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Blasted Church Vineyards holding Seven Deadly Sins Party to celebrate 20 years

Let them with sin ... party

Sloth. Greed. Lust. Gluttony. Wrath. Envy. Pride.

They are the seven deadly sins, and they will be celebrated passionately at Blasted Church Vineyards later this month. The Seven Deadly Sins Party will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Okanagan Falls winery.

It promises to be a naughty but very nice time.

“We wanted to celebrate with a big party,” Blasted Church experience manager Lisa Baxter-Burke says with a tinge of evil in her voice. “We decided instead of going with blessings this time we would go with sins. Sins are far more fun.”

The party will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the winery, which is located at 378 Parsons Rd., northeast of Okanagan Falls. The festivities will take place from 6 to 10 p.m.

“There is going to be lots of stuff going on,” Baxter-Burke says. “So we want people to know that it’s just not your regular wine tasting event. There is going to be lots of entertainment and fun for your dollar.”

Party-goers are encouraged to dress up as their favourite deadly sin, and prizes will be awarded to those wearing the best getups. Baxter-Burke plans to dress up as pride and will be looking in a mirror all night long. Several other Blasted Church employees are planning to wear their pyjamas and represent sloth.

In other words, get ready to party like your soul depends on it.

There will be live music by Jon Bos, Lady of the Mist will be spinning tracks to keep the party moving at all times, and Cosmic Co-Motion will wow guests with their go-go dancing and aerial performances.

Blasted Church chef John Burke, Shucked Oyster Co. and Purdys Chocolates will provide the bites, and Blasted Church’s award winning wines will be there to wash it down.

Blasted Church, which in 2021 was voted WineAlign’s third best winery in Canada, got its name from an event that happened in the South Okanagan nearly a century ago. Officials wanted to move a church from Fairview to Okanagan Falls, and the project foreman, Harley Hatfield, figured a little bit of dynamite would loosen the nails. Other than knocking off the steeple, the plan worked.

More than 70 years later, the founder of the new winery heard and loved the story, and decided to name the vineyards after it.

More information about the event, including how to purchase tickets, can be found here.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



In addition to supporting local, buying at Beachcomber could be worth $5,000

Best time for Beachcomber

Richard Finley has been a long-time customer at Beachcomber Home Leisure, and he figured this would be the perfect year to upgrade his backyard setup.

One of Finley’s daughters moved into her own home earlier this year and needed some patio furniture, so Finley and his wife donated their set of six chairs, a table and an umbrella to the next generation.

They also felt the urge to support Beachcomber after the passing of company founder Dennis Melvin earlier this year.

A third reason that made this summer the perfect time to buy is the contest that Beachcomber Home Leisure is running. One customer at the Kelowna location and one at the Vernon store will both win their purchases up to an amount of $5,000.

“They just lost Dennis, and it’s really sad,” Finley says. “It made me think of just how long we’ve shopped there. We thought if we’re lucky enough to get five grand back that would be awesome, but it’s also money well spent because these sets last a long time.”

The chairs, table and umbrella that Finley donated to his daughter were still in outstanding condition, but the new set has certainly upped the level of comfort in his backyard. He went to Beachcomber and found the perfect loveseat, two chairs and fire table to make his Okanagan summer nights even more enjoyable.

“We play outdoor pickleball, and out of all the buddies’ houses, we always seem to come back to my house to have the after-pickleball beverage, because they really, really enjoy the comfort of the set,” Finley says.

“And they actually maybe stay too long, so I might have to look at a different set that’s not quite as comfortable,” he adds with a laugh. “The beer fridge has never seen this much action.”

Finley keeps going back to Beachcomber because of its massive selection, superlative quality and friendliness of the staff.

“Some of them I’ve known for years,” Finley says. “They know my name, and I know theirs, and that’s the cool part about dealing with a local company.”

More information about Beachcomber Home Leisure can be found on its website.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



Inaugural Savour the Sun: Silver Star wine festival set to go this weekend

Savour the sun at Silver Star

Time is running out to grab tickets for a brand new wine festival that will also showcase everything Silver Star and the mountain resort has to offer.

The inaugural Savour the Sun: Silver Star wine festival will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the ski and bike destination northeast of Vernon. Destination Silver Star partnered with Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country for the event, which will feature some of the valley’s most celebrated winemakers as well as Silver Star’s most delectable food.

“We are thrilled to showcase winery partners across the region, from the South Okanagan and Naramata Bench, to Kelowna, Lake Country and Shuswap,” Destination Silver Star executive director Cassandra Zerebeski says.

