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The 19th Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival

January 13 to 22, 2017

2017 Winter Okanagan Wine Festival Packages
Book by November 15, 2016 and save 10% off!
Starting from $285 per person
Kick off the 19th Annual Winter Okanagan Wine Festival with a weekend sampler featuring two nights of accommodation in the Sun Peaks Village, the Sun Peaks Wine Crawl and another festival event of your choice.
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Package pricing is based on the Sun Peaks Wine Crawl and The Spirited Après for two people. Valid Friday January 13, to Sunday January 15 2017.
Starting from $315 per person
Westjet is proud to present this memorable event combining wines, fresh mountain air and good company to create warm and wonderful memories of a Canadian Winter. Wander around the charming alpine village while enjoying an unforgettable winter wonderland.  This package offers two nights of accommodation in the Sun Peaks Village, the Progressing Tasting and another festival event of your choice.
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Package pricing is based on the Sun Peaks Progressive Tasting by Westjet and Mixology to Music for two people. Valid Friday January 20, to Sunday January 22 2017.
Starting from $475 per person
Visit Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival and experience delectable wines, decadent food, Canadian history and a walking tour of the alpine village. This package offers three nights of accommodation in the Sun Peaks Village and three festival events of your choice.
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Package pricing is based on the Taste of Sun Peaks, Explore Series Dinner and Sun Peaks Progressive Tasting by Westjet for two people. Valid Friday January 13, to Sunday January 22 2017.
2017 Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival Events
Call Sun Peaks Central Reservations at 1.800.807.3257
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Wine Sampling Dining Seminar
January 13–22
Sun Peaks Wine & Dine
Bella Italia Ristorante, Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill, Mantles Restaurant, Masa's Bar & Grill, Sun Peaks Lodge Steakhouse, The Voyageur Bistro
Please see individual restaurants for prices and menus. During the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival, restaurants throughout the alpine village feature uniquely designed menus paired with British Columbia wines. It is a wonderful way to be introduced to the wines of British Columbia and you can try a different restaurant every day. Sun Peaks Wine and Dine is held nightly and advance tickets are not required, however restaurant reservations are. Visit any participating restaurant to see their Wine and Dine menu and book your table!
Sun Peaks Wine In
Participating Restaurants: Bella Italia, Masa's Bar + Grill, Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill, Voyageur Bistro
Wristband Price: $10
Wine is food. So if you want to taste the diversity of the British Columbia wine culture, the Sun Peaks Wine In is an affordable way to sample a variety of wines at participating restaurants, bars and cafés. Purchase a wrist band for only $10 and for the duration of the Winter Okanagan Wine Festival, wear your wrist band and at the participating restaurants, you can buy a special flight of wines at a discount available to those who have purchased the wrist bands. It is a great and simple way to experience the wines of the Okanagan.
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Friday, January 13
Expose It & Compose It
10:00am to 1:30pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$67
Learn how to control your camera in various lighting situations when 'automatic' just doesn't yield acceptable results. Join fine art photographer Bill Fell for a hands on informative session. A practical 'how to' exposure talk will be followed by a photographic walk through the village and valley trail to practice various exposure and composition techniques. Lunch and wine, along with an informal critique of your morning's photos will follow the session. Participants are required to bring their own DSLR, and manual if you have it. Check that the camera batteries are fully charged as the walk will be outdoors and cold temperatures can quickly drain batteries. Also, be sure there is ample room on the camera's memory card for an active morning of shooting.
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Wine Crawl
6:00pm to 9:00pm|Hearthstone Lodge, Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre, Upper Plaza Square|$60
Please note your starting point on your ticket as there will be three different groups travelling the Wine Crawl together.
