New B.C. beer festivals set for the Okanagan and Squamish

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      With no end in sight to the craft-beer boom, there are also more ways to celebrate it.

      In March, there was Victoria Beer Week. April saw the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale in Penticton. And two new beer festivals will make their debut in B.C. over the coming months.

      The first happens from May 7 to 9 in Kelowna. The Great Okanagan Beer Festival brings together over 40 breweries pouring beers from across North America and around the world. It's organized by Gibbons Festivals and Events, the same folks behind the successful Whistler Beer Festival, which takes place a little later this year, from September 17 to 20.

      Kelowna's Waterfront Park on Okanagan Lake is the setting for the first Great Okanagan Beer Festival.
      Great Okanagan Beer Festival on Facebook

      The three-day Great Okanagan Beer Festival includes cask events, beer and brewing seminars, and beer-pairing dinners such as the one on May 7 with Barkerville Brewing at the Curious Artistry & Alchemy Café. 

      The main event--aptly dubbed The Main Event--happens on the shores of Lake Okanagan on the afternoon of Saturday, May 9. Over 2,500 people are expected at Kelowna's Waterfront Park & Concession Plaza with over 100 beers up for sampling.

      See Great Okanagan Beer Festival for more info and tickets and Tourism Kelowna for transport and accommodation info.

      Squamish Beer Festival on Facebook

      During the height of summer, the Squamish Beer Festival happens for one afternoon only on July 11. It takes place in downtown Squamish--which is actually much cooler than you might think.

      Festival events are still in the planning stages, but the website promises local food, live music, beer workshops, and art installations. Over 30 craft breweries will be pouring at the O'Siyam Pavilion; early bird tickets are $32 until April 30, with a VIP option that includes early site access for $50.