Wine flows as large crowd turns out for Festival of the Grape

Wine flows as large crowd turns out for Festival of the Grape

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Team members of Scots on Holidays work furiously to stomp grapes and gather the juice. This team was the grand champion of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape on Sunday. (Richard McGuire photo)
Team members of Scots on Holidays work furiously to stomp grapes and gather the juice. This team was the grand champion of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape on Sunday. (Richard McGuire photo)
Team members of Scots on Holidays work furiously to stomp grapes and gather the juice. This team was the grand champion of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape on Sunday. (Richard McGuire photo)

Scotland may be better known for its whiskey than its vineyards, but it was a team with Scottish connections that emerged as the grape stomping champions Sunday at Festival of the Grape.

The Grape Stomp is one of the highlights of the hugely popular festival that drew thousands of people to Oliver Community Park on Sunday. It helped that the weather co-operated.

Scots on Holiday took the top spot in the finals, having already out-performed their friends and rivals, Brits on Holiday in an earlier heat.

The team consisted of Corinne Forbes, on a three-week holiday from Aberdeen, Scotland, and her friends Lois King and King’s son Thomas King.

Thomas was born in Aberdeen, but he now lives in Calgary, works for WestJet and speaks with a Canadian accent.

Lois had to consider herself an honorary Scot. She’s a Brit, now living in Houston, Texas, but spending summers in Kaleden.

Thomas said he’d never stomped grapes before, but he quickly figured out the success formula.

“Mass times acceleration,” he said, acknowledging that he weighs around 250 pounds. “Heavy boy. I’m only 23, so youth helped,” he added, explaining his energy.

A nagging mother and a loud, cheering sister were also factors in his success, they said.

This is the first time Forbes has ever visited the Okanagan, though she had previously visited Toronto and Vancouver.

“It’s fabulous,” she said. “The weather is fantastic and everybody is so friendly. It’s amazing. I plan to come back.”

While the Scottish outfits and flag made Scots on Holiday a colourful team, they were no match in the costume department for the Juicy Lucys, who easily took the prize for best costumes.

With colourful skirts and tops in grape patterns, and red-headed wigs and bright red lipstick, Calgarians Courtney Kirton, Deb Stevens and Talore Peterson looked just like a trio of Lucille Balls.

It was an appropriate costume choice for those who remember the famous episode of the 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy, where Ball stomps grapes in Italy.

The Grape Stomp is a popular event at Festival of the Grape, but the highlight for many people is the chance to stroll around and sample the products at the booths of wineries from throughout the Okanagan.

Some of the lines were long at times, but participants traded tips with each other on the best wineries to visit.

There were other events scattered around the park.

On the stage, Gary Comeau and the Voodoo Allstars provided music throughout the event.

Children played on inflatables or visited a petting zoo nearby, and many vendors had booths selling everything from crafts to food to multi-level marketing products.

An art show organized by the Oliver Arts Council featured a wide mix of media from photographs to sculptures on the theme “Going Wild!”

Also on display were various artistic takes on the Edvard Munsch painting “The Scream,” done by the RipOff Artists.

Following opening ceremonies, Caine Kruger of Osoyoos Indian Band, wore spectacularly coloured regalia and performed a couple vigorous dances.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

