Alas! This year's Sugar Plum Fair, at the local Quail's Gate Winery, was devoid of the pirouetting snowflakes I had hoped for. Fortunately, there were ballerinas, wine, cheese and dessert. And even though I didn't get my way this year, the view wasn't so bad.
The Sugar Plum Fair, hosted by Quail's Gate Winery, offered Christmas gift ideas, discounts on all wine, tastings, an early visit from Santa Claus and graceful Nutcracker ballerinas from the Canadian School of Ballet.
The icewine grapes still hang from their fading vines, waiting for the first freeze. At least -8 degrees Celsius is required for an ideal icewine harvest. Canada is quickly becoming famous for its quality ice wines, a specialty that is traditionally German. The event itself was extremely busy and I am glad to say the Food Bank donation boxes were full. The crowds were hectic and it was nearly impossible to taste wine during the afternoon due to the busy turn out. My sister and I headed down to the winery's Old Vines restaurant to sample the winter culinary offerings of West Kelowna at our own relaxing pace.
Beginning with a flight of their red wines then on to a locally sourced charcuterie plate, moving on to their specialty pasta and ending with the pineapple and cranberry upside-down cake - the entire day gave an ere of holiday cheer sans snow.