Silver Star Mountain Resort, (British Columbia) Outstanding events and beautiful summer weather combined this past weekend to make the 5th Okanagan Summer Wine Festival presented by HSBC Bank Canada a great success. Over 500 wine tourists from as far away as Australia, Europe, and southern USA were treated to unique wine education seminars, wine masters' dinners, tapas meals, live music and local art "“ all topped off with a scenic outdoor progressive wine tasting featuring over 25 wineries from the Okanagan.

Anne Haight, Marketing Manager, Silver Star Mountain Resort described the 3-day festival as a wonderful way to showcase wine tourism. "Silver Star continues to be pleased with its partnership with the Okanagan Wine Festivals. It allows us to showcase our resort in the summer, and being aligned with the great Okanagan wineries guarantees a truly unique festival. We continue to attract a strong audience from Alberta and the greater Vancouver area and with the non-stop air services into Kelowna, we sold more packages to wine tourists from the eastern part of North America than ever before."

Heather Schroeter, President of the Okanagan Wine Festivals and General Manager of Manteo Waterfront Hotel and Villas commented "The Okanagan Summer Wine Festival continues to afford an opportunity during the peak wine tourism season to offer a different way to experience the wine and outdoor culture of the Okanagan. We are very pleased with not only the types of guests that are attracted but also the positive comments about the intimacy or the events and the choice of location for this Festival at Silver Star Mountain Resort."

The 6th Annual Summer Okanagan Wine Festival is slated for August 9-11, 2007 .

For more information on the four annual Okanagan Wine Festivals, contact Blair Baldwin, Christina Ferreira or Allen Tozer at the Okanagan Wine Festivals – or telephone 250-861-6654.