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Grape stomping, Beer Olympics and Cask and Keg coming to Oliver

Canada’s wine country celebrates Fall Festival weekend Sept. 30 to Oct. 2
The highlight to Oliver’s Fall Festival is the every-popular grape stomp at the Festival of the Grape happening Oct. 2 at Oliver Community Park. (Western News file photo)

It’s the best time of the year for Canada’s wine country.

The Fall Festival Weekend, including signature events like Cask & Keg and Festival of the Grape (FOG), will be returning to Oliver for the first time since 2019.

Oliver will be the place to be from Friday, Sept.30 to Sunday, Oct. 2 with this year’s festival featuring new events like Beer Olympics on Oct. 1.

Festival of the Grape attracts over 4,500 people who come to celebrate and sip Oliver’s wine tasting finale of the season with the highlight of the day being the grape stomping contest.

“It’s the 25th anniversary of the first FOG,” said Kenn Oldfield, the co-founder, along with Sandra Oldfield, of Tinhorn Creek Winery.

They are expecting this year’s festival to be the biggest one yet with wine, beer and cider tastings, food trucks, live music, races, and of course grape stomping.

The ever-popular Grape Stomp competition requires teams to use their feet to squish as many grapes as they can into juice with their toes. The competition goes Oct. 2, from noon to 4 p.m.

New this year is the Beer Olympics sponsored by Firehall Brewery on Oct. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. Firehall Brewery staff have already been training for the real thing. Beer Olympics will challenge competitors to a series of beer-related tasks including racing around tables with a tray full of beers, keg rolling and grain sack races.

New to this year’s to the Cask and Keg festival is Beer Olympics sponsored by Firehall Brewery on Oct. 1. (Tania Veitch photo)
New to this year’s to the Cask and Keg festival is Beer Olympics sponsored by Firehall Brewery on Oct. 1. (Tania Veitch photo)

The Amazing Oliver Race is also back on Oct. 1.

Also new this year is the Kick-Off Party at District Wine Village featuring the iconic Canadian band, The Trews on Sept. 30.

Penticton’s Grape Savvy Trolley Co. will be your designated shuttle service to events all weekend long and will be running from Penticton and Osoyoos to the event grounds from Friday through Sunday.

To buy tickets or learn more, go to

READ MORE: COVID squashes Festival of the Grape

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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