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Spring in Naramata

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

For Immediate Release

April 18, 2023

Naramata Springs to Life With Bud Break, Earth and May Day Celebrations, the Return of the Farmers Market and More

Photo Credit: Jon Adrian

Naramata, BC - Spring is blooming in Naramata, from the vineyard to the village, making it a perfect time to Discover Naramata for yourself. Local businesses are ready to welcome visitors looking for delightful opportunities to eat, stay, sleep, play and explore. Spring in Naramata has some one-of-a-kind experiences well worth a visit. Enjoy the village calm, incredible local dining, great values on accommodation as well as Earth Day celebrations, the 100th Anniversary of May Day, and access to the most bottles our wineries will have available all year.



BUD BREAK

Photo Credit: Jon Adrian

Mother Nature is about to put on one colourful show here in Naramata with trees blooming, flowers bursting, and the magic of a "golden hour" that will have you reaching for your camera. Wineries delight in the excitement of "bud break". The annual spring cycle when new shoots and leaves grow on the vines signals a brand new season of hopes and dreams in the vineyard. Orchard blossoms, the first flowers and gorgeous spring greens will soon paint the Bench all the colours of the rainbow and add a lovely fragrance along the eastern hills and shores of Okanagan Lake.



EARTH DAY EVENTS

Earth Day 2023 returns as community groups, NaramataSlow and the Naramata Citizens Association join forces to present Earth Day events in Naramata over two days.

  • Friday, April 21 - Naramata School and the RDOS’ work together on the Great Global Clean Up and Neighbourhood Weed Pull.

  • Saturday, April 22 - Naramata Permaculture Garden tours, community garage sale, swap n' shop, electric vehicle car display, bike tune ups, clothing sale, bat house building, Dark Sky learning, speaker series on climate change & food waste.

Click here for full details.



100 YEARS OF MAY DAYS

May 2023 marks the 100th anniversary of the May Day Celebration in Naramata. It is an important tradition for the community. Naramata has one of the oldest May Day celebrations in all of BC. The ancient tradition welcomes spring and the crops that follow. Dating back to 1923, watch a history of Naramata May Days from the past here.

  • Friday May 19 - Soapbox races, May Day family dance, and an open house at the Naramata Museum.

  • Monday, May 22 (Victoria Day) - May Day Parade & Ceremony, including traditional Maypole dancing, decorated bike contest, and traditional races and games.



NARAMATA FARMERS MARKETS

Photo Credit: Jon Adrian

The beloved Naramata Slow farmers' market is set to return on June 7 and will run every Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm through September 27 at Manitou Beach Park. The weekly market is a must-do for visitors and locals alike, showcasing the best of local food and farms that support the community's farmers and producers. The market is a must-do shopping, dining and social experience that invites market goers to browse handcrafted goods, sip artisanal wines and ciders and enjoy delicious local flavours.


Discover Naramata's recently launched events calendar holds all the spring happenings.



PLAN A NARAMATA GETAWAY

The journey to Naramata begins with sinuous curves in the road, warm sunshine, and a growing sense of well-being as you leave city life behind and delve into the heart of wine country. Leisurely make your way along the Naramata Bench, meander through vineyards and orchards, pass wineries and charming bed and breakfasts, all while bathed in sunshine and overlooking shimmering Okanagan Lake. You can’t get to Naramata by accident. Quaint, small and non-commercial, this semi-rural village protected by the landscape just might be the last great secret in the Okanagan.


The Naramata Bench is home to some of the most highly acclaimed Okanagan wineries, some offer a wide array of full-bodied, barrel-aged reds, delightful whites, ice wines and even sparkling wines.

Pro tip: Right now is the highest inventory of wines all year. If you’re planning on coming to visit this year to restock the cellar - the time is now! The Naramata Bench wineries are open, and ready to welcome wine loving guests for tastings and restocking. It truly is the best time to buy some of the more unique, small lot releases before they sell out.


More than just wine - Naramata is home to a number of world class breweries, distilleries and cideries. Several of these Okanagan wineries, breweries and distilleries offer menus ranging from a light lunch or snack to gourmet dining. Explore wine country where you will find an abundance of culinary experiences ranging from restaurants, patios to pubs, as well as unforgettable events.


There’s so much more here than good food and wine - Naramata’s got hikes, bikes, and views for days. Adventuring in Naramata is easy, with hundreds of trails, beaches and parks to explore and experience the Okanagan scenery. Activities are endless, from hitting the KVR on two wheels, or exploring one of the many trails, to trying water sports, wildlife viewing, wellness, peace, history and more — all full of Instagrammable moments you just might want to keep to yourself instead.

Naramata is the good kind of different, it’s unconventional Okanagan. A new adventure, no matter the weather once you see it, taste it, feel it, visit — you’ll get it. Come and discover Naramata for yourself. Plan and book your trip at discovernaramata.com


About Discover Naramata:

Discover Naramata is a non-profit, member-run Community Destination Management Organization for the community of Naramata, BC, Canada. Discover Naramata is the primary organization with interest in coordinating destination management efforts for the Naramata Bench. The Society is governed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and represents more than 80 businesses that comprise the local tourism economy.


For more information visit discovernaramata.com or connect socially @discovernaramata


Media Contact: Member Contact:

Krista Lochhead Amanda Perez

Hatch Hospitality Discover Naramata

778.227.2396 250.486.3412



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