The grapes may be harvested, but that doesn't mean wine festival season is over.
Now, it's time for the annual Okanagan Winter Wine Festival, where BC wines will be paired with local cuisine, but instead of by the shores of lake Okanagan this festival will take place on the slopes at Sun Peaks Resort, near Kamloops.
The event is in its 16th year, but instead of taking place over just one weekend the festival has extended to nine days from January 11-19, 2014.
General Manager of The Okanagan Wine Festivals Blair Baldwin, says seven new events have been added this year that include 'Snowshoe, S'mores and Mulled Wine', 'Comforts of Grilled Cheese and Wine', 'Wine 101', and 'Assemblage' just to name a few.
"This offers something for everyone, from wine newbies to oenophiles and foodies, along with BC's favourite winter recreation activities."
The festival brings together 30 BC wineries and draws guests from around the province who are interested in this unique winter setting.
"We've been called one of the most intimate winter wine festivals in the world, which aptly depicts the experience here at Sun Peaks. Daily events provide guests an opportunity to interact with winemakers and winery owners on a personal basis," says Baldwin.
Over 1500 guests are expected to visit the mountain during the event, to take in everything from winter sports to savouring BC wines.
Tickets range from $29.50 to $85 with packets for accommodation starting at $149 per person per night, but tickets are selling fast especially for events such as 'Port, Chocolate and Cheese: After the Apres Social' and the 'BC Wine Awards Tasting'.
For a complete listing and tickets click here.