O! Osoyoos Celebrates

Comments 148 by Rebecca Bollwitt

OsoyoosCelebratesOsoyoos presents the first annual O! Osoyoos Celebrates festival of food and wine September 14th to 16th, 2012. Located at the southern tip of the Okanagan, Canada’s only dessert is packed with orchards, wineries, and recreation on the lake.

O! Osoyoos Celebrates events will include the Red Carpet Soiree (at the NK’MIP Conference Centre) and Lobster on the Beach, emceed by Sophie Lui of Global BC, and a Sparkling Sabra Brunch (Rooftop of Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa). Guests can pair the festival with wine tours, dining, and other wine country activities.

Heading into fall, you can catch some endless Osoyoos summer sunshine at this culinary celebration. Full weekend ticket packages are available now for $150 and tickets for individual events are also on sale for $35-$85 per person.


The organizers have offered up an O! Osoyoos Celebrate prize package for one lucky reader of mine that includes: Two nights accommodation at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa for two people (Friday, September 14th & Saturday, September 15th, 2012) and tickets for two to Lobster on the Beach on Saturday.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win a getaway to @OsoyoosBC & @Spirit_Ridge for #OsoyoosCelebrates from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/dt76m

I will draw one winner at random from all entries this Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 12:00pm. Must be 19+ to enter and attend. Prize does not include transportation to and from Osoyoos and is only valid on the dates shown, including the stay at Spirit Ridge.

My family has a vacation home in Osoyoos and we love hiking, swimming, and of course wine touring around the region. Follow Osoyoos, BC on Facebook and Twitter for more information about wine country and this fantastic South Okanagan destination.

Update The winner is Sandra!

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  1. DeniseTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:01pm PDT

    I would a mini getaway

  2. DeniseTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:01pm PDT

    Oops I would like a mini getaway

  3. CherylTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:03pm PDT

    Yes please!!

  4. Wendy PembertonTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:06pm PDT

    O! I love Osoyoos! Looooove. Yes please.

  5. KirstenTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:06pm PDT

    Yes please!

  6. PreetTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:08pm PDT

    This sounds like an amazing getaway!

  7. alexTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:19pm PDT

    Sounds like an awesome weekend.

  8. lucTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:35pm PDT

    Never been to Osoyoos!

  9. VictoriaTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:42pm PDT

    I would love to go! Thanks

  10. KatieTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:49pm PDT

    Would be fabulous and a weekend when I’m not on call!

  11. jamesTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:55pm PDT

    Love Osoyoos

  12. VaniaTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:57pm PDT

    Almost 3 years in Vancouver and I have never been to Okanagan. Can I book a car rental already??? 😀

  13. Pam SchulzTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 7:59pm PDT

    What a glorious way to wrap up the summer!

  14. MikeTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:00pm PDT

    Boy Oh Boy….a little ‘O!’ Getaway would be a real treat!

  15. KellyTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:01pm PDT

    Would love to visit Osoyoos and check out a couple of wineries!!

  16. TeresaTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:03pm PDT

    Please choose me!

  17. anneTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:04pm PDT

    looks like a great time!

  18. TerriTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:08pm PDT

    A getaway sounds lovely!

  19. LeonoraTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:15pm PDT

    Please include me in the draw!

  20. JulieTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:15pm PDT

    My husband and I would love a little vineyard escape!

  21. Kate CoulsonTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:17pm PDT

    I would love to win! Spirit Ridge in September would be a much needed getaway!

  22. AmyTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:18pm PDT

    I would love a getaway

  23. MoonTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:19pm PDT

    Never been, would like to go for sure.

  24. DortheaTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:23pm PDT

    Would love to go!

  25. HarjitTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:26pm PDT

    Sounds fancy and fun 🙂

  26. Sandra battleTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:30pm PDT

    I’d love this!

  27. S.FieldTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:42pm PDT

    sounds fabulous!

  28. RobertaTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:42pm PDT

    This would make a great trip for hubby and me!!

  29. belindaTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:42pm PDT

    O! Osoyoos I long for the lobsters

  30. Colleen hunterTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:45pm PDT

    Nice place!

  31. MelodyTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:57pm PDT

    We have gone to Osoyoos for the past 3 years with friends, usually on this exact weekend. Our friends have decided to go to Italy this year, leaving us behind. If we could go to Osoyoos, well, let’s just say, who needs Italy, right? One of my fav places ever.

  32. RebeccaTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:58pm PDT

    Have never been, would love LOVE to go!

  33. PaulaTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 8:59pm PDT

    This is such a fabulous getaway!

