At least one Okanagan Wine Festival event is going ahead this fall

The only event scheduled in this year's fall Okanagan Wine Festival is the B.C. Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards, taking place in Kelowna Sept. 23 to 25, 2020.
The only event scheduled in this year's fall Okanagan Wine Festival is the B.C. Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards, taking place in Kelowna Sept. 23 to 25, 2020.
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COVID-19 has limited most of this year’s fall Okanagan Wine Festival activities, but one of the most important aspects of the festival will take place.

The Okanagan Wine Festival announced today, Aug. 13, the B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards will be held at Manteo Resort in Kelowna from Sept. 23 to 25, providing the opportunity for all licensed B.C. wineries to have their wines judged by a highly esteemed industry panel.

The competition recognizes a wide variety of wine styles, judging more than 700 wines at last year’s festival, according to an Okanagan Wine Festival media release.

"This is one event we are able to do. It’s a smaller group of people and it’s in a place where we can have everybody at a safe distance,” Wine Festival communications manager Donita Dyer said in the release.

The judging competition provides important support to B.C. winemakers, especially since the remainder of the wine festival can’t take place due to COVID-19 limitations on crowds, she said.

Dyer said the wine festival is hoping to come up with other initiatives such as a passport program during the fall, but are waiting for feedback from area wineries before proceeding.

To see a list of this year's judges go here.


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