The Okanagan Valley is known for its incredible wine production and wine related events, as well as its breathtaking natural beauty. Just down the road from Kelowna, on Highway 97, lies the city of Penticton, nestled on the shore of Okanagan Lake. The annual Bacchanalia Food and Wine Festival is held here, in the Penticton Lakeside Resort Grand Ballroom at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Casino. This annual event is traditionally held at the beginning of May, and this year’s event is scheduled to take place on May 3 from 7-10 PM at a cost of $75 per person. If you’re looking for a tipple and a nibble, here is some information about this year’s Bacchanalia Food and Wine Festival.
Some Background on Penticton’s Annual Food and Wine Extravaganza
The Bacchanalia Food and Wine Festival is a celebration that recreates the celebratory and sensual aspects of historical wine festivals that celebrated Bacchus, the Greco-Roman god of agriculture and wine. The celebrations centre on indulging in locally grown and cultivated food and wine from the Okanagan Valley. The Penticton Lakeside Resort and Casino’s Executive Chef, Chris Remmington, and his culinary team have been spoiling the Bacchanalia festival’s guests for years now, inspiring the senses of attendees by preparing food that complements and indulges the flavours present in the various wines presented by local wineries. Because this event is all about fun and spoiling yourself, event organizers encourage guests to come dressed according to the year’s theme in an attempt to add to the atmosphere and aesthetic of the event. Last year’s dress theme was “Glam,” and this year’s organizers encourage guests to wear their finest “Black Tie and Cocktail Attire,” as this theme speaks to the “simple, uncomplicated glass of savoury goodness” you can expect from the myriad of wines available for tasting. This Bacchanalia festival tends to be the top-rated wine event in the Okanagan Valley as voted by wineries that participate annually.
What to Expect at Penticton’s Premier Annual Food and Wine Event
This annual event is always buzzing with food and wine connoisseurs, critics, vintners, and locals from Kelowna or other areas of British Columbia and the Okanagan Valley in particular, who have come out in search of their new favourite wine. The Bacchanalia Food and Wine Festival is an event that sees a fusion between the age-old art of wine making and the innovations and modern techniques employed by over 50 contemporary winemakers native to the famous Okanagan Valley wine region. Participants are given the opportunity to taste over 200 wines at this highly anticipated, one-night event that is truly the jewel of the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival.
If you are in the Okanagan Valley area and are looking to taste some of the best food and wine in Kelowna and Penticton’s backyard, you should consider attending this exciting and exploratory annual event. Having the ability to experience such a variety of tastes, smells, and sights is an opportunity that any food or wine enthusiast should not miss. For more information, check out pentictonlakesideresort.com and secure your tickets for this iconic Okanagan Valley event.