Father’s Day is quickly approaching and local breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries are set to roll out the carpet for Dads. Some options:


Haywire Winery
Okanagan Crush Pad closed its doors in 2022 and after extensive construction reopened with a new name as Haywire Winery. The bold new Haywire label heralds a return to the winery’s roots with the wine that started the journey in 2009. After 11 years of running Canada’s first purpose-built custom crush winemaking business successfully, the team is saying goodbye to its original business model by renaming to Haywire Winery.

It sports a new 1,500-square-foot modern tasting lounge, which is adjacent to the crush pad and wine cellar, giving visitors ringside seats to the winemaking action while allowing the Haywire team to serve visitors in comfort year-round.

Father’s Day is perfect to check out the chic winery lounge for ‘Charcuterie and Wine’. Treat Dad to the most epic charcuterie in the valley by booking your Haywire Portfolio tasting and adding on a delicious board packed full of meats and cheeses.

Tour the Vineyard: Does Dad fancy himself to have a bit of a green thumb? The vineyards and vistas tour could be just the experience he’s looking for. Learn about our commitment to organic farming, focus on sustainability and the rewards that come with it. Finish up with a delicious tasting in our new lounge.

You’ll also find Father’s Day bundles of wine: Bold BBQ Red – Six Bottles from Narrative; and Pinot-Lover’s Delight – Cool Climate Pinot Noir to enjoy and compare.

Haywire Winery celebrates opening of new tasting lounge – RBuchanan photo

Ve Oh Lay Acres Ltd
For an unforgettable Father’s Day BBQ celebration, 11 am to 6 pm, get tickets at Ve Oh Lay. Partnering with the culinary geniuses at Elite Chef Events, it’s a ribtastic event with great food, fine wines and fantastic company with the picturesque view of Giant’s Head Mountain.

SBC Father’s Day Classic Car Show
Summerland Baptist Church, 12:30 to 4 pm live music, BBQ, goodies, People’s Choice Trophy, prizes from Akribis Leather, and the popular Cruise for Cash. Come and vote for your favourite car and buy a Cruise for Cash ticket to be taken out for a ride in it. All proceeds from this event go to supporting the Summerland Baptist Church youth and their SERVE trip this summer to go and do community projects in Kelowna.


District Wine Village
Live Music in the Plaza (District Wine Village) for Father’s Day, 3 to 5 pm, is Rebel Luv. A favourite duo from Oliver, they love using their talents to create amazing memories. A love of music is combined with a desire to take others to places they love to remember and relish in. Discover the diverse wineries and vendors and purchase some food and wine to accompany the free music.

Covert Farms Family Estate Winery
Bring Dad or Grandpa, 11 am to 5 pm, to relax on the farm patio with a great glass of Covert wine.

Hester Creek Named BC Winery of the Year 2023
As part of Hester Creek’s series throughout the summer of an incredible array of talented and up-and-coming musicians, Father’s Day, 1pm to 4 pm, Music On The Patio features Will Schlack. Treat your Dad to its local artisan cheeses, fresh deli offerings and a glass of award-winning wine to enjoy the complimentary live music.

Phantom Creek Estates 
Next on the docket for Phantom Creek is its Father’s Day Tailgate BBQ, sure to be loved by Dads! Turns out, Chef Alessa Valdez is not just a culinary master of unforgettable cuisine, but a grill master extraordinaire! Chef Alessa will be working the grills to kick off the afternoon of celebrations followed by a joint tasting of local whisky and Phantom Creek Estates’ own “Big Reds.”

For $95 a person, the day includes:
– A courtyard tailgate BBQ 11 am to 1 pm, led by Chef (and Grill Master) Chef Alessa Valdez with a menu that includes fare such as: 63 acres bavette steak with Chef’s secret spice mix and ramp; chimichurri Fraser Valley pork ribs with Filipino-style BBQ sauce; Farm crest chicken thighs with jerk sauce; Smoked leek and pork sausage; Duck fat corn bread; Potato salad with dill, house pickles, Dijon aioli; Green cabbage slaw with ambrosia apples, heirloom carrots and apple cider vinegar!
– A complimentary beer upon arrival, plus flights of beer available for purchase.
– A tasting session in the Phantom Room following the Tailgate BBQ at 1 pm (for 19+ attendees only), showcasing Phantom Creek’s “Big Red’s” and whisky flights from local distiller Dubh Glas Distillery. The tasting will be led by Phantom Creek’s own Red Winemaker, Luke MacKinnon, and Dubh Glas Distillery’s Chief Spirits Officer, Grant Stevely
– All Dad’s will walk away with a free giveaway sample pack of Chef Alessa’s BBQ spice rub.

