This week is the Spring Wine Festival here in the Okanagan Valley of Canada. I’ll be covering the Fertility Festival hosted by Summer Hill Winery where some of the best poets, artists and creative minds culminate to create a bountiful celebration of imagination and wines. My friend and fellow graduate, Nikki, will be reading and you can find her blog here (Okanagan Xixutem). Good luck Nikki!
This weekend I, along with the cheery trees and blooming flowers, have awakened from my Winter coma. This is the time of year that I feel fortunate to live in a valley that appeals to all my senses. There are many wineries with some of the best restaurants I’ve had the pleasure of dining at. Vineyards, cherry and apple trees are scattered throughout rural areas that create a picturesque scene against the backdrop of the Okanagan lake. The sun shines bright and hot in Summer and the lake really is a powerful entity within the community that provides a refreshing place to swim, to read/write, inspire and a place to meet locals.
The locals…While not everyone is worth meeting, such as the muscle heads, guidos and people who tend to take inspiration from the Jersey Shore, there are some fellow foodies, writers and winos that help me to forget those that blemish the beach scene. More on this supportive community when I visit the Fertility Festival this Friday.
Something else some of my readers may not know about the Okanagan is that there is a mythological monster some think to be living within the depths of our unique waters that go back to the Ice Age. A recent hike up Knox Mountain revealed some historical facts about the valley that even I did not know. Although, I must admit that I am not originally from Kelowna and have only lived here for six years, I think of Kelowna as home. The more I travel the more I am relieved to come back to a place that most of Canada and many Americans want to spend their Summer holidays.
This gorgeous valley is where I’ll be spending most of my Summer despite my obsession with travel, although do stay tuned for Vancouver next week and New York in July, Las Vegas in September and small surprises in between. My hopes of visiting Europe this coming Fall were dashed when the price of oil began to rise and is still going. My sister and I are hoping to reschedule for Spring of 2013.
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