Wineries get a taste of Farmers’ Market

DSC_0121Two of Kamloops’ top wineries are set to become regular stall-holders at the Sun Peaks Farmers’ Market this summer, giving local wine lovers something to look forward to each Sunday.

Meghan Kolodka, Farmers’ Market manager, said it was an exciting addition to the market.

“We’ve just gone through all the applications (for the Farmer’s Market) and we have two confirmed wineries from Kamloops set to attend each week: Privato Vineyard and Winery and Sagewood Winery,” Kolodka said.

Back in February, Kolodka was approached by Privato, who had expressed interest in exhibiting at the market. Unfortunately, the market was not approved for liquor at that point. However, recent liquor law changes, along with support from the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality and Sun Peaks Resort Corporation will allow for the wineries to feature.

“Once we received the OK, I reached out to all of the wineries in Kamloops and also a few in the Okanagan to see if there was interest.

“(Privato and Sagewood) are both very excited to come up, and I think it’ll be a nice draw for the Farmers’ Market to get more people out on Sundays.”

Christopher Nicolson, president of Tourism Sun Peaks (TSP), said the new liquor laws had opened a dialogue between Sun Peaks and the wine community.

“The Farmer’s Market was an obvious opportunity to bring them up and feature them. We’re quite excited.”

Nicolson said the wineries would feature tastings and sales and will also be featured at the Sundance Liquor Store.

“Similar to the wine festival and other events we have up here, we work with the liquor store to be able to cross-promote and drive sales through the store as well.”

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the Sun Peaks and Region Farmers’ Market, with the first market set to kick-off at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, and running each Sunday through until September 6.