Book your summer events as soon as possible – Okanagan Taste

Welcome to the first day of “June-uary”.

At some point, hopefully overnight, the summer weather will be upon us. Before we know it, if not already, the influx of guests will begin because it seems like everyone wants to go everywhere and do everything…right away.

As many tasting rooms stick to reservations, allowing for more educational and immersive experiences, it’s almost essential that you check out the latest offerings from your favorite establishment and book your tastings.

More so, it’s time to check out the summer events calendar. Here are some suggestions, but be aware that smaller events can almost sell out, so don’t delay.

June 10, Lightning Rock Winery, Summerland: A handful of tickets remain for Pink-Just-Pink, a five-course wine-and-wine dinner exploring the many shades of pink on your plate or in your glass.

June 11, Summerland: Bottleneck Drive’s flagship event, the Grand Sommelier Express, returns. Board the Kettle Valley Steam Railway for a ride to and from BRODO’s sip stations and savory bites.

June 16 and July 21, Roche Wines, Naramata: Relax during an abstract watercolor painting workshop with artist Marina Billinghurst, whose work is featured on the winery’s Pinot Gris label.

June 19, Route 13, Oliver: Celebrate the summer solstice at the Young Agrarians Farm Social and learn about viticulture, winemaking and soil science while tasting wine and gourmet sammies and salads.

June 26, Time Winery, Penticton: Two seats are available for a Drag Brunch and a Burlesque. Tickets are sold at the table, so grab your best friends for brunch and free bubbles.

June 26, Maverick Estate Winery, Oliver: Sip wine and cider while enjoying wood-fired pizza from Woodwood Pizzeria.

July 15 or 16, Bartier Bros., Oliver: Beans and Jeans is a good “sip stomping” time with a country-style dinner by Oliver Eats and music by Mitch Zorn, but here’s a lookalike contest “Rip & Beth”.

July 30, Meyer Family Vineyards, Okanagan Falls: Rock out with Jack and Jill while sampling wine, beer and a variety of the Okanagan’s top food trucks.

Various Dates, Grizzly Winery, West Kelowna: From happy hour to golden hour music in the vineyard, from art exhibits to outdoor cinema, it’s best to explore their entire schedule.

Various Dates, Township 7, Langley: The Fraser Valley location offers live music Friday through September 2 and many more events this summer.

Various dates, Blind Tiger Vineyards, Lake Country: Live in the Vineyard features local bands of various genres throughout the summer.

September 18, Kelowna: Always sold out, so book now, the Okanagan Field Festival Traveling Harvest Picnic returns and heads to the Wiseacre Farm Distillery.

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This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

Angela C. Hale