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 Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.