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From Kelowna Hotels to the Okanagan Food & Wine Film Festival

August 20, 2013 | by Christina Van

SOMM Documentary Film about Wine

The Okanagan Food & Wine Film Festival opens Sept. 13 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts with a showing of SOMM, the story of five men on a journey to become sommeliers.

(Photo from SOMM)

If you’re a foodie or a film buff who loves vino, we’ve got a festival for you. Kelowna hotels are welcoming culinary enthusiasts, wine buffs, doc-lovers, and farmers for the inaugural Okanagan Food & Wine Film Festival (OFWFF).

What better place than Kelowna, located in the heart of the Okanagan, to unite these three areas over three days? The OFWFF runs Sept. 13-15 and offers a rare chance to view food-related films, take tours of local farms and wineries, and hear from experts in each field.


Here is a breakdown of the visual and culinary delights that await you:



The inaugural OFWFF is showing five feature films that focus on food. Included in the showings are Pressure CookerThe RestaurateurA Matter of TasteTo Make a Farm, and SOMM, which recently premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival and received standing ovations as well as rave reviews. Attendees will have the chance to speak with filmmakers as well as experts on film topics after showings.

The festival is also hosting showings of short films from the Okanagan and around the world over two afternoons. All films will be shown at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, just a short walk or drive from the Kelowna hotels, and each includes time after showings to speak with filmmakers and experts on film topics.



One of the highlights for festival-goers, particularly tourists, is the chance to visit Okanagan wineries, farms, and artisanal producers. In addition to tasting some of the valley’s delicacies, including fruit, wine and cheese, guests will be able to see what really makes these industries tick by touring operations.

Take the foodie in you to another level and take advantage of being in the Okanagan by visiting a u-pick farm. Check out our post on tips for visiting a u-pick farm to get you started.


Are you looking for Kelowna hotels where you can stay and take in the Okanagan Food & Wine Film Festival? The BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites offers an environmental wing, pet-friendly rooms, a mineral pool, hot tub, grass courtyard and more. Book your room today!



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