I can think of few things more fun than seeing a buzzed-about independent Canadian band play in an outdoor amphitheatre in the sunny Okanagan. With a glass of wine in hand, a picnic basket, and the ambiance of vineyards and happy, dancing people…That’s exactly what you’ll get when attending one of Tinhorn Creek’s popular annual Canadian Concert Series.

The 2012 lineup looks amazing. From The Boom Booms frenetically danceable Latin-soul-funk-rock reggae sounds (Saturday, May 26; adult tickets: $25), to the Sloan-esque lyrical-driven pop rock of Acres of Lions (Saturday, June 23; adult tickets: $25), there’s something here for everyone. Redeye Empire, (the Canadian musical equivalent of Sublime), will get you on your feet and shaking your booty with their reggae-ska-rock-hip-hop fusion (Saturday, July 28; adult tickets: $35), while the breezy harmonies and shimmering guitars of west coast indie pop band, Said the Whale, will revive your soul on a hot summer’s day (Saturday August 25; adult tickets $40). Each band has been selected for their unique sounds, exceptional reviews, and upbeat fun factor.

Music lovers, save some money and get your 2012 season pass for all four shows for just $100, and guarantee your spot on the grass! For more information, please visit Tinhorn Creek’s website, at: www.tinhorn.com.

On March 7, Tinhorn Creek’s Communal Table Dinners at the on-site Miradoro Restaurant will be starting up again. Immensely popular last fall, the series of weekly Tuesday night dinners (held at 6:30pm) are $25/per person, and keep with Miradoro’s food philosophy: that food should be local, rustic, simple, straightforward and seasonal. Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest works closely with local farmers and producers, believing that there’s nothing better than simple, well-prepared ingredients from our fresh, local sources. Van Geest’s Mediterranean-influenced cuisine is designed to pair perfectly with the award-winning wines of Tinhorn Creek. Reservations required.

Tinhorn Creek is also the place to be for events during the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival. On Saturday May 5, Miradoro’s resident Sommelier Justin McAuliffe will be hosting a fun and educational Blending Seminar and Competition at Tinhorn Creek’s Barrel Cellar, Saturday May 5. Try your hand at a Bordeaux-style wine blend from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Finished blends will be judged by the Tinhorn Creek winemaking team (Sandra Oldfield, Korol Kuklo, and Andrew Moon). All participants will have their blend properly sealed to take home, with prizes for the winner. $45/per person. Very limited seating, reservations required.

On Sunday, May 6, join the Tinhorn Creek winemaking team at Miradoro’s for a leisurely multi-course brunch prepared by Van Geest. $45/per person, reservations required.

~ Sarah Willard