VIWF Announces 100 Wineries from 14 Countries
The Vancouver International Wine Festival is pleased to announce the winery line-up for the 43rd annual festival, which takes place May 16-22, 2022. The annual wine and food extravaganza returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre with 100 wineries from 14 countries, featured at 27 events over seven days.
“VIWF 2022 will welcome 100 different producers from 14 countries,” says David Hopgood, chair of the Winery Selection Committee. “Our largest representation is from British Columbia, with 40 participating wineries, but there is also very strong participation from Italy with 18 producers and the United States with 14 producers. For the first time, we will be showcasing a winery from Georgia (the country, not the state)!
“We are thrilled to have so many international wineries join our strong B.C. contingent, considering the challenges posed by continuing uncertainty in the world and the shortened timeline for this year’s festival. We look forward to building on this year’s success towards a full return to normal in 2023.”
The festival is headquartered at the Vancouver Convention Centre; in addition, restaurants and venues around the city will host winery dinners, lunches, seminars and wine minglers. The sumptuous Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, presented by National Bank Private Banking 1859, and benefiting Bard on the Beach, will take place on Tuesday, May 17 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The heart of the festival is the Tasting Room, where all 101 wineries will gather for four International Festival Tastings and two Trade Tastings.
Tickets for the International Festival Tastings are now on sale. Ticket prices range from $109-$129 all in. Festivalgoers looking to enjoy a vacation or staycation in Vancouver over the Victoria Day long weekend can get a free Tasting Room ticket if they book a downtown hotel via StayVancouverHotels.com. The promotion is available until May 6, or while supplies last.
The Trade Days Conference, which runs May 19-20, features six events, including two Trade Tastings, presented by ContainerWorld, seminars, and two trade lunches: Welcome Back Lunch, presented by Hillebrand; and Celebrating Excellence: 18th Annual Awards Lunch, presented by ContainerWorld.
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Save the Dates
Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 23, at 9:30 a.m.
All public events go on sale Wednesday, April 6 at 9:30 a.m.
All trade events go on sale Wednesday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m.
ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
Canada’s premier wine show will mark its 43rd edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from May 16-22, 2022. The festival will showcase 100 wineries from 14 countries, featured in 27 events over seven days. The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction is the main fundraising event of the festival and takes place on Tuesday, May 17 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Trade Days takes place Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20. The festival has been named the #1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event in Canada by New York’s BizBash for seven years running and was named the Best International Wine Festival – North America by LUX Life Magazine. The festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since inception in 1979, the festival has raised nearly $9.8 million for the performing arts. Major sponsors are Delta Air Lines and The Vancouver Sun; major industry partners are the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, BC Liquor Stores, and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association. The Vancouver International Wine Festival gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
ABOUT BARD ON THE BEACH
Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival. Presented in Vancouver’s Sen?ákw/Vanier Park against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and sky, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and special events in two modern performance tents from June through September, with an average attendance of 100,000. The Festival is known for its signature blend of high-quality artistic programming and a welcoming, informal experience for local residents and visitors from around the world. The Festival’s 33rd Season, from June 8 to September 24, 2022, includes productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harlem Duet by Djanet Sears, and Romeo and Juliet. Bard Education offers year-round opportunities to play and explore Shakespeare, through programs for youth, emerging theatre artists, and our general community.
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