Similkameen BBQ King is coming up

This truly unique Similkameen wine and food experience is a competition

  • Jun. 26, 2012 6:00 a.m.

As summer is quickly approaching, so is the 2012 Similkameen BBQ King. This truly unique Similkameen wine and food experience is a competition where eight featured chefs compete for the title of Similkameen BBQ King or Queen. The event is on July 14 from 5-8 p.m. at the historic Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos.

The eight competing chefs will create unique dishes using ingredients from the Similkameen Valley. Attendees at the event will go from station to station enjoying the foods prepared by each chef, along with Similkameen wines specifically paired to go with each dish, and then all attendees get the opportunity to cast their vote for the Similkameen BBQ King or Queen.

Sara Harker, President of the Similkameen Wineries Association explained, “This event truly is an extraordinary evening and a very special Similkameen experience. It features eight of the top chefs from the region, who create amazing dishes for all of our guests to enjoy. Each dish is paired with wine from one of our eight Similkameen Wineries Association member wineries. The Grist Mill provides a stunning venue for the event.”

In addition to the amazing food and wine at this event, there will also be live entertainment by local musicians Destin and Rob, plus a silent auction that is a partial fundraiser for the Grist Mill, which is a Heritage BC site. ”


Tickets for the 2012 Similkameen BBQ King are $75 and are available now. They can be purchased at any of our member wineries, at the Keremeos Visitor Centre, via PayPal at or by calling Kim at 250.488.0878. Shuttle options are available from Kelowna through to Penticton and Osoyoos and accommodation packages are also available.

– Contributed by Sarah Harker