Icy cold beverages are about to be partnered with savoury snacks at the inaugural Summer Suds event, Saturday at the Vernon Recreation Complex.
Whether it is crisp apple cider from Turning Point Brewery or Shipwreck IPA from Lighthouse Brewing Company, there will be something for all tastes to sip.
“With more than 80 different flavours, the inaugural event is shaping up to be a tasty affair,” said Colin Hamilton, manager of the Village Green Liquor Store and Summer Suds committee member.
Vendors are coming from the entire province of B.C., including the Okanagan, Kootenays, Vancouver Island and elsewhere.
Tourism events such as Summer Suds can’t happen without a hard-working group of volunteers, said Summer Suds committee member Janna Maderyc, director of sales and marketing at the Village Green Hotel.
She, like other committee members and volunteers, has given her time to organize the event, which will raise funds for the Kindale Developmental Association.
“I love supporting charity. The hours and effort I put into any committee or fundraising event is minimal compared to the positive impact it could have on many lives at any given time,” said Maderyc.
“I particularly have a soft spot for Kindale, as I spent my younger years in Vernon growing up and I truly believe that we need to start where we live and I know this charity changes lives for our community members living with diverse abilities. I have seen it with my own eyes. That in itself, without putting my name on it, is my reward.”
Summer Suds is one event that highlights local and regional product, along with supporting community and local businesses. It should also help drive tourism to the area, added Maderyc.
“Coming from the tourism and hospitality sector, I truly believe that Vernon has a big heart and our community holds some of the greatest kept secrets. Sometimes we are too busy to stop and enjoy the bounty of our local richness,” she said. “Hopefully, (Summer Suds) will help keep our Vernon dollars in Vernon while also bringing in outside revenue dollars. Mostly, it gives us an event that is local, fun and safe.”
The event also has a foundation based around responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages.
“We even have a Safe Ride Home, thanks to Capri Insurance, available to our event participants, so we can ensure that we are doing our best at getting everyone home safely after the event. This way everyone can enjoy the flavours of our regions and keep our community safe while we do it,” said Maderyc.
Sponsors of Summer Suds include Coldstream Truck Parts, Wings (Vernon), Okanagan Office Systems, Valley Marine, Pinnacle Earthworks, Printech, Capri Insurance, Station BBQ, 1 & 2 Electric, Prospera Credit Union, D&B Home Fires and Nor-Val Event Rentals.
Tickets for Summer Suds are available at the Village Green Liquor Store. There will not be tickets sold at the door.