Holy! The response last year was overwhelming. Welcome to the 2nd Sun Peaks Wine Crawl. Guests will be divided into three different groups and each group will visit three different venues at the resort during the Wine Crawl. At each venue, a different snack is paired with Okanagan wines and set to a theme. Guests will visit the Sun Peaks Grand ballroom where Fresh is Best will sample their famous tortilla chips and dip; The Hearthstone Lodge will feature a fun blind wine and cheese session hosted by Dairy Farmer of Canada; and at the Upper Village Square, keep your jackets on as you enjoy the outdoors tasting various types of healthy snacks with wines and Rider Cider. The Wine Crawl needs you to be on time to start as the three groups move around together for the evening which adds the wonderful ingredient of meeting and making new friends as well. Guests will be assigned a starting point when they receive their ticket and we ask everyone to stay with their assigned group for the event.
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Saturday, January 14
Liz's "Acrylic" Brunch
10:00am to 2:00pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$74
The beginning of a good painting begins with a good glass of wine! Join Liz Derksen for a seasonal brunch and local Kamloops wine, while she guides you from blank canvas to masterpiece. Liz will provide step-by-step instruction to help you uncork your inner Van Gogh. All supplies will be provided, including a smock to keep your clothes clean. At the end of this session, your masterpiece is yours to keep!
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The Spirited Après
3:30pm to 5:00pm|Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill|$39
One of the smash hits from last year return. Come join Cahilty Creek and Okanagan Spirits for one of the most unique events of the festival. Guest will get to taste award winning Okanagan Spirits Eau De Vie made from 100% British Columbia grown fruit. This is a wonderful après outdoor event slope side at Cahilty Creek and while you taste this amazing Eau de Vie, enjoy local handcrafted sausages, mulled wine and roasting marshmallows around the fire pit. You do not want to miss it. Dress code snow suit formal to really show your style!
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Comforts of Grilled Cheese and Wine  SOLD OUT
6:00pm to 8:30pm|Bento's Day Lodge|$60
The famed Comforts of Grilled Cheese and Wine moves to a new time and venue this year! These unique event will be held at Bento's Day Lodge as an evening out. Join David Beaudoin, the cheese poet of British Columbia and ambassador for Dairy Farmers of Canada to devour artisan grilled cheese sandwiches paired with British Columbia wines. Eight different memorable Canadian grilled cheese sandwiches are served with a total 16 different wines from 8 different British Columbia wineries. Guests will love sampling grilled cheese and tasting and comparing different varietals and blends from the Okanagan Valley. Most fun of all, everyone will shout out their favourite grilled cheese and wine pairing!
Sunday, January 15
Pinot and Paper Lanterns
10:00am to 1:30pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$77
Have fun creating these luminescent paper lanterns, paired with hors d'oeurves and local Kamloops wine. These lanterns wonderfully add subtle ambiance to a dinner or garden party, and are perfect for indoor or outdoor use. For those travelling, not to worry! These beautiful lanterns fold up flat so they are easy to pack away to take home. Battery-operated LEDs (rather than candles) will be provided to light up your lantern.
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Starbucks Sparkling Brunch
10:30am to 12:30pm|Voyageur Bistro|$50
Whether you take first tracks and want a break, or you want to sleep in and enjoy something different, Starbucks Canada and the Okanagan Wine Festivals together with Voyageur Bistro welcome you to a nutritious four course breakfast with each course paired with a fresh French press coffee presented by Starbucks baristas and a beautiful British Columbia bubbly. If you didn't think café paired with bubbly, you will be interested to see how well they work together. This is an educational event so it will start promptly at 10:30am and we request everyone be on time because our great coffee and sparkling wine pairings await.
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Monday, January 16
Blind Tasting
6:00pm to 10:00pm|Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill|$49
Informal. Relaxed. Fun. And not too serious. Join Kelly and the team at the Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill for the annual Blind wine tasting where guests taste several wines and identify their varietals from the choices. Guests will try to identify four different British Columbia red wines and four different British Columbia white wines. The evening is accompanied with great music, delectable appetizers, prizes and lots of fun. Whether you know a little or a lot about wines, the blind wine tasting always levels the playing field.
