The 41st Vancouver International Wine Festival is back for an eight-day celebration of wine and food February 23 to March 3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues around Metro Vancouver. The 2019 festival features 160 wineries participating in 54 events. This year, the spotlight shines on wines from California, with 53 wineries from the Golden State in attendance.
The festival is a great week for wine and food lovers, by March 3, a projected 25,000 wine lovers will have sniffed, swirled and sipped from a selection of 1,450 wines from 16 countries at 54 events. In total, festivalgoers will have sampled from or stocked their cellars with some 42,000 bottles of wine.
VanWineFest is headquartered at the Vancouver Convention Centre, which is the site of the Tasting Room, the 53,000 square foot hub of the festival with its stunning views of the harbour and mountains, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It is home to four International Festival Tastings and two Trade Tastings, presented by ContainerWorld. Dinners and other events are hosted by top restaurants and hotels throughout the city. The 12 events in the Trade Days Conference, the wine business part of the show, also take place at VCC. Trade events are available only to those in the hospitality and wine industry and registration is required.
Most events are sold out. The exceptions are the Thursday and Friday evening International Festival Tastings and the Trade Tastings, which have limited tickets remaining. A limited number of tickets for the sold-out Saturday International Festival Tastings will be available on site one hour prior to each event.