For wine lovers and foodies, Sun Peaks in British Columbia is a must, with food and wine festivals, vineyards and restaurants catering to gastronomes from all over the US and Canada. There are festivals and events throughout the year celebrating the wonderful fruits of Okanagan Wine Country in British Columbia.
Fall Wine Festival - October
Followed closely by the Autumn Bounty Festival (see below), the Fall Wine Festival is a chance to celebrate the grape harvest (and perhaps pitch in with some of the work). Vineyard tours, meals in fine Sun Peaks' restaurants, workshops, art and music: All of the finer elements of Sun Peaks' cultural life are included in more than 165 events over ten days. The Fall Wine Festivals are scheduled for Oct 1st-11th, 2009 and Sept 30th-Oct 10th, 2010.
The Autumn Bounty festival - October
Sun Peaks Resort hosts this year´s third annual Autumn Bounty, which offers up the best of the region´s art, wine and food in a three day showcase.
As well as sneak peeks of the new vintages being produced by local boutique wineries, there are also more relaxed events catering to a young professional crowd, with the best in local wines being teamed with tapas prepared by some of the area's finest chefs. Five-star finger food teamed with five-star wines - a must for unwinding after work. The Autumn Bounty Festival will be held October 9th - 11th 2009.
Winter Wine Festiva (Formerly Icewine Festival) - January
This unique festival blends Sun Peaks spectacular ski fields with the area´s equally notable wine-making traditions. Enjoy the region´s finest blends in the crisp mountain air of a snow-covered Sun Peaks Resort, being hosted, guided and taught by some of Sun Peaks' best chefs, sommeliers and wine-makers. The Festival has also been expanded to a week long event. The 12th Annual Winter Wine Festival will take place from January 16 to 24, 2010 and will include seminars, Winemasters' Dinners, the Taste of Sun Peaks, the Progressive Tasting, along with new events, such as Mixology.
Spring Wine Festival - May
With more than a hundred events, the Spring Wine Festival is a gastronome´s delight. Designed to blend the unique flavors of both wine and food produced in Sun Peaks and surrounds, the festival is a great way to celebrate the beginning of growing season. The Spring Wine Festival will be held from Apr 29th-May 8th, 2010.
Summer Wine Festival - August
For anyone interested in the wine-making process (and in sampling the end product!), the Sun Peaks Summer Wine Festival is a must. As well as leisurely events at local restaurants, enjoying the best food, wine and art the region has to offer, festival-goers can attend seminars and workshops that give a fascinating behind-the-scenes understanding of wine-making, or a crash course in wine appreciation. The Summer Wine Festival also includes activities on the mountain, giving a new appreciation for what is otherwise known as a ski resort. Think wildflowers and sunshine - bliss. The next Summer Wine Festival is scheduled for Aug 5th-7th, 2010.
Sun Peaks Wine and Culture Festival - July
Held over three days, the Wine and Culture Festival combines arts, crafts, music and wine in a packed schedule of events and workshops. The main themes of the festival are classical music, art exhibitions and - of course - tastings from the best in regional wines accompanied by tapas. Public participation is strongly encouraged, with chairlift rides begin followed by sumptuous banquet dinners, tours of local restaurants where artists are exhibiting their work and tour guests can dine and drink their way through some of the areas finest, or simply relax to the sounds of the classical quartets, quintets and orchestras playing in the Village Square.