The Okanagan Wine Festival Society is promoting ticket sales for its spring wine fest beginning May 2. - Image: Contributed

The Okanagan Wine Festival Society is promoting ticket sales for its spring wine fest beginning May 2. - Image: Contributed

Thoughts of spring… and the spring wine festival

Tickets are now on sale for the Okanagan Wine Festival Society’s spring wine fest

The grey skies and snow may have us wishing for spring.

Luckily, the 24th Annual Spring Okanagan Wine Festival’s tickets are now on sale and are giving us hope that spring is, in fact, coming.

The Spring Okanagan Wine Festival begins May 2.

“Spring is a special time for all the Member Wineries and Tourism partners of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society,” said Lindsay Kelm, board chair of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society (OWFS), Quails’ Gate Winery. ​“For us, this festival is the unofficial kick-off to the busy summer season. Not only does it give us the chance to celebrate the new spring releases, but also the opportunity to reconnect with fellow wineries and industry partners to toast the beginning of another successful year.”

Going into its second year, Floral presented by Valley First is moving locations. This Alice in Wonderland themed garden party and wine tasting will be taking place over Mother’s Day weekend, in the Better Earth Gardens and Tropicals green house. With live music, food from Nesters Market, and life-sized board games – this is one garden party you don’t want to miss. Partial proceeds from ticket sales will go to Mamas for Mamas. Early bird pricing is on for the month of February.

“We are very excited to partner with the Okanagan Wine Festivals team,” said Candace Chisholm, chief community officer, Mamas for Mamas. “They are all about showcasing the beautiful region we live in, and we are all about helping the people that live here. We are thrilled to be a part of Floral, as it highlights all things pretty: Wine, flowers, and our mamas.”

There are over 90 events listed on the OWFS website, including some annual favourites like the iconic WestJet Wine Tastings. The festival starts May 2—but tickets for these events sell out quickly. Other signature events include the Iron Sommelier British Columbia wine and food pairing competition at Okanagan College Kelowna, as well as the finale on Mother’s Day – a Rosé Brunch at Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos.

The OWFS winery members put on events of their own contributing to the plethora of things to do during the spring festival. For a complete list of events visit www.thewinefestivals.com.

Printed festival guides will be out March 6.

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