There’s too much going on in May here in the Okanagan. The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival is in full swing, the orchards are blooming and there are so many unique dinners being held at various wineries and restaurants. To add to this, it is Mother’s Day on May 14th and the Great Okanagan Beer Festival as well as the Okanagan Craft Cider Festival is all within 2 weeks of each other.
There’s no way I can list all of the amazing events going on here but if you feel I’ve missed a major one or would like to promote your own event please feel free to comment with the details below.
So let’s get to it!
The Terrace at Mission Hill Winery opens its doors for the season. Get your reservations in now before tourist season begins! See my past coverage of Mission Hill here. Located in West Kelowna.
Devour Osyoos, a food, wine and film festival at various locations around Osoyoos.
Barrels and Bouquets at Indigenous World Winery. Aromatic wines from winemaker Jason Parkes paired with dishes made and decorated with edible flowers by Red Fox Club chef Andrea Callan.
Bacchanalia Food & Wine Festival at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.
The Tasty Chain at Elephant Island Winery on the Naramata Bench, about a 20 minute drive from Penticton. Sip on fruit wines at this funky winery set within an orchard.
Okanagan Craft Cider Festival taking place in Kelowna.
Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery is celebrating 10 years. Come dine on Portuguese pork sandwiches, wine and enjoy live music. Takes place in Oliver.
La Bussola Zenato Dinner. A four course dinner paired with Zenato Italian wines. The wine maker, Alberto Zenato will be there from Italy to host this special event. Takes place at La Bussola restaurant in downtown Kelowna.
Fernie Brewing Co. tap takeover at the Train Station Pub. 10 of their craft beers will be served this evening in celebration of the Great Okanagan Beer Festival. Takes place in Kelowna.
Category 12 Beer takeover at Bar Norcino with brewery Michael Kuzyk. Note: Bar Norcino is the speakeasy bar located in The Curious Café. Takes place in Kelowna.
Poutine Eating Challenge at Smoke’s Poutinerie at 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Takes place in Kelowna.
The Great Okanagan Beer Festival opening ceremonies at Doc Willoughby’s Pub with Whistler’s own Neverland Nights performing. Takes place in Kelowna.
Tap takeover at the Curious Café. Moody Ales, Yellow Dog Brewing, Four Winds Brewing Co. and Trading Post Brewing Co. will all be taking over the taps! Four taps each ‘til the kegs run dry. Takes place in Kelowna.
Intimate beer dinner at Bar Norcino with Bret Mills of Four Winds Brewing. Takes place in Kelowna.
First annual brewers social at BNA. Play indoor bocce and mingle with brewers and industry members.
Deep Roots Winery celebrates the season with live music.
The Great Okanagan Beer Festival main event takes place in downtown Kelowna. Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out! Takes place in Kelowna.
Mother’s Day Yoga and Brunch at Painted Rock Winery
Meyer Family reunion and spring release. Come taste their newly released wines including our 2016 Okanagan Valley and Stevens Block Chardonnays and our not yet released 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé, Riesling & Gewurztraminer! Enjoy a savoury BBQ prepared by Chef Jordan Ash of Flambé Catering. Take in the stunning views from our McLean Creek Road Vineyard and sip on a glass of your favourite MFV wine while enjoying live music featuring the lovely Aidan and Mandy! This takes place in Okanagan Falls.
Sunday alfresco vineyard dinner with Joy Road Catering at God’s Mountain Estate. These events sell out fast. Book soon! Takes place in Penticton overlooking Skaha Lake.
Kelowna Sushi and Sake Festival takes place at the Laurel Packing House in downtown Kelowna.
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