Anyone who enjoys a truly excellent glass of wine needs to get tickets for the Okanagan Wine Festival! This festival is currently run four times a year, once per season, so there is a festival in spring, summer, fall and winter. These festivals are usually held after the harvest of the seasons. The spring festival welcomes in the new year of wines with a glass or two, the summer fest is all about picnics, cheese and wine, while the winter festival is all about ice wines. The current festival, the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is the favorite of many.
The festival is held in British Columbia, Canada, in a beautiful area surrounded by the local wineries. There are well over 100 events during the fall version of the festival, which runs during the last weekend of September and through the first full week of October. Some of the events include seminars, including ones teaching how to properly pair your food with the best wines. The blind wine and cheese soiree is sure to be a popular event, as you can see if you can guess the highest number of wines and cheese and be crowned as the best taster. Of course, there will be plenty of tastings to be had! All the area’s best wines will be opening their doors, many with special chef appearances so that you can wine and dine to your heart’s content.
For those worried about feeling a bit too “relaxed” for the long trip back to the hotel, the festival has thought of everything as free taxi rides are provided. They didn’t get to be ranked as one of the top 100 events in North America for nothing! Just in case you couldn’t make it to all the wineries you would have liked to have seen, the Grand Finale event will have over 80 wineries present with some 240 different samples available.
If you want to come and try BC’s best wines, make some new friends, and dine on meals from some of the top chefs that will leave you utterly speechless, then you better get your tickets in a hurry. This event has been known to sell out even weeks in advance!