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Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Highlights Pacific Northwest Beer

Monday, March 11th, 2013
Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Logo

Sample the Pacific Northwest’s premier beers at the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale in Penticton, BC.

The Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Society’s annual beer festival will be held at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre April 5-6, 2013.  The brew-masters of over two dozen of the Pacific Northwest’s leading craft brewers are coming together in this beautiful spot in the Thompson Okanagan Region of British Columbia, Canada to present their finest selection of ales.

In addition to the beer tasting, the festival will also feature:

  • An eclectic assortment of seven local entertainment acts ranging from bands to belly dancing
  • Food vendors offering a wide variety of culinary delights to pair with your microwbrew beer tasting

Why not pair your microbrew beer tasting with the custom “craft accommodations” of Thompson Okanagan lodging available at our member bed & breakfast inns in the region?

Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Participating Breweries

The breweries attending this year’s beer festival read like a who’s who in the world of Pacific Northwest craft brewing:
beer pints

Alpine Brewing Company

Oroville, WA

Barley Mill Brew Pub

Penticton, BC

Big Surf Beer Co

Kelowna, BC

Bravo Beer Co

Squamish, BC Belgian Beer Importer

Cannery Brewing Co.

Penticton, BC

Crannog Ales

Sorrento, BC

Creemore Springs

Creemore, ONT

Dead Frog Brewery

Aldergrove, BC

Driftwood Brewery

Victoria, BC

Fernie Brewing

Fernie, BC

Firehall Brewery

Oliver, BC

Granville Island Brewing

Vancouver, BC

Growers Cider

Vancouver, BC

Horizon Beers

Canmore, AB

Left Field Cider Co.

Logan Lake, BC

McClelland Premium Imports

Penticton, BC

Mill St. Brewery

Toronto, ONT

Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

Revelstoke, BC

Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

Saskatchewan, SK

Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Vancouver, BC

Phillips Brewing Company

Victoria, BC

Port Townsend Brewing Co

Port Townsend, WA

Steamworks Brewing Company

Vancouver, BC

Summerland Heritage Cider Company

Summerland, BC

The Tin Whistle Brewing Company

Penticton, BC

The Whistler Brewing Company

Vancouver, BC

Tree Brewing Co.

Kelowna, BC

Vancouver Island Brewery

Victoria, BC

Come sip and savour the best of the Pacific Northwest!

Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Entertainment

Entertainment Schedule

4:30-5:30 PM

Get Bent Belly Dancing

5:30-6:30 PM

Roland Allen

6:30-7:30 PM

Joe’s Garage

7:30-8:45 PM



12:00-1:00 PM

Thursday Night Jazz Band

1:00-2:00 PM


2:00-3:00 PM

The Dungbeatles

3:00-4:00 PM

Roland Allen

4:00-5:00 PM

Joe’s Garage

5:00-6:00 PM


Playing GuitarAs you taste the gourmet beers and delectable foods at the festival, there will be a great lineup of entertainment, including:

The Dungbeatles

An amusing, unothodox blend of pop, roots and world music


Rock and roll of the 1960s, 70s and 80s


Purveyors of fine rock originals and coversBelly Dance

Get Bent Belly Dancers

Bollywood-style belly dancing by local dancers

Joe’s Garage

Vast and diverse reptoire of material ranging from Tom Jones to Bob Marley

Roland Allen

Classic and contemporary rock with a twist

Thursday Night Jazz Band

17 piece big band playing swing, plus funk and other modern styles

More information, including how to purchase tickets is available at the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale website.

Choose Thompson Okanagan, BC Lodging That Provides “Craft Accommodations” to Pair with the Microbrews of the Fest-of-Ales


Begin your day of beer tasting with a mouthwatering breakfast from our member Thompson Okanagan B&B inns

Our Thompson Okanagan bed and breakfast inns offer personalized lodging for your family vacation to match up with the unique beers of the Fest-of-Ales and all of the events and activities of the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia.

Enjoy a wide array of breakfast options and rest up before and after your tasting adventures in a comfortable guest room.  You’ll receive the expert service and area knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across the Thompson Okanagan region.

What’s Your Okanagan Fest-of-Ales Expectation or Experience?

The annual Okanagan Fest-of-Ale event has been held since 2000.  Since then, it has grown significantly and emerged as a premier beer festival in the Pacific Northwest.

