Vancouver Wine Festival Events

The Vancouver International Wine Festival features dozens of special restaurant dinners, wine tastings, seminars and other wine-themed events.

In 2020 the event went from Saturday, February 22nd, until Sunday, March 1st. The festival is cancelled in 2021 because of COVID-19 (atlhough some smaller events might still take place). 2022 details are to be confirmed.

Vancouver International Wine Festival

2020 Wine Festival Dinners, Seminars and Other Events

The Vancouver Wine Festival has a number of events taking place every day of the week.

Below we list some of the festival’s various events. As you’ll see, there is a wide selection of wonderful wine-related activities to choose from. They sell out fast though, so if you see one you like book your tickets soon! Prices range from about $59 up to $525 per person.

(Note: Events are for adults ages 19+ and include wine, taxes, tips and all online fees. Also, event times, locations and other details are subject to change, so check the official VIWF website links for exact details.)

Wine Samples at Wine Festival Workshop

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Bacchanalia Gala at the Fairmont Hotel 

A black tie dinner and auction at Vancouver’s Fairmont Hotel at 900 West Georgia Street from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm. This event features a 5-course meal with 9 different wines to try. There are also auctions (both live and silent) taking place throughout the evening. Tickets cost $525. Click Bacchanalia Gala for more information. (SOLD OUT)

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Ça C’est Cool at The Loft at Earls

A France-themed wine party at The Loft in the Earls in Yaletown at 1095 Mainland from 8:00 pm until 10:00 pm. At this event co-hosted by the Consulate General of France you will find appetizers and chilled wines. Tickets cost $75. Click Ça C’est Cool for more details and to buy tickets. (SOLD OUT)

Wine Glass Refill

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

California Crush at Waterview

Co-hosted by the American Consulate, this California-themed event takes place at Waterview at 1661 Granville Street on the 2nd floor from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. At this event, expect to see acrobats, a DJ playing music, delicious food and, of course, California wines. Tickets cost $75. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets click California Crush. (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Wine 101 at the Vancouver Convention Centre

This wine sampling seminar-style event takes place at the Convention Centre (VCC West) at 1055 Canada Place from 5:15 until 6:45 pm. It features a moderator, panel experts and ten or so wines from Argentina, Chile, France, Italy and Canada. Expect to learn lots about wine at this event. The cost is $70. Click Wine 101 for tickets and details.

International Festival Tasting at the Vancouver Convention Centre

This wine-tasting event takes place at the Convention Centre (VCC West) at 1055 Canada Place from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of February 27th to 29th. At this event there are 163 wineries in attendance to provide samples of their specific wines. Admission costs $95 tonight (but slightly more on the Friday and Saturday evenings). For more information and to buy tickets click International Festival Tasting.

Vancouver Wine Tasting Workshop
Wine Tasting Seminar

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Grapes Unknown at the Vancouver Convention Centre

This wine seminar features a group of panelists, a moderator and wines from various countries around the world. The event takes place at the Convention Centre (VCC West) at 1055 Canada Place from 5:15 to 6:45 pm. Tickets are $70. For more details click Grapes Unknown.

International Festival Tasting at the Vancouver Convention Centre

This wine-tasting event takes place at the Convention Centre (VCC West) at 1055 Canada Place from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm tonight (as well as on Thursday and Saturday). At this event there are over 160 wineries in attendance. Tickets are $105 for this evening. For more information and to reserve your spot click International Festival Tasting.

Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Sponsored by Delta Air Lines, this two-day wine-sampling event takes place in the Convention Centre (VCC West, Ocean Foyer) located at 1055 Canada Place from 5:45 pm until 9:00 pm. This event takes place at the same time as the International Festival Tasting and admission to that is included in tickets to this event. There is a back entrance where guests can move freely between the two events as often as they would like. Tickets are $200 each. Click Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge for more details. (SOLD OUT)


For tickets and the event’s official website, click VIWF 2020.


Bard on the Beach


THE WINE FESTIVAL’S CONNECTION TO SHAKESPEARE

Did you know that the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is a charitable beneficiary of the Vancouver International Wine Festival? It is, and every year Bard on the Beach receives a large cheque from the festival which helps the theatre organization to do what it does – which is providing first-class theatre to Vancouver folk and tourists each summer.

In 2020 Bard on the Beach plays take place at Vancouver’s Vanier Park between June 10th and September 26th. Productions showing this year include Henry V, Paradise Lost, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love’s Labour’s Lost. If you like Shakespeare and live theatre, you should go!

For details about the theatre company see our article about Bard on the Beach.


Saturday, February 29th, 2020

PICA Kitchen Party at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

Vancouver’s top chefs take you on a tour of various kitchens in which each chef has prepared food paired with a select type of wine. Be educated why each pairing is so extravagant at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts at 101-15050 West 2nd Avenue on Granville Island from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Tickets cost $99. Click PICA Kitchen Party for more details.

International Festival Tasting at the Vancouver Convention Centre

This wine-tasting event takes place at the Convention Centre (VCC West) at 1055 Canada Place from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm in the afternoon and 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the evening (as well as on Thursday and Friday). At this event there are over 160 wineries in attendance. Tickets are $95 for the afternoon and $115 for the evening. For more information and to reserve your spot click International Festival Tasting. (SOLD OUT)

Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Sponsored by Delta Air Lines, this two-day wine-sampling event takes place in the Convention Centre (VCC West, Ocean Foyer) located at 1055 Canada Place from 5:45 pm until 9:00 pm. This event takes place at the same time as the International Festival Tasting and admission to that is included in tickets to this event. There is a back entrance where guests can move freely between the two events as often as they would like. Tickets are $210 each. Click Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge for more details. (SOLD OUT)

Bon Appétit at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Experience this lunch-time wine-tasting event at the Convention Centre (VCC West) at 1055 Canada Place from 12:00 until 2:00 pm. With over forty wineries from France taking part and an array of French food to enjoy, this event promises to be both memorable and very tasty. Tickets cost $125. For more details and to buy tickets click Bon Appétit. (SOLD OUT)

The Global Cru at the Convention Centre

Featuring some of the best wines in the world, this tasting event takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC West) at 1055 Canada Place from 5:15 to 6:45 pm. There will be moderators, a panel of experts and different wines to try. Tickets are $100. Click The Global Cru for full details and to purchase tickets.

Rah, Rah Rosé! at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Enjoy the sound of DJ music and the wonderful taste of food and different types of rosé wines from around the world. This popular 90-minute event takes place at the Convention Centre (VCC West) at 1055 Canada Place starting at 5:15 pm. Tickets are available for $59. For more information and tickets click Rah, Rah Rosé! (SOLD OUT)

Wine Festival Wine Sample

Sunday, March 1st, 2020

Vintners Brunch at the Vancouver Convention Centre

This brunch-type wine-tasting party takes place at the Convention Centre (VCC West) at 1055 Canada Place from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. Many of Vancouver’s top restaurants and caterers are in attendance to pair each dish with a distinct wine. Attendees of this event get to vote on the best pairing. Tickets are $175. Details and more information can be found by clicking Vintners Brunch.


For tickets and the event’s official website, see the VIWF website.


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LOOKING FOR A DOWNTOWN HOTEL?

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Other Information

To learn more about the festival and its various events, check out our main article about the Vancouver International Wine Festival or see the official VIWF website.

Other articles that might be of interest include the following:

Other Lower Mainland wine and other adult beverage-themed events include the following:

 

 

 

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