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Moonlight Snowshoe & Mulled Wine
6:00pm|Sun Peaks Snowshoe Trails|$60
It is not the Winter Okanagan Wine Festival without a unique outdoor event. Experience the magic of a winter's night on a Moonlight Snowshoe Tour. This intimate outdoor evening begins with an easy 1km snowshoe tour and guided trek through beautiful forest trails. Enjoy time to relax around a roaring campfire at our cozy winter woodland camp. The return journey offers beautiful views overlooking the picturesque village and its sparkling lights! On our return to the village, enjoy mulled wine in the cozy atmosphere of the Sun Peaks Lodge Steakhouse, the perfect place to stay for an optional dinner.
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Tuesday, January 17
Dinner with Cheese...
A Unique Idea Presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada
7:00pm|Voyageur Bistro|$75
The Voyageur Bistro and Dairy Farmers of Canada are pleased to host a celebration of the famous "runner of the woods" or Coureurs de Bois. These early independent entrepreneurial French-Canadian woodsmen who travelled in New France and the interior of North America, come back in spirit for this wonderful dinner. Fresh baked bannock with Okanagan wines, hearty soups, great Canadian cheeses and a warm winter repas is all you need to recreate the atmosphere of the early days. Join hosts Kevin Tessier, Proprietor of the Voyageur, wine educator Gerrit Van Staalduinen and David Beaudoin from Dairy Farmers of Canada as they bring alive the memories of the discovery of the new world in Canada.
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Wednesday, January 18
Taste of Sun Peaks
7:00pm to 9:00pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$75
This wonderful food and wine evening has become a hallmark of the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival. Enjoy the culinary diversity of restaurants and caterers from throughout Sun Peaks as they come together to treat you to an evening of small plate creations paired with eight British Columbia wineries. Meet guests from around the world, listen to local live music and sample a wide range of freshly prepared culinary delights while meeting with wineries and learning about their success in British Columbia. As a special treat, a selection of fabulous Canadian cheeses will be presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada. This is a stand up event that starts promptly at 7pm so we ask that you be on time and please be sure to book early.
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Thursday, January 19
Cider House Rules at 5Forty Café
4:00pm to 6:00pm|5Forty Café|$55
If you thought the movie was good, wait 'til you taste a beautiful sampling of fresh British Columbia ciders. Welcome to the Cider House Rules—an authentic, up-close and unique cider-tasting experience! This palate-educating event will feature 3-5 British Columbia cideries, each of whom will provide tastings of their products; combined with 5Forty Café appetizer pairings. This is the first event held by 5Forty Café so come and support them and learn about the history of Cider-making in BC; and what's required to create great Ciders.  
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Explorer Series  SOLD OUT
6:30pm|Voyageur Bistro|$75
Step back in time for a historic evening complete with a 5 course tasting menu, wine pairings with each course presented by owner Kevin Tessier and wine presented by educator Gerrit Van Staalduinen of BC Wine Shop. The evening is not only a wonderful culinary and wine event but gives you a glimpse into the history of early Canada and some of its colourful characters.
The Three Elements
7:00pm to 9:00pm|Secret Private Home|$65
A special evening awaits you for this one of a kind intimate event. Courtesy of Sotheby's Realty, the Okanagan Wine Festivals, Dairy Farmers of Canada and Rocky Mountain Chocolates, you will be taken by a private bus from the village to a beautiful private residence at Sun Peaks for a matched evening of three elements—Okanagan port style wines, Canadian cheeses supplied by Dairy Farmers of Canada and locally made chocolates from Rocky Mountain Chocolates—three of the original elements created on earth but they didn't make it onto your chemistry periodic table. This event sells out far in advance year after year, so book early!
