Summer Events at Blue Grouse Winery

If you’re looking for enjoyable events that pair well with a staycation or Vancouver Island visit, Blue Grouse Estate Winery has you covered from sophisticated evenings to family fun.

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Friday Night Flights
June 7 – August 30
  • Winery open until 7pm on Fridays
  • Drop-in
  • Order a flight of 3 wines only, or a food-paired flight from a rotating calendar of chefs
  • Our winemaker Bailey Williamson kicks off cooking on June 7 (also on July 12 and August 2)
  • Farms Gate Foods creates the pairings June 14, July 5 and August 23.
A Jazz Evening with Misha Piatigorsky

New York resident and famed jazz pianist Misha Piatigorsky will be gracing Blue Grouse with a cabaret-style piano concert in our upstairs lounge. You won’t want to miss this intimate show.
  • Saturday June 15, 7-9pm
  • Doors open at 6 pm
  • Tickets are $35 + GST
  • Charcuterie, cheese and vegan boards; wine by the glass or bottle are available to purchase all evening.
2nd Annual Father’s Day Bocce Tournament
Spend the day with dad drinking wine and overlooking the vines, all while supporting the community.
  • Sunday June 16th from 12-3pm
  • Bocce balls provided
  • All registration fees and $5 per bottle of wine will be donated to Nourish Cowichan. Tickets can be purchased online or at the tasting room.
Concert in the Vines with Heartwood 
Heartwood is the new and perfect pairing of award-winning singer-songwriters Jack Connolly and Genevieve Charbonneau from our own Cowichan Valley. Jack and Genevieve are outstanding performers in their own right, but when their songwriting talents, charisma and musical chops are combined, the result is roots and folk magic. The duo are joined by a band for this special evening of music.
  • Saturday August 17 from 7:30 to 9:30pm
  • Doors open at 6:30pm
  • Tickets are $20 + GST
  • Wine by the glass and bottle available for purchase all evening.
Cowichan Wine Festival
The Cowichan Valley Wine Festival is a tasting and touring event showcasing the best of Vancouver Island wine from 11 local wineries.
Kick-off Event, August 23rd: Start the weekend off right and join all the wineries for our evening tasting event at Shawnigan Lake School.
Winery Touring, August 24th – 25th: Spend the rest of the weekend self-touring Cowichan’s fabulous wineries with map and passport in hand. Visit the wineries and collect stamps to fill the passport. Collect all the stamps and you can enter the draw for a grand prize!
Tickets will be available for purchase on the Tourism Cowichan website closer to the event date, or simply purchase a festival glass and passport at your first stop and keep it with you. This glass is your ticket and entitles you to 3 free tastings at all 11 participating wineries!
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2015 Similkameen BBQ King to be held on July 11th!

Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills! The Similkameen is about to name a new Similkameen BBQ King! The annual Similkameen BBQ King event will be held on Saturday, July 11th from 5-9pm at the historic Grist Mill & Gardens in Keremeos. This truly unique Similkameen wine and food experience is a competition where featured chefs from the Okanagan and Similkameen compete for the coveted title of Similkameen BBQ King or Queen.

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Caroline Cottrill, President of the Similkameen Wineries Association explained, “We invite you to enjoy an extraordinary evening with award-winning Similkameen wines and ciders and the distinguished chefs who are vying for the title of Similkameen BBQ King 2015. This truly unique Similkameen wine and food experience is a competition where our featured chefs will create unique dishes for you using organic ingredients from local farmers in the heart of Canada’s organic capital. Each chef receives an identical basket of ingredients, yet each chef prepares those ingredients into remarkably different dishes.”

The first hour of the event, from 5-6pm, will feature tastings from our Similkameen wineries and cidery. And then the competition will begin at 6pm! Cottrill continued, “This year, we wanted to really showcase our local restaurants as well, so we added a second competition – a small bites competition. Each local chef competing in our small bites competition will also have a winery or cidery paired with them.”

Similkameen BBQ King competing chefs are:

  • Chris Boehm, Burger 55
  • Aden Clarke, Private Chef
  • Kevin Cooper, The Patio at NK’Mip Cellars
  • Jacob Gunn, Wrong Turn Tavern
  • Shayna Merritt, Shayna & Shulman Culinary Adventures
  • Natasha Schooten, The Grist Mill
  • Adair Scott, Watermark Beach Resort
  • Jeff Van Geest, Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek

Small bites competing chefs are:

  • Rick from Benja Thai
  • Karl from the Branding Iron
  • Andrew from Tree to Me

After you enjoy each dish, you will get the opportunity to cast your vote for the best wine and food pairing of the night for both the Similkameen BBQ King competing chefs and the small bites competing chefs!

The event will feature two live entertainment areas. The main entertainment will be John Rousseau and Paul Henbury from The River Line. Hailing from Summerland, John and Paul play all original music. There will also be a second entertainment stage this year featuring local entertainers They Them Theirs and Wild Organic Humans.

“We have made some other great changes this year too. Something Blue Photography will be at the event with a fun photo booth featuring chef hats, BBQ gear and historic clothing from the Grist Mill so that our guests can create a special memory of the evening. We are also excited to feature the addition of local art at our Similkameen BBQ King. Our local Similkameen-based artists and members of the South Similkameen Arts Society add so much flavour and culture to our region and we are excited that a number of artists will have their art on display in a Similkameen art walk at the Grist Mill. Prepare to be amazed at their fabulous original creations,” remarked Cottrill.

Tickets are $90 and can be purchased at any of our member wineries, at the Keremeos Visitor Centre, the Grist Mill, Tree to Me or online at www.SimilkameenWine.com/events. Complimentary shuttles are available from throughout the Okanagan/Similkameen. Keremeos Taxi has also been hired to do continuous taxi runs to get local guests home safely.

Check out our post from the 2014 BBQ King Competition last year.