Spring Wine Festival kicks off

Warm weather arrived just in time for tourists and locals participating in the 2011 Spring Okanagan Wine Festival.

Since Friday, 103 wineries representing the wine tourism industry have been greeting tourists and priming themselves for  more than a week of events that cater to anyone who enjoys the great wines of the Okanagan.

The popular WestJet Wine Tastings took place Friday and Saturday  at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, and wines from across the Okanagan dazzled the palates of visitors. But the signature event wasn’t the end the festivities.

Chef Bernard Casavant, executive chef at Manteo Waterfront Resort in Kelowna was seeing brisk business as tickets sales picked up for The Fortis BC Salute to Food, the newest food and wine event in the Okanagan.

“We are expecting a strong turnout on Sunday night (May 1),” he said.

The event will feature five leading Okanagan chefs paired with five great wineries from the Okanagan where each chef will prepare a unique dish for guests to sample, paired with a wine especially chosen for your palate.

Tickets are $85. For tickets go online to or call 250-717-5305.

For more information on the 17th Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, presented by Valley First, visit or from your mobile device at or call 250-861-6654.

Complimentary wine fetival event guides are available at wineries, chambers of commerce, Valley First branches, Starbucks, Tourism B.C. Visitor Information Centres or at B.C. Liquor Stores across the Okanagan.


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