  34. Leanne MTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 9:13pm PDT

    This would be an amazing giveaway for my hubby and I

  35. SandraTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 9:14pm PDT

    I’ve lived in BC my whole life and been to the Interior at least 100 times but yet I’ve never been to Osoyoos… maybe it’s time.

  36. Leanne MTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 9:14pm PDT


  37. Brian BattleTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 9:42pm PDT

    I love Osoyoos & the south Okanagan for the 3 W’s – Wine, Weather, & Water.

  38. Bryan SalesTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 9:43pm PDT

    us please!!!

  39. Stephanie STuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 9:50pm PDT

    I would love to go there.. would make a great mini getaway filled with great wine and local organic food 🙂

  40. catherineTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 9:52pm PDT

    Osoyoos, wine and lobster on the beach — what more could anyone want!

  41. ChelseaTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 10:06pm PDT

    Fingers are crossed, a great end of summer getaway for me and my other half!

  42. LindseyTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 10:15pm PDT

    that sounds like a blast!!!!!!!!

  43. PhyTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 10:33pm PDT

    I need this!

  44. Brenda ClarkeTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 11:25pm PDT

    This would be a fabulous 19th anniversary present for my husband Colin, the love of my life! We were married on September 18, 1993 in North Vancouver, at Carl Valentine’s house.

  45. ShanyeTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 11:33pm PDT

    Never been before!

  46. vonTuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 11:44pm PDT

    Sounds like a fun place for outdoor activities!

  47. Michelle WhalenWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 7:45am PDT

    I would love a little get away with my boo <3 thank u!!

  48. bucks14Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 7:56am PDT

    Sounds like fun

  49. gregWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 7:58am PDT

    Sounds like a great weekend trip.

  50. debbie fWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 7:58am PDT

    I would love a weekend away.

  51. RichardWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 8:26am PDT

    NEver been here, would love to visit!

  52. AlexWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 8:27am PDT

    Wine country here I come!

  53. NaokoWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 8:32am PDT

    Osoyoos has the “O” factor. Awesome vineyards and gorgeous scenery. Would love to do this!

  54. KarolineWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 8:38am PDT

    Never been there, it would be a great getaway.

  55. JanWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 8:49am PDT

    sounds so great

  56. Emilia TurnerWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 8:53am PDT

    Osoyoos, wine, lobster, views, our Canadian desert is beautiful. Would love to go in a heartbeat

  57. Lindsay SimmonsWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:07am PDT

    A weekend in Osoyoos would be perfect!

  58. MarkWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:10am PDT


  59. Paul BWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:14am PDT

    Sounds like a great trip!

  60. HilaryWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:14am PDT

    I would love this weekend trip!

  61. RebeccaWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:14am PDT

    Sounds amazing!

  62. Carol HarrisWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:15am PDT

    Sounds wonderful…I would sooo love to win a September getaway!

  63. Jessica TWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:15am PDT

    A fall getaway would be awesome!

  64. graceWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:18am PDT

    Never been to Osoyoos!

  65. Jen SiorWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:20am PDT

    My favorite childhood memories are in Osoyoos. I learned to swim in the lake and hotel pools as a kid. Many in my family just love that it reminds of us the Mediterranean countryside with the orchards and vinyards. Having said that it, also fills that space in our heart that yearns for the old country homeland, when we can’t go to Europe every summer.

    O Osoyoos, how I miss you and would love to visit with you soon.

  66. Mallory OWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:21am PDT

    This sounds incredible, the perfect fall getaway…wine, lobster, Osoyoos..Pick me!

  67. MaggieWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:24am PDT

    The lobster on the beach sounds amazing!

  68. AdrianWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:25am PDT

    Just got back, would love to go again!

  69. KatherineWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:27am PDT

    Sounds like a fab weekend!

  70. GloriaWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:28am PDT

    Sounds like a fabulous trip! Would love to enter to win it.

  71. GregWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:29am PDT

    Osoyoos in September, nice.

  72. KristineWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:31am PDT

    wine, food and sun, YES PLEASE!

  73. David D.Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:40am PDT

    Love Osoyoos!

  74. Cono SpitaleWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:45am PDT

    Hi Rebecca…honeymooned in big ‘O’ seemingly a million years ago! in latter years took kids there each summer (used to be a little water slide near the camp site)..when I was in Tuscany with cousin two summers ago, he said what does Tuscany remind you of…I replied:”a place in Canada called Osoyoos”…ciao out (LOL)…Cono

  75. RachaalWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:54am PDT

    I’ve never been, would love to go! Thanks!

  76. Tisha SimpkinsWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 10:06am PDT

    Love Osoyoos, always wanted to spend a weekend there 🙂 Yes please to the mini get away!

