Oliver Grape Stomp

Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014


October 5, 2014 - Oliver, British Columbia

  Live Entertainment with Juno Award Winners The Paperboys + Adult & Kids Barefoot Grape Stomps


Photo courtesy of The Paperboys

 Oliver, BC  – In addition to a wine and food pairing tent, 50+ Okanagan wineries offering tastings, a separate Kid Zone play area for children, 15 food trucks, indoor art show, and 60 retail vendors, FOG ’14  is providing outstanding live entertainment with The Paperboys, a Vancouver band that has received both Juno and Western Canadian Music Awards. As well, there will be loud, messy and fun grape stomping competitions for both kids and adults.

“For $23, (free entry for kids under 19) you won’t find a better family entertainment package than what we are offering at this year’s Festival of the Grape,” says Ed Dukes, FOG’s Entertainment Chair. “The Paperboys have a mix of musical energy and talent that will have our audience dancing and engaged. And in terms of pure entertainment – it doesn’t get much better than good ‘ol fashioned barefoot grape stomping where costumed contestants literally dance on grapes for five minutes at a time.”

Dukes noted that the number of grape stomping teams is limited to 12 in the adult category.  “If you want to experience the thrill of a life-time by grape stomping in front of a live audience, you had better get your teams registered early. We are expecting that this year’s teams will be the most competitive to date.” 




Grape Stomping photos courtesy of South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.  Photo credit: Paul Eby

Grape Stomping Fun Facts

-Includes both adult and children stomps.

-Approximately 1200 pounds of Chancellor grapes are used during stomp competitions.

-Volunteers hand pick grapes on Friday before the stomp at Nk’Mip vineyards.

-12 volunteers can pick 1200 pounds of grapes in approximately one hour (depending on vineyard tail gate party).

-Adult stomp consists of two heats of six teams (each with a barrel) and one final of six teams. 

-Kids fun stomp consists of two barrels where kids take turns stomping.

-After whistle is blown, each team has five (5) minutes to produce grape juice which is weighed at end of stomp.

-Winning adult stomp teams typically produce 30 pounds of grape juice.

-Each adult team dresses in colourful costumes. Prizes are awarded for best costume.

-Each adult team can have 3+ members – The other members are only allowed to cheer on their teammates.

-Only one adultstomper is allowed in each barrel at a time. No hands allowed in the barrel except to throw grapes at competitors.

-The Oliver Volunteer Fire department helps to wash down competitors, jugs and stomping barrels.                  


Grape Stomping photos courtesy of South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.  Photo credit: Paul Eby

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This Juno and Western Canadian Music Award winning band from Vancouver is a fusion of Folk, Celtic, and Bluegrass Music mixed in with Pop and Rock. They blend Celtic folk with bluegrass, Mexican, Eastern European, African, zydeco, soul and country influences.   Known for consistently creating pop songs with melodic hooks, their music has been called versatile, with a wide range of influences.  A staple at folk, roots, and bluegrass festivals in North America and Europe, The Paperboys have extensively toured both continents, performing in England, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Austria.paperboys.com


Photo courtesy of The Paperboys

Tickets for the Oliver Festival of the Grape (Sunday, October 5, 2014 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM) can be purchased on line through PayPal  CLICK HERE TO BUY FOG TICKETS ONLINE(Ticket Prices: Advance tickets $23 or $25 at the gate).

Tickets can also be purchased at the following Okanagan venues:

Imperial Office Pro: 8510 Main Street, Osoyoos (250) 495-2510

Discover Wines: 2080 Springfield Rd., Kelowna (250) 868-3990

South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce 6431 Station St., Oliver (250) 498-6321 

BC Wine Info VQA 553 Vees Drive, Penticton (250) 490-2006

Shopper’s Drug Mart #1100 5955 Main Street, Oliver (250) 498-3663

About Festival of the Grape   http://www.paperboys.com/dashboard/img/sn_icons/1/facebook.pnghttp://www.paperboys.com/dashboard/img/sn_icons/1/twitter.png Held annually atthe Oliver Recreation Centre (adjacent to the Oliver Arena/Curling Club) the Festival of the Grape celebrates the grape harvest in the Okanagan valley. Organized by the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce and hundreds of volunteers, the Festival of the Grape attracts nearly 3500 people from western Canada to sample the finest wines from 50+ Okanagan wineries and taste the best in Okanagan cuisine from innovative local chefs and local food vendors.  The family-oriented one-day event has something for everyone.  Some of these include: entertaining grandstand music; grape stomping competitions, a separate Kid Zone play area for children including activities, games and farm animals; local arts and crafts and trade show vendors. Parking is free. oliverfestivalofthegrape.ca


Grape Stomping photos courtesy of South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.  Photo credit: Paul Eby


About our Sponsors FOG thanks Eastlink for being a sponsor of both the Festival of the Grape and the Grape Stomp. We are also pleased to have Interior Savings sponsor the Chateau de Kids.  Others Festival of the Grape sponsors include Super Valu and Walnut Beach Resort.

For more information, interviews and/or hi-rez visuals, please contact:

Neil Bousquet APR, Media Relations, Festival of the Grape, Cell (250) 689-1856 prwizard@prwizard.ca

April Goldade, Media Relations, Festival of the Grape, Cell (250) 535-0239 agoldade@terrafinarestaurant.com

Ed Dukes, FOG’s Entertainment Chair, (250) 498-4243 ledukes2010@gmail.com