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.

Students must be 19 years of age or older. 

Introduction to Wine Tasting

Go from novice to pro with this introduction to wine tasting using a systematic approach to identify appearance, aroma, flavor and varietal characteristics in some benchmark B.C. and international wines.

Penticton: September 19, Thur, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

History of BC Wine

This seminar will tell you their stories and the milestones that built the
B.C. wine industry to where it is today.

Penticton: September 30 - October 21, Mon, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Wine 21: Introduction to Grapes and Wine

This course will introduce the various legal, health, historical, production, viticultural regions and marketing aspects of the wine trade in Canada.  An overview of wine styles from around the world; packaging and presentation; cellaring; sensory evaluation; wine and food and wine marketing will be included.

Penticton: Sat, October 5 – December 14, Sat, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wine Regions of the World: Australia

An educational tasting session to learn and experience Australian wines.

Penticton: October 23, Wed, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tour Guide Basics and Beyond

Do you want to have fun, make a difference AND get paid for doing so? This comprehensive introductory course will prepare you to start your journey as a professional tour guide. Learn how to lead groups of tourists through places with historical, cultural and regional importance; answer tourists’ questions and keep the tour organized, efficient and safe. Topics covered are: tour guide code of conduct, guiding techniques, history, geography, agriculture, First Nations and how to cope with emergencies.

Penticton: November 2, Sat, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Scotch & Other Whiskies

What’s the difference really? Join us during this comparative tasting workshop of Irish, Bourbon, Canadian and Indian varieties using Scotch as a baseline. You will walk away knowing the differences in how they are made, where the flavors come from and of course explore the different tastes. 

Penticton: November 6 & 13, Wed, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Rose Styles: BC & Around the World

An educational tasting session, with Penelope Roche, to learn and experience Rosé styles from B.C. and around the world. 

Penticton: November 21, Thur, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

A Taste of Christmas with some Classic Wine Pairing Techniques

Learn some interesting culinary tricks from Chef Bernard Casavant.
Taste and enjoy some of the great festive seasons’ flavours.
Recipes supplied.

Penticton: November 28, Thu, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Craft Beer Pairing with Food

Different wine styles complement food. Did you know that the same holds true for beer? The right beer/food marriage can make an unforgettable and pleasurable dining experience. Find out about the different types of beer and what makes a good beer/food pairing. Tastings will be provided.

Register yourself for this session and bring a second participant for FREE.

Penticton: December 5, Thur, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Wine 31: Understanding Food & Wine Pairing

This course provides students with insight into successful food and wine pairing. Students are given an overview of wine styles, wine production and sensory evaluation of wine. A combination of theory and practical exercises will cover factors in food and wine that affect pairing. The course will discuss traditional pairings, the modern approach to pairing, and multi-course pairing with single and multiple wines.

Kelowna: January 6 - March 23, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Register for any of the above courses online at or call 1-866-510-8899.

You can find additional programming on the Viticulture and Wine Studies page. 
Online course for wine servers

B.C. Wine Online Course 
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 


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