Winter night’s delight at festival this Friday

Annual Snowflake Festival at Kinsmen Beach January 18th

The Snowflake Festival is celebrating a decade of winter revelry this Friday, January 18th, with music, food, fireworks and fun scheduled for the evening at Kinsmen Beach.

The plan is to have skating rinks cleared on the ice for skating under the stars. And there will be plenty of fire pits on site for attendees to warm up while roasting marshmallows.

Cortney Pitts, Invermere events coordinator, reports there will be live music with local band Fairwater 54, a classic rock/pop cover band featuring John MacRobbie, Mark Fraser and Barry Cerny.

The local events coordinator admits last year’s Snowflake Festival was one of her favourite events of the year. With an incredible turnout, mild weather, and a celebratory spirit, it was a memorable night.

“We have the privilege of living in such a beautiful place and Lake Windermere certainly makes my job easier. It offers so many fun activities to do in the winter (skating, walking, snowshoeing, hockey, curling, etc.),” says Ms. Pitts. “This event helps us celebrate the place we live and enjoy. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the winter in our community.”

Taste of the Valley

As part of the Snowflake Festival, Taste of the Valley gives attendees a chance to sample delectable treats from area restaurants.

“Taste of the Valley in the past has been a huge part of the Snowflake Festival, and this event would not be the same without it. Who doesn’t love food?,” Ms. Pitts says. “Thank you to every participating restaurant for being part of this event.”

Taste of the Valley is coordinated by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce (CVCC). Sarah Miller, administrative assistant at the CVCC, reports there is a great list of vendors coming, including Columbia River Cafe, Elements Grill (Copper Point Resort), Invermere Bakery, Pizzeria Mercato, Elevations Dining & Patio (The Springs Course), Bear’s Paw & Grill (Fairmont Hot Springs Resort), and Choppers Landing (Panorama Mountain Resort) for restaurants.

“To warm your spirits, we’ve got Taynton Bay Spirits,” says Ms. Miller. And new to the list this year is Wild Mountain Chocolate for a sweet end to your tasting experience.

Ms. Miller says this is a great event for everyone, especially for people that might not get out to eat all the time around the Valley, this is a chance to enjoy some different food, she explains.

Purchase a passport book for $10 to sample food from participating restaurants. This passport book will include coupons that will be redeemable throughout the year. Ms. Miller says the coupons add up to approximately $120 in savings at participating vendors. Passports are available at the CVCC office or at Candyland. They will also be available at the event itself, though Ms. Miller urges people to pick up their passports prior to the day.

The Snowflake Festival complements the Bonspiel on the Lake, an entertaining event to watch from the sidelines.

“This is quite the unique site to see as Lake Windermere is transformed into a huge outdoor curling rink. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Mother Nature is on our side,” says Ms. Pitts.

The Snowflake Festival runs from 5-9 p.m. Friday January 18th. Taste of the Valley is 6-8 p.m. Fireworks, sponsored by Columbia Basin Trust, are at 8 p.m. The bonspiel runs from Friday to Sunday.

“This event is a great opportunity for community members to be active and social during the winter season,” Ms. Pitts concludes.

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