WineFest fast approaching

Changing leaves and cooler weather means the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is right around the corner.

For 10 days, the 37th annual festival will return to the Valley, bringing together wine, food, music, dancing and seminars highlighting the wine industry’s accomplishments.

Starting on Sept. 28 will be the harvest party, with the B.C. Wine Awards and Competition at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna.

Dozens of events will follow across the Okanagan.

“Honestly, I think the fruit is going to be great this fall. I know winemakers have to say that every year, but we’ve had a long, slow ripening season due to the smoke filtering out some of the sunlight,” said winemaker Steven Latchford, of Naramata’s Therapy Vineyards.

More than 200 wines to taste and 26 artisanal vendors will be at a farmers market wine event called Cropped at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre Oct. 6 and 7.

“There will also be an on-site liquor store provided by Public Liquor, allowing guests to purchase their favourites on the way out,” said marketing manager Kate Deglow.

For more details on the festival and to purchase tickets, visit this link.

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