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Edible wild mushrooms and the tango this weekend in the Okanagan and Kamloops

Over two days this weekend, a mix of local performers and B.C. bands hit the music stage at Brewloops in Kamloops.
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September 27, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Beer tasting, jiving and edible mushrooms are all options this weekend in the Okanagan and Kamloops.


It’s time to get loopy in the loops.

Brewloops Festival returns for the fifth year from Friday, Sept. 27 to Sunday, Sept. 29.

This event will feature the most breweries and cideries that the event has ever seen, with more than 30 confirmed BC-based breweries and cideries from around the province. The event will feature more than one dozen musical acts, a Ferris Wheel, bumper cars, and more.

It all takes place on the Western side of McArthur Island. The festival features ticketed events during the evenings of Sept. 27 and 28 and a family-friendly free entry portion during the afternoon of Sept. 28.

Visit the Brewloops Festival website here.


The public is invited to come explore some of the wonderful diversity of the community through food at the first annual Mini Street Food Fair. There will be food samples using local ingredients, and discussion of how the dishes are prepared, where they originate and the role they play in the cultures from which they originate.

Donations are accepted to help cover the cost of the food, and help support the participating agencies and nonprofits.

The festival runn from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market on St. Paul and Victoria Streets.


Join in to enjoy the 12th Annual Dancing with the Vernon Stars Gala and Auction Friday, Sept. 27.

Get ready to cheer on local dancers as they jitterbug, Lindy hop and jive into everyone’s hearts in support of Vernon Hospice.

Presented by Lake City Casinos Vernon, this year’s event will see eight couples stepping out on the Prestige Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre ballroom floor.

Watch as all the hard work pays off as dancers, who have trained tirelessly with professional dance instructors, strut their stuff in front of a live audience and esteemed judges as they vie for the title of Community Favourite, Fan Favourite and Judges' Favourite.

For more information and tickets visit here.


This Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., taste and experience food and beverages from 30 local producers and processors in a market style setup at Fieldstone Organics in Spallumcheen.

Once satiated, wander into the adjacent fields and take a hay ride around the ploughing match before you stop by the vintage tractor and antique threshing machine display where you will find yourself drawn to the smell of freshly baked bread coming from the clay bake oven. The day is free for everyone.


What’s in store for you this year? Come to the Fall Mystic A-Fair to find out.

Now a two-day event, Fall Mystic A-Fair Psychic Fair and More is happening Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Schubert Centre.

Mystic A-Fair is in its 9th show and features a variety of psychic readers, healers and specialty merchants selling natural products, unique gifts and healing tools.

Admission is $2.00 at the door, come and go all day.

Enter your name into the free draw for a chance to win one of many mystical door prizes. Find them on Facebook or visit the website here.


It’s time to play hopscotch.

The Hopscotch Festival of Whisky, Beer and Spirits is descending on the Kelowna Curling Club Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28.

The curling club will be transformed into a tasting hall to accommodate 2,500 people and dozens of craft and premium beers and spirits from around the globe.

There will be delicious scotch and other whiskies, as well as a selection of wines and spectacular food. Guests will make their way around the room, enjoying old favourites while learning about new ones.

Under the guise of event lighting and the sounds of tame house music, your senses will be exposed to many delights.

The food exhibition will have some of the best food one can enjoy - so come hungry. Snacks, as well as full-sized dinners, will be available.

There is a coat check at the entrance, an onsite liquor store and a smoking area.

Visit the Hopscotch Festival website here for more details and ticket information.


Here’s something a little different; the Third Annual Okanagan Mushroom Festival.

The festival runs all afternoon from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Start Fresh Kitchen.

This year, Start Fresh and Sandhill Wines have teamed up to host the afternoon with chef action stations featuring some of the Okanagan’s best chefs, a mushroom gelato bar, mushroom foragers, mushroom farmers, talks and wine.

Tickets are also available for the 46-seat long table dinner in Sandhill’s cellar room, or load into the foraging bus and head out into the wilderness with former iNFOnews columnist Scott Moran to learn about the bounty that is available this time of year. The forage takes place on Friday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m.

Click here form more information and tickets


Bring the entire family down to the Kelowna RCMP detachment for the 4th annual Third Space Family Festival on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be plenty of fun, games, great food, face painting and more. Entry is by suggested donation of $20 for Third Space. The Third Space Life Charity Family Festival is a super fun event for everyone.

Admission is by donation and all proceeds raised will provide clinical counselling to those in need through the Third Space Community Care Fund. Highlights include a barbecue, face painting, animal balloons, inflatable fun zone, K9 Unit demonstration, police vehicles on display, exotic cars, fitness challenges, giant games and more. Visit here for more.


Celebrating recovery in Penticton takes place at Gyro Park on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free and there will be yoga, live music, a barbecue, guest speakers, kids activities and information booths.

During the month of September Canadians in recovery from addiction join with friends and family to build awareness, challenge stigma, and celebrate multiple pathways to recover for improving the lives of individuals, families and communities.


This year the Penticton & District Community Arts Council is holding the annual Arts Rising Festival on the national Culture Days weekend.

Culture Days’ theme this year is creativity, arts and well-being with a focus on events that are participatory in nature.

All of the events are free to the public, low barrier and accessible to all.

Visit here for more details.

To contact our events coordinator, email Stacy Pavlov or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

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