Now that spring is finally here, our thoughts are turning to a bit of travel and festivals and events we might like to take in. Once the temperatures rise a bit more and some sun sticks around, it will be a great time to be out and about this spring.
May 4 – 14 are the dates for this year’s Spring Okanagan Wine Festival. Special events, tastings and food & wine pairings will be held at wineries and restaurants from Kamloops to Osoyoos in the Thompson Okanagan region. From a bocce tournament & picnic to a wine tasting & garden party and special events celebrating Moms on Mothersday, the Spring Wine Festival offers a great variety of events. Don’t forget to check their website on May 4th for the bottle bucket list; visit any 8 participating wineries during the festival or attend a signature event, tag your photo @OKWineFest with the hashtag #BottleBucketList and enter to win great prizes.
At Fisherman’s Wharf in Vancouver, Saturday May 13th is the date for their Spot Prawn Festival. You can’t get prawns any fresher than this when you buy them directly off the boat from the people who catch them. The feature event is the Spot Prawn Boil, plus there are cooking demos, recipes available for you to try, live entertainment and a kids’ corner. The festival was founded by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC. Tickets for the Spot Prawn Boil sold out fast, well before the festival date, so get them early!
Victoria on Vancouver Island hosts the ever popular Highland Games & Celtic Festival on May 20, 21 & May 22 in Topaz Park. Other events associated with the Festival are happening a full week before the weekend long celebration. Events include piping & drumming, highland dance and Irish dance, heavy events, whisky school, clan tents and dog events. Be sure to wear your walking shoes!
As B&B Innkeepers who provide breakfast to our guests, we are often confronted with dietary restrictions ranging from vegetarian to gluten free or certain food allergies. On May 28th at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, Canada’s premier vegan & vegetarian expo, VegExpo, will take place. Come and find out what new and innovative products have come on the market, enjoy cooking demonstrations (of course!) and free samples, while the kids can enjoy an interactive kids’ zone. Over 200 local and international exhibitors are expected. Last year’s event broke the record for highest attended one day show at Canada Place, with more than 11,000 people visiting. Some innkeepers may be among this year’s crowd!
Of course our BC Bed & Breakfast innkeepers in all these cities will be happy to assist you with more information and best transportation options to all of these events, while making your stay an event in itself!