2017 Similkameen BBQ King cools its grills…….

The Similkameen BBQ King will be taking a break for the 2017 season.  Check back for other events and be sure to check our winery websites for specific winery dinners, tastings and events!  See you soon!











Tis the Season…..For the Similkameen!


Any season is a good season to explore the Similkameen.  Join Winter in Wine Country celebrations and the local Light Up Celebrations by taking in the Similkameen Wineries Association self-guided tour on Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th from noon until 5PM. Catch the holiday spirit as you visit 10 boutique wineries at your leisure and enjoy decorated shops, special wine tastings, holiday treats and the many gift options — as well as award winning wines!   Visit with the winemakers and learn about their love of the land in one of the hot spots for grape, fruit wines and ciders in British Columbia.

Feel the spirit and experience first-hand this special wine region this season.  Participating wineries include: Robin Ridge, Corcelettes, Clos du Soleil, Rustic Roots,Orofino, Eau Vivre, Twisted Hills Craft Cider, Seven Stones, Hugging Tree and Forbidden Fruit.  Many wineries have extended hours and days over the season.  Click on the winery name for more information.

While in the Valley take in some of the Light-Up festivities in and around Keremeos and Cawston.  Stop in at the Grist Mill and Gardens, wander through a craft sale for Christmas gifts and goodies, enjoy a bite to eat at a local restaurant and visit the local shops.  Expand your horizon and take the short drive to experience Similkameen Wine Country.



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Click here to view one of our Facebook photo albums of the 2016 Similkameen BBQ King/Queen event!


Similkameen BBQ King – July 9, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills!  The Similkameen will soon name a new Similkameen BBQ King or Queen!
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The 7th Annual Similkameen BBQ King event will be held on Saturday, July 9th from 5-9pm at the Historic Grist Mill & Gardens in Keremeos, BC

In this award-winning event, competing chefs will create unique dishes using organic ingredients from local farmers in the heart of Canada’s organic capital.  The format of the event has evolved to provide a relaxed and easy experience with time to enjoy each chef’s unique creation along with the spectacular wines and ciders of the Similkameen Wineries Association.  Once you have visited each station and enjoyed the culinary inspirations, it is time for you to cast your vote for the winner!

In addition to the amazing food and wine at this event, there will also be live entertainment by Aidan Mayes & Mandy Cole and a silent auction that is a partial fundraiser for the Grist Mill and Gardens, which is a beautiful Heritage BC site.

Because of the generous support of our primary sponsor, Valley First, each guest will receive a beautiful wine glass to use throughout the event, and take home as a momento of the evening.

This is a safe ride home event. We have shuttles available throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen. Our thanks go to Artus BottlingCellarTek, Okanagan Label & Print, TricorBraun WinePak, Universal Packaging, and Westland Insurance for their support and sponsorship of our shuttles.   You can book your shuttle seats when you purchase your tickets on line or click here. Special thanks to Authentically Okanagan for working with us to coordinate our shuttle service this year.

A beautiful sunny day, amazing food, award-winning wines and ciders from the members of the Similkameen Wineries Association, live entertainment, a gorgeous venue and a silent auction with fantastic prizes. What more could you ask for?

Early bird adult tickets are $80 if purchased by June 30, 2016. After that, adult ticket prices increase to $90. Youth and children tickets are also available.

Click here to purchase your tickets and book your free shuttle seat now!  Tickets are also available at any of the Association Wineries, The Keremeos Visitor Centre, Tree to Me, and the Grist Mill and Gardens.


Special thanks too all of our sponsors!


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Similkameen BBQ King 2015

Congratulations to all of the winners of our 2015 Similkameen BBQ King! View all of the photos from our event here.

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Our Similkameen BBQ King event placed second overall in the “best food/drink experience of the year” category for the Exceptional Eats Awards (Okanangan) from readers of EAT Magazine two years in a row!



Check out our Facebook page to view pictures from previous Similkameen BBQ King events.