The 2008 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival serves up a record 1,600 wines from 176 wineries representing 16 countries at a record 60 events. The hub of the festival is the International Festival Tasting room (February 28, 29, and March 1) at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, where 717 wines are poured. If you attend only one event at the Festival, make it this one.
There are 11 events exclusively for those in the wine and restaurant trade, including two Trade Tastings. The wine pro will find 862 wines for sampling here – 161 wines that are unlisted and not yet available in this market plus, of course, all 701wines that also are served at the public tastings.
Most trade events and public wine seminars take place at the convention centre. Winery dinners, luncheons and other events take place at top restaurants and hotels throughout the city. The festival’s crown jewel is the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction, February 27th, featuring exceptional wines, dining experiences, travel packages and other treasures going to the highest bidder.
For tickets and information, call 604.873.3311
Buy International Festival Tasting tickets online – just scroll through the calendar to find the date you want to attend.
Playhouse Theatre Company Box Office 127 East 2nd Avenue (between Main and Quebec) Vancouver, BC Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cash and major credit cards accepted