Vancouver Wine Festival Events

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

In 2022 the event runs from Monday, May 16th, until Sunday, May 22nd (which includes the May Long Weekend).

The International Festival Tasting events take place daily from May 19th to the 21st at the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC West). Hours are from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, although there’s an extra tasting on Saturday afternoon between 2:30 and 5:00 pm. Tickets for each event cost between $109 and $129. There are 101 wineries from 14 countries participating in this year’s festival.

This article describes some of the events that are taking place in 2022. To learn about them, continue reading.

 


For tickets and the event’s official website, click VIWF 2022.


 

Vancouver International Wine Festival

 

2022 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!

(Note: Events are for adults ages 19+ and usually include the wine. Event times, locations and other details are subject to change, however, so check the official VIWF website links for exact details.)

 

Wine Samples at Wine Festival Workshop

 

Wine Events With Tickets Still Available!

Before describing some of the wine festival’s main events (which we do further below), we first list events for which tickets are still available.

As of the last time we checked (which was May 19th), tickets could still be purchased for just the following four events. They’ll sell out soon though, so reserve your spot while you can!

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Friday, May 20, 2022

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Sunday, May 22, 2022

 

2022 Vancouver Wine Festival

 

Below are examples of other events taking place during the festival in 2022. Most have sold out for this year. Be sure to book your spot early for next year’s festival when tickets come in 2023!

 

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Penfolds Unbound Wine Dinner at Five Sails

A dinner celebrating the new Penfolds California Collection wines takes place at the Five Sails restaurant from 6:30 to 10:00 pm. The venue is located on the “R” level at 999 Canada Place. The wine collection was inspired by Australian drinks that are also available at the dinner. The menu includes tuna, hock, lamb and more. Tickets cost about $225 and are on sale as of April 13th. Click Penfolds Unbound for more information.

 


For tickets and the event’s official website, click VIWF 2022.


 

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Bacchanalia Gala at the Fairmont Hotel 

In 2022, the Bacchanalia Gala takes place on May 17th at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The event starts at 6:00 pm and runs until 11:00 pm at 900 West Georgia Street. It’s a formal event that 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 $575 and are available as of the morning of April 6th.

Click Bacchanalia Gala for more information.

 

Bodega Garzón Uruguay Dinner

This event is an exploration of the award-winning Bodega Garzón wines. It’s run by Mele Sosa who is a respected Enologist and ambassador of the brand. The dinner runs from 6:30 to 10:00 pm on May 17th.

This event takes place at the Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean Cafe Bar located in the EXchange Hotel at 825 West Pender Street. Tickets cost about $175. They are available as of April 13th. To learn more about the event, click Bodega Garzón Uruguay Dinner.

 

Sonoma Strong: Rodney Strong

Also taking place on May 17th, this dinner features the best of what Sonoma has to offer in the spring. The night includes live music, fine wine and a six-course dinner. Wines are from the Rodney Strong Wine Estate and tickets cost $175 as of April 13th. The event runs from 6:30 to 10:00 pm at The Victor restaurant located at 39 Smithe Street in Vancouver. Click Sonoma Strong: Rodney Strong for more information.

 

Wine Glass Refill

 

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Good Karma at Vij’s

Good Karma is a dinner event at Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver. The building is located at 3106 Cambie Street, and the event runs from 6:30 to 10:00 pm. The evening features an Indian six-course tasting menu paired with wines from the Kismet Estate Winery in Okanagan. Tickets cost $145 and are on sale as of April 13th. Click Good Karma at Vij’s for more information.

 

The Family That Created Caymus

This event takes place at the Glowbal Restaurant, located at 590 West Georgia Street. From 6:30 to 10:00 pm on the evening of May 18th, enjoy high quality wines from the Wagners family in Napa Valley. Food is provided by the restaurant, so the menu offers five courses of stripped-down North American dishes. Tickets are available as of April 13th and cost about $175 each. To learn more click The Family That Created Caymus.

 


For tickets and the event’s official website, click VIWF 2022.