  77. CliffWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 10:23am PDT

    Sounds like a great festival

  78. BrendaWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 10:23am PDT

    Sounds like a fun getaway! I love food and wine festivals

  79. BernadetteWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 10:34am PDT

    never been to Osoyoos…would love to win this package!

  80. SarahWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 10:47am PDT

    Oh how I would LOVE to win this! Such a fabulous getaway!

  81. VinceWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 10:52am PDT

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

  82. andreaWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 11:06am PDT

    I love Osoyoos!

  83. ChelleWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 11:34am PDT

    Such a lovely area!

  84. robertoWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 11:39am PDT

    Could definitely use some O! Festival in my life right now…the job hunt seriously depresses.

  85. CindyWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 11:53am PDT

    Looking for something to do for our 11 year anniversary…

  86. Katrina TuWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 11:54am PDT

    My second favourite place in British Columbia! Love our wine country.

  87. KristaWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 12:01pm PDT

    Would love to visit O!

  88. JenWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 12:40pm PDT

    Would love this little getaway! Osoyoos is beautiful and so is Spirit Ridge.

  89. nance428Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 12:47pm PDT

    hail mother earth and the grapes!

  90. dave604Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 12:48pm PDT

    this would be a great gateaway!

  91. LauraleeWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 12:58pm PDT

    We recently attended a wedding in Osoyoos and had a wonderful time visiting the Nk’Mip cultural center, the Desert Centre and of course, a few of the many wineries and the beach. What a beautiful location!

  92. dipndiWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 1:04pm PDT

    My husband & I just celebrated our 20th anniversary on June 30. I would love to be able to take him to this great event. AND, we love lobster and wine. Thanks!!!!

  93. Cori MacphailWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 1:06pm PDT

    Sounds lovely!

  94. Ian MacphailWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 1:07pm PDT

    Would love it

  95. Darrah BaileyWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 1:09pm PDT

    I would like to win 🙂 GL all!

  96. StephanieWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 1:19pm PDT

    This would be a lovely getaway.

  97. CaitlinWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 1:32pm PDT

    Excellent. Love wine, love wine country!

  98. MichelleWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 1:49pm PDT

    The last trip there was years ago, this would be a lovely chance to revisit!

  99. ColleenWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 1:53pm PDT

    I would LOVE to go to this! <3 <3 <3

  100. Ashley ChowWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 1:57pm PDT

    I’ve never been to Osoyoos before!

    PS – I think you meant to say “desert”, not “dessert” 😉

  101. RoWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 3:13pm PDT

    This would be lovely.

  102. ShelleyWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 3:16pm PDT

    Looks great. I would love a road trip.

  103. JamesWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 3:20pm PDT

    My wife and I need a time away!!

  104. Lucas PaprockiWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 3:35pm PDT

    I LOVE Osoyoos so much. I would love to win this contest. I go there at least once a year but haven’t this year. Crossing my fingers!

  105. AretaWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 3:39pm PDT

    A great giveaway! Thanks for the ongoing giveaways! Osoyoos is beautiful!

  106. Marcy Siple OakleyWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 4:18pm PDT

    O ! Osoyoos it’s been so long since I have been there! O is for Oakley and it’s our anniversry that weekend. O what a great place to celebrate…..O! Sunshine, wine, beaches and lobster O my Osoyoss!

  107. TylerWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 4:28pm PDT

    You had me at Vineyard!

  108. GlennWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 4:36pm PDT

    We recently went to Osoyoos, for 4 days. the warmth, the friendly atmosphere, and of course the wine , were great. I definitely would like to return !

  109. PhilWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 4:53pm PDT

    Sounds I so fun!

  110. KathleenWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 5:48pm PDT

    We’ve been dreaming of staying in Osoyoos but haven’t been there yet. Would LOVE to visit soon!

  111. Dan CugliettaWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 6:04pm PDT

    Great event worth going to!!

  112. XingWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 7:26pm PDT

    I would love to take my wife to Osoyoos!

  113. IainWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 7:48pm PDT

    I heart Osoyoos.

  114. ShylaWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 8:47pm PDT

    It’s my birthday that weekend! This would be such a wonderful getaway!

  115. lindaWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 8:54pm PDT

    O! Osoyoos sounds O! so much fun.

  116. Ray MaddlyWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 9:52pm PDT

    Holy smokes, this would be brilliant to win.

