Wine, food, film and more make the South Okanagan hot spot a must-visit this season
Osoyoos, a postcard-perfect town in the South Okanagan, is one of British Columbia’s greatest summer destinations. Boasting golf courses, wineries, restaurants, seasonal attractions, and a range of accommodation options, Osoyoos welcomes visitors from around the world to its sun-soaked landscape.
In addition to activities such as hiking, electric-bike wine tours, and trail riding by horseback, a variety of one-of-a-kind events will take place in Osoyoos in the coming weeks. Start planning your getaway for the following…
Devour! Osoyoos The Food Film Festival (June 15-17)
The largest festival of its kind in the Okanagan Valley, this Friday-to-Sunday celebration of indulgence includes an opening BBQ reception on the beach; a ‘Chowder Smackdown’ with chefs from across Canada competing to create the best chowder; wine seminars presented by the Similkameen Independent Winegrowers; a Saturday Evening Gala with food-themed short films, each followed by a dinner course created by a guest chef (plus wine pairings); and a Long Table Breakfast on Sunday to close the festival. Presented by founder Watermark Beach Resort, in partnership with Similkameen Independent Winegrowers & Devour! Wolfville, tickets for the individual events and all-access passes can be purchased online here.
Elements Dinner (June 21) SOLD OUT
Nk’Mip Cellars, North America’s first Aboriginal-owned winery, hosts this highly anticipated culinary event on National Indigenous Peoples Day. A five-course feast inspired by the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water will be prepared by leading Aboriginal chefs, who will also share with guests the longstanding history and culinary culture of Indigenous peoples. Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie will be onsite to welcome guests at a pre-dinner reception held on the roof of Spirit Ridge. Tickets can be purchased here for $155 (plus tax).
Cherry Fiesta (July 1)
A summer tradition now in its 70th year (!), the Cherry Fiesta is Osoyoos’s Canada Day celebration. The all-day party kicks off with a Rotary Pancake Breakfast in Town Square, followed by the Cherry Fiesta Parade on Main Street. Throughout the day, the town will be hopping with live entertainment, a beer garden, craft and food vendors, children’s activities on the beach, and a “cherry pit spit” competition at various locations and times. The day culminates in the largest Canada Day fireworks display in Western Canada, starting at Gyro Beach at approximately 10pm.
At the gateway to the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys lies Canada’s most unique desert landscape and the lakeside town of Osoyoos. A year-round destination, sunny Osoyoos offers something for everyone, including festivals, swimming, golfing, fishing, wineries, fine dining and more. Visit destinationosoyoos.com.