May 01, 2014 | by Christina Van
by Natalie Appleton
The 20th annual Spring Okanagan Wine Festival gives locals and tourists alike a chance to experience all this Napa of the North has to offer: lush vineyards, nearly 100 wineries, breathtaking views, sun-kissed hills, delectable produce, blue lakes, and dozens of other wine-lovers.
With room for the entire family (even pets), Kelowna hotels fill with locals and tourists attending the May 1 to 11 wine festival, the biggest of the year. As the vines begin to bloom, wine glasses are topped off with delicious wines, bellies are filled with exquisite food pairings, and leisurely activities set the pace for these notoriously fun 11 days.
With more than 100 events for all walks of oenophiles, the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival promises to be a lively and memorable event.
Do you enjoy sampling different varieties of wine, from pinot grigio and merlot to chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon? Several wineries offer free tastings every day during the wine festival, including Thornhaven Estates Winery. With so many different wineries in the Okanagan Valley, you can taste a new flavour every day.
Many of the wine festival events offer a chance to taste great wine and food as well as meet great people who love wine as much as you. On May 2, pack up some salmon fillets and join the rest of the wine enthusiasts at Castoro de Oro Estate Winery’s BYOB (BBQ) event, or if a BBQ isn’t your style, Sip Into Spring at Bonitas Winery. Each eleven days of the festival offer up a reception that’s sure to make you smile.
Many of the events held during the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival revolve around education. Travel to Tinhorn Creek Vineyards and spend some time with their proprietor walking through their cellar as he shows you the crafts of his trade. Not only will you learn how your favourite wine is created, but you’ll also get to do some sampling and nibble on some canapés. Want to be even more involved in the wine-making process? Head over to Township 7 Vineyards and Winery and try your hand at making your own chardonnay.
Nothing compliments wine better than an amazing meal or delectable hors d’oeuvres. Quails’ Gate Estate Winery and Summerhill Pyramid Winery are just a few of the many to offer three- or four-course menus during the festival. If you’re looking for something a little less formal, Little Straw Vineyards is offering delicious tapas while blending art and wine to create the perfect afternoon.
If your significant other wants to explore some of the other amazing sides of Kelowna, read our post Four Reasons to Visit Kelowna Hotels This Spring.
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