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Road Tripping the Okanagan in August

If you’re heading up to the Okanagan for an adventure in August, here are some fresh things that should be on your radar...
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Road Tripping the Okanagan in August

If you’re heading up to the Okanagan Valley this month for an adventure, here are some fresh things that should be on your radar and plotted into your (designated driver’s) GPS. Got any tips or suggestions for our next road trip? Let us know!

LANTERNS | For a fine start to your Okanagan weekend (and a truly magical summer send off), plan to stop at the Lights on Lightning Lake Festival in Manning Park this Saturday, August 3rd. Arrive early to make your very own lantern at a day-long lantern-making workshop and BBQ, or plan your departure from the city so that you catch golden hour on the road and arrive at the park in time for the lantern launch across the water of Lightning Lake at twilight. Floating lantern-building workshop and BBQ at Lightning Lake Day Use area 11-2pm. Lantern launch at Spruce Bay Beach at 9:30pm. Find out more here.

Sat, Aug 3 | 11am - 11pm | Lightning Lake, Manning Park 7500 Hwy 3, Manning Park MAP

HAVE A PICNIQUE | Joy Road Catering will be be popping up at JoieFarm for a series of three-course Sunday lunches this month (August 11th, 18th and 25th). Okanagan terroir-inspired lunch paired with JoieFarm wine on the luxurious green grass of Picnique at JoieFarm? Love this scenario! While you can wait to make your wine pairing choice the day of  your lunch, we don’t recommend you wait to reserve a seat. Tickets here.

JoieFarm 2825 Naramata Rd MAP

BELLA | Sit down for a special outdoor feast under the cherry tress at Naramata’s Bella Wines on August 9th. Catered by the aforementioned and always fabulous Joy Road crew, this al fresco dinner promises to be one of the most sublime summer experiences the Okanagan has to offer this month.  Tickets will sell out, but if you hustle you can still claim your seat here.

Bella Wines 4320 Gulch Road, Site 15A Comp 2, Naramata MAP

OPEN | Heading to Kelowna? Plan a replenishing stop (or a few) at Chef Chris Shaften’s new plant-focused Orchard Room. The neighbourhood restaurant has been serving up a refreshing menu of locally inspired eats, inventive cocktails, beer and an “orchard-to-glass” cider list for about a month now, and it was recently expanded to include daily specials and a Lil’ Hip Hop Brunch. Check out some of their colourful deliciousness (and amazing wallpaper) here.

Orchard Room 269 Lawrence Ave., Kelowna MAP

NATURE | There is a Traditional Plant Use Walking Tour at the The Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna on Monday, Aug 12. Learn a little about the flora of the region on a two hour walking tour with a Syilx / Okanagan Nation “knowledge keeper”. Hear about native plants, taste some traditional snacks and meet some interesting people. Details here.

Mon, Aug 12 | 10m | $15 | The Laurel Packinghouse The Laurel Packinghouse, Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC, Canada MAP

BEER | Sometimes you just need a beer, even in wine country. When the urge hits, take a detour off the wine-y path by hitting up Vice & Virtue Brewing Co. and quench the craving. Let your palate wander further by trying something especially summery like their Strawberry Rosehip Wheat Ale, Mango Milkshake IPA or Raspberry Beliner ‘Vice’.

Vice & Virtue Brewing Co. 1033 Richter St., Kelowna MAP

FESTIVAL | The 5th BC Pinot Noir Celebration hits Kelowna on August 17th. This festival is so much more than just wine. In addition to 35 Pinot Noir producers, the day-long event features food from the chefs at Vice & Virtue, Frankie We Salute You!, Joy Road, Old Vines, Wildebeest and more. There’s probably no better way to get a taste of some of the region’s best flavours this summer, all in one go. Get your tickets here.

UBC's Okanagan Campus 3333 University Way, Kelowna MAP

LONG TABLE | If you’ve still got room left in your summer budget for something luxurious, then you should seriously consider getting a seat at one of Quails Gate’s four-course long table suppers. Opportunities like this are dwindling along with the daylight hours, and their popular twice-weekly ‘Dinner in the Vineyard’ series wraps up for the season on August 29th. End the summer spectacularly wined and dined by getting tickets here.

Quails' Gate Winery 3303 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna MAP

SOON | Over in Penticton the opening of the new Turkish inspired eatery Elma can’t come quickly enough! Fortunately, their table settings are in place and final preparations are underway with plans for a soft opening in early August. Get amped, hungry and updated by visiting their Instagram.

Elma 994 Lakeshore Dr., Penticton MAP

COFFEE | Wayne and Freda is open! The new Penticton cafe has a killer patio and an airy interior full of charming details like wall art dancers by local illustrator Helen Eady. Get in there ASAP! Check out the Wayne & Freda website here.

Wayne & Freda Winnipeg St. and Estabrook Ave. Intersection MAP

REFRESHING | A cold pint of local cider is a perfectly apropos refreshment after a dip in the lake. On your pre-beach liquor store stop, scope out something from Dominion Cider. Their beautiful labels are easy to spot (you can read up on those here). We recently enjoyed a bottle of ‘Pretty To Think So’ – a tart quaff with wild raspberries – super delicious; or perk up your tastebuds by cracking a can of their Collaboration Ginger cider made with Dickie’s Ginger.

Dominion Cider Co. 102016 Gould Ave, Summerland, BC MAP

MOVIE | Poplar Grove will host an outdoor screening of Sideways on August 24th. A movie about wine screening at a winery with a wine and popcorn concession. So meta. Spread out a blanket, grab a crisp glass of rose (or merlot, he-he) and enjoy the ride. Tickets here.

Poplar Grove Winery 425 Middle Bench Road North, Penticton MAP

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Home Block (at CedarCreek Estate Winery) 5445 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna MAP
Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards 697 Highway 97 South, Peachland MAP
Mission Hill Family Estate 1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna MAP
Tantalus Vineyards 1670 DeHart Road, Kelowna MAP
8th Generation Vineyard 6807 HWY 97, Summerland, BC MAP
Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars 2385 Allendale Road, Okanagan Falls MAP
Culmina Family Estate Winery 4790 Wild Rose St., Oliver MAP
Coolshanagh Vineyard RR1, S16, C47 Naramata, BC MAP
Daydreamer Wines 1305 Smethurst Road, Naramata MAP
Dominion Cider Co. 102016 Gould Ave, Summerland, BC MAP
Eau Vivre Winery 716 Lowe Drive, Cawston MAP
Hester Creek Estate Winery 877 Road 8, Oliver MAP
Kettle Valley Winery 2988 Hayman Road, Naramata MAP
Meyer Family Vineyards 4287 McLean Creek Road, Okanagan Falls MAP
Quails' Gate Winery 3303 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna MAP
Summerhill Pyramid Winery 4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna MAP

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