The Great Okanagan Beer Festival comes to Kelowna

The inaugural Great Okanagan Beer Festival will bring 40-plus breweries to the shores of Okanagan lake May 7-9.

  • Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 5:00am
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The inaugural Great Okanagan Beer Festival will bring 40-plus breweries to the shores of Okanagan lake May 7-9.

Nestled on Kelowna’s beautiful beache and steps away from the downtown, Waterfront Park will become host to breweries pouring beers from across North America and the world.

The Great Okanagan Beer Festival, which is being put on by Gibbons Festivals and Events, is a three-day festival, offering patrons a mix of exclusive cask events, beer and brewing seminars, and a beer sampling main event pouring for an estimated 2,500 beer lovers.

“We were thrilled when Tourism Kelowna reached out to us at the end of last year to ask if we’d host a beer festival in their home town,” said Liam Peyton, the Events Manager at Gibbons. “At Gibbons we believe in really working with the community to create events that increase business, put the experience of the guest first and make people happy.”

Having 40-plus breweries in attendance means that there will be 90-plus beers to try and the sampling event on the Saturday. The festival has a range of craft talent to tempt the taste buds and they’re proud to announce that amongst the exhibitors are Four Winds Brewing Co. (Delta BC), Tree Brewing (Kelowna BC), Bad Tattoo Brewing (Penticton BC), Bomber Brewing (Vancouver BC) and newcomers Moody Ales (Port Moody BC), Barkerville Brewing (Quesnel BC) and Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks (Aldergrove BC).

Local food vendors NC’s Gourmet Grill, The CrAsian Food Truck, Coast Lunchbox and Kelly O’s will also be on site to tempt the taste buds of thousands of festival-goers, although the timing of the event is designed so that afterwards the guests will filter into the surrounding bars and restaurants to continue the celebrations.

There are currently sixteen innovative events on the schedule with more coming, some of the key ones include the Castanet “CASKanet” Series at the new Cannery Brewing Facility in Downtown Penticton (May 6) and Tree Brewing’s Kelowna satellite location, The Beer Institute (May 7), Barkerville Beer Dinner at The Curious Café Artistry and Alchemy Café and the Brewer Highlight Series at the Train Station Pub, Mission Tap House and Black Bear, Kelowna.

Proceeds from the Main Event will go to our license holder, KBAAD (K-Billie Artistic & Athletic Development), a Kelowna based NPO whose mission is to support artist and athlete development with community based events and showcases.

Tickets and schedule information goes live March 6