Mission Hill Family Estate is getting ready to welcome the holiday season with Season of Trees, a magical winter wonderland and wine tasting experience benefiting BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF).
From November 29 to December 23, the winery will mark its fifth year as host venue for a lush forest of trees sponsored and decorated by local, Kelowna-area businesses, community organizations, and personal groups.
The Festival of Trees is a grassroots campaign held in communities across British Columbia to fundraise for the province’s only children’s hospital. In the four years that Mission Hill Family Estate and Kelowna have participated, more than $109,000 has been raised locally to support BCCHF.
In 2021, all proceeds from this province-wide fundraising are earmarked to support youth mental health programs offered through BC Children’s Hospital. The big, but achievable Kelowna 2021 goal? To contribute another $50,000 to this critical cause.
“Each year, BC Children’s Hospital does work that directly impacts 96,000 young patients,” notes Mission Hill Family Estate Head Winemaker Corrie Krehbiel. “As we rediscover the joy of celebrating, please join us at Mission Hill Family Estate to decorate a holiday tree or raise a glass together in support of BCCHF as our shared community cause.”
HOW TO HELP: As a Tree Sponsor
Tree sponsorship is an excellent opportunity to practice community leadership, teamwork, and creativity while having fun safely outdoors at Mission Hill Family Estate. Businesses, organizations, and personal groups are all invited to sponsor a tree. This year, in addition to branding and engagement opportunities, sponsorship includes a chance to win a Winery Holiday Gift Basket. Charitable tax receipts will also be issued from BCCHF. To become a Festival of Trees sponsor, contact Alexa McDermott at email@example.com or go to bcchf.ca/FOTKelowna.
HOW TO HELP: As a Winery Guest
Book a Season of Trees festive tasting for any date between November 29 and December 23. Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of the winery’s barrel cellar followed by a seated new release wine tasting, paired with holiday bites. Guests can then explore the brilliant outdoor forest of sparkling, sponsor-decorated trees, and vote for a favourite.
New for 2021, guests that book a Season of Trees tasting on Sundays (December 5, 12, 19), can also stroll the winery’s pop-up Evergreen Market mini event on the Loggia featuring a hand-picked selection of local vendors and experts each week.
Ten dollars from every Season of Trees tasting goes to BCCHF. Mission Hill Family Estate is also matching all donations made by Wine Club members who visit for their complimentary tasting over fundraising dates. Reservations for Season of Trees tastings are available online at missionhillwinery.com/event/season-of-trees/.
MORE FESTIVITIES AT MISSION HILL FAMILY ESTATE
Christmas in Italy Dinner, December 10
Begin the evening with a charcuterie and wine-paired reception, then enjoy Tuscan and Florentine dishes in the Chagall Room (complete with live entertainment), and get set for the festive season with party prep tips, and recipes to take home. $249 per guest. Register online at missionhillwinery.com/event/fall-dinner-series-christmas-in-italy/.
Winemaker & Chef: Holiday Virtual Tasting, December 17
This virtual event brings Mission Hill’s Head Winemaker, Corrie Krehbiel, and Executive Chef, Patrick Gayler, on-screen to host a festive Friday night filled with a guided wine tasting, how-to-make gnocchi recipe demo session, and a Q&A opportunity via chat. The experience includes a three-bottle set of Mission Hill wine (courier delivered to guests). $100 per person. Must be booked by December 1 at 12 noon PST to allow time for wine shipping. Register online at missionhillwinery.com/event/holiday-virtual-tasting.
Winery Holiday Meal Kits
A gourmet holiday feast, ready to simply reheat and enjoy. Each take-home meal kit includes mulled wine, dry cured ham, whipped potatoes, slow roasted turkey breast and thigh, white cranberry and butternut squash soup, roasted winter vegetables, and sticky toffee pudding. Serves up to six people. $300 per order. Order by December 15, or while limited quantities last. Local pick-up only December 21-24. Pre-order at missionhillwinery.com/terrace-restaurant/holiday-meal-kit.
Wine Gift Sets
Give memorable wine, curated, beautifully boxed, and then delivered. Order online or collect in-person at Mission Hill’s West Kelowna wine boutique. For more details and to order online, visit store.missionhillwinery.com/shop/wine-bundles.