Festival of the Grape

There’s no better place to raise a glass of delectable B.C. wine and celebrate the fall grape harvest than in Canada’s wine capital, Oliver, B.C.

Community: Oliver
Province: British Columbia
Festival Type: Food

A (grape)-stomping good time

Festival of the Grape has grown to become a major event attracting more than 4,500 people every year. It may only be one day long, but there’s so much going on: wine tastings, live music, food trucks, an art market, a kids’ zone and the craziest event of all, the barefoot grape stomping competition. It all kicks off with a parade at noon.

Begin your #OkanaganExploring adventure by checking into Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country's website.

New this year is the VIP event

Check out this list of some of the events:

Festival of the Grape

Wine tasting– This is your chance to sample some of the 100s of wines from more than 50 B.C. wineries all in one place. Take your palate on a tour of the region’s rich terroir, meet the vintners and learn the difference between a chardonnay and a sauvignon blanc or a merlot and a cabernet sauvignon. Tasting samples $1.

Grape stomp – Watch 24 teams dressed in hilarious costumes crush grapes in their bare feet to see who can get the messy job done first.

Fall Art Festival – Sample wines and check out the large collection of art for sale from 60 artists in the community centre on the premises. Featured artists will be showing and selling everything from photography to fibre arts.

Kids’ Zone – The festival isn’t just for adults. A large kids’ zone will be set up in the park with face-painting and games.


Festival of the Grape

Merchant Market – Stroll through the dozens of tents that make up the Merchant Market. You’ll find locally made treasures, such as specialty foods, glassware, jewelry, and clothing.

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VIP event – New this year is the VIP event which includes mingling with winemakers and winery owners, special wine classes, appetizers and wine pourings. Tickets are $65

When You Go

Start planning your #OkanaganExploring adventures with these websites:

Learn more about Oliver on the Hello BC website.

Did you know that Oliver is the Wine Capital of CanadaStart planning your trip.

Interested in heading to Oliver? Here's an itinerary to make your trip even better!

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