The third annual Enderbeer and Wine Festival returns to Enderby’s Lions Gazebo July 29. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

Third annual Enderbeer brews up fun

Tastes of the Okanagan are on tap in Enderby

Tastes of the Okanagan are on tap in Enderby.

The Enderby Fire and Rescue Society presents the third annual Enderbeer and Wine Festival at the Lions Gazebo July 29.

“We have 13 vendors this year bringing over 60 different flavours for guests to try at $2 per glass,” said Craig Bell, vice-president of the the Enderby Fire and Rescue Society.

The festival — a primary fundraiser for the society — will feature the offerings of five breweries, six wineries, Vernon’s Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery and Kelowna’s Urban Distilleries.

“It’s a good event that everyone loves,” Bell said. “It’s going to be great and bigger and better than last year. This year, we will sell out.”

Kelowna’s Jimmy LeGuilloux Band, a.k.a. the Jimmy Legs band, will be laying down their signature laidback rock tracks found on their albums Songs That I Love and Everything and The Box It Came In, as the live entertainment at this year’s festival.

“They’re a really good band. It should be a lot of fun,” Bell said.

New to the event this year is a partnership with the Enderby Preschool, who will be hosting a silent auction with proceeds going toward a new preschool daycare program.

The auction, Bell said, has more than $80,000 worth of items for participants to bid on.

“We’re both community service, and we both work for the community,” Bell said.

Alongside the beer, cider and wine tasting, booths will be food vendors, featuring smoked chicken wings, tacos and the fire department will be selling smokies and hot dogs donated by Vernon’s Helmut’s Sausage Kitchen.

“All money raised, except the auction, will be going to the Enderby Fire and Rescue Society to help build an expansion on to the aging Enderby fire hall,” Bell said.

“Buy tickets early, because we should be all out soon.”

Enderbeer and Wine Festival returns to the Enderby Lions Gazebo July 29 at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $25, drink tickets sold separately for $2 each, from the Ticket Seller. www.ticketseller.ca, 250-549-7469, or from Gilbert Parts Depot Enderby, 513 Hubert Ave., or Hungry Jacks, 602 Cliff Ave.