For those families that can’t make it to the Estate on Father’s Day, a takeaway box can be ordered featuring much of the same menu of BBQ meats (starting at $120 for 2-people) + limited-time special pricing on a selection of Phantom Creek Estate wines. Free delivery is available from Osoyoos to Kelowna.

Soirée en Rouge at Phantom Creek
Don’t forget Phantom Creek’s Second Annual Soirée en Rouge – its most spectacular event of the year, July 15, 6 to 9 pm. Inviting folks to dress red and fabulous, Phantom Creek hosts an evening of live entertainment, sips and swirls, exciting raffle prizes, exquisite food prepared by Chef Alessa Valdez and The Restaurant’s culinary team and more. Get tickets now so you can join the fun.

Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery
Join Quinta Ferreira for an afternoon on its licensed patio for a traditional Portuguese sandwich “Bifanas” (pork in a bun). 11:30 am to 3 pm (or until they run out). For the sandwich, salad and a glass of wine, tickets are $25. Feast your ears to the live music throughout the event.

River Stone Estate Winery
Indulge in a complimentary wine and chocolate pairing for Dads this Father’s Day, 11 am to 5 pm. Savour the exquisite flavours of River Stone’s award-winning wines paired with artisanal chocolates, meticulously chosen to enhance the tasting experience. Treat your taste buds to an unforgettable journey of wine and chocolate harmonies.
Reservations recommended. Dads and Grandads will be refunded tasting fees upon arrival. 

Naramata Bench

Township 7
Spoil Dad on the Naramata Bench for a wine & BBQ afternoon luncheon with Township 7. Featured are some of its award-winning wines paired with delectable food served by Big Willy’s BBQ. Each ticket includes; one glass of wine, local live music and a three-course BBQ menu served buffet style. Tickets are $54.97 for adults and $34.97 for 18 and younger.

Poplar Grove Winery

Chefs in the Valley Dinner, June 29
Tickets to the first ‘Chefs in the Valley Dinner’, a collaborative dinner series celebrating chefs across the valley, would be a great gift for Dad. Featured are Chef Brian Skinner from the famed restaurant ‘Frankie We Salute You!‘ in Kelowna & the creator and co-owner of The Acorn in Vancouver. Chef Brian & Poplar Grove’s Chef Stacy Johnston will create a unique 100% vegetarian five-course menu celebrating the abundance of the valley. *plant-based options will be available for every course Tickets are $125 per person plus $45 for wine pairings, with seatings between 5 and 9 pm.

Poplar Grove Winery, Penticton – RBuchanan photo

Okanagan Falls

Blasted Church Vineyards
Join Blasted Church for Summer Music on the Patio all Summer long for live music on weekends. Enjoy Lachlan Gann on Father’s Day weekend, June 17 and 18. No cover charge. Reservations recommended.

Also, mark your calendars, June 24, 11 am to 4 pm, for the Open House at Blasted Church. Complimentary wine tasting with a refreshing poolside rosé tasting station. The team is opening a limited number of library wines for purchase. Live music will add a backdrop of upbeat sounds.

Blasted Church poolside – Photo courtesy BC Wine Passport


Barley Mill Brew Pub & Sports Bistro
All You Can Eat Baby Back Ribs, Father’s Day at the Barley Mill: Baby Back Ribs, Fries & Apple Coleslaw, $29. Call (250) 493-8000 for reservations the Pub, Patio or Family Friendly Bistro.

Cannery Brewing
No cover charge for LIVE music, 11 am to 4 pm, June 18, with Canadian rock producer Conroy Lee Ross. Come to Cannery Brewing for a glass or a flight of its craft beer, and great food. He has toured and played as a hired gun and solo in many projects travelling across the country and around the world. Singing with a loop pedal and his fast-flying fingers on the guitar, he brings your favourite songs to life.

