Scheduling your four-day Easter long weekend with food and wine in mind

Long weekend wine fun

It’s easy this year to plan ahead for the Easter long weekend, as numerous events are coming back and most tasting rooms will open for the season. But do plan ahead. All indications suggest it’s going to be busy.

Step one: Help yourself out by downloading the Wines of B.C. Explorer app from Wines of British Columbia. And, since it’s B.C. Wine Month, you can take the Level 1 B.C. Wine Ambassador program online for free in April, just use the code BCWINEMONTH.

Step two: Have a look at these events scheduled for the long weekend. Choose one or two, and then book them before the seats are gone. Enjoy.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt: Township 7, Penticton – Yes, a hunt just for the adults takes place on April 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine while collecting corks and eggs, then turn your finds in for prizes. Information here.

Easter Brunch: Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek, Oliver – A three-course brunch with several options for your main, including Shakshuka, a dish of North African style eggs. Available on April 17. Reservations required.

Weekend Pairings: VinAmité, Oliver – Book a tasting on April 15, 16, or 17 and you’ll be treated to the winery’s new spring releases paired with five thoughtfully chosen ‘accoutrements’, including a special sweet pairing with their fortified wine.

Easter Brunch: Naramata Inn, Naramata – Available on April 16 and 17. Three brunch features – eggs benny, sourdough waffles, or shrimp frittata – to choose from, or peruse the regular lunch menu.

Easter Egg Hunt: Phantom Creek, OliverNo reservations needed to join in the hunt for treats on April 17; while the kids search, the adults can taste wine.

Easter Brunch: Liquidity Wines, Okanagan Falls Book a two-course, wine-paired brunch on April 16 or 17.

Sneak Peek Dinner, Nk’Mip Cellars, Osoyoos – Not Easter-themed, but on the long weekend you can book a preview dinner on April 16 before the summer season begins.

Easter Sunday Dinner, Mission Hill, West Kelowna – Not in the mood for brunch? Book this one-night-only Easter four-course dinner.

Easter Funny, Freddy’s Brewpub, Kelowna – Something totally different. Stand-up comedian Howie Miller and the Train Wreck Comedy Tour make a stop on April 15.

Marvellous Mushrooms, Okanagan Heritage Museum, Kelowna – Why not learn something at this travelling exhibit from the Royal B.C. Museum? This special exhibit runs until May 23. Maybe it will inspire your culinary creativity.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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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.

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