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40th Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival

 
  • February 24 - March 04
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The Vancouver International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier food & wine event, has three mandates: to provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; to be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and to raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society.

VanWineFest is Canada’s premier wine show and widely considered to be the best wine event in North America. With ~25,000 admissions and at 39 years of age, it is one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world. Its slogan is “The Wine World is Here”. It has been voted the “#1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event in Canada” the last four years in a row by New York’s BizBash. The Trade Days Conference, presented by Sysco, portion of the festival comprises 14 of 54 events.

The heart of the festival is the Tasting Room, where the public can choose from ~800 wines at four International Festival Tastings, and industry professionals can sample those plus an additional ~150 wines at two Trade Tastings. There are ~50 special events that orbit the tasting room (seminars, vintage tastings, winery dinners, lunches, brunches, wine minglers and more) at which 600+ other wines are served.

This international festival typically serves wines from ~15 countries. There is a focus on a different region or country every year; the featured theme region has its own section in the tasting room and offers thematic seminars and food and wine pairings throughout the week.