The 2013 Spring Okanagan Wine Festival runs from May 2-12 at over 100 wineries and vineyards, plus other venues located throughout the Central Okanagan and surrounding area of British Columbia.
Mid-spring is a wonderful time to visit BC’s Central Okanagan wine region. The Okanagan vineyards grapes are in bud break and the wineries open their doors to welcome you to explore the season’s new debutante wines, sample gourmet local foods, enjoy their gracious hospitality and take pleasure in a wide variety of entertainment.
Wine tastings and pairings are the primary draw of this annual festival, but there is also plenty of music, art and other events to enjoy. The Spring Okanagan Wine Festival is the annual home of the Best of Varietals Competition among BC wines. Challenge your taste buds at the blind taste testing of wine and cheese.
Attendance of this festival is expected to be very high, so now is the time to make your plans for travel and accommodations. We recommend you pair your Spring Okanagan Wine Festival with the luxuriant and individualized Central Okanagan lodging of our member bed & breakfast inns.
There are hundreds of events taking place at a variety of wineries, vineyards, restaurants, golf courses and other venues participating in the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival. The following are the festival’s signature events.
Best of Varietal Best Wine Awards and Reception
May 2, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center, Penticton
The Central Okanagan Wine Festival kicks off its first evening with their awards for the very best in varietal Okanagan wines in 23 categories ranging from Chardonnay to Shiraz, ice wines, fruit wines and more. Attendees will have the chance to meet the winemakers, sample the winning entries along with gourmet canapés and tapas at the reception.
Spring Okanagan WestJet Wine Tastings
May 3 & 4, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts
This wine tasting is dedicated to the new offerings of the Okanagan’s BC wineries, including over 180 whites, reds, sparkling and dessert wines. Your exploration of the Okanagan Valley’s many wines includes divine food pairings, a signature wine glass, live music, and a safe ride home.
More information, including full calendar of events, participating wineries, and ticket purchases, are available on the Spring Okanagan Festival website.
Choose Unique Okanagan Lodging That Perfectly Pairs with Signature BC Wines
Our Okanagan bed and breakfast inns offer personalized lodging and signature hospitality to enjoy away from the Okanagan wine festival and all of the many attractions of the Okanagan region of British Columbia.
Wake up to a memorable breakfast. Enjoy the quiet, luxurious setting of your guest room as you ready for and return from the day’s adventures at the Okanagan wine festival. You’ll appreciate the signature service and the regional expertise of the innkeepers at the B&B inns of the Central Okanagan.
What’s Your Spring Okanagan Wine Festival Expectation or Experience?
This year’s festival celebrates 19 years. Over the years, this event has grown to become a major wine gathering, the largest in all of Canada.
Please share your plans for and memories of the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival.