It’s my favourite weekend of the year! It’s filled with belly laughs, outrageous silliness and much wine consumption with great friends. This is our fourth year participating in the Oliver Osoyoos Half Corked Marathon, an annual event that takes place in the vineyards of British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley. Named the 2017 Canadian Event of the Year at the Canadian Tourism Awards, the “marathon” is an 18 km (11.2 mile) course that winds its way through bucolic countryside with more than a dozen wine tasting and food sampling stops along the way. There are no prizes for speed, only creativity. After being pushed off the podium last year, we were thrilled to reclaim first prize with our WINE-der WOMAN costume.
As some of you know from previous years, we take costumes very seriously. This year, it started way back in January when my friend Andrea came up with the brilliant idea of a shield that when flipped over doubles as a wine serving tray. WINE-der WOMAN was born. The costume morphed over numerous brainstorming meetings and many bottles of wine, with crafty homemade embellishments and crazy Amazon finds.
It was a sweet victory after last year where we definitely stole the show as Make America Grape Again, but not the judges hearts—possibly not the best choice for an event promoting tourism.
There were many great costumes again this year. My personal favourite, The Malibooze Barbies who updated their costume from several years back to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the event. They deservedly took first prize in the couples division.
Although this isn’t a timed event, there’s still some pressure to get to the finish. It shouldn’t be difficult to do a relatively flat 18 km (11.2 mile) course in the roughly allocated 3.5 hours, right? Well…try stopping for food and drink at a dozen or so wineries—Silver Sage served up a buffet fit for an Italian wedding. It would have been a cinch for Wonder Woman to fly through the course, but for us eight gracefully ageing Wine-der Women it was a challenge, albeit a fun one.
We did manage to make it across the finish line in time for the awards presentation (with a few kilometres of help from the shuttle bus). The Oliver Community Centre field was transformed into a giant party with live music, food trucks, and you guessed it, more wine.
The Wine-der Women are looking a little tuckered on our victory photo (above) and one of us is MIA (probably sampling more wine). The prize—an oversized bottle of Half Corked Blend—will be opened as we start dreaming up next year’s costume.
The Half Corked Marathon is the feature event of the weekend but there’s all kinds of other activities (concerts, pre and post-run dinners, pancake breakfasts), and of course stopping at our favourite wineries to pick up a bottle or two before we head back to Vancouver.
For more information about the event and lottery allocated tickets (in the fall) visit the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country website. For my previous posts about the event, see Real Housewines of Vancouver, The Walking Red, and Make America Grape Again.
I’ll be back to writing about Argentina for my next post.