The TriCity International Wine Festival is an exceptional wine tasting event that takes place at Westwood Plateau Golf Club in Coquitlam in early November.
TriCity International Wine & Food Festival
The TriCity International Wine & Food Festival is a one-day event at a fabulous indoor venue. It features three different tasting rooms, over thirty winery stations, 175+ wines and appetizers from ten local restaurants and other food providers.
In addition to being a fun and well-run event with great wines and food, a number of things make the Coquitlam event stand out.
First, the Westwood Plateau clubhouse is a beautiful West Coast-style building which makes it a perfect place for a wine festival. Second, partial proceeds from the event go to support a charitable cause – the Ride to Conquer Cancer. And third, the event is all inclusive. All the wine and food is included – there are no tokens or need to pay extra for each sample.
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2018 Wine Festival
The TriCity International Wine Festival celebrates its second anniversary with a South American theme on Saturday November 3, 2018. Of the 30 or so different winery stations at the event, about a third will feature wines of South American origin. Especially if you like Argentinian and Chilean wines, this is an event you won’t want to miss!
Where and When
The wine festival takes place in the clubhouse at Westwood Plateau Golf Club which is located at 3251 Plateau Boulevard in North Coquitlam.
In 2018 the event is on Saturday, November 3rd, from 7:00 until 9:30 pm (which is the same weekend and venue as the Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival).
The TriCity International Wine Festival is an adults-only (19+) event. Tickets cost $69 plus GST.
The event will most likely sell out. Consequently, be sure to reserve your tickets well in advance.
What to Expect
At the wine festival expect to enjoy a pleasant evening sampling fine wines and tasty appetizers in a beautiful West Coast building. As you enter the Westwood Plateau clubhouse you’ll find a coat check area run by volunteers who’ll look after your belongings in exchange for a donation to the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Next, you’ll find a place to pick up your wine glass so you can get started.
The venue is divided into three fairly large tasting rooms. In each there is a selection of winery stations offering samples of dozens of different kinds of wines. Also in each room are three or so food stations offering savory appetizers and delicious sweets.
Also at the venue, likely upstairs, is a silent auction which again benefits the Ride to Conquer Cancer. There you’ll find a wide range of fancy items to bid on, including gift baskets and restaurant and golf package gift certificates. Don’t forget to take your cheque book!
Wine Festival Participants
In 2018 the event showcases 40 wineries from 10 different countries. It also features fancy foods from 10 local restaurants, caterers and food suppliers.
Featured wines in 2018 are from Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. Representing 10 out of the 30 or so different winery stations, there will also be a considerable selection of Argentinian and Chilean wines.
Food providers scheduled to be at the event in 2018 include the Boathouse Restaurant, Brew Street Craft Kitchen, Cannoli King, Cobs Sutter Brook, Doppio Zero Pizza, Fairways & Westwood Plateau Golf Club, Our Niche Catering, Piva Modern Italian and The Little Butcher.
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Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your wine festival experience.
TIP #1: The dress code for the event is smart business or casual dress attire, so it’s not ultra formal, but not something you want to wear sweat pants to either. The venue is a fair size though, and you’ll be standing around and walking, so you’ll want comfortable footwear.
TIP #2: This is a wine-sampling event, so plan how to get home in advance. Taxis are a good way to get to the venue, but with so many people and few taxis in the area, they aren’t reliable for getting home.
TIP #3: There is a complimentary shuttle bus between the Westwood Plateau Golf Club and Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station at the end of the evening. Complimentary transit passes are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.
TIP #4: If planning to use the complimentary shuttle service at the end of the night, get in line at least 15 or so minutes before 9 o’clock (unless you don’t mind waiting in line for what could be a fair amount of time).
TIP #5: If hoping to get one of the free transit passes before they run out, visit the on-site Concierge Desk when you arrive or at least very early in the evening.
TIP #6: Make notes of the wines you like so you’ll remember their names and years next time you’re at a liquor store.
TIP #7: Go with a group of friends. The more the merrier! And if one of them only wants to sample a tiny bit of wine, and offers to be your designated driver, so much the better!
TIP #8: Be generous with your tips at the coat check and bids at the silent auction. Proceeds from both benefit the Ride to Conquer Cancer which is a great cause. Also, think of the silent auction as a great way to get a head start on your Christmas gift shopping!
TIP #9: Pace yourself and don’t drink too much. Also, it’s perfectly acceptable (and even common practice) to not finish every single glass. There are lots of different wines at the event, so if you find something you don’t really care for, dump it in a designated receptacle, rinse your glass and find something that you do like!
TIP #10: If you prefer beer to wine, then check out the Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival instead. It takes place at the same venue on the same weekend – on the Friday evening the day before and on the same Saturday a few hours earlier in the afternoon.
For more information about the event, or to buy tickets, see the TriCity International Wine Festival website.
For information about the event’s charitable beneficiary, check out the Ride to Conquer Cancer website.
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