We are in the midst of a global pandemic that has altered our daily lives in a way most of us have never experienced or imagined. Our thoughts are with you in these difficult days.
This new reality has been devastating for our hospitality and arts communities and has created extraordinary challenges for our agent importers, domestic wineries, festival partners, and the global wine industry.
But at the same time, we are being physically distanced from each other, we are coming together to help and connect in other ways. From the daily 7 p.m. cheer for our front-line workers to the many organizations that are coming together and stepping up to provide relief and support, in many ways we have become even more connected.
Ways to Help
BC Hospitality Foundation
The BC Hospitality Foundation provides support for individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with a financial crisis arising from a health or medical condition. If you’re in the hospitality industry and require medical assistance, you can apply for support here. They also have an excellent resource list for assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Take part in the #HospitalityHustle on May 31 – keep active and healthy while raising money for the hospitality community.
Vintage West and Bread & Butter
Bread & Butter Wines and Vintage West Wine Marketing have combined forces to help families in need in BC and Alberta. Fifty cents from every bottle of Bread & Butter Wines sold in May and June (to a maximum of $15,000) will be donated to local Food Banks.
The Drinks List is partnering with their BC wineries, cideries and distilleries to raise money for hospitality workers in need. For every case of wine, beer, and cider sold to restaurants, the program partners will donate funds to organizations that support hospitality workers.
Clos du Soleil is donating 10% of proceeds from specialty wine packs for the BCPA COVID-19 Psychological Support Service.
May 5 has been designated as a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.
Breaking Bread connects you to small businesses across Canada that are fighting the impacts of COVID-19 and keeping our communities fed. Whether you want hot food, groceries, or meal kits, Breaking Bread gives you the latest info about how to get the food you need, while supporting the local establishments you love.
Wednesday is Canada Takeout Day. Support your favourite restaurants by getting dinner to go.
Nom Magazine has put together an interactive map showing restaurants and cafes that are still open for takeout or delivery.
Vancouver Food and Beverage Community Relief Fund
A fund for F&B workers who are suffering job loss due to Covid-19 to purchase necessary items such as groceries, bills, medication, and rent payments.
Restaurants Giving Back
Restaurants around the country have been stepping up to support frontline workers and Food Banks, even as their own businesses have been devastated by the pandemic.
Learn more about some of the fantastic initiatives and how you can help:
Where to Find Wine
BC Liquor Stores are open for in-store physically distanced shopping
Private wine stores are also open, offering online sales, delivery or curbside pick-up:
Visit Wines of British Columbia for a list of wineries offering online sales and delivery.
Wines of Germany Canada has also set up an information hub to support agents, restaurants, and retailers selling and delivery wine direct to customers.
Tourism Vancouver has launched #VirtuallyVancouver to help us enjoy our city even from inside our homes.
COVID-19 coverage on Global News – click below to sign up for daily updates
Taste and Learn Virtually
Online Wine Courses
Here’s a list of online wine courses you can do from the comfort of your home.
Virtual Winery Tours and Tastings
If you can’t make it to the winery, you can still take a virtual winery tour. Brian Lynn, a VIWF icon, has posted a virtual tour of Majella Wines on Facebook. You can also find a list of BC wineries holding virtual events at Wines of British Columbia.
Experience the Arts Online
Our charitable beneficiary, Bard on the Beach, has had to cancel its 2020 season, but will be coming back strong in 2021. Theatres are closed around the world, but you can watch some great performances online in the meantime.
A series of performances launched by Facebook Canada and the National Arts Centre to help ease the financial strain for Canadian artists impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19, and to lift the spirits of Canadians during the crisis. You can watch livestreams on Facebook, as well as archived performances.
National Theatre at Home
Each week, the National Theatre is making a past production from their National Theatre Live collection available on Youtube for one week. Upcoming plays include Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller on April 30; Antony & Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo on May 7.