Spring is upon us, and what better way to usher in this season of rejuvenation than with 10 days of fantastic wine and food from the Okanagan. From May 2 to 12, 2013 the annual Okanagan Spring Wine Festival will feature over 100 events at wineries throughout the valley. With tastings, dinners, picnics, patio parties, live music and more, the festival is a joyous celebration of this most welcome season in what could easily be called the winemaking capital of the country.
All manner of epicurean delights await you at the festival’s events, which take place all across the Okanagan from Kamloops to Osoyoos. Here in Summerland, home to some of the region’s top vintners, there are some marquee events that you won’t want to miss.
On May 1st, just before the festivities get into full swing, the Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery will be hosting their Taste of Spring event with picnics, local art exhibits and a showcase of their amazing fruit wines.
On Saturday, May 4, the 8th Generation Vineyard invites wine and cheese lovers to partake of this divine pairing with a guided introduction to the world of artisan cheeses. Learn a little about the history and process of cheese making as you sample some fine examples from around the world and pair them up with 8th Generation wine.
If you miss these events, you can always head over to Heaven’s Gate Estate Winery where, throughout the festival, they will be hosting daily tastings of their hand-crafted vintage from their gorgeous patio.