Workshops & Courses

Food, Wine and Tourism

Quench your thirst for knowledge

In addition to the Viticulture, Winery Assistant, and Wine Sales programs, Okanagan College's school of Food, Wine and Tourism offers a bounty of general interest events and courses for the wine and food enthusiast and professional development for professionals.


Be the first to know about upcoming workshops and dates by emailing to join the Okanagan College Food & Wine Interest list.

Many of our workshops take place in the state-of-the-art B.C. Wine Information Society Sensory Centre at the Penticton Campus, where you’re treated to hands-on wine and food tasting.

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Food Wine Farm Workshops are facilitated by Jennifer Schell, author of award-winning The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker – An Okanagan Cookbook.

Go from novice to pro in the world of wine with these Wine Appreciation courses:

Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET)
WSET offers professional wine and spirits certification from one of the most internationally recognized institutes in the world. Okanagan College has partnered with Fine Vintage, Canada’s leading provider of world class wine education, to offer WSET Level 1, 2 and 3 in the purpose built B.C. Wine Information Society Sensory Centre on Okanagan College’s Penticton campus.  
For course details and to register please visit Fine Vintage at:
Fine Vintage WSET Okanagan 

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Marcus Ansems MW - Penticton WSET Instructor
Marcus became a Master of Wine in 2015, one of the few in Canada to achieve this credential. He lives in Naramata where he runs a small organic winery called Daydreamer Wines.
Born in Australia, he fell in love with wine as a young boy helping with vintage in his native home. He studied Oenology at the prestigious Adelaide University and has worked vintages in Europe, South Africa, Australia and Canada.
Marcus is an outstanding educator who can draw on his vast experience in grape growing, winemaking, and tasting from over 20 years in the wine industry. You’ll be engaged and inspired by his warm and fun approach to wine education.


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B.C. Wine Online Course
 Online course for wine servers
B.C. wine is special because of the unique people and places in our province. This free, self-paced online course is intended to help you better understand B.C. wine history, regions, styles and food pairings. Register Now 


First Aid and Safety for the Wine Industry

Okanagan College Continuing Studies - Forklift Course

Standard First Aid and Occupational First Aid  
Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS)
Foodsafe – Level 1
Forklift Truck Operator

Visit First Aid and Safety for details and online registration.


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