Fall festival tickets now on sale

Fall festival tickets now on sale

Tickets for the Oliver Cask & Keg Festival and the Festival of the Grape, pictured here, are now on sale. (File photo)

Tickets are now on sale for two of the Oliver Tourism Association’s biggest fall festivals: Oliver Cask & Keg and the Festival of the Grape.

Both festivals take place over the same weekend at the end of September and the wineries of the region celebrate with many smaller events through the weekend and following week as part of the Okanagan’s fall wine festival as well.

The third annual Oliver Cask & Keg takes place on the evening of Saturday, September 29th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., showcasing the variety of craft breweries, cideries and distilleries from around the Okanagan, Similkameen and Boundary country.

Throughout the evening Canadian band Cousin Harley will have people dancing to their high-energy rockabilly music while snacking on eats from a selection of food trucks at Oliver Community Park.

Tickets include a souvenir glass and your first three tasting tokens, and are available online at www.olivercaskandkeg.ca. Early Bird tickets are $20 until September 14 and $25 for regular admission. The event is non-smoking and restricted to 19 and over.

On Sunday, September 30 bring the whole family to Oliver Community Park for Festival of the Grape from noon to 5 p.m. The event showcases over 50 B.C. wineries where you can taste a broad array of varietals, all in one beautiful outdoor setting.

Throughout the day Vancouver’s Big Easy Funk Ensemble (BEFE) will take to the main stage bringing the sounds of New Orleans with their nine-piece band. On the second stage enjoy 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 kids there is an interactive Kids Zone with games, inflatables and face painting. There will be great eats at the Food Truck Jam and if shopping is your thing there is a merchant market with over 60 vendors selling items from hand-painted wineglasses to jewelry to woodwork to clothing to artisan cheese, as well as the Fall Art Show & Sale presented by Oliver Community Arts Council.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets visit www.oliverfestivalofthegrape.ca. Tickets include a souvenir wineglass and your first three tasting tokens, as well as access to the festival grounds, entertainment, shopping and food trucks. Early Bird tickets are $25 until September 14 and $30 until the festival. This is an outdoor, non-smoking event; families are welcome and admission under 19 is no charge.

A limited number of combo tickets for both Oliver Cask & Keg and Festival of the Grape. These tickets are available online at www.oliverfestivalofthegrape.com and are $40 for Early Bird and $45 for general admission.