Please share your plans for and memories of the Okanagan Fest-of-Ales.

2012 Penticton Elvis Festival: 11 Years of Tributes to the King

Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Elvis Tribute

Elvis tributes come in all shapes & sizes, but this Penticton festival is just right for "Good Rockin' Tonight"!

The 11th annual Penticton Elvis Festival will be held at the Okanagan Lake Park & Penticton Convention Centre from June 22 through 24, 2012.

British Columbia’s Boldest & Best Elvis Tribute

For three rockin’ days, the Penticton Elvis Festival celebrates the King of Rock and Roll with spirited competition and awe-inspiring performances.

The Penticton Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival Society has organized this event to celebrate Elvis Presley in a unique and memorable way for the last 10 years. 2012 promises to be a banner year for this long-running festival.

Dozens of professional and amateur Elvis tribute artists will descend on Penticton to win the hearts of the fans (and the votes of the judges) in a world class competition.  Special guests for the event include:

  • Darwin Lamm, publisher of Elvis International Magazine
  • DJ Fontana, drummer for Elvis and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Cynthia Pepper, Elvis’ co-star in the film “Kissing Cousins”
  • Joe Esposito, friend of and road manager for Elvis Presley
  • Red Robinson, legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll DJ
  • Darlene Thompkins, Elvis’ co-star in the film “Blue Hawaii”

Two World Class Elvis Festival Venues

This event is simply too grand for a single location, so Elvis fans will be able to enjoy watching tributes and performances in two Penticton locations that are convenient to each other:

Okanagan Lake Park
Okanagan Lake

Several events on the schedule will be held at beautiful Okanagan Lake Park, where sand & pebble beaches, ponderosa pine forests, and rolling, sagebrush-covered grounds combine to create a spectacular setting for the Elvis festival’s performers and attendees.  Events at this location include:

The Tribute Artist Competition on Saturday, June 23 Beginning at 9:00 AM

The competition starts on the outdoor stages at Okanagan Lake Park.  Watch Elvis tribute artists, both amateur and professional, sing and dance their way to the finals.

The Gospel Music Showcase on Sunday, June 24 Beginning at 9:00 AM

Anyone that knows Elvis knows that Gospel was among his most treasured forms of music. Elvis’ library of inspirational songs are presented by the tribute artists and hosted by BC’s own Brian “Elvis” Simpson, who also MC’s other festival events.  Come celebrate the spiritual side of Elvis Presley.

Penticton Trade & Convention CentrePenticton Trade & Convention Centre

The Penticton Elvis Convention will also have events at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre, located only two blocks from Lake Okanagan’s beaches.  Come inside to enjoy:

Headliner Show with Gino Monopoli and the Ultimate Elvis Show Band on Saturday, June 23 at 8:00 PM

Gino Monopoli is one of the most acclaimed Elvis tribute artists performing today and his performances capture the highlights of the entirety of Elvis’ career, from Sun Records to the grand 1970s concerts.

Elvis Tribute

The competition builds to a fever pitch during the finals at the Penticton Elvis Festival

Tribute Artists Finals on Sunday, June 24 Beginning at 2:00 PM

The finest Elvis tribute artists compete for the Professional Grand Champion and Amateur Champion titles. The victor in the Professional category wins automatic entry into the final round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, which is a highlight event of Elvis Week 2012.

Learn more about this weekend of entertainment at the Penticton Elvis Festival website and buy tickets to this extraordinary event in scenic Penticton.

Choose Personalized Okanagan Lodging

Our South Okanagan Bed and Breakfasts offer you the opportunity to make the most of your time at the Penticton Elvis Festival and all across the region with their many breakfast choices, luxurious lodging, generous hospitality and knowledgeable innkeepers.

What’s Your Penticton Elvis Festival Expectation or Experience?

Please share your plans for the 11th annual festival and memories of past Penticton Elvis Festival events.

