Tuesday, May 09, 2017

British Columbia wine and cuisine featured at tastings in Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver

BC wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley
©Sue Frause Photo.

Chef Meets BC Grape is returning for its 13th season this spring. The tri-city event, sponsored by Wines of British Columbia, is being held in Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver to celebrate the best of BC wine and food. It highlights all things grown, crushed, raised and produced in British Columbia and is the largest tasting of BC VAQ wines in Western Canada. 

Although the May 10 event in Calgary is sold out, the other two cities still have available tickets. Along with sampling hundreds of BC VQA wines, there will be paired small plates created by top chefs in each city. 

Tuesday, May 23 - 6:30PM
Crystal Garden | Victoria Conference Centre
720 Douglas Street
90 BC wineries pouring 350+ BC VQA wines
Tickets $85 
(68 BC wineries pouring 250+ BC VQA wines)

Thursday, May 25 - 7PM
Vancouver Convention Centre East 
999 Canada Place 
Tickets $90
(90 BC wineries pouring 350+ BC VQA wines)

British Columbia grapes in the Okanagan Valley
The wines represent the distinct growing regions of the Oknagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley and some of BC's emerging wine growing regions.

Chefs from the three city's top local restaurants will compete in a paring challenge, featuring locally grown and sourced ingredients to vie for awards for Judges' Best BC VQA Pairing, Judges' Best Dish Award and Consumers' Choice Award for Dish of the Night. The competing chefs will be awarded points for use of a local ingredient in some complement of their dish.

There will also be an opportunity to meet Guest Chef Ned Bell from the Vancouver Aquarium at an exclusive Ocean Wise Bubbles & Seafood station.

The three events support local charities, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Ocean Wise, The Arts Club and BC Hospitality Foundation. Tickets are available online.

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