

On July 15, the All You Need is Cheese and Wine beach party will take place at the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos. Hosted by the Dairy Farmers of Canada guests will be treated to a unique evening on the beach to enjoy spectacular views, visit with friends and be entertained by great wines, dairy cheeses, pizza and music.

Valley residents are encouraged to become ambassadors for the valley by inviting friends and relatives to visit during the festival, July 8 through 17, so there’s something different for everyone to do together during the visit.

Ferreira admitted this is a completely re-vamped version of the summer festival, which has been entirely focussed on Silver Star Resort for the past decade.

All the wineries will have their tasting rooms open and there will be events up and down the valley, from summer wine and cheese beach parties to barbecues.

The redesigned festival is in partnership with tourism organizations throughout the valley.

For details, pick up a brochure at tourism centres or where wine is sold, or go to the society’s website at www.thewinefestivals.com.

Just Posted

Justin Fotherby,17, and Ashley McMillan, 17 have been chosen for an invitation only competition that sees 20 of Canada’s top swimmers per event vying for a spot at the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. (Submitted)
Penticton swimmers off to Olympic trials

The pair are eyeing a spot on the Canadian team heading to the Tokyo Olympics

Bentley resting on a bench at Kal Park in Vernon not knowing there is a baby rattlesnake curled up below. Bentley jumped down and was bit by the snake. (Facebook)
Dog bit by baby rattler at popular Vernon park

The rattlesnake was hidden underneath a park bench when it struck out

Renderings of what the skating rink could look like beside City Hall between Martin and Main in downtown Penticton. (Activate Penticton image)
Outdoor skating rink back at Penticton council

City staff recommend going forward with rink which could host 2022 BCHL’s 60th year celebration

Longtime SOWINS volunteer Diane Fru (far left) walks with members of her family as they Walk To End Abuse Sunday, June 13, 2021. South Okanagan Women In Needs Society (SOWINS) raised a record amount this year. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Walk to End Abuse in South Okanagan breaks fundraising record

More than $53,000 raised so far while the pandemic has increased need for SOWINS’ services

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

(Heather Lueck image)
Crash north of Enderby knocks out power, slows Highway 97A traffic

A witness captured footage of a medical helicopter landing at the scene

Most Read