Staying in? Going out? As we all cautiously walk into 2023, New Year’s Eve feels like it’s just about back to normal -- knock on wood – though our habits may have changed a bit since that last big party you attended a few years ago.
A few options to consider for this upcoming weekend, with a happy and healthy wish for 2023 to all.
Play Estate Winery in Penticton is bringing a four-course dinner to its Sonetto Restaurant, with live music by Rebecca Sichon; dancing will be encouraged. The room is stunning, the menu both creative and comforting. A good excuse to get all dressed up.
While Play overlooks Skaha Lake, on the north end of town Social? is steps from Okanagan Lake and is planning a NYE menu with Beef Wellington, lobster, scampi, and more. Overlooking the city, Poplar Grove has two seatings on Dec. 31, and Time Winery downtown starts New Year’s seating as of 5 p.m.
Go totally retro at the New Year’s Eve '80’s Bash at Predator Ridge Resort near Vernon, or “A Most Triumphant Night” '80’s New Year’s Eve bash at Kelowna’s Train Station Pub.
Also in Kelowna, the team at Waterfront Restaurant has created a spectacular five-course menu with choices from foie gras terrine to poached prawns, to a Yuzu chiffon cake.
Or, as bubbles are paramount to ring in a new year, Craft Beer Market in Kelowna is hosting the aptly-named “Let’s Get Fizzy” with a four-course dinner, cocktails, party favours, and a live DJ.
The Old Vines Restaurant at Quail’s Gate in West Kelowna has a special NYE menu, and if you’re looking for something celebratory a little earlier in the day, across the lake at Cedarcreek Winery’s Home Block Restaurant you can reserve lunch or dinner.
In Osoyoos, the 15 Park Bistro in the Watermark Beach Resort has two seatings planned for New Year’s Eve with several options available for each of the four courses, and if you make it an overnight getaway, book brunch the next morning.
If you opt to stay in on Dec. 31, hit your favourite local market this week for some treats, menu ideas, ingredients for a charcuterie board, or plan a takeout dinner to save yourself from making a mess in your kitchen.
And no need to pair a bottle of sparkling wine with anything too fancy at home.
A sparkling rosé such as The Pink One from Noble Ridge would work well with some spicy Asian or Indian takeout. Rigel, a sparkling Riesling from Township 7 is perfect with sushi. Summerhill’s Blanc de Blanc, a bubbly chardonnay, is a delight with popcorn and creamy organic butter.
Cheers to 2023.
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