Oliver's annual Pig Out sticking with socially-distanced trail format for 2021

Pig Out fest returns as 'trail'

The South Okanagan's popular Pig Out festival is returning for its second year as "Pig Out Trails," a socially-distanced reimagining of the event made necessary in 2020 due to the pandemic.

In previous years, the festival had been held in one location, with food, drink and entertainment from the region centralized.

But on May 28 and 29 2021, the Trails are back, and participants will enjoy a carefully tailored, progressive wine touring itinerary through Oliver and Osoyoos with a maximum of 30 guests at any one time, anchored to engaging wine tasting experiences guided by some of the region’s most established winemakers in outdoor settings.

“We are confident that we have a safe and practical plan in place for this year’s well-loved Pig Out Trails, thanks to countless valuable learnings from the past year,” said Jennifer Busmann, executive director of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country.

“The health and safety of our guests and local community is paramount and this format was proven last year to allow us to welcome visitors in carefully controlled ways, ensuring that we kept strictly to the social distancing requirements outlined by governing authorities at that time, while continuing our region’s legacy of fun, innovative and immersive experiences.”

The weekend kicks off with two wineries hosting multi-course guest chef dinners in safe outdoor settings, paired with a variety of local wines, on May 28.

On May 29, the Trails begin. Attendees will have dedicated, sanitized buses to travel to their winery stops.

This year's theme is "Escape the Pen," which organizers say "will be interpreted in different and unique ways at each of the 40 wineries that feature along 10 different trails, as they create thoughtful and outdoor tasting experiences, aimed at showcasing their portfolio of wines as well as educating guests in farming and grape growing practises and the art of winemaking."

Each stop will feature food from Oliver Eats Ltd., visiting guest chefs, or from select onsite restaurant partners including Terrafina at Hester Creek Estate Winery, Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, the culinary team at Phantom Creek Estates and Masala Bistro at Kismet Estate Winery. Vancouver’s Paella Guys, a popular addition in 2020, will also return.

The wineries featured on each specific trail won't be unveiled until the day of the event, to keep an air of intrigue.

Tickets for the Pig Out Trails ($99 per person plus tax) and the Pig Out Guest Chef Dinner ($129 per person plus tax and gratuity) are now available on the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country website.

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