If you lived in BC during the autumn season before, you’ll know how beautiful this province is during that time of year.
But more than just beautiful, BC in the fall is delicious. Here are some drool-worthy events worth checking out throughout the province this season.
We’ll be adding more events to this list as the season goes on.
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From September 11 to 16, the Whistler Village Beer Festival will be taking place at select venues throughout Whistler for six full days of beer-loving fun. This year, you’ll have the chance to sample beers and ciders from 70 breweries with over 140 varieties.
When: September 11 to 16
Where: Olympic Plaza – Whistler Village
Price: $35-$99; buy online
This September, Chef Alex Chen of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is heading to Oliver, BC to take part in a special Collaborative Chefs’ Dinner during the Fifth Anniversary Weekend Celebration at Culmina Family Estate Winery. The three-day celebration includes a kick-off ‘Open Deck’ party at the winery, a Collaborative Chefs’ Dinner featuring Chen and Executive Chef Mark Filatow of Kelowna’s Waterfront Wines Restaurant, and a farewell brunch. A limited number of all-inclusive tickets are available for $250 per person.
When: September 14 to September 16
Where: 4790 Wild Rose Street, Oliver
Price: $250; buy online
In September the Victoria Wine Festival will take place showcasing some of the best international wines. This festival is directed at building the knowledge of the average wine consumer, and demonstrating new wines and acknowledging beloved wine standards to veteran consumers.
When: September 21 and 22
Where: Parkside Hotel And Spa – 810 Humboldt Street, Victoria
Price: prices vary; buy online
This 10-day celebration of all things viticulture, which takes place across the Valley during the grape harvest, includes the debut edition of the province’s most esteemed wine competition, the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards. As well, Penticton is proud to host Cropped, BC’s largest wine tasting and farmers market.
When: September 27 to October 7
Where: Multiple venues in the Okanagan
Head to Hester Creek Estate Winery on September 29 for local garlic growers, artisan crafters, food carts, live entertainment and more. This family-friendly event is in support of the Oliver Elementary School Farm to Table lunch program. Admission is by donation to the program and the festival runs from 11 am to 5 pm.
When: September 29 from 11 am to 5 pm
Where: 877 Road 8, Oliver
Price: Admission by donation
Cask and Keg is an outdoor, evening event focused on celebrating the creations from local distilleries, breweries and cideries. This evening will be filled with live entertainment provided by Cousin Harley, tasty morsels created by a variety of food trucks and locally made artisan wares on display by select vendors.
When: Sept 29 from 6 to 10 pm
Where: Oliver Community Park – 6359 Park Drive, Oliver
Price: $20-$40; buy online
Festival of the Grape is a well-attended outdoor wine festival event in the Okanagan. Attracting an estimated 4,500 attendees annually this family-friendly one-day festival offers something for everyone. Start with wine tastings at one of over 50 BC wineries, cheer on one of the 24 teams in the Grape Stomp, rock out to the music of Big Easy Funk Ensemble, dine at one of over a dozen food trucks, shop at the Merchant Market or the Fall Art Show & Sale.
When: September 30 from noon to 5 pm
Where: Oliver Community Park – 6359 Park Place Drive, Oliver
Price: $25-$40; buy online
Now in its 9th year, one of the city’s most bustling annual events fills the Penticton Lakeside Resort’s East Ballroom with live music, dancing and, of course, plenty of beer and food.
When: October 20 from 6 pm to 12:30 am
Where: Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre – Penticton
Price: $35-$40; buy online