  117. DebWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 10:37pm PDT

    The Okanagan is amazing in September … would love to visit this year , it’s been awhile

  118. RebbyWednesday, September 5th, 2012 — 11:39pm PDT

    This looks like a FAB getaway and Osoyoos is one of my fave places to visit in BC! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  119. MaeThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 12:42am PDT

    Osoyoos is one of those places on my list of local must-visits. One of these days….

  120. Jodi OrrThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 6:46am PDT

    Oh My Dream!

  121. CaresseThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 9:43am PDT

    Mmmm, lobster!

  122. DavidThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 10:26am PDT

    would love to go!

  123. AmyThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 11:28am PDT

    What a great-sounding event … who wouldn’t love to savour food, wine, fun, and sun in the South Okanagan! 🙂

  124. maryThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 12:21pm PDT

    summer is not over yet

  125. taniaThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 1:48pm PDT

    I love Osoyoos!

  126. rinoThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 1:49pm PDT

    Looks great. I would love a road trip.

  127. LaurenThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 2:25pm PDT

    I’ve never been to Osoyoos, so this sounds like lots of fun!

  128. DanielThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 4:25pm PDT

    It will be so great! My wife would love it!

  129. susannaThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 7:42pm PDT

    Osoyoos is so close but never been there before. Maybe this is my time.

  130. TeresaThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 8:32pm PDT

    Wow, that sounds like so much fun! I’d love to go.

  131. Siobhan S.Thursday, September 6th, 2012 — 9:15pm PDT

    What a lovely weekend! And so close! Only a 5 hour drive. I’d love to go eat some lobster, drink some wine and RELAX.

  132. MargaretThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 10:13pm PDT

    MMMMMMmmmmmm lobster!

  133. SonjaThursday, September 6th, 2012 — 10:40pm PDT

    I’ve never been to Osoyoos but I hear it’s amazing! Would love to win this 🙂

  134. RebeccaFriday, September 7th, 2012 — 12:39am PDT

    I love lobster and have never been to Osoyoos, so this would be truly awesome!

  135. NicolaFriday, September 7th, 2012 — 11:47am PDT

    We have been looking for a getaway and this would be amazing! LOVE OKANAGAN!

  136. GigiFriday, September 7th, 2012 — 3:39pm PDT

    Sounds like a lovely getaway!

  137. Elizabeth BFriday, September 7th, 2012 — 3:46pm PDT

    I’ve wandered around outside at Spirit Ridge and visited the Cultural Centre, but have never stayed there…here’s hoping!

  138. MichaelFriday, September 7th, 2012 — 3:50pm PDT

    Wow…great contest! I would love to surprise my wife with this one…she loves Osoyoos 🙂

  139. JaniceFriday, September 7th, 2012 — 10:01pm PDT

    I really need this getaway. I just broke up with the love of my life after 10 yrs of dating. Its really , really tough when you get older to start over again.
    This would be the perfect time to have some R and R.

    Osoyoos is my place to be. I am going to work for another 5-10 yrs, and I really want to retire in Osoyoos. Love it.

  140. LeahSaturday, September 8th, 2012 — 8:09am PDT

    I’m always up for a trip back to osoyoos!

  141. EricSaturday, September 8th, 2012 — 11:05am PDT

    Would love to win!

  142. Cornelia HealSaturday, September 8th, 2012 — 11:37am PDT

    Love This contest. Whoever wins. All the best

  143. Gary TSaturday, September 8th, 2012 — 4:53pm PDT

    Never been, would love to go!

  144. CyndiSaturday, September 8th, 2012 — 4:57pm PDT

    would love to win this mini getaway

  145. annaSaturday, September 8th, 2012 — 5:01pm PDT

    great prize, hope I win!

  146. BalSaturday, September 8th, 2012 — 5:03pm PDT

    My wife would love this

  147. DanaSaturday, September 8th, 2012 — 5:57pm PDT

    Osoyoos is great, and Spirit Ridge is a wonderful location!

  148. SDCSunday, September 23rd, 2012 — 8:31pm PDT

    Finally posted my photos from Osoyoos celebrates!

    Thank you Miss 604 for that fantastic vacation (Sandra is my wife)! 🙂

    This was our first time to Osoyoos and we had an absolutely amazing time! The air in Osoyoos is almost surreal… it is a distinct blend of lavender and sage… I shall never forgot it.

    Not enough time to do some real quality photography. I need to spend a week in Osoyoos! Many of my photos were shot too quickly and I made a lot of mistakes. Grrr…
    I regret not bringing my DSLR to the lobster dinner because there were a lot of great photo ops… not just inside! The sunset was mesmerizing and the stars… wow! I have not seen such dark skies in years!

    Thank you so much for that vacation!


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