Since 2010, Invermere’s Snowflake Festival has been celebrating all things winter in the Columbia Valley. The event, which is being put on by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce with support by the District of Invermere will take place on Friday, January 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
This year’s festival will not only kick off the famous Bonspiel on the Lake, but also the official opening of the Whiteway, said Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director Susan Clovechok.
“The festival originated when the Olympic Torch went through the valley. There will be live music by local favourites L8, fire pits to keep warm by, children’s activities, fireworks, and the ever popular Taste of the Valley,” Clovechok said.
The Taste of the Valley celebration is a unique way to sample some delectable offerings from local restaurants all in one location. A passport for the tastetaculour event costs only $10 and gives the purchaser access up to 11 different food offerings from a long list of establishments.
“So far, we have participation from Copper Point Resort’s Elements, Fairmont Hot Springs, Quality Bakery, The Station Neighbourhood Pub, and we are expecting registrations from AG Foods’ Chef Hung and Panorama soon,” Clovechok said.
Passports will also include coupons for use throughout the year from participating restaurants. There is more room if other interested restaurants wish to sign up, Clovechok added.
Volunteers are always needed as well and are more than welcome to contact the Chamber if they wish to assist in the festivities.
Other fun activities taking place during the festival will include hayrides, face painting and a safe toboggan run for the kiddies. All of the skating rinks will be lit up, so the atmosphere — weather permitting — should be magical.
“It all takes place down at Kinsmen Beach. Dress appropriately for the weather, and be prepared to dance as it will be highly encouraged,” Clovechok said.
For more information or to sign up as a restaurant for Taste of the Valley or as a volunteer for the event, call 250-342-2844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.