Yes, you can have your grapes and drink them, too — if you hurry.
Early-bird tickets are now on sale for the South Okanagan’s signature wine celebration — September’s Festival of the Grape.
Oliver Tourism is also offering discounted tickets to the Oliver Cask & Keg. The two events are part of a South Okanagan celebration that includes many smaller events through the Sept. 29-30 weekend and following week as the Okanagan celebrates its fall wine festival.
Early-bird tickets for Festival of the Grape are just $25 while tickets for the Oliver Cask & Keg are $20.
But you can save even more if you purchase a limited combo ticket.
“Oliver Tourism is pleased to be offering a limited number of combo tickets for an additional savings that include both Oliver Cask & Keg and Festival of the Grape,” said Jenn Nelson, Oliver Tourism’s Executive Director.
The combo tickets sell for $40 — a savings of $15 off the regular FOTG and Cask & Keg admission price.
Tickets for both events include a souvenir glass or goblet and three tasting tokens.
The third annual Oliver Cask & Keg goes on the Saturday, showcasing the variety of craft breweries, cideries and distilleries in the South Okanagan, Similkameen and Boundary Country.
The outdoor event at Oliver Community Park will feature the high-energy rockabilly music of Cousin Harley and deliver eats from a selection of food trucks.
The event is non-smoking and restricted to 19 and over.
Sunday, the sun rises on the ever-popular Festival of the Grape — immortalized last year with an appearance from Canada’s own Rick Mercer.
The event, which runs from noon until 5 p.m. is open to the whole family. It showcases more than 50 BC wineries. and, of course, there’s the annual Grape Stomp competition, where teams of three compete to produce as much juice as possible often while dressed in crazy costumes.
For the youngsters, there’s an interactive Kids Zone with games, inflatables and face painting and great eats at the Food Truck Jam.
“If shopping is your thing, a merchant market offers more than 60 vendors selling items from hand-painted wineglasses to jewelry to woodwork to clothing to artisan cheese,” said Ms. Nelson. “As well, the Fall Art Show & Sale will be presented by Oliver Community Arts Council.
This is an outdoor, non-smoking event, families are welcome and admission for those under 19 is at no charge.