Oliver Festival of the Grape breaks attendance record

Published Friday, October 10, 2014

 

 

For Immediate Release

 

Oliver’s Festival Of the Grape attracts record crowd

 

Gaining reputation as the Signature Wine Festival in the South Okanagan

 

 

All photos courtesy of South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.  Photo Credit: Paul Eby

 

 Oliver, BC (October 08, 2014) – Eighteen years ago, 300 people attended the very first Festival of the Grape (FOG). In recent years that number has climbed to 3500 visitors. This year, FOG swelled to more than 4,000.

 

“2014 is our breakout year,” claims Bonnie Dancey, CEO of the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce that organizes FOG. “People are very impressed with what we have to offer above and beyond the great wine tasting opportunities from our fabulous Okanagan wineries.”

 

 

All photos courtesy of South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.  Photo Credit: Paul Eby

 

 “They have heard about our grape stomping competition, our greatly expanded kids play area, the entertaining music from bands like this year’s Juno award winning Paperboys, as well as a broad selection of food and trade vendors and an indoor art show. All that for a $25 admission fee, with kids under 19 getting in free. It’s an incredible and affordable value proposition that’s hard to ignore.”

 

 

 

All photos courtesy of South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.  Photo Credit: Paul Eby

 

 “The feedback we’ve received about our family entertainment package has been very positive,” says Ed Dukes, FOG’s Entertainment Chair. “As expected, The Paperboys energetic stage performance had the audience engaged and dancing barefoot in the park.”

 

 

 

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 “Our grape stompers put on quite a show as well. The winning team was the Walnut Beach Nut Crushers (Osoyoos, BC) who produced a total of 38 pounds of grape juice.  Second place was a tie between Uncorked Cellar Dwellers (Okanagan Falls, BC) and Fermented Friends (Surrey, BC) who both topped out at 30 pounds.  There was also a two-way tie for third spot with Pete The Heat (Trail, BC) and Sticky Feet (Calgary, AB) who stomped 25 pounds of juice.”

 

 

All photos courtesy of South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.  Photo Credit: Paul Eby 

 

Dancey was quick to point out that the event is growing in popularity partly as a result of local support from organizations like Eastlink that sponsor both the Festival of the Grape and the Grape Stomp. Others sponsors include Interior Savings that support the Chateau de Kids play area as well as Super Valu and the Walnut Beach Resort.

 

“We also have a fantastic volunteer network in the Oliver-Osoyoos area.  Without their skills, energy and dedication to making each Festival of the Grape better than the last one, we simply could not put on the outstanding Wine Festival that is becoming the signature wine festival event in the South Okanagan.” 

 

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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 more than 4000 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 @grapefestoliver

 

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. Other Festival of the Grape sponsors include Super Valu and Walnut Beach Resort.

 

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All photos courtesy of South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.  Photo Credit: Paul Eby

 

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 

 

 

 

 

All photos courtesy of South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.  Photo Credit: Paul Eby