Artist Barry Rafuse was one of six creating original artworks auctioned in support of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation at the Mile High Wine event at Silver Star Mountain Resort Saturday.

Artist Barry Rafuse was one of six creating original artworks auctioned in support of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation at the Mile High Wine event at Silver Star Mountain Resort Saturday.

Wine festival reaches new heights at Star

The resort welcomed a sold-out crowd of 400 Saturday to Mile High Wine presented by Valley First.

Silver Star Mountain Resort experienced a successful return of its summer food and wine festival.

Back after two years, the resort welcomed a sold-out crowd of 400 Saturday to Mile High Wine presented by Valley First.

“It was great to see a sell-out for the first time the festival is back after two years; we’re already looking forward to next year,” said Ian Galbraith, Silver Star’s summer business manager.

“The event is fun and outdoors – exactly what Silver Star is, a tight-knit community and great times. Many of our winter clientele were back to enjoy our summer product.”

The event included wineries from the Shuswap to the Similkameen Valley.

“Everyone was treated to some amazing mountain views and a diverse array of fresh summer wines including many new whites varietal releases from the superb 2012 vintage,” said Blair Baldwin, general manager of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society

“The food provided by Dairy Farmers of Canada and Gumtree Catering paired well and the band – Sista B and the Boyz – had pretty much everyone dancing at the end. It truly was a unique Canadian event.”

The festival also featured six artists from Gallery Odin and a silent auction of Okanagan artwork raised $1,325 for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.

The participating artists during the auction were Glenn Clark, Elizabeth Moore, Destanne Norris, Wendy Penner, Barry Rafuse and Julia Trops.

The festival also included guided hiking and berry picking tours and wine master dinners at the resort’s restaurants.