Out of an abundance of hope to go out for some late winter activities, or maybe optimism for an early spring now that there is still a sliver of sunshine in the sky at 5 p.m., here’s an anticipatory list of places to go and things to do till patio season arrives.
That all said, do check or reserve in advance for the latest updates for these events and enjoy safely.
Dine Around: Take advantage of special three-course meals ranging from $15 to $65 throughout the region (and elsewhere, with 100 restaurants participating), until Feb. 6. Recommendations – 19 Okanagan Grill + Bar in West Kelowna; Home Block at CedarCreek Winery or Waterfront Wines Restaurant in Kelowna; The Bear, The Fish, The Root & The Berry in Osoyoos; Time Winery & Kitchen in Penticton; Shaughnessy’s Cove in Summerland.
Okanagan Hot Chocolate Fest: Until Feb. 14, pick from 20 businesses in 25 locations around the valley and head out for hot chocolate, both non-boozy or "alcochocolate" versions, then vote for your favourite. There’s also a colouring contest.
Chef’s Dinner Series, Mission Hill in West Kelowna: in addition to a Valentine’s dinner options on Feb. 12 and 14, make a date for wine-paired dinners on Feb. 25 or 26, showcasing Ocean Wise Seafood with a focus on bivalves for those who crave mussels, clams, scallops, and oysters.
Fondue for Two, Liquidity Winery in Okanagan Falls: Book a cheese fondue paired with glasses of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, available throughout the month of February from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. The winery is also part of Dine Around.
Love is Blind, Township 7 in Penticton or Langley: Give your blind tasting skills a try with your choice of wine flight – red, white, or mixed – paired with charcuterie and sweet treats. Reserve in advance for Feb. 11, 12, or 13.
Build a Board, Road 13 in Oliver: Part of its Sunday workshop series (note, How to Tartare is delicious fun), enjoy a glass of wine while learning how to build the perfect mix of cheese, cured meats, pickles, and chutneys for a charcuterie board.
Cooking Classes, The Okanagan Table in Kelowna: Set to return in February, "cheffing" classes range from vegetarian to Italian classics, to French cooking, to canapés and platters. Book now to save your spot, and bring your significant other.
Finally, if you really, really want to plan ahead, Noble Ridge in Okanagan Falls has just announced the return of its Vine Dining series, with dinners scheduled for July 15, Aug. 5., and Sept. 10 with Backyard Farms.
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