Festival in the forest

The new Bottega Festival builds from the grass roots foundations of Lille Gard Festival into a festival in the forest that almost feels like you've found a little taste of paradise. Nestled amongst a working farm, one of our most specular event venues,  and held in amongst the trees on a handcrafted wooden stage it's an experience your not going to reproduce anywhere else. The acts you'll catch are what you would expect: great folk artists blended with some world music, some singalong style musicians, plus some stellar indie rock acts that are simply some of the best that BC has to offer. 
Each of the acts listed above would be worthy of their own feature and that's the beauty of the festival. It's a collection of small stories and experiences spread throughout the two days. Michael Bernard Fitzgerald would be worth the cost of admission alone but once you add in Bill Henderson (Chilliwack), Neil Osborne (54-40) you realize your getting a deal. One of my favourite acts is also Jordan Klassen but the more I tell you the more I'm simply confirming that each of these acts is worth their own feature. Trust me the line up is amazing. 
This is also a family friendly event. We went with our girls to one of the first years of the Lille Gard but haven't made it back as, until this year, it was held over the Canada Day weekend. The kids loved playing in the the trees, watching the funny looking alpacas, and clapping along to some music. They have ramped up their visual art component to the festival since I attended (see the video above) but the produces weave art throughout the event through a variety of local artists often on site creating work as well as selling it. 
For full information on the festival go to: http://bottegafestival.com/  but as you can probably tell I would highly recommend that if you must pick one festival this summer this is it. A staycation and attending this festival will allow you to discover a part of Kelowna that you didn't know existed plus meet some great folks from around town while you enjoy some of the best music BC has to offer.  

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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