Wine lovers will be in good company at this year’s Sun Peaks Wine & Food Festival from March 5 to 8.
The replacement for the long-running festival of year’s past is bringing revamped events to the village.
Carmen Ruiz from Tourism Sun Peaks said the festival has been well received so far.
“In previous years, ticket sales were last-minute mainly due to the event being so close after the holiday season,” she said. “Now having the event in March has allowed for both international and local guests to make plans well in advance. There is also more accommodation available at this time than there was in January, so this is helping ticket sales.”
So far eight of the 13 events have sold out. Ribs & Reds, Fizz & Fries, Brushes and Berens and a Tutored seven course tasting menu and Explorer Dinner were quick to sell tickets.
“In the past we were limited to highlighting wines from just one region of B.C.,” Ruiz said. “But now we are able to celebrate wines from all over the province. Our restaurant partners have also come up with creative ways to feature local flavours.”
Serious wine-os and casual sippers each have something to get excited about. The Italian Snack Bar event on March 5 pairs Italian appies with Italian style wines and beverages from the Okanagan while the Best of the West Grand tasting pairs a wider selection of B.C. wines with food from B.C. and neighbours in both Canada and the United States.
Brunches, snowshoeing and grilled cheese have also been paired with wine for unique events with a mountain twist.
“Our goal is for all guests, both new and returning, to discover the wines of British Columbia and indulge in local flavours in a fun and casual setting while also partaking in all of Sun Peaks winter activities.”
More information on events and tickets can be found at sunpeaksresort.com/sun-peaks-wine-food-festival.