Wine festival on the menu
Fifteen years is a good age for a bottle of wine — and it’s also a fine time to celebrate the fruit of the vine and support the Kamloops Art Gallery (KAG).
The 15th annual KAG Wine Festival runs from March 8 to Mary 16 and includes restaurant meal/wine pairings and the wrap-up consumer wine-tasting event at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre.
Other highlights include special dinner-wine groupings at Jack Sam’s and the Quaaout Lodge, the Black Iron Restaurant at Tobiano, the Fireside at the Plaza Hotel, the Commodore Grand Cafe and Lounge and Terra Restaurant, which is holding its event on Thursday, March 21, outside the festival time span to accommodate the winery it wants to feature.
The festival is one of the main KAG fundraisers, said gallery fundraising events co-ordinator Judy Basso, and the tasting at the Coast hotel is always one of the first to sell out.
Tickets for it are $45 plus HST and the hotel is offering a reduced room rate for those who want to stay for the night.
A highlight at the tasting will be a booth staffed by Discover Wines, a major retailer in B.C. that is about to open an outlet at Columbia Square mall next to the BCAA office.
The Kelowna-based company features B.C. wines, artisan foods, gift baskets and an educational program centred around wine.
It also has a wine club that offers select wines delivered every two months.
Tickets for restaurant events must be booked through the venue.
The tasting tickets can be booked by calling the KAG at 250-377-2400 or through Prestons at the hotel, 250-828-6660. More details are available online.