Wine festival selling out fast

Kamloops Daily News
January 6, 2014 01:00 AM

Madison James, right, and friend Stephanie Avery sample wines with various cheeses at the All You Need is Wine and Cheese seminar at the Delta Sun Peaks in this file photo.

Now in its 16th year, the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival shows no signs of slowing down, with two events sold out and another couple close to the same.

There aren't any tickets left for the Port, Chocolate and Cheese After the Apres Social and B.C. Wine Awards Tasting and only a handful of the 600 tickets for the Sun Peaks Progressive Tasting presented by WestJet remain, said Sun Peaks spokeswoman Brandi Schier.

"It's like the flagship event. It brings together all the wineries and takes over the entire village," Schier said of the Progressive. "Almost every lobby or shop or indoor space becomes a tasting area."

Tickets to the Progressive are $65. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. People are asked to check in at the Sun Peaks Upper Square at 4 p.m.

Another favourite is the Taste of the Thompson, which occurs Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Delta Sun Peaks Ballroom from 7 to 9 p.m. Schier said this is also a popular gathering, and is expected to sell out as well.

"It's a mix of B.C. wines and then they have stations between the wineries that are local restaurants," she said. "It's a good social event. People are mingling around and eating and drinking."

Local musical group Johnson Sandwich performs at the event.

The festival began as a one-weekend ice-wine celebration and has since grown in popularity. Schier said the festivities now take place over nine days and multiple events.

Tickets range in price from $29.50 to $75. For more information, and details on festival packages, visit

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