Highway 97 Brewing Company
Sunday Dinner and Trivia at Highway 97 Brewing where you can cap off your Dad’s day in style with a delicious dinner special and an evening of entertaining challenges.
Hosted by Highway 97’s team of charismatic Penticton trivia hosts, the show starts at 5 pm. It is free to play with purchase, so bring your group to compete for prizes and the coveted trivia trophy! Challenge yourself to identify what is on the screen in our Visual Round, or the songs played during our Name That Tune rounds, and put those tidbits of random knowledge to use in the question rounds. In addition to random draw prizes, there are weekly winner gift certificates and a trophy for the winning team.

TIME Family of Wines
Take your Dad for Sunday Brunch, 10:30 am to 3 pm, at TIME’s stunning OROLO Restaurant + Cocktail Bar.


Craft Beer Market Kelowna
Cheers to all the Dads! Check out the famous brunch buffet to enjoy breakfast classics like eggs benedict, chicken and waffles, live omelet station, sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, and much more. Visit craftbeermarket.ca/events for the full menu.

CSN Collision Centre’s Father’s Day Car Show 2023
Held at City Park Kelowna, 11 am to 4 pm, proceeds from the free car show go to the Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna. View hot rods to custom cars to motorcycles, a dedicated kids zone for little engines, and 20 food and beverage vendors to fill your tank. https://csncollision.com/csncarshow/

Okanagan Spirits
Dad’s After-Dinner Whisky, that perfect end of day tipple for your special Dad is featured. This gorgeous limited-release whisky will be the “pièce de résistance” when it comes to celebrating that wonderful father figure in your family! Every bottle order of Road’s End placed between now and June 18 comes with a FREE Okanagan Spirits whisky glass!

Sip South East Kelowna for Father’s Day
Spend Father’s Day Weekend, June 17 and 18, in beautiful South East Kelowna. What better way to celebrate the amazing father figures in your life – than sipping and exploring through Kelowna’s most breathtaking vineyards, farms, and orchards!
Set off on a self-guided tour of local wineries, distilleries and cideries – all ready to share their Father’s Day-inspired offerings.

Plus, if you visit at least five of the participating venues you’ll be entered into the draw to win some unforgettable prizes from the participating producers. Pick up your passport at any of the locations: Forbidden Spirits: Kitsch WinesMeadow Vista Honey Wine; Nagging Doubt Winery; Priest Creek Family Estate Winery; Soma Craft Cidery; Spearhead Winery; The Vibrant Vine; The View Winery & Wards Cider; and Wise Acre Farm Distillery.

The View Winery & Wards Cider
Open 11 am to 5:30 pm daily, will offer complimentary tasting for the Dads this special weekend event. Plus, Sundays, 1 to 3 pm, offer Happy Hour pricing on wines and ciders and live music in the orchard.

The Vibrant Vine
Vibes at the Vine with Glory days: If basking in the Okanagan sun on a comfy (shaded) lawn chair, having a cool glass of award-winning wine delivered to you while listening to tunes you love to remember sounds appealing – mark your calendar. Snacks available.

Gonzo Golf Tournament & Gonzo FestivalSunset Ranch Golf Course

June 17th, 2023 – Golf, wine, sunshine, live music with a 10 piece Elton John Tribute and Canadian Rock icons, the Headpins! 

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Roslyne Buchanan (aka Roz) Roslyne Buchanan is a regular freelance contributor to food, travel, wine, home and lifestyle magazines. Her work has appeared in Food & Wine Trails, WestJet Magazine, OpenRoad Driver, Savour, Niche, Destinations Travel Magazine, My Van City, and blog.hellobc.com. Based in Penticton, she enjoys spectacular views of forests, vineyards, lakes, and hills beyond and regular visits from wildlife. Enchanted by the food and beverage industry and all things culinary as well as recreational pursuits such as travel, golfing, skiing, hiking, tennis and snorkeling. For her it’s the perfect balance to pursue her passion for writing with integrity and joy to share firsthand experiences. Most of her adventures are shared with her husband, Mark and when they’re not out exploring, they are managed by two felines Baja and Floyd. Find her personal blog at www.rozsmallfry.com, follow her on twitter @RozDB and Facebook @roslynebuchanan


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