Kitsch Winery in south east Kelowna has won city council’s support to host two large gatherings this summer. Now it requires approval from the provincial Agricultural Land Commission. —Image: Kitsch Winery/YouTube

Kelowna council backs big gatherings at winery

Kitsch Winery wants to host two gatherings, one for 500 people and another for 350

Kelowna city council is throwing its support behind a local winery that wants to host two large events on its property despite opposition from city staff.

Earlier this week, council voted to forward the application by the owners of Kitsch Winery on Neid Road in south east Kelowna to the provincial Agricultural Land Commission with its support. The winery is in the Agricultural Land Reserve.

Current ALC rules say wineries in B.C. are allowed to hold 10 events on their properties per year with a maximum of 150 guests at each event. Larger gatherings require approval from the local municipality and the ALC.

The winery, which has held large events on its property in the past—which resulted in complaints about noise from neighbours— wants to hold a celebration of its latest wines for 1,000 people July 14 and a fundraiser for the annual Dream Car Rally charity event for 350 people Aug. 25.

In order to win over council, the winery owners said they were willing to reduce the size of the July 14 event to 500 people. Winery officials say the July 14 event is already sold-out at 500 tickets.

Despite the staff recommendation not to support the winery’s application to the ALC, Mayor Colin Basran and several councillors said they felt the events were worth supporting because they will help promote agriculture and, with the stunning view from the property, the beauty of the area.

“Where better to have an event to allow a winery to celebrate its newest vintage than on its property overlooking the lake and the city?” asked Basran.

Coun. Luke Stake said he was of two minds about allowing the events. But he said he felt the arguments for allowing them outweighed those opposed.

One councillor, however, was not swayed.

Coun. Gail Given said she was concerned about noise and the size of the expected crowds.

A number of homes in the Hall Road subdivision border the farm on one side but the owners said the gatherings will be well away from those houses.

Another councillor, like Coun. Tracy Gray, warned the winery owners that if there were complaints again this year, she may refuse to support future large gatherings at the winery.

In the end, council voted 8-1 to forward the application on to the Agricultural Land Commission with its support. The ALC will the final say.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Okanagan FC kicks off regular season Saturday night

OKFC starts their inaugural season of the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) in Penticton

Lake Country joins celebration of local government professionals

The district joined communities across the province by planting a new tree

Kootnekoff: Nervous about random drug testing?

Are you an employer with workers performing safety sensitive activities, but without… Continue reading

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Severe thunderstorm watch

Environment Canada forecasts thunder, cloud and rain for one more day

PPC leader wants to appeal to voters’ intelligence

Maxine Bernier says his right-wing populist political movement differs from that of U.S. President Donald Trump and other similar European leaders

VIDEO: Canadian breaks women’s world record for longest plank

Dana Glowacka, of Montreal, held a plank for four hours and 20 minutes

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near Canyon Hot Springs due… Continue reading

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

Okanagan woman celebrates 101 years young on the back of a Harley Davidson

Last Saturday Violet Madeline celebrated 101 years. A member of the Lower… Continue reading

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

PHOTOS: First responders in Fernie rescue baby owl who fell from nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

Most Read