“The festival features up-and-comers with Kismet, Sunnybrae and Waterside, and fan favourites such as 50th Parallel, Stag’s Hollow, Anthony Buchanan, Hester Creek, Mount Boucherie and many more. It is a great range which will be paired with fantastic culinary offerings.” Third Beach vodka drinks and non-alcoholic options will also be available.

There are a variety of dinner options to get the party started on Friday night. The first is an alfresco pairing wine dinner experience hosted by SilverStar Mountain Resort, orchestrated by talented executive chef Scott Sanderson and in partnership with Experience Wine Tours. This event features wines of Meyer Family Vineyards, Le Vieux Pin and La Stella.

The second private dinner option will take place in the newest restaurant at Silver Star, Black Pine Social. Chef Jarred Sauve and owner Brandon Loughery draw inspiration from rustic European alpine culture, incorporating international flavours and a modest influence from Japanese cuisine. The meals, of course, will be paired with some of the best wines the Okanagan has to offer.

Another flavourful option is dining a la carte at the Bulldog’s Grand Cafe, where chef Tyler Lafferty will show off his skills with unique Dutch and Thai-Indonesian features, highlighting pairing options from the Oliver Osoyoos region. The venue hosts a DJ on Friday and Sunday evenings.

There are still a few spots remaining but the deadline to purchase is midnight tonight (Monday) for the winemakers dinners and mid-week for the tasting event, with limited tickets remaining.

The activities on Saturday and Sunday at Savour the Sun will be mostly for everyone. On Saturday there will of course be the wine tasting extravaganza called Uncork Your Senses for those of drinking age, yet live music and a pop-up Polson Park artisan market is also on the agenda for everyone’s entertainment.

Saturday’s performers are scheduled to be Andrew Allen and Josh Bogert, while Sister Speak is slated to hit the stage on Sunday. Take some time on Sunday to do some hiking, biking, or treat yourself with a spa treatment.

There is a shuttle option available for those wanting to get back to their own beds each night, although stays at Silver Star are quite affordable.

“A two-night stay in Silver Star offers great value, and our destination is the perfect base camp for your Okanagan adventure,” Zerebeski says.

More information about Savour the Sun: Silver Star can be found here. Those wishing to take advantage of the shuttle can email [email protected].

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



Chute Lake Lodge has everything you would want for that late summer vacation

Perfect last summer getaway

As the summer weeks wind down, your perfect quick getaway at Chute Lake Lodge awaits.

The lodge, which is located on the KVR Trail between directly between Kelowna and Penticton on the east side of Okanagan Lake, offers everything you could possibly want in the Okanagan.

It has a swimmable lake.

It has glamping opportunities right on said lake.

It has a restaurant featuring delicious, homegrown ingredients.

It has cabins if glamping is not your style.

It has a brand new bathhouse.

It has outdoor activities galore.

It has that refreshing mountain air.

The only other thing it needs now … is you.

“It’s a short getaway,” general manager Patrick Braspenning says. “From Kelowna, if you take the old KVR, it’s a beautiful drive. You just have to adjust your speed. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for very low vehicles, but if you have a four-by-four it would be doable, and it’s a beautiful drive over the KVR with beautiful views over Kelowna.

“Otherwise, the alternative ride is through Penticton and Naramata. You drive past about 25 wineries, and that’s not necessarily a punishment either, right?”

Once you get to Chute Lake Lodge, the toughest part will be deciding what to do first. The lodge offers e-bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, canoes and motorboats for rent, as well as fishing tackle and lifejackets. There is also a dock for the kids to You don’t need to be staying overnight at the lodge to take advantage of the recreational opportunities, either.

You really should spend the night, however, because there are few better spots in the province. Its elevated location means overnight temperatures are perfectly comfortable, meaning you can snuggle up with that special someone under those warm blankets in your glamping tent—for less than $150 a night.

Chute Lake also spent the last year upgrading its bathroom facilities for those who perhaps thought the situation was a bit too rustic. The former bathhouse, which was as old as the lodge itself, has been replaced with a sparkling new facility featuring numerous showers and toilets. In addition, some of the cabins have been outfitted with their own three-piece bathrooms, eliminating that outdoor walk to the biffy in the middle of the night.

The washrooms are also more accessible, thanks in large part to accessibility advocate Bruce Cook, who featured Chute Lake Lodge recently on his show, By Hook or By Cook.

There are a few August dates available for those looking for one last summer getaway. People from all over the world come to the KVR Trail and stop in at Chute Lake Lodge.

Locals can enjoy it, too. It is, after all, located right in their big, beautiful backyard.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



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