A whole weekend’s worth of wine offered up at Sun Peaks

Foodies and wine lovers may want to jet up to Sun Peaks this weekend.

The resort and Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country are partnering to host Savour the Sun festival, a celebration of vino, bubbly, good eats and snow sports.

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“People will have an opportunity to experience wines they may not experience anywhere else,” Tourism Sun Peaks media representative Rachel Roberts said. “The winemakers will be there sharing their passion for their creation.

“And all of the tastings will be paired with food created by the Sun Peaks culinary team.”

Stop No. 1, Savour the Sun at Sunburst, will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Sunburst Bar and Eatery after the slopes have closed to the general public.

Festival goers can opt for the ski-in, ski-out method of transportation or hop a chairlift to access the mid-mountain reception, which will focus on private-collection, hard-to-find wines presented and poured by the winemakers.

A dish of steamed Quadra Island halibut cheeks with soy vinaigrette is among the menu items.

There are 41 wineries under the Oliver-Osoyoos umbrella, many of which will be at Sun Peaks this weekend, including Hester Creek, Covert Farms, Culmina and Black Hills.

For the complete list of wineries in the region, go online to oliverosoyoos.com.

Event No. 2 is Savour the Bubbles, a slightly more informal gathering scheduled to run from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday at Masa’s Bar and Grill.

“This one relies on celebrating the bubbly and sparkling scene within Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country,” Roberts said. “We’ll have 11 wineries represented there.”

The culinary team’s food creations are expected to highlight some of the best B.C. has to offer.

“Everything from artisan cheeses, to seafood from the Coast and we’ve got lamb at the very first event from Harmony Farms in Kamloops,” Roberts said.

“It’s not the typical cuisine that you would be seeing coming out of Sunburst, Masa’s or the Annex.”

Okanagan winter vegetable pakoras will be devoured at Savour the Bubbles.

Stop No. 3 on the festival circuit — Uncork Your Senses — will be held on Saturday at the eatery formerly known as Bento’s Day Lodge, the Annex, which was renovated and reopened in time for last winter.

Tasting and food stations will be spread across the venue, which will be home to 13 wineries for the evening. The action begins at 6:30 p.m. and wraps up at 9 p.m.

The culinary team will be serving B.C. salmon with artisan greens and wasabi-yuzu dressing, among other tasty treats.

“The pairings are going to be very unique,” Roberts said.

The cost: $99 each for Savour the Bubbles and Uncork Your senses and $115 for Savour the Sun at Sunburst.

Purchase tickets online at sunpeaksresort.com.

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