 

Tuscan Pioneers: Antinori

The Italian-themed event takes place at the CinCin Ristorante at 1154 Robson Street. Featured wines are by the Antinori family all the way from Tuscany. The food is Italian as well and includes dishes like boar ragu, beef tenderloin and more. Tickets cost $225 and are available as of April 13th. The event starts at 6:30 and concludes at 10:00 pm. For more information see the Tuscan Pioneers: Anitnori page.

 

Having Fun at the Wine Festival
California Wine Beach Party at Granville Island

 

Icons of South America

This event offers popular wines from Chile as well as dinner at the Alouette Bistro. The wines originate from the Aconcagua and Maipo Valleys and are paired with memorable French dishes. The venue is located at 567 Hornby Street and the event runs from 6:30 to 10:00 pm. Tickets cost $175 as of April 13th. Click Icons of South America to learn more.

 

California Wine Beach Party

A celebration of California’s most exciting wines takes place on May 18th. The event is held at The Chain & Forge on Granville Island from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. Tickets cost $69 and the night is full of energy! There are California-style tacos, sushi and more. In addition, there are games and other fun things to do. For more information about the party-like event, see the California Wine Beach Party page.

 

Vancouver Wine Festival at Granville Island
California Wine Beach Party in 2022

 


For tickets and the event’s official website, click VIWF 2022.


 

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

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 $75. 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 every year. It’s one of the festival’s largest and most popular events.

In 2022 this event runs from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of May 19th to 21st. At this event there are about 100 wineries in attendance to provide samples of their specific wines. Admission costs $109 on this night. For more information click International Festival Tasting.

 

Vancouver Wine Tasting Workshop
Wine Tasting Seminar

 

Friday, May 20th, 2022

The Shape of Wine

This event is a guide through the different shapes of wine glasses and the effects they produce. It’s run by Alysha Harker and guests sample a variety of fine wines. The event takes place at the Terminal City Club at 837 West Hastings Street. Tickets are available as of April 20th and include a set of glasses to take home. To learn more about the event click The Shape of Wine.

 

The Global Cru

The Global Cru is a seminar based on the term “Cru”. Participants learn about the word and sample some of the world’s best wine. The event takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC West) located at 1055 Canada Place. Tickets are on sale from April 20th. For more information about the seminar click The Global Cru.

 

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 (as well as on Thursday and Saturday). At this event there are approximately 100 wineries in attendance. Tickets are $119 for this evening.

For more information click International Festival Tasting.

 


To see what a seminar looks like, check out the following video. It’s of a seminar event at the festival in 2019.


 

 


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 were going to take place at Vancouver’s Vanier Park between June 10th and September 26th. Productions showing that year included Henry V, Paradise Lost, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Because of COVID-19, unfortunately, the Shakespearian festival was cancelled in 2020. Live shows also didn’t take place in 2021. Hopefully the shows can return in 2022! If they do, and if you like Shakespeare and live theatre, you should go!

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


 

Bard on the Beach

 

Saturday, May 21st, 2022

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 prepares food paired with a select type of wine. On the tour participants are educated why each pairing is so extravagant. The event takes place at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts at 101-1505 West 2nd Avenue on Granville Island from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Tickets cost $109. Click PICA Kitchen Party for more details.

 

Vancouver International Wine Festival

 

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 about 100 wineries in attendance.

Tickets for this event cost $109 for the afternoon and $129 for the evening. For more information about the afternoon click International Festival Afternoon Tasting and to learn more about the evening event click International Festival Night Tasting.

To see what the Festival Tasting event looks like, check out the following video. It’s of the event in 2020.

 

 

Icons of California Cabernet

A seminar and wine tasting event featuring 10 wines from different regions of California. The event takes place on May 21st from 5:15 to 6:45 pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC West) located at 1055 Canada Place. Tickets cost $75 and are available as of April 20th. Click Icons of California Cabernet for more information.

 

Spring Fling at the Vancouver Convention Centre

This popular event features live music and a lunch buffet, along with different types of rosé wines from around the world. The 2-hour event takes place at the Convention Centre (VCC West) at 1055 Canada Place starting at 12:00 pm. Tickets are available for $139. For more information click Spring Fling.

 

Wine Festival Wine Sample

 


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


 

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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.

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