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Friday, January 20
Rocky Mountain Chocolate & British Columbia Wines
12:00pm to 1:30pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$55
Chocolate and wine... women line up! Bring your friends, your boyfriends or maybe even your husband to give you comfort as you face the test of tasting handmade chocolates paired with selected British Columbia wines. Join one of our wine educators from the Okanagan for a deliciously sinful pairing. From white chocolate, to milk chocolate to chocolate covered fruit, you will get to experiment, savour and compare notes to determine what your favourite chocolate and wine pairing to find that perfect pairing with wine!
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Sun Peaks Progressive Tasting, Presented by WestJet
Check in: Upper Plaza Stage 4:00pm / Event: 6:00pm to 9:00pm|Sun Peaks Village|$75
WestJet is proud to present this one of a kind event! Imagine tasting wines from 30 different wineries, breathing fresh mountain air in one of the most awarded ski villages in North America, all while enjoying a great social evening! Guests will experience over 100 British Columbia wines with palate cleansing breads and cheeses. This event has attracted over 10,000 customers over the years so come be part of a great winter tradition. Please note: the Progressive Tasting does not include a meal so it is recommended that you eat before you arrive or make a reservation for dinner after the event.
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Saturday, January 21
Dairy Farmers of Canada Present
The Best of BC Wines & British Columbia Cheeses
12:00pm to 2:00pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$55
The pride of two of British Columbia's greatest products is all yours at this unusual seminar. Join host David Beaudoin from Dairy Farmers of Canada and one of the pioneers of the British Columbia Wine industry in a special afternoon seminar. Guests will be introduced to a selection of award winning British Columbia wines and British Columbia cheeses. These hard-to-find wines and cheeses are paired in advance to bring out the best in their flavours. When wine and cheese are paired properly, they are truly amazing.
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Taste The British Columbia Terroir
2:00pm to 4:00pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$55
British Columbia's Okanagan Valley has been awarded #1 wine region in North America (Huffington Post) and voted by consumers as #2 wine region to visit in the world (USA Today). It's time for you to find out what makes British Columbia so well recognized. Join wine educator Gerrit Van Staalduinen for an enticing afternoon visiting 12 distinct wine regions within our province. Gerrit will present information on why each region is special and he has selected a wine that truly reflects the characteristics of that region. This is a wonderful way to taste and explore the level of excellence and diversity of winemaking in British Columbia. And you will find Gerrit irresistible with his knowledge and sense of humour.
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19th Annual British Columbia
Wine Awards Tutored Dinner  SOLD OUT
7:00pm to 10:00pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$90
The British Columbia Wine Awards are British Columbia's oldest wine judging competition held every October as part of the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival—one of the Top 100 events in North America (American Tour Assn 2016). We reserve a rare selection of the award winning wines and present them at this exclusive event. This year, we are introducing a new four course seasonally inspired dinner accompanied as well by an introductory cheese course and a finale cheese course. Each of these courses will be accompanied by two award winning wines from the British Columbia Wine Awards. The evening is hosted by one of the judges from the BC Wine Awards, David Beaudoin from Dairy Farmers of Canada and Blair Baldwin, General Manager at the Okanagan Wine Festivals. Please book early as this event sells out well in advance.
Mixology to Music
8:00pm to 11:00pm|Powder Hounds Restaurant|$65
A local's favourite, come discover the ambience of Powder Hounds. Guests will enjoy a savoury two course dinner while sampling four of the house bartenders 'mixed' wine cocktails. Finish your evening romancing the night away, dancing to the music of a local two-piece band. This is a great event for a date or an evening out with friends!
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Call Sun Peaks Central Reservations at 1.800.807.3257 for more information
on any of the events listed.
Prices are shown in Canadian dollars.  Package pricing is per person based on double occupancy in our best value participating hotel room or studio.  Upgrades may also be available. Rates are subject to availability, plus applicable taxes and may change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. All events are 19+ years of age.  Guests may be required to provide proof of age at ticket pick up or event entrance.  Cancellation: Property cancellation policies apply, Event Tickets are non-refundable from the time of purchase. Alpine lift ticket package add on's are available.