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Book your summer events ASAP

Summer fun in Okanagan

Welcome to the first day of “June-uary.”

At some point, hopefully any day now, summer weather will be upon us. Before we know it—if not already—the influx of guests will begin as it seems everyone wants to go everywhere and do everything…right now.

As many tasting rooms stick with reservations, allowing for more educational and immersive experiences, it’s almost critical that you check out the latest offerings of your favourite establishment and book your tastings.

Even more so, it’s time to check the summer event calendar. Here are a few suggestions but be aware, that smaller events may almost be full, so don’t delay.

June 10, Lightning Rock Winery, Summerland: a handful of tickets remain for Pink-Just-Pink, a five-course wine-paired dinner exploring the many shades of pink on your plate or in your glass. lightningrockwinery.com/Tastings/Events

June 11, Summerland: Bottleneck Drive’s signature event, the Grand Sommelier Express, returns. Hop on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway for a ride to and from sipping stations and tasty bites from BRODO.
bottleneckdrive.com/events/grand-sommelier-express/

June 16 and July 21, Roche Wines, Naramata: Relax at an abstract watercolour painting workshop with artist Marina Billinghurst, whose work is on the winery’s Pinot Gris label.
rterroir.ca/events-calendar/

June 19, Road 13, Oliver: Celebrate the summer solstice at the Young Agrarians Farm Social and learn about viticulture, winemaking, and soil science while enjoying wine and gourmet sammies and salads.
eventbrite.ca/e/farm-social-at-road-13-tickets-345737338687

June 26, Time Winery, Penticton: Two seatings are available for a Drag Brunch and Burlesque. Tickets are sold by the table, so grab your besties for brunch and complimentary bubbles.
timewines.ca/product/drag-brunch-with-freida-whales

June 26, Maverick Estate Winery, Oliver: Sip wine and cider while enjoying wood-fired pizza by Woodwood Pizzeria.
facebook.com/events/549709493438983/

July 15 or 16, Bartier Bros., Oliver: Beans and Jeans is a ‘sip stomping’ good time with a country-style dinner by Oliver Eats and music by Mitch Zorn, pluys here’s a ‘Rip & Beth’ lookalike contest.
bartierbros.com/events/

July 30, Meyer Family Vineyards, Okanagan Falls: Rock out with Jack and Jill while enjoying wine, beer, and a variety of the Okanagan’s best food trucks.
mfvwines.com/collections/book-a-tasting/products/music-at-meyer-jack-jill-outdoor-concert

Various dates, Grizzli Winery, West Kelowna: From happy hour to golden hour music in the vineyard to art shows to outdoor cinema, it’s best to explore their entire calendar.
grizzliwinery.com/calendar

Various dates, Township 7, Langley: The Fraser Valley location has live music on Fridays through Sept 2, and many other events this summer. https://township7.com/events/

Various dates, Blind Tiger Vineyards, Lake Country: Live in the Vineyard features local bands of various genres throughout the summer.
blindtigervineyards.ca/live-in-the-vineyard

Sept 18, Kelowna: Always a sell out, so book now, the Okanagan Feast of Fields wandering harvest picnic returns, and heads to Wiseacre Farm Distillery.
farmfolkcityfolk.ca/feast-of-fields/

Is your event missing? Send an email to [email protected] to be on the next roundup.

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.

She can be reached at [email protected]



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