Wine, food and music lovers will get a taste of each this weekend at the Vinos Wine Film Festival at Spirit Ridge in Osoyoos.
Hosted by Erin Cebula from Entertainment Tonight, the June 8 event is headlined by award-winning acoustic duo One More Girl. The pop/contemporary duo comprised of sisters Britt and Carly McKillip recently got signed to Lady Gaga’s label. They have accumulated an impressive list of performance credits opening for artists such as Keith Urban, Terri Clark, Johnn Reid and Toby Keith. In March 2010 they took home the Canadian Radio Music Award for Best Country Artist as well as B.C. Country Music Awards for single of the year, group or duo, album of the year and entertainer of the year. Also in 2010, they were given the rising star award at the Canadian Country Music Awards.
Chef Jeremy Luypen (Terrafina Restaurant), who is the instructor at Okanagan College culinary arts program will be bringing his top graduates to the Vinos. They will cook and serve their creations to patrons at the Vinos party.
“This is an incredible opportunity to showcase the emerging culinary talent in the Okanagan,” said Luypen.
Participating wineries for the third annual Vinos Wine Film Festival were announced last week and include Osoyoos Larose, Tinhorn Creek, Jackson Triggs, Bounty Cellars, Ex Nihilio, Cellarhand, Nk’Mip, Hillside Estate Cellars, Moon Curser and Black Hills Estate Winery.
“We are thrilled to have a great turn out of fine B.C. wineries for the Vinos and to be having them serving their outstanding wines to participants during the festival party,” said festival founder Glenn Fawcett.
Over $16,000 in prizes across three categories will be up for grabs at the Vinos, which called out for amateur and professional filmmakers to submit a one to two minute wine commercial about B.C. wine.
Video submissions of the top finalists will be shown at the Vinos party starting at 7 p.m. on Friday at Spirit Ridge Resort. All the proceeds from the Vinos go to the benefit of children’s charities of the United Way of the South Okanagan. For more information on tickets visit www.blakchillswinery.com or call 250-498-0666.