Cork pops on new Carnival event

UnWined Downtown, takes place Feb. 12 and it’s a ladies night event showcasing downtown boutiques.

UnWined Downtown is the newest event during Vernon Winter Carnival.

UnWined Downtown, takes place Feb. 12 and it’s an exclusive ladies night event showcasing downtown boutiques and businesses.

“Guests will be treated to a night of food and wine sampling, late night shopping with special discounts, product demos, and door prizes,” said Hailey Rilkoff, Downtown Vernon Association events and promotions co-ordinator.

Starting at 6 p.m., participants will register at Monashee’s to pick up their UnWined swag bags filled with goodies and discounts from event participants, start the night off with a special wine tasting hosted by Monashee’s, and head out to visit the 11 UnWined venues.

Each venue will open their doors to provide a late night shopping experience with special discounts for UnWined guests only. They have partnered with at least one other business to provide appies, wine samples, salon services or product demos.

“We’ve got clothing stores paired with restaurants and chocolate shops, tanning salons paired with caterers and travel agencies offering wine tastings,” said Rilkoff.

“Ladies are going to have so much fun at each venue they visit during UnWined.”

Participants can also add on a ticket to the VIP after-party that will take place at the Phoenix from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Those in attendance will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, a mini set-up by Libra Love Boutique, magician Leif David, UnWined dessert and door prizes.

Tickets for UnWined Downtown are $25 each or $50 for UnWined Downtown and the VIP after-party. They are available through the Vernon Winter Carnival office or at There are limited tickets available.

This event is sponsored by Sun FM. For more information, contact the Downtown Vernon Association at 250-542-5851 or