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Out And About This Spring

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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.

Enjoy vineyard dinners at Okanagan Wine Festivals

Victoria hosts the Highland Games & Celtic Festival in May

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!

Dine Out and Around!

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

From January into early March many communities have Dine Out or Dine Around events happening to promote their local restaurants, accommodations and attractions.  It’s a great time to explore your local community or take a few days to explore an area not too far away.

Dine Around & Stay in Town Victoria launches with a gala event at the Victoria Conference Centre on February 16.  With 60 restaurants, more than 20 VQA wineries and breweries, this will be a foodie’s paradise!  During the two weeks of the event, which runs through March 5, restaurants will be offering special menus at $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person.  And not only are restaurants getting in on the action, Bed & Breakfasts and hotels are encouraging you to stay a few nights by offering special overnight rates ranging for $89 to $169.  Victoria is a great place to visit anytime of year, and if you come towards the end of the Dine Around & Stay In Town event, you can also take part in the annual Victoria Flower Count!  Since 1976 this fun event to promote Victoria as a destination in the shoulder season and to bring pride to communities has been a great success.  After all, Victoria is not called The Garden City for nothing!  Usually this event takes place in late February, but as even BC’s balmy west coast had quite the winter this year, the Flower Count will happen March 6th to March 12th.

Great food, great company, Dine Around!

If you want to check out the deals and great food in Vancouver at Canada’s largest annual food and drink festival, you’ll have to plan on doing so next year.  Dine Out Vancouver took place from January 20 through February 5. Special fixed price menus at $20, $30 and $40 and dine & stay packages were on offer here as well, as were numerous unique culinary events. Vancouver is such a multi-cultural city and that is definitely reflected in its restaurant scene.

BC’s Thompson Okanagan region also featured a similar festival with over 50 restaurants participating in Dine Around Thompson Okanagan in January.  Menus ranged from $15 to $45, and this being the Okanagan, you just know that many Okanagan wines were on offer.

Cowichan Valley restaurants take part in the first Eat Stay Play!

Back on Vancouver Island, Dine Around Mid-Island takes place March 3 through March 19, a seventeen day event to explore the cuisine in Nanaimo, Parksville, Lantzville and Qualicum Beach. When Victoria’s Festival ends, travel up Island and check out some great places in this region.

Before you get to Nanaimo you must stop in the Cowichan region for a few days for its first ever Dine Around event, Eat Stay Play.  This region, sometimes called “Canada’s Provence” is a real food lovers destination with wineries, breweries, distilleries, specialty food producers and top notch restaurants.  Special fixed price menus from $15 to $45 per person, accommodation at local hotels and Bed & Breakfasts at $69, $99, and $119, and discounts at local attractions, can be enjoyed from February 24 to March 12.

Don’t let the weather stop you.  Get out there and explore culinary BC!

 

Great Events coming up in BC!

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

If you’re traveling around BC this spring and you’re in the neighborhood, you might like to check out some great events coming up in the next few months.  While there are of course festivals and events throughout the year, spring is the time when we start to really relish the great outdoors.  Outdoors in BC in spring just really makes you appreciate the beauty of our province, the spectacular surroundings, the big cities and the small towns, and the great people!

Victoria Highland Games

Coming up on the Victoria Day long weekend, May 16 – 18, in Victoria’s Topaz Park are the 152nd Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival.  Celebrating the Scottish heritage of many Canadians, this is a very popular event in our capital city.  Check out such events as the Tartan Parade, the Tilted Kilt Pub Crawl, and the Clan Torchlight Ceremony.  The Highland Games competition is one of the premier heavy events competitions in the world: Putting the Stone, Weight the Distance, Throwing the Hammer, Weight for Height, and Tossing the Caber are part of the eight traditional events that have been part of Highland Games for centuries.

And while you’re in Victoria, take in the Victoria Day parade, another long-running annual tradition in the city named after Queen Victoria.  Victoria Bed & Breakfasts can be found close to all the activities in the city.

Seafest in Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert's waterfront Eagle Bluff Lighthouse B&B

Prince Rupert’s waterfront Eagle Bluff Lighthouse B&B

Prince Rupert’s 37th annual Seafest is happening Friday June 12th to Sunday June 14th.  This year’s event celebrates Prince Rupert Marine Rescue.  Prince Rupert is the closest North American port to Asia and a leading Canadian port city and has a rich maritime history, always on display during Seafest. Events include a parade, food, entertainment and lots of exciting activities in downtown and on the waterfront. Need a place to stay while enjoying the great atmosphere and activities at Seafest? Our favorite Prince Rupert Bed & Breakfast, now in its 25th year of welcoming guests from around the world, is Eagle Bluff Lighthouse B&B.

2015 Canadian National Hang Gliding Championships

While not a festival, the 2015 Canadian National Hang Gliding Championships taking place in Golden from July 12 – July 18, should offer great sights and lots of color and excitement.  The Mount 7 flying site in Golden offers outstanding conditions for great hang gliding performances and has become a hot spot for the sport. Gliders from around the world have achieved personal bests flying over the Columbia Valley in BC’s Kootenay region.  Our recommendation for accommodation in Golden is Auberge Kicking Horse B&B.

There is so much to see and do in British Columbia, you’ll need several trips to take in all the great events around the province!

 

Sip and Savour at the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

While the Fall event is still the biggest Okanagan Wine Festival, the Spring Wine Festival keeps on growing. Now in its 21st year, this year’s event is taking place April 30 to May 9, 2015.  After a snowy winter, it’ll be great to get out and enjoy the many special events happening all around the Okanagan Wine Region. If you love wine, Okanagan wines now include many winners at international wine competitions, and interesting varietals available at spectacular wineries and venues.  Don’t miss some of the highlights of this year’s Okanagan Spring Wine Festival.

Okanagan grapes make great Okanagan wine

Okanagan grapes make great Okanagan wine

Sip Into Sunset” takes place every night during the Wine Festival at Summerhill Pyramid Winery.  A 3-course menu featuring local organic ingredients prepared by Summerhill’s Executive Chef is paired with wine selections by winemaker Eric Von Krosigk.  Contact bistro@summerhill.bc.ca for tickets and reservations.

The Spring Westjet Wine Tastings” at the Rotary Centre for the Arts allows you to taste up to 250 wines from 60 wineries all in the same location! Appetizers and specialty cheeses are also in the mix, and best of all, this is a Get Home Safe event. Purchase your tickets at selectyourtickets.com for either one night or an all inclusive weekend pass.

Iron Sommelier BC” is a brand new event at this year’s Spring Wine Festival, pitting three sommeliers who are experts on BC wines against each other in a competition to pair wines with local foods. They then try to convince you that their pairing is the best.  You vote via social media after each round and then the competition moves into the next round, with a total of 16 wines to be paired, hence the “iron” designation of this event!  This is also a Get Home Safe event, and you can purchase your tickets at selectyourtickets.com.

Naramata Bench wine region in the Okanagan

Naramata Bench wine region in the Okanagan

Many wineries have special dinners with wine pairings.  Many events are also free or by donation.  There are cooking classes at Hester Creek, skygazing at Rollingdale Winery, an all day tour of the Naramata Bench visiting artisans and a lavender farm, bocce ball at D’Angelo Estate Winery, or crafting your own Chardonnay at Township 7.

Check out all the information at the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival website, and make your plans very soon.  And don’t forget to also book your Okanagan Bed & Breakfast as wine festivals and Bed & Breakfasts make for the perfect combination!