Watch for a giant migration of bon vivants to Vancouver Island February 23 – 26, as lovers of extraordinary eats, winning wines and boast-worthy beers alight in the picturesque town of Parksville for its ninth annual Uncorked Wine & Food Festival.
The Beach Club Resort and Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort are the hosts of the event which introduces guests to the wines, beers and flavour sensations that will make their 2017 festival a standout year. It’s the perfect excuse for a seaside weekend vacation (and a delightful Valentine’s Day gift), so it’s no wonder Uncorked usually sells out.
Parksville Untapped – Thursday, February 23
Tigh-Na-Mara is the site of Thursday’s party, a celebration of regional breweries, cideries and distilleries, whose wares are served alongside local fare at this convivial kick-off event. $55
Swirl – Friday, February 24
Some 100 wineries take part in the Signature Swirl Wine Tasting at The Beach Club, with the kitchens of Executive Chef Rick Davidson of the resort’s Pacific Prime Restaurant, and Executive Chef Eric Edwards of Cedar’s Restaurant and Lounge at Tigh-Na-Mara, providing outstanding small bites. You won’t leave hungry or thirsty. $75
Winemakers’ Dinners – Saturday, February 25
Choose one of two extraordinary BC winemaker dinners:
Taste of the Okanagan Terroirs, taking place at The Beach Club will feature wines from Liquidity Wines, Moon Curser Vineyards and Misconduct Wine Co., served with such dishes as charred apricot and ginger fritter, terrine of sea bass and scallop with black truffle and asparagus, roasted 45-day aged “Vintage 67” striploin, and chocolate swirl maple bacon bombe with brioche French toast and foie gras. $159
Tinhorn Creek’s Naturally South Okanagan Dinner, taking place at Tigh-Na-Mara, will pour the winery’s Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Merlot and 2 Bench Blend to complement a menu that includes sweet potato pancake with Northern Divine caviar, smoked lamb chops with polenta, pheasant breast and confit, and chocolate mascarpone tart with caramelized popcorn, smoked bacon and crushed pepper ice cream. $149
Bubbles & Brunch – Sunday, February 26
You can’t go wrong with sparkling wine – in this case, BC bubbles accompany your brunch for the ideal way to polish off a Parksville adventure to remember. $15 – $28
Your hosts for Parksville Uncorked are The Beach Club Resort and Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort.
Located on the east coast of Parksville Beach, The Beach Club Resort offers luxurious studios, one bedroom, two bedroom, and penthouse suites with West Coast-inspired décor and stunning ocean and mountain views. To book Uncorked packages, visit: beachclubbc.com.
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, located in the heart of nature, is renowned for its rustic charm, tranquility of 22 forested acres perched above the ocean, and its Grotto Spa, voted #1 Spa in Canada. To book Uncorked packages, visit: tigh-na-mara.com.
Complimentary transportation will be provided between the two resorts on a daily rotating schedule so that guests can easily shuttle between events and enjoy all the festival has to offer.
For more information and to reserve tickets for Parksville Uncorked, visit parksvilleuncorked.com.