Wasn’t that a party? Naramata Tailgate Party a smashing success!


With thanks to the Naramata Bench Winery Association for inviting me (+ one) to join them for the annual Naramata Tailgate Party held at Red Rooster Winery in Penticton celebrating the harvest. Tailgate Party tickets included shuttles from Penticton and Naramata.

The winning gumboots photo Tina Baird

The theme for the Naramata Tailgate party was “back to our roots” and guests were asked to bring their best gumboots and a prize would be awarded for the most inventive pair.

A casual and friendly event attended by locals and visitors alike. The evening was a bit cooler than we had experienced a few days earlier but it was actually very pleasant, especially for those of us in “gumboots”.

Mike and me enjoying the fun at Naramata Tailgate Party photo: Tina Baird


Of course, the stars of the night were the delicious wines and the tasty bites. There were games and great musical entertainment. Lots of opportunities for photo ops by the old truck on display.

Monster Vineyards photo MyVanCity

The Patio at Lake Breeze “deviled egg” photo Roslyne Buchanan

Upper Bench
photo MyVanCity

Bench 1775 Duck Taco
photo Roslyne Buchanan

Kettle Valley Winery photo MyVanCity

Vanilla Pod at Poplar Grove
photo Roslyne Buchanan

La Frenz
photo MyVanCity

Vanilla Pod at Poplar Grove
photo Roslyne Buchanan

Black Widow Winery
photo MyVanCity

Hillside Bistro bun
photo Roslyne Buchanan

Perseus Winery photo MyVanCity

The Kitchen at Misconduct mackerel ceviche tostada
photo Roslyne Buchanan

Poplar Grove Winery photo MyVanCity

Naramata Heritage Inn short rib
photo Roslyne Buchanan

Three Sisters Winery photo MyVanCity

Peckingroom Grill at Red Rooster fried rice
photo Roslyne Buchanan

Therapy Vineyards photo MyVanCity

Ambrosia Chef Victor Bongo’s cookbook on display
photo MyVanCity

Deep Roots Winery
photo MyVanCity


Red Rooster was the perfect setting, not too large but certainly not crowded. It gave all the guests an opportunity to chat with the winery folk as they sampled their wines and strolled about enjoying the local food options.

We had such a good time and enjoyed tasting Naramata wines and culinary delicacies. Thanks for having us!


Valerie van der Gracht

About Valerie van der Gracht

I am a Boomer, mom, gram, wife, foodie, wine novice, and I love to travel. Experiencing life and dividing my time between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Formerly a Vancouver Wine Festival volunteer and freelance blogger for HelloVanCity.com and VancouverIslandStyle.com now Editor and Publisher of MyVanCity.ca Connect at [email protected] Twitter @myvancity Instagram @myvancityca and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/myvancity/

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