May 06, 2013 - 4:09 PM
If you're looking to try some of the Okanagan's first spring wines Kelowna's culinary landscape will have just what you're looking for. The Spring Okanagan Wine Festival which kicked-off last week with the West Jet Wine Tasting wraps up this weekend on May 12th.
This Thursday chef Mark Filatow of the Waterfront Restaurant and Wine Bar will be serving carefully paired dishes to go with the wine-infused cocktails mixed at the Okanagan Spirits distillery on Bernard Avenue.
“Spring is generally when new whites are released, you have a flood of fresh new wines in the market," he says. Filatow was one of 16 judges asked to select the season's top white, red, rose and sparkling wines at last week's 2013 Varietal Wine Awards.
“We will be catering at the distillery - we're taking the show on the road," Filatow says. A menu of halibut, scallops and elk will be tailored to the cocktails design by Okanagan Spirits.
Filatow says the wine festival is as much about what's on your plate as in your glass.
"We're starting to see local spring products, fresh greens, crisp radishes," he says. "We have a forager bringing in wild ingredients, picking edible plants, wild horseradish, pepper weed, cattails and dandelion."
Various wineries, vineyards, golf clubs and restaurants are participating in the festival include:
-The Harvest Golf Club
-Summerhill Pyramid Winery
-The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
-Mimi's Italian Grill
Events continue throughout the week and will cap off this Saturday with a signature blind wine and cheese soiree at the Ramada Inn Penticton.
Image Credit: Okanagan Wine Festivals Society
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