Canada’s premiere food and wine festival is up and running this week through Sunday. The heart of the festival is the main Tasting Room, which offers an outstanding chance for the general public to learn about, taste and generally enjoy a diverse range of international wines along with gourmet snacks to round out the experience. The festival’s 54 events also include lunches, dinners, food events, a blind tasting challenge, seminars, a gala and parties.

Kristof Gillese, Vino247 Contributing Editor, will be covering the festival and attending a wide mix of festival events. Check out his live twitter feed in the sidebar at right during the festival.

The main Tasting Room of last year's Vancouver International Wine Festival. Photo: ©2013 Dave Niddrie

The main Tasting Room of last year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival. Photo: ©2013 Dave Niddrie

The festival began in 1978 and featured only one vintner, Robert Mondavi. This year the festival will pour more than 1750 wines from 177 wineries, sourced from 14 countries. France is the theme winemaking country, along with Regional Tasting Stations of wines from Australia, British Columbia and South Africa.

The flip side of all the events for the general public is the opportunity for the wine trade to reach out to Canadian consumers and showcase their offerings. Additionally, the festival raises funding for its charitable partner, Bard on the Beach Theater Society, dedicated to performing and celebrating the works of William Shakespeare at the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park.

As the festival’s catch phrase puts it: The wine world is here. And no doubt it’s a great way for Canadian wine lovers to expand their wine horizons. We look forward to tracking Kristof’s tweets as the festival progresses.

For more information visit their website: The Vancouver International Wine Festival

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