Harrison Uncorked Wine Fest returns April 21-23, 2017

Returning for a second year of sips and suppers, Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival pops the cork April 21 – 23, 2017 throughout Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.

Harrison Uncorked brings together the village’s eateries with the region’s local wineries and farm fresh fare for three days of wine-makers dinners and tastings.

Uncorked by Day offers afternoons of tasting at the Harrison Memorial Hall. Fifteen local wineries are on hand for tastings with small bites by from Muddy Water Cafe with cheese & meat from FarmHouse Natural Cheeses and Hopcott Meats.  Old Settler Liquor Store is on hand to help take home your favourite sips.
Tickets for Uncorked by Day are available online for $45 each day, with $5 going to support the Harrison Festival Society. 

Uncorked by Night is a series of winemakers dinners in the restaurants in and around Harrison Hot Springs.  Pairing a restaurant and winery for a tasted experience each evening of the Festival.
-Harrison Corner Cafe with Backyard Wines
-Morgan’s Bistro with Orofino Vineyards (Friday) and Kettle Valley Winery (Saturday)
-Rowena’s Inn on the River with Fort Berens Estate Winery
Reservations for Uncorked by Night are required and should be made directly with the restaurants.

Even though it’s #justuptheroad, to be able to fully enjoy Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival, consider staying overnight at one of many great resorts and inns around Harrison Hot Springs.

Harrison Hot Springs Uncorked

Harrison_UncorkedHarrison Hot Springs is ready to pop the cork on Harrison Uncorked Wine Fest. Building off of the successful Craft Beer Festival, Uncorked is built to gather the community to celebrate the bounty within their backyard.

Harrison Uncorked is two days of food, wine and entertainment from the fertile Harrison region.
The Wine Festival starts Friday April 22nd with
Uncorked by Night, sees chefs at local eateries;  Morgan’s Bistro, River’s Edge Restaurant, the Red Fort and the Copper Room, preparing entrées incorporating ingredients sourced from local farms, paired with hand-crafted local wines.  Uncorked by Night pairings must book directly with the restaurants. 

Saturday, April 23rd is Uncorked by Day,  the 19+ event features wine tastings from 15 wineries, alongside cheese, charcuterie, and produce from the local Circle Farm tour members provided by Muddy Waters Café.
Uncorked by Day advanced tickets are $35 including tastings and food. Tickets at the door are $40
The event runs, 1pm – 5pm at Memorial Hall on Espanade Ave, Harrison Hot Springs.

Whatcom Wine & Spirits will have a pop-up store on location to allow you to take home your favourite bottle.


6 Fave Escapes of 2015

Over the course of 2015, we were able to make a few escapes around the region, I’d thought look back and choose some of my fave escapes;

Summit Lodge & Spa
Summit Lodge & Spa

Summit Lodge Whistler:  If you’re looking for a Whistler getaway right in the heart of the village, Summit Lodge is a great option; steps away from everything, luxurious suites, quiet pool & hot tub and much more.

Nita Lake Lodge: For a different Whistler experience, get away from the village and enjoy one of the most beautiful setting in Creekside village at Nita Lake Lodge

Tigh-Na-Mara Resort:  Parksville – Qualicum is home to some a plethora resorts, one of the best known is the world-renowned Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and Spa.  Condos or cabins, miles of beach or a day at the spa, the Resort has it all.

Fraser River Lodge:  Resting on the banks of the mighty Fraser, the rustic Fraser River Lodge is a fisherman’s dream but also a beautiful spot for a wedding as we experienced this summer.

Hot Springs Pools
Hot Springs Pools

Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa: For nearly a century, the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa has welcomed countless visitors to take the waters at the Hot Springs.

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel: For a handy staycation or, a change of pace on New Year’s Eve like we did, the recently renovated Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel makes a great escape.

Sometimes you don’t need to go far to find a bit of r & r and maybe your own new fave escapes

Harrison Festival of the Arts 2015

HarrisonFestival15The 37th Annual Harrison Festival Of The Arts is set to get underway in just over a week away.  If you haven’t already, make your plans and get your tickets to the world class music festival with small town roots.

For nine days, July 11 – 19,  2015, the hamlet of Harrison Hot Springs is filled with music, entertainment and arts & crafts.  Tickets are available now for the Evenings In The Hall; a nightly line-up of global talents from Scottish Folk act Breabach, Moroccan Ayrad, local Folk/Soul The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, and more.

HarrisonFest_2014-07-12 13.18.17The outdoor Music On The Beach Stage brings the music to the shore with a daily line up of acts from around the world and around the corner.  Access the beach stage with a daily $2 donation for a single day Festival Button or $20 Full-Festival Button.  This year a second beach-side venue, Lagoon Stage, bring acoustic sounds to the swimming lagoon area.

