Whistler, British Columbia – ... : With the first ever Great Okanagan Beer Festival less than four weeks away it’s time to grab tickets to the Main Event, and take a look at what else is on offer at local restaurants, bars and breweries. Here are some of the key events to look out for this May:
Cannery Brewing’s Festival Launch Cask Event | Cannery Brewery, Penticton,
A Penticton staple, Cannery Brewing has been a part of the beer scene since forming in 2000 and they’ve got some special casks on the go for this event. It’s currently undergoing a renovation, which means guests will either be raising a glass to say farewell to the old design or welcoming in the new. Sample tickets will be sold on the night – no cover charge.
Barkerville Brewing Dinner | The Curious Artistry & Alchemy Café, Kelowna,
A craft beer and culinary pairing of three food courses and four beers from Quesnel B.C.’s new brewery, Barkerville Brewing. Tickets are $70 for this super exclusive, 30-seat event. Reservations are directly through the restaurant manager, Luigi:firstname.lastname@example.org/250-864-6110
Cannery Brewing’s Beer Breakfast | The Salted Brick, Kelowna,
Get a breakfast of champions in before the Main Event, or potentially for the morning after. Ever had Blackberry Porter Stout syrup on your pancakes? Now’s your chance.
The Main Event | Waterfront Park, Kelowna,
Nestled on the beautiful beaches of Okanagan Lake and right in the heart of the city of Kelowna, Waterfront Park will become host to 41 breweries, pouring 118 beers and 8 ciders from across North America and the World. The tastings run from for an estimated 2,500 beer lovers on . For more information and to buy tickets visit: gibbonsevents.com/great-
The Best In Fest Awards | The Train Station Pub, Kelowna,
Our festival doesn’t hand out medals, we believe in building business opportunities and relationships for the breweries that are pulling out all the stops. Our top three placing breweries (voted by attendees at the Main Event, GOBF.ca/VOTE) will be awarded taps at the Train Station Pub, Mission Tap House and Black Bear Bar & Grill until next year’s festival.
Other Cool Festival News
Liam Peyton, Gibbons Festival and Events Manager, is releasing more information on the blog (gibbonsevents.com/blog) including a full list of the beers in the upcoming weeks. They’ve also released a great little promo video showcasing the beautiful location of the festival and getting everyone pumped for beers in the sunshine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
About Gibbons: The Great Okanagan Beer Festival is a Gibbons initiative that launched in 2015 after the success of Gibbons’ Whistler Village Beer Festival, which started in 2013. Established in Whistler in 1979 it’s been Gibbons’ core purpose to make people happy for over thirty years. They run five of Whistler’s most iconic party bars, and have a strong community give back program where they support athletes, artist, musicians, local sports teams and events.
Their expanding beer festival program is led by Liam Peyton, who has been with the company for over five years working his way up from door host to barman, general manager and now holding the title of Gibbons Festival and Events Manager. At Gibbons they look for leaders from within and when Liam came to them with his passion for beer they listened and subsequently launched the first Whistler Beer Festival in 2013. What was once just a dream is now an event that draws thousands of people in the joint celebration of having a few beers in the sunshine. For more information visit: gibbonsevents.com
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