BBQ

Jun11

Use these tips to host the best BBQ party this summer. 

Summer is here and the outdoors are calling. Hopefully, most of you have got your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are anticipating your second (if applicable). In the coming months, we might even have the go-ahead to mingle with family and friends. 

As gatherings safely restart, you might be thinking of a few outdoor events with which to test the waters. And a BBQ party in your backyard or at a public park is a great place to start. 

Here are a few ideas to plan and host the best BBQ event of the season. 

Pick Guests Wisely

We’re just getting used to hanging out in crowds again. Let’s keep it simple for the first few attempts! Invite your family and a few close friends and keep it at that. A private Facebook group can be a good way to keep tabs on who has RSVP’d. 

Provide Dietary Options

Have meat- and plant-based options and ask your guests ahead of time if anyone needs a special menu (gluten intolerance, vegan, dairy allergy). The same applies to desserts. There’s nothing worse than being the only one who can’t partake in the cupcakes or brownies! 

Decide: BYOB?

Make sure your guests are crystal clear about whether the BBQ is a dry event, BYOB affair, or an open bar situation. Be sure to provide the basics, like a source for water and maybe some soda in a cooler. 

Weather Check

Obviously, you’ll want to aim for a sunny day. But sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t perform as promised. Email or text your guest list a day or two before with a weather update, letting them know what to expect and what to bring—be it sunscreen or umbrellas! 

Game Plan

Bring a few things for people to do, if they are so inclined. A deck of cards, a few sets of dice, or pen and paper for charades can go a long way. Keep it simple, as people may get caught up in socializing and not tap into them at all. Still, it’s nice to have for any lulls! 

Side Dishes

A build-your-own salad is always an easy side. Just chop some veggies and provide a few dressing options. Or, consider having people bring their own dish, salad, or snack while you provide the main course. 

Venue Rules

You’ll want to check any venue rules before you solidify your plans. Does the location have limitations on gathering sizes? Are fire bans in effect in your area? Is the site dog-friendly or not? Be aware of these for yourself—but don’t forget to inform your guests, too! 

DIY DJ

Have a game plan for playing some tunes while your guests mingle. A Bluetooth stereo will do the trick but be sure it has enough juice to get you through the evening. A battery pack, extension cord, or camping generator will do the trick in most circumstances. 

What are your best BBQ tips? Let us know in the comments.

If you’re staying with us at La Casa Cottage Resort, ask us which of our luxury vacation cottages have BBQ access! Our friendly travel advisors are always happy to help. 

June 2021 Kelowna Events
May28

Looking for something to do in the Kelowna area this spring? As more people get the CIVID vaccine and the weather heats up to accommodate more outdoor events, Kelowna is in full swing when it comes to concerts, theater, and food. Keep reading to find a few cool things to do in Kelowna this June.

June 2021 Events in Kelowna

Golf & Tacos – Early Summer Group Lessons
Tue., Jun. 1, 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. (recurring)

Kelowna Driving Range powered by Toptracer
3810 Casorso Rd, Kelowna, BC

Golf & Tacos is about reducing the barriers that prevent women from taking up the sport early in their careers, and creating experiences that keep them in the game for the long run. Golf & Tacos is rolling into the Okanagan and ready to kick things off with our first season in 2021. Whether you’ve played for years, or picking up a club for the first time, there’s a place here for you. This event requires preregistration.

1. Saturday Night Trivia at Creekside Pub and Grill
Sat., Jun. 5, 8:00 – 10:30 p.m. (recurring)

Creekside Pub & Grill-LRS
3929 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC

Tremendous Trivia and Creekside Pub and Grill are returning with their weekly trivia show, every Saturday night at 8:00 PM.
It is free to play with purchase, immensely entertaining, and designed to appeal to players of all ages and abilities. In addition to random draw prizes, there will be weekly winner gift certificates and a trophy for the winning team!

2. Earth to Table Vegan Market
Sun., Jun. 6, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

House of Rose Winery
2270 Garner Rd, Kelowna, BC

Join us for a vegan farmer’s market! Vegan vendors, vegan food trucks, and vegan wine! Live music will occur from 11 until 2 pm by Mary L, a fabulous singer/songwriter. Family-friendly and dogs (on leash) are welcome.

3. Metabridge Live Convention
Wed., Jun. 9, 6:00 p.m. – Fri., Jun. 11, 12:00 p.m.

Manteo Waterfront Hotel & Villas
3762 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC

Metabridge Live is Canada’s leading technology retreat for Scale-up Founders & CEOs. This flagship event brings together a curated group of executives from across Canada to the Okanagan for 2.5 days of roundtables, experiences, and C-level events. Joining the group are seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors to help these scaling companies navigate growth beyond regional boundaries.

4. Fathers Day ‘Big Reds’ Dinner
Sun., Jun. 20, 6:00 p.m.

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
1730 Mission Hill Rd, West Kelowna, BC

Celebrate Father’s Day with a big and bold dinner at Mission Hill Winery. Our culinary team will prepare a four-course dinner featuring a main course of mouth-watering meats straight from the BBQ. Each course will be paired with one of our big reds, to complement the bold flavours in the dish.

5. Life Worth Living Concert – Ben Klick
Fri., Jun. 25, 5:00 p.m.

Camelot Vineyards
3489 E Kelowna Rd, Kelowna, BC
Ben Klick is a fun-loving entertainer and storyteller with a huge heart for my family and community. Over the years, Ben has achieved multiple British Columbia Country Music Awards, International Country Music Awards, named a Distinguished Alumni at Okanagan College, and a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for my work within the music industry.
From out of town but don’t want to miss out? Book in to one of La Casa Cottages‘ luxury vacation rentals so that you can take part in the festivities this spring and summer!