This year’s Festival of the Grape is the 19th annual, and is the premier family wine event in the province. The festival takes place at Oliver’s Community Park and features live music, food vendors, a market, an art show, a massive children’s play area, and a grape stomping competition. The centrepiece of the festival is the wine tasting which takes place in big-top tents and features wineries from around the province. As the Wine Capital of Canada, the area around the town of Oliver has more vineyards than any other community making this festival a great way to celebrate the harvest.
New this year is the addition of a second event on the same site. This year’s Festival of the Grape will include a new evening event on October 3rd to celebrate the maker of other beverages in the Okanagan: beer, cider, and craft distilled drinks. It is called Night FOG and like the main festival event, it will feature live music and food vendors centered around tastings from these producers. It’s a great way to spend an evening! Tickets and ticket packages will be available online at oliverfestivalofthegrape.ca or call 250.498.6321.
~ Luke Whittall