The Okanagan Wine Festival is back in Kelowna this year and people were flooding into the Rotary Centre for the Arts Saturday night to get their hands on some of the best wines the Okanagan has to offer.
According to an organizer of the Spring Wine tasting event, Jennalyn Christopherson, it’s been a long road back to hosting full-capacity events for the Okanagan Wine Festival Society, as the pandemic has spoiled several plans.
“It feels incredible. It’s been a pretty big roller coaster these past couple years. We’ve been planning events and cancelling, it’s just been a roller coaster, so it’s great to see some smiling faces and some people ready to drink some wine,” said Christopherson.
To bring things back with a bang after such a long time away, the Okanagan Wine Festival Society completely sold out the Spring Wine tasting event, with 600 wine lovers showing up.
“Spring Wine Festival is 10 days with more than 70 events throughout the Okanagan Valley," said General Manager Elan Morris.
"We produce three signature events. This one being our first … then we have From Cellars to Classic at the Laurel Packing House this Thursday and then Blush and Bubbles which is a celebration of all rosé and sparklings in the Valley."
Known for being one of the best spots in the entire world when it comes to incredible-tasting wine, wineries from across the Okanagan have missed being front and centre for people to discover.
“We’re just excited to get back to events and do the important business of helping put our B.C wineries on the stages they so well deserve. It’s been a rough couple years for everyone, us included,” Morris said.
“We miss doing events and I know the wineries are really excited to get back and have 600 captive wine lovers to try their products. It’s been a long time coming.”
The Okanagan Wine Festival has several more events happening between now and May 15.