When is the 2021 festival?
The 43rd Vancouver International Wine Festival takes place February 20-28, 2021. The festival opens with the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction on February 20, followed by seven days of winery dinners, seminars, wine parties, lunches and brunches, and tastings from February 22-28. The International Festival Tastings, featuring all participating wineries, takes place February 25-27.
How many wineries are participating this year?
162 wineries from 15 countries participated in the 2020 festival. The 2021 wineries will be announced in September.
How do I buy tickets?
Advance sales of International Festival Tickets, Gold Passes, and Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 4 at 9:30 a.m. All public events go on sale Wednesday, January 6 at 9:30 a.m. and all trade tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Tickets can be purchased online 24/7
By phone: 604.873.3311 / 1.877.321.3121 (toll free)
In person: 202-162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Mon-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
What does my ticket price include?
Published ticket prices include wine, food samples or meals as applicable, GST, service charges, and gratuities, if applicable. For tastings and wine minglers, however, we recommend eating beforehand.
Can I buy the wines I tasted at the festival?
Wines at the four International Festival Tastings are available at the onsite BC Liquor Stores Wine Shop, which is open during the tastings. You must have a corresponding ticket to the tasting to enter the Wine Shop.
Wines at other special events are not available for sale at the event, but many wines can be found at BC Liquor Stores and private wine stores. If you like a wine, ask the principal or local wine agent for information on where it can be purchased – the festival app will have contact information for all wineries and their wines.
Can I bring my infant or child to an event?
No. You must be 19+ to attend a festival event. Two pieces of government approved ID are required for confirmation purposes.
Is there a Designated Driver price?
No, we do not offer a Designated Driver ticket. We encourage all patrons to drink responsibly, and the Get Home Safe program provides a complimentary one-zone Compass ticket to patrons of the International Festival Tastings. We also encourage patrons to take advantage of our partnership with StayVancouverHotels.com and book a downtown hotel room to enhance their festival experience safely.
Is there a dress code for festival events?
Business casual is recommended for winery dinners, and the Bacchanalia Gala is a black tie event. Some venues have specific dress codes, such as The Vancouver Club. We recommend comfortable shoes and avoiding white clothing for the International Festival Tastings.
Is there a coat check available?
There is a coat check by the entrance of the International Festival Tastings and Trade Tastings. The cost is $2 with proceeds going directly to Bard on the Beach’s education programs. Some events have complimentary coat check at the venue.