The Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival takes place at Harrison Hot Springs on April 27th in 2019 and features wines from over a dozen regional wineries.
Harrison Wine Festival
In 2018 the Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival was on the weekend of April 20-21. In 2019 it’s scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 27th.
The festival comprises two main events – wine pairings with special set dinners at a number of local restaurants and wine tasting events in the afternoons.
2016 was the festival’s inaugural event and proved to be a great success, with the afternoon wine tasting on the Saturday sold out over a week in advance. The 2017 and 2018 festivals were just as popular if not more so! The 2019 event promises to be just as successful.
Below are details about the event in 2018. 2019 details will be similar.
Evening Restaurant Wine Pairings
In 2018 Harrison Uncorked included a selection of Winemakers Dinners at select local restaurants on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21.
Restaurants and wineries participating in the 2018 evening events included the Harrison Corner Cafe, Morgan’s Bistro and Rowena’s Inn on the River.
Harrison Corner Cafe is located at 310 Hot Springs Road. Its dinner was on the Saturday with the wine pairings from Abbotsford’s Maan Farms Estate Winery.
Morgan’s Bistro is located right in the heart of Harrison Hot Springs at 160 Esplanade Avenue. Its festival dinner was served with wine from Kettle Valley Winery from Naramata on the Saturday.
Rowena’s Inn on the River is located at a golf course at 14282 Morris Valley Road in nearby Harrison Mills. On the Friday it teamed up with the Single Tree Winery from Abbotsford.
Click Harrison Restaurants for more details.
TIP: Make your reservations early as the restaurants book up well in advance.
Afternoon Wine Tasting
The 2018 Harrison Uncorked Festival also included a wine tasting event on the afternoon of Saturday, April 21, from noon until 5 pm. The cost was $49.95 per person.
In 2017 afternoon wine tastings took place on both the Saturday and Sunday (and cost $45 each), but in 2018 there was only on the Saturday event, which will likely be the case again in 2019.
The wine tasting event takes place at Harrison Memorial Hall at 290 Esplanade Avenue which is right next door to the Harrison Lake Resort.
Partial proceeds from the sale of tickets to the wine tasting afternoon benefit the Harrison Festival Society which hosts music and arts events in the town at various times throughout the year.
Wineries participating in the afternoon wine tasting event in 2018 included Campbell’s Gold (a meadery), Fort Berens Estate Winery, Maan Farms (with fruit and berry wines), Seaside Pearl and Singletree Winery, all from the Fraser Valley.
Okanagan wines at the event included 8th Generation Vineyard, Calliope Wines, BC Wine Studio, Kettle Valley Winery, Noble Ridge and Okanagan Crush Pad. Also at the event was wine from Harper’s Trail in Kamloops, as well as Indigenous World Winery which is another Okanagan wine and Canada’s first completely First Nations-owned winery.
TIP: Reserve your spot early as this event will likely sell out well in advance.
For additional details about the Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival, check out the Tourism Harrison website.
Other Harrison Festivals & Events
Being such a beautiful place and right on the water, Harrison Hot Springs is a fabulous town to visit any time of the year, but especially when there are events going on in town. In addition to the Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival, other events worth checking out at different times of the year include the following:
- Sasquatch Days – a small festival with First Nations war canoe races, cultural performances and a salmon BBQ in June.
- Harrison Festival of the Arts – a festival featuring an art market and performing arts performances in mid-July.
- Lakeside Car Show – a free event in mid-August (although it didn’t take place in 2018 and may or may not again in the future).
- Bands on the Beach – two days of music in early September.
- Harrison Beer Festival – an Oktoberfest-style beer festival featuring local BC-produced craft beers in late October.