Festival of the Grape is hosted by Oliver Tourism Association with the help of a dedicated committee and a team of volunteers who contribute to making Festival of the Grape the most well-attended outdoor wine festival event in the Okanagan. Attracting an estimated 4,500 attendees annually this family-friendly one-day festival offers something for everyone. Start with wine tastings at one of over 50 BC wineries, cheer on one of the 24 teams in the Grape Stomp, rock out to the music of Big Easy Funk Ensemble, dine at one of over a dozen food trucks, shop at the Merchant Market or the Fall Art Show & Sale, and for little ones there’s an interactive Kids Zone.
The Festival of the Grape begins with a parade and welcome ceremony, where participating wineries arrive waiving their banners high, grape stomp competitors start to show off their costumes and dignitaries from the region welcome you to the Town of Oliver and the traditional Okanagan Nation territory, followed by Bacchus officially announces the opening of the wine tasting tents at 1 pm.
After Bacchus’s welcome, start exploring the Festival grounds - enjoy the costume judging at the Grape Stomp stage prior to the first heat, stroll the Merchant Market looking for unique-artisan wares, visit one of the many food trucks for great bites, and sample from the cornucopia of BC wines. At the same time the kids are encouraged to visit the Kids Zone with interactive games, crafts and inflatables to keep them entertained too.