WINE FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO OSOYOOS THIS WEEKEND

By on June 6, 2012
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A group of Okanagan gals pose with musician Oscar Lopez during the 2011 Vinos Wine Film Festival at the Watermark Beach Resort. The third annual Vinos Wine Film Festival is scheduled to be held at the Spirit Ridge Resort on Friday, June 8. Photo supplied.

The third annual Vinos Wine Film Festival is heading back to Osoyoos this weekend, taking over the Spirit Ridge Resort on Friday, June 8.
“We’re really, really excited,” said Glenn Fawcett, president of Black Hills Estate Winery and founder of the Vinos Wine Film Festival. “We’ve got a phenomenal lineup of things taking place this June and we’re just thrilled that all the pieces of the puzzle have come together to create an exciting weekend in Osoyoos.”
This is the third year running for the local film festival, which Fawcett said he started after having such a great time attending the annual Big Rock Eddies beer commercial film festival.
Seeing all the amateur and professional beer commercials submitted was always a great time and he figured, “why not do something similar?”
“I always thought, ‘God, wouldn’t it be great if we could do this for B.C. wine?’ “said Fawcett.
“So we first did it three years ago … and the intention was to get these creative minds together and create more awareness of all the great wines that are in the valley and sort of celebrate it and it really has erupted into quite a fun event.  It’s a combination of watching all these hilarious videos and tasting all this great wine from B.C.”
Typically the film festival will receive anywhere from 60 to 100 video submissions, from all over the country, leading up to the big day, said Fawcett. Those videos are then sifted through and brought down to 15 submissions that will be shown during the actual festival.
Fawcett said he thinks the festival has been so successful over the years because there’s really nothing else quite like it.
“Because wine is the subject matter, and particularly B.C. wine is the subject matter, it’s really diverse,” said Fawcett.
Prizes up to $5,000 will be awarded for best wine video, people’s choice, and new this year, best wine tourism video.
In total, 10 B.C. wineries will be participating in the festival this year, including Osoyoos Larose, Tinhorn Creek, Jackson Triggs, Bounty Cellars, Ex Nihilio, Cellarhand, Nk’Mip, Hillside Estate Cellars, Moon Curser and Black Hills Estate Winery.
And in addition to great wine, Fawcett said there will also be a smorgasbord of amazing food prepared by the top