Written By Guest Writer Libations / Wine Events Jul 19, 2011 Roll out the Barrel: Summer Wine Fest in the Okanagan SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThe new Poplar Grove winery. credit: Claire SearThis past week in the Okanagan, the Summer Wine Festival was in full force and with over 30 events, a good time with good wine was enjoyed by all who attended.When you have cycled 160 km in wine country and the Canadian desert in the inaugural Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan, you deserve some of the Okanagan’s best wine provided at the Gran Fondo wine tasting with over 300 wines. Congratulations to all of the participants, organizers, volunteers and spectators who motivated and cheered on the riders.Congratulations to Gerry Robe, bartender extraordinaire from Raudz who won the Bartender Mixology Event held at the Kelowna Art Gallery. If you didn’t attend the event, you can still enjoy the winning cocktail at Raudz.While storm clouds moved the first Battle of the Benches held at the Ramada Penticton hotel from the planned outdoor pool-side event indoors, the crowd enjoyed over a 100 wines, dined on never-ending circulating appetizers and rocked a good time. At $40.00 per ticket, this Summer wine festival event was a hit with locals, tourists, guests of the Ramada Penticton hotel and participating wineries.The BBQ King or Queen event in the Similkameen valley is always a highlight of the Summer Wine Festival. Held in the beautiful outdoor garden at Canada’s oldest surviving pioneer flour mill-the scenic Grist Mill in Keremeos, the participating chefs partake in an Iron chef style competition where they are all provided with the same locally sourced ingredients including the star ingredient and a local Similkameen winery. This year’s key ingredient was turkey and guests enjoyed eight outstanding food and wine pairings from eight of the Okanagan’s best chefs in the breathtaking and tranquil Similkameen Valley.Executive Chef Chris Van Hooydonk from Burrowing Owl Estate Winery's Sonora RoomCongratulations to the King(s) – Best Chef-Executive Chef Chris VanHooydonk from Burrowing Owl Estate Winery’s Sonora Room Restaurant and Best Food and Wine Pairing from Executive Chef Chris Remington from the Hooded Merganser Restaurant and Forbidden Fruit Winery.Poplar Grove Winery’s official grand opening of their spectacular new winery in Naramata began with the Roll out the Barrel ceremony (why cut a ribbon, when you can drop a barrel) and a rock’ng party with live music, divine hors d’oeuvres and fantastic wines. What began one evening with the owners, a glass (or two) of wine and a sketch on a napkin has become a modern vision of architectural excellence with glass walls and panoramic views.A fitting showcase for their award-winning wines and a must visit. Mark your calendar for the Fall Wine Festival-September 30th to October 9th, 2011.– Claire Sear, EAT Okanagan Reporter Okanaganwine festival SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Causes / Events January 25, 2019 Blue Monday Pop-Up Bar – 100 Proof Blues January can be tough around these parts. In fact, it has come to be so globally known as such, that the third Monday of each January has ... Read More Cocktails / Events January 25, 2019 The Complete Bartender Competition 2019 Little Jumbo played host to Nimble Bar Co.’s The Complete Bartender Competition, January 16, 2019 Last Wednesday, I judged my first cocktail ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Comments are closed.