CISL 650 & the Best of Food & Wine is once again broadcasting from the The Vancouver International Wine Festival, February 16-19.

 
The Vancouver International Wine Festival, Canada's premier food & wine event, has three mandates: to provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade.

This international festival typically serves wines from ~15 countries. There is a focus on a different region or country every year; the featured theme region has its own section in the tasting room and offers thematic seminars and food and wine pairings throughout the week. For 2017, Canada is the theme, in celebration of our country’s 150th birthday.
 

Listen as Tony & Kasey's Best of Food & Wine talk to the people from the various wineries. Full schedule of exciting guests below!

 
 

Thursday Winery Guest Schedule

Our first day live from Vancouver's Wine Festival! We start things off with Vivanco and then followed by many more wineries, including some of BC's favourites. See full schedule...


Saturday Winery Guest Schedule

Our final day of broadcasting, includes Rodney Strong, Church and State, Summerhill and many more... See full schedule...
 

 

Wine Fest Quick Facts

· 39th annual (founded 1979)
· 8 days (Bacchanalia Gala, Feb 11; festival, Feb 13-19)
· ~ 25,000 admissions (24,783 in 2016; 99% of tickets sold)
· 16 countries, 180 wineries
· 54 events at ~25 venues
·  ~ 50 participating restaurants, hotels, caterers
· 1,650+ wines projected, including
·  ~ 780 at International Festival Tastings
·  ~ 170 additional wines at Trade Tastings
· ~ 700 wines at special events (dinners, seminars, etc)
·  42,000 bottles poured and/or purchased*
· 82,000 wine glasses used*
·  2017 theme: The Wine World Celebrates Canada with 76 wineries, ~300 wines from BC, ON, NS (Italia! in 2016, 60 wineries and 240 wines)
· Beneficiary: Our partner since 2012 is Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival; net $235,000 was raised in 2016.
· Since inception as a fundraiser for the Playhouse Theatre Co, $8.7 million has been raised for the performing arts

Where is it?

The festival and our broadcast is headquartered at the Vancouver Convention Centre downtown; the tasting room, most seminars and trade events take place at VCC. Other special events (dinners, lunches, brunches, wine minglers and the Bacchanalia Gala) take place at some 30 venues all around the city, including many of the city’s top restaurants and hotels.