Rossland Rotary getting set for wine festival

For the 24th year in a row, Rossland Rotary is gearing up for its annual wine festival.

For the 24th year in a row, Rossland Rotary is gearing up for its annual wine festival. The festival is an opportunity to try some of Canada’s best wines, as there will be dozens on display, from Gewurtztraminer or after-dinner port.

There will also be hors d’oeuvres to complement the large selection of wines to sample.

“We’ll be featuring wines from the Okanagan and the Kootenays, as well as tapas by Gabriella, chocolate from Mountain Nugget, a silent auction and door prizes.” said Tina Kenyon, Rossland Rotary president.

This year’s theme is Mardi Gras, so she hopes everyone will come dressed for the occasion.

“We’re really excited about this,” she said. “We’ve got a really great crew of volunteers, some fantastic food and almost 30 wineries booked.”

In past years, Rotary has held the event during Rossland Winter Carnival, but Kenyon said this year there were just too many coinciding events. So, the club moved the event to the Feb. 23 date.

Money raised from the festival supports local and international Rotary projects.

“This is a major fundraiser for us,” she said. “It brings a lot of attention to Rossland, supports local businesses and benefits area youth.”

For the event, Rotary enlists the help of the Rossland Interact Club, which is raising funds for various projects. Kenyon explained that the interact club is a high school Rotary club at Rossland Secondary School.

The 24th Annual Rossland Rotary Wine Festival takes place at the Prestige Mountain Resort in Rossland on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $55 each and on sale at Powder Hound.

For more information on the event, contact Fiona Martin at

Rossland Rotary meets at the Rock Cut on Mondays at 6:15 p.m.  and have a Facebook page under the name Rossland Rotary.


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