A Skier’s Paradise

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The South Okanagan is home to some of British Columbia’s premier winter destinations for the ski and snowboard enthusiasts. With locations like Apex Mountain Resort and Mount Baldy Ski Area, this breathtaking region is a skier’s paradise. And the best part is that you do not even need to be a skier or snowboarder to share in the excitement.
With 112 acres of skiable terrain, Apex Mountain Resort offers skiers and snowboarders alike an opportunity to enjoy the world famous dry ‘Okanagan’ powder. Only a 30 minute drive from the popular tourist town of Penticton, Apex Resort is a winter wonderland for the entire family. If hitting the slopes isn’t your style, then you can enjoy the tube park, a scenic ice skate through the forest, or even try your hand at one of the 56 world class cross-country ski trails located at the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre.
Just down the road in Canada’s wine capital of Osoyoos, the snow bunnies can visit the smaller and often less visited Mount Baldy Ski Area. Again, offering the adventure seeker a one of a kind terrain, and many other family oriented activities, Mount Baldy is a true piece of heaven during the winter months. And at the end of a long day on the slopes or at the tube park, don’t forget to visit the Legendary Baldy Bar for a nice warm beverage and a bite to eat before heading back to the comfort of a fire place at one of the South Okanagan’s wonderful bed and breakfasts:

Royal Bed& Breakfast, Penticton B.C.

This 4 Star B&B in a quiet suburb is located  just 5 minutes from downtown Penticton, South Okanagan Events Center, Penticton Trade and Convention Center, and the beach. On-site masseuse offers 20% discount to B&B guests. Several packages are available, or talk to your host to create your own unique special package.

Benchmark Bed & Breakfast, Naramata B.C.

This Benchmark country estate offers panoramic lake views, large suites with private entrances, swimming pool and spa, and is dramatically situated on a bluff overlooking the Naramata river and lake.

Sunflower Inn Bed & Breakfast, Christina Lake B.C.

Just 45 minutes west from Castlegar and Rossland, 2 hours east from Osoyoos and 3 hours east from Kelowna, this beautiful log home on the shore of Christina Lake is a peaceful retreat from city life for rest, relaxation, fresh air and serenity and offers three lakeview rooms.

A Apples -N- Wine B&B, Summerland B.C.

Two large luxurious AC adult oriented suites are available with private entrances/baths, luxurious beds/linens, robes & slippers, Cable VCR/DVD,  and Internet.  Enjoy views of the lake, Decks and the Hot Tub. Breakfast service offered is gourmet in the Lakeview Suite and wholesome self-catered style in the Winemaster Suite.

Lassies, the Men are wearing Kilts, and they’ve got the legs for it!

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

The tee shirt read “Don’t crush that Scotsman, hand me the Caber!”   Whoa said I, what the heck’s a “Caber”?  Little did I know a Caber is a log the size of telephone pole tossed about by some of the strongest men in the world who just happen to be Scots wearing kilts.  There are Highland Games showcasing BC’s Scottish heritage scheduled all over British Columbia this year beginning May 22 in Victoria and in the Comox Valley.  Victoria’s games are, for the first time, in conjunction with the  IHGF World Heavy Events Festival so book your Victoria B&B  accommodations early as it may get crowded.  The games are not all about strength, though the big fellows also throw heavy hammers, stones, kegs and bales.   There are world class pipers, drummers, piper bands and highland dancing displays as well.

This Highland Games link lists all the BC events including the Cariboo Highland Games June 1 & 2 in Quesnel, the Sons of Scotland Games June 10 in Abbotsford, the BC Legion Highland Gathering  June 19 in Sqamish, the BC (United) Scottish Highland Games in Coquitlam June 26,  the Penticton Highland Games July 1 and the fall finale Castlegar Highland Games on October 4.  Followers of the Games will find friendly BCsBestBnBInnkeepers close to all the locations for a nice rest after all the caber tossing, dancing and maybe even a fine meal of haggis and a pint or a wee nip of single malt!

Get Ready… Get Set… Taste!

Friday, March 19th, 2010

The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival runs from April 30 to May 9 and promises to be the best ever.   If you love fabulous wine and fine food this is an experience to be savored and remembered.  What better way to welcome the new grape growing season than with a festival at its start?  Over 100 events throughout the Okanagan Wine Country are set to be enjoyed in the warm spring sunshine.  Culinary delights range from light lunches to sumptous dinners, with superb wine parings, at fine locations throughout the area.  The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival is often described as “one of Canada’s best small festivals” and it is clear why it continues to grow.

When you plan your visit be sure to take adavantage of our local BC Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members for their expertise in choosing events and for the excellent accommodations offered.  Our members offer Bed & Breakfast accommodation throughout the Okanagan region in Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Peachland, Summerland, Osoyoos, Pentiction and West Kelowna