KELOWNA – Warm weather means spring is here, and that means some of the season's most popular events are right around the corner.
Events start Friday afternoon with the 2017 Okanagan Eats Food Show at the Kelowna Curling Club, dedicated to all things delicious.
“Sip, nibble and shop your way through a wide variety of food and drink vendors as you explore new tastes and brands, and learn a thing or two from our favorite local chefs during live food demos and competitions,” the event website says.
Visitors will have the opportunity to taste and purchase products from local food and drink vendors, feature restaurants will sell delicious samples on a token system, with two free tokens included with admission. Additional tokens can be purchased for 75 cents.
“You don’t have to be a ‘foodie’ to enjoy Okanagan Eats, but we might just turn you into one.”
Guests include Derrick Fox from Season 6 Master Chef USA and Matthew Astorga, a contestant on Season 3 of Master Chef Canada. The event runs Friday from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Another popular event for locals is back again this weekend, bringing one of the largest collections of outdoor street hockey rinks in Canada.
Play On! Takes place around Prospera Place in conjuction with the annual Hockey Night in Canada Play On! Street hockey festival. Thirteen outdoor rinks will be set up on Water Street and the Prospera parking lot Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Okanagan Craft Cider Festival hosted by B.C. Tree Fruits Cider Company is holding their third annual Cider Week concluding Sunday, May 7.
The final weekend of events start Saturday, May 6 at noon at 880 Vaughan Avenue
Cideries from around B.C. will be pouring their finest ciders. BC Tree Fruits Cider, SunRype, Howling Moon Craft Cider, Wards Hard Apple Cider, Left Field Cider Co., Scenic Road Cider Co., NOMAD Cider, Dominion Cider Co., Orchard Hill Estate Cidery, Summerland Heritage Cider Company, The BX Press, Gabbie's Cider, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse and Burton City Cider will all be there.
Children are welcome to attend this 19-plus event with their parents. Tickets are $20 each or two for $30 and can be purchased online or at the tasting bar at 880 Vaughan Ave. Tickets include a sample glass and five tasting tokens.
The weekend closes with a family favourite, hosted by the Kelowna Family YMCA.
Healthy Kids Day starts at noon on Sunday, May 7, with prizes, healthy snacks, games, bouncy castles, face painting and more. The 12th annual Healthy Kids Day, presented by Interior Savings Credit Union, is a free family event that runs until 4 p.m. Kids can try a variety of activities while finding new passions and parents can learn more about wellness resources offered within the Okanagan.
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