These ladies from the Ride to Survive team work to unclog the spigot and get the grape juice flowing during the first round of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. Behind them the Uncorked team attempts to do the same. (Richard McGuire photo)
These ladies from the Ride to Survive team work to unclog the spigot and get the grape juice flowing during the first round of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. Behind them the Uncorked team attempts to do the same. (Richard McGuire photo)
These ladies from the Drunk'n Grapes team work to unclog the spigot and get the grape juice flowing during the first round of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. (Richard McGuire photo)
These ladies from the Drunk’n Grapes team work to unclog the spigot and get the grape juice flowing during the first round of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. (Richard McGuire photo)
A contestant from the Ride to Survive team showers her opponents with grape mush during the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. (Richard McGuire photo)
A contestant from the Ride to Survive team showers her opponents with grape mush during the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. (Richard McGuire photo)
It's all about teamwork in the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. One person stomps, one keep the spigot flowing and one collects the juice into a jug. (Richard McGuire photo)
It’s all about teamwork in the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. One person stomps, one keep the spigot flowing and one collects the juice into a jug. (Richard McGuire photo)
Stomping is hard work at Festival of the Grape. When the stomper gets too tired, a teammate often steps in to trade spots. (Richard McGuire photo)
Stomping is hard work at Festival of the Grape. When the stomper gets too tired, a teammate often steps in to trade spots. (Richard McGuire photo)
Some contestants got quite dressed up to take part in the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. (Richard McGuire photo)
Some contestants got quite dressed up to take part in the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. (Richard McGuire photo)
Contestants await the starting signal for the final round of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape on Sunday. (Richard McGuire photo)
Contestants await the starting signal for the final round of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape on Sunday. (Richard McGuire photo)
The competition is fast and furious in the final round of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape on Sunday. (Richard McGuire photo)
The competition is fast and furious in the final round of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape on Sunday. (Richard McGuire photo)
The competition is fast and furious in the final round of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape on Sunday. (Richard McGuire photo)
The competition is fast and furious in the final round of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape on Sunday. (Richard McGuire photo)
They're down to the final minutes of the Grape Stomp final round at Festival of the Grape. (Richard McGuire photo)
They’re down to the final minutes of the Grape Stomp final round at Festival of the Grape. (Richard McGuire photo)
Grape Stomp contestants need to empty their jugs into the white plastic buckets before the signal to end the race. (Richard McGuire photo)
Grape Stomp contestants need to empty their jugs into the white plastic buckets before the signal to end the race. (Richard McGuire photo)
The Oliver Fire Department provided a hose for Grape Stomp contestants to wash in after the event's final round. (Richard McGuire photo)
The Oliver Fire Department provided a hose for Grape Stomp contestants to wash in after the event’s final round. (Richard McGuire photo)
The winner of the Grape Stomp is determined by weighing the plastic buckets of each team that contain the juice they've crushed by stomping grapes. (Richard McGuire photo)
The winner of the Grape Stomp is determined by weighing the plastic buckets of each team that contain the juice they’ve crushed by stomping grapes. (Richard McGuire photo)
The Juicy Lucy's, of Calgary, won the prize for Best Costume for their Lucille Ball looks and grape motif clothes. From left are Courtney Kirton, Deb Stevens and Talore Peterson. (Richard McGuire photo)
The Juicy Lucy’s, of Calgary, won the prize for Best Costume for their Lucille Ball looks and grape motif clothes. From left are Courtney Kirton, Deb Stevens and Talore Peterson. (Richard McGuire photo)
Scots on Holidays were the grand champions of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. From left are Lois King, Thomas King and Corinne Forbes. (Richard McGuire photo)
Scots on Holidays were the grand champions of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. From left are Lois King, Thomas King and Corinne Forbes. (Richard McGuire photo)
It's hard work stomping grapes and collecting the juice in the finals of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. (Richard McGuire photo)
It’s hard work stomping grapes and collecting the juice in the finals of the Grape Stomp at Festival of the Grape. (Richard McGuire photo)
Loraine Horn took second place in "other media" for this acrylic and mixed media diptych of a choral reef at the Oliver Community Arts Council's Fall Art Show and Sale. The theme this year was "Going Wild!" Horn is no diver. In fact, she says, she's afraid of water. The scene came from her imagination. (Richard McGuire photo)
Loraine Horn took second place in “other media” for this acrylic and mixed media diptych of a choral reef at the Oliver Community Arts Council’s Fall Art Show and Sale. The theme this year was “Going Wild!” Horn is no diver. In fact, she says, she’s afraid of water. The scene came from her imagination. (Richard McGuire photo)
Caine Kruger of the Osoyoos Indian Band performs a men's fancy dance at Festival of the Grape in Oliver Sunday. Kruger also gave performances on Friday at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre. (Richard McGuire photo)
Caine Kruger of the Osoyoos Indian Band performs a men’s fancy dance at Festival of the Grape in Oliver Sunday. Kruger also gave performances on Friday at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre. (Richard McGuire photo)
Damian Deo (right) of the Osoyoos Coyotes holds down his teammate Liam Aitken so Luc Hansen, 8, of Kelowna can pummel him with an inflatable glove in the boxing ring at Festival of the Grape. Aitken didn't deserve this treatment. He played his first game in goal for the Coyotes the night before and got a shutout. (Richard McGuire photo)
Damian Deo (right) of the Osoyoos Coyotes holds down his teammate Liam Aitken so Luc Hansen, 8, of Kelowna can pummel him with an inflatable glove in the boxing ring at Festival of the Grape. Aitken didn’t deserve this treatment. He played his first game in goal for the Coyotes the night before and got a shutout. (Richard McGuire photo)
Charangit Gill, one of the owners of Bordertown Winery and Vineyard, pours a glass of white wine for a guest. Part of the attraction of Festival of the Grape is the chance to try excellent wines from throughout the South Okanagan. (Richard McGuire photo)
Charangit Gill, one of the owners of Bordertown Winery and Vineyard, pours a glass of white wine for a guest. Part of the attraction of Festival of the Grape is the chance to try excellent wines from throughout the South Okanagan. (Richard McGuire photo)
Paul and Jayne Graydon, of Saxon Estate Winery in Summerland, pour wine for guests at Festival of the Grape. Paul also sells advertising for the Peachland View. (Richard McGuire photo)
Paul and Jayne Graydon, of Saxon Estate Winery in Summerland, pour wine for guests at Festival of the Grape. Paul also sells advertising for the Peachland View. (Richard McGuire photo)
Jesse Tour, of Desert Hills Estate Winery, pours a glass of red wine for a guest at Festival of the Grape. Part of the attraction of this event is the chance to taste excellent wines from throughout the South Okanagan. (Richard McGuire photo)
Jesse Tour, of Desert Hills Estate Winery, pours a glass of red wine for a guest at Festival of the Grape. Part of the attraction of this event is the chance to taste excellent wines from throughout the South Okanagan. (Richard McGuire photo)

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