Harrison Festival is not all music, the juried Art Market lines the greenway along the beach with unique arts and crafts finds.HarrisonFest_2014-07-12 13.02.28

Whether it’s for a day or more, a visit to Harrison Hot Springs during the Harrison Festival will fill your excursion with Arts and Culture along with the sun and sand.

Find tickets and more information on Harrison Festival Of The Arts at harrisonfestival.com 

Hops to it at Harrison Beer Festival.

HarrisonOktoberfestThe third annual Harrison Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance happen in the hamlet of Harrison Hot Springs, on October 24 & 25, 2014.

Three events are spread across the two night fest; Cask Night on Friday and the Beer Festival and Dance on Saturday.

Cask Night sees six BC craft breweries; Old Yale Brewery, Dead Frog Brewery, Four Winds Brewing, Cannery Brewing Company, Red Truck Beer Company & Scandal Brewing Company putting their casks head to head in friendly competition.

The Beer Festival welcomes 23 breweries, each presenting 3-4 different beers, 70 beers in total, for sampling by the festival patrons.  That evening join in the fun at the traditional Oktobefest Dance, featuring Bavarian style beer on tap and the Oktoberfest Band will make sure you polka into the night.

Harrison Beer Festival Tickets are on sale online and start at just $18 for Cask Night or $60 for all three events. Food will be available at each event for $3.00 per item. Book one of Harrison Hot Springs‘ many hotels or inns to make it a weekend getaway

Morgan’s Bistro – Harrison Hot Springs

MorgansBistro_7143697On our recent visit to Harrison Hot Springs for The Harrison Festival of the Arts, Billy and I tried to check out a variety of the local eateries.  While the Festival’s Beach Stage was surrounded by festival goers, we ventured across the street to Morgan’s Bistro, the simple, modern eatery has a perfect vantage point over looking the beach and stage across the street, allowing us to enjoy the band with dinner.
A well laid out menu had a nice selection of meat, seafood and salads. West Coast comfort foods like short ribs, beef tenderloin, lamb, spaghetti & meatballs, halibut, steamed mussels, sat along a decent wine and cocktail list.
While waiting for our meal, we enjoyed a couple of refreshing martinis under the hot sun while listening to the Festival stage.  MorgansBistro_2014-07-12, 17 39 23The food arrived quite quickly, Billy ordered the evening’s feature, steamed mussels and clams whilst I had the spaghetti and lamb meatballs, both hearty portions were nicely prepared, with good flavours. The little bundle of yam fries topping the mussels and clams were a nice crisp offset to the savoury preparation. The meatballs were in a rich ragu atop al dente pasta making a familiar favourite a home-cooked feel.MorgansBistro_2014-07-12, 17 39 15

If it hadn’t been for the exceptional late day heat on the sunny patio, we’d have lingered longer over some more cocktails and enjoyed the view and music. However, the need for shade took over and we were on our way but will return again when in Harrison Hot Springs.

Morgan’s Bistro is located at 160 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, BC Phone: +1 604.491.1696.


Kobo Town gets Harrison Festival dancing

KoboTown_7133668Kobo Town – Harrison Festival of the Arts – July 12, 2014

On the opening day of the Harrison Festival of the Arts, the nightly “Evenings In The Hall” concerts series got underway with a lively performance by Toronto based, Kobo Town.  Lead by Trinidadian-Canadian Drew Gonsalves (pictured left), the band plays a blend of calypso, infused with ska, reggae, and even a hint of hip hop.
The lead singer/songwriter was engaging with witty and colourful anecdotes about his life growing up in Trinidad and Canada and what led to the writing of his songs.  Nearly from the first note, the audience took his comment that ‘the seats are optional’ and many got to their feet to dance along to the Caribbean beats.  KoboTown_2014-07-12, 20 53 45_2The mix of genres combined with the mix of self-penned, classic Caribbean tunes and re-worked standards from the 30s & 40s like “Rum & Coca-Cola”, a popular one with the older members of the audience.
In closing up their 80 minute set, the quintet of Gonsalves, Saxophonist – Linsey Walter, Drummer – Walter McLean, Bassist – Don Stewart and Guitarist – Francesco Emmanuel unplugged and wandered down into the audience to get up close and personal with the dancers.
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If this is the way the rest of the “Evenings In The Hall” concerts play out, the Harrison Festival of the Arts audiences are in for a great treat.

The Harrison Festival of the Arts runs until July 20th in Harrison Hot Springs, BC.  Daytime concerts on The Music On The Beach stage, Arts Market and Art Exhibition are free but a $2 daily Festival button shows your support for the Festival.  General admission tickets to the Evenings In The Hall concerts are $25.