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News Lunedi 17 Febbraio 2014

Vancouver International Wine Festival
 36th annual (founded 1979)

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world, offering something for every level of wine drinker, collector and trade professional

di Roberto Nicolli

36th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival; inaugural year was 1979. The festival’s board chair is Randal Kaardal; executive director is Harry Hertscheg.
The Vancouver International Wine Festival (formerly known as the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival) has three mandates: to provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; to be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and to raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society.
The Vancouver International Wine Festival is a fundraiser for Bard on the Beach Theatre Society.

SNAPSHOT
The wine world is here for Canada’s premier wine show. The Vancouver International Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world, offering something for every level of wine drinker, collector and trade professional. Winery principals (winemaker, proprietor, senior executive) representing 178 selected wineries from 14 countries will be in attendance to pour and discuss their wines. Every year, this international festival shines the spotlight on one country or region, and that region has more wineries, wines and events than any other. There also is a global focus. For 2014, the regional theme is France and the global focus is Bubbly.
The heart of the festival is the International Festival Tasting Room at the Vancouver Convention Centre, where some 780 wines are available for sampling, with an additional 169 wines available at the trade tasting. About 800 additional wines are served at special events that orbit the tasting room, including a gala auction, wine seminars, trade events, and food and wine pairing affairs such as winery dinners, lunches and brunches at top Vancouver restaurants and hotels.

QUICK FACTS
Vancouver International Wine Festival
o 36th annual (founded 1979)
o Dates: February 24 - March 2, 2014
o 2014 theme country: France
o 2014 global focus: Bubbly!
o Since 1979, the festival has raised $8.1 million for the performing arts in Vancouver. The
charitable beneficiary is Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. o 14 countries
o 178 wineries o 54 events
o 8days
o 29 venues
o 55+ restaurants and hotels participate o 1,750 wines
(780 at International Festival Tastings) (169 additional wines at IFT trade tastings) (~800 wines at special events)
o 23,000 participants
o 30,000 bottles
o 2014 theme country (France): TBA wineries serving TBA Tasting Room wines o 2014 global focus (Bubbly!): TBA examples in the Tasting Room

LOCATIONS
Events take place at 29 venues around the city. The festival is headquartered at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. The International Festival Tastings, most Trade Days Conference events and public wine seminars are held at the VCC. Other events are held at Vancouver’s top restaurants and venues.

TRADE DAYS CONFERENCE
An important component of the festival is the Trade Days Conference, which takes place February 26-28. Ten wine business events will be available exclusively to members of the hospitality and wine industry. Two afternoon Trade Tastings in the International Festival Tasting room on Thursday and Friday are the focal point of the trade conference; in addition to the 780 wines also poured at the public tastings, trade can sample some 169 additional wines that are unlisted and not yet available in this marketplace.

EVENT PRICES
Event prices range from $30 to $395. Discounted advance ticket rates for several events are announced and available for a set period of time each year. Ticket prices include wine, food (if it is a food event), gratuities, taxes and service charges.

TICKET SALES
Advance tickets to select events go on sale November 1, 2013 at 9:30 am. Tickets to public events go on sale Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:30 am. Tickets to trade events go on sale Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:30 am. Complete event information and ticket purchasing information is available online at www.vanwinefest.ca .

PURPOSE
The Vancouver International Wine Festival has three primary mandates. It provides an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for consumers and trade, serves as a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry, and raises money for the performing arts in Vancouver.

FUNDRAISING
From 1979 to 2012, the festival raised $8 million for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, helping the company to mount 238 theatrical productions and create extensive educational and community outreach programs. Sadly, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company closed operations in March 2012. The Vancouver International Wine Festival announced in September 2012 that its new charitable partner would be Bard on the Beach Theatre Society.