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