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Wine Events Return to the Okanagan Valley!

For immediate release.

(KELOWNA, BC) July 20, 2021 - The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announces the return to in-person consumer tastings with the BC Wine & Food Truck Feast on August 7 in Kelowna at the Okanagan Mission Community Hall. 

Back by popular demand, this outdoor event sold out early in 2019, and tickets are selling quickly for this year’s relaunch.  Guests will enjoy 7 small plates of food from the trucks and have the opportunity to taste over 40 wines.  A local mamba band will set the tone for this hot summer event, and custom-made ice wine popsicles will provide a cooler edge. 
 
Fall Okanagan Wine Festival events are not far behind!  After a long 18 months of no in-person events, General Manager Elan Morris is thrilled to get back to the business of placing Okanagan Valley wineries and communities on the stages they deserve through events and wine award competitions. Says Morris, “In October, the Okanagan Valley is the place to be to enjoy the many fabulous wines that are inherent to BC!  As a not-for-profit, we are thankful to have made it through the pandemic, and we are happy to return to actioning the Society’s purpose of being the matchmaker between wine lovers and the people that craft it”.

Here’s what events are coming up:
 
BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards Ceremony & Reception

Thursday, Oct. 7, Manteo Waterfront Resort, Kelowna

BC’s most prestigious wine awards presided over by The Honorable Janet Austin. The 4th annual BC Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards Ceremony & Reception is an evening you don’t want to miss!  Be among the first to see which wine wins the coveted title of Wine of the Year and sample many of the winning wines alongside the winemakers and proprietors behind the labels. Locally curated, small-plates will be paired.
 
Fall Valley First Wine Tastings

Saturday, Oct. 9, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna

Come and enjoy a tour through spectacular Okanagan Wine Country without having to drive! Taste over 140 wines all under one roof at the Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts at this popular and long-running tasting event.  Featuring a live band, delicious small-bites, outdoor patio spaces, video exhibitions in the Mary Irwin Theatre, and of course lots of fantastic wine! 
 
Sensation Fall Finale Presented by Valley First

Saturday, Oct. 16, Penticton Lakeside Resort

Wine + Food + Arts & Culture… A wine tasting event for the senses! The Sensation Fall Finale is a unique experience that pairs Okanagan Valley wine with the very best in food, music, arts, and culture. At every turn, engage with what makes the Okanagan Valley unique. Featuring live artist activations, local still art, dynamic dancers, an illusionist, a guided wine aroma station, and most especially food and wine!
 
FCC Wine Trade Tasting
Wednesday, Sept. 15, Laurel Packinghouse, Kelowna

Open to trade by invite only! FCC and OWFS present a wine tasting dedicated to staff of regional restaurants, hotels, bars, and licensees responsible for the sale of British Columbia Wines. BC wineries will be proud to pour their new vintages as well as a selection of other wines. This non-consumer event will focus on wine education to help build a stronger presence of our members' wine throughout the Hospitality Industry in the Interior of British Columbia. If you are industry and would like to be added to the invite list, please email 
[email protected], indicating the contact and business name.
 
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About The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society:
The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is one of the largest not-for-profit wine industry festival and marketing organizations in Canada. The Society brings wine lovers and wine producers together to celebrate the timeless craft of winemaking through events and wine competitions.  In 2019, Fall Wine Festival was celebrated as one of the top events in Canada by BizBash Media! For more information visit, www.thewinefestivals.com.

Media Contact:
Elan Morris
General Manager
The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society

[email protected]
250 861 6654
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