Cheers to your dad

Have you made plans to give a toast to dad this weekend?

It’s not too late to book an event or pick up a treat or two for the father figure (or figures) in your life.

A few ideas for some inspiration.

“Bouquet” of Pepperoni: an idea borrowed from a post on the social network Pinterest, and a play on the flowers you may have given mom last month. Pick up a selection of locally made pepperoni sticks in a variety of flavours and spices, artistically tie together with butcher’s string, and attach a small card.

Join a club: if this wasn’t an option for mom, maybe for dad? Most wine clubs offer gift options, sign dad up for regular shipments, or for the best growler option his favourite, yet-to-be-discovered craft brewery.

Adopt a row: a few wineries offer this option. If dad is into anything to do with gardening, see if one of his go-to wineries offers the chance to put his name on a row of vines for a season. Usually paired with a wine club subscription. And no, dad doesn’t need to work the vines.

Books galore: there are many beautiful books about libations, grilling, culinary history, cooking in the Okanagan. Local wine and VQA shops have great selections, and there may even be a book or two from his favourite restaurant, as more chefs get into writing. Hint: even White Spot has a cookbook.

Glassware: if, as a kid, you broke more than your fair share of dishes and glasses, now may be the time for a nice replacement set. Tumblers, cocktail sets, beer mugs, champagne flutes (the latter to fill with B.C. bubbly to toast him with). Bonus, give the old sets to charity to make way for the new.

A kitchen gadget: Get the siblings together and invest in a sous vide cooker, soda maker, really good BBQ tools (especially if there’s a hazardous old wire brush hanging around), wine cabinet, or perhaps a nice salt and pepper set if the plastic ones from childhood are still in use.

Don’t forget the card, and if you have a favourite food memory with your dad, grandad, uncle, stepdad, adopted dad, father of your kids, maybe reminisce about it this year and say thanks.


June 15, Kelowna: Le Cirque De La Nuit promises to be a unique event of theatrical performances paired with food, wine, and more.

June 15, Penticton: Treat dad to a lobster luncheon at Township 7.

June 16, Summerland: Treat Dad to an afternoon of southern barbecue at Evolve Cellars. 

June 19, Penticton: Blasted Church is having a block party complete with food trucks, free wine tastings, and live music. 

Through till October, Keremeos: The Grist Mill hosts Sunday Night Suppers, each one with a different culinary theme.

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About the Author

A creative thinker with more than two decades of experience in communications, Allison is an early adopter of social and digital media, bringing years of work in traditional media to the new frontier of digital engagement marketing through her company, All She Wrote.

She is the winner of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association's 2011 and 2012 awards for Social Media Initiative, an International LERN award for marketing, and the 2014 Penticton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Hospitality/Tourism.

Allison has amassed a following on multiple social networks of more than 30,000, frequently writes and about social media, food and libations as well as travel and events, and through her networks, she led a successful bid to bring the Wine Bloggers Conference to Penticton in June 2013, one of the largest social media wine events in the world, generating 31 million social media impressions, $1 million in earned media, and an estimated ongoing economic impact of $2 million.

In 2014, she held the first Canadian Wine Tourism Summit to spark conversation about the potential for wine tourism in Canada as a year-round economic driver.

Allison contributes epicurean content to several publications, has been a judge for several wine and food competitions, and has earned her advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

In her spare time, she has deep, meaningful conversations with her cats.

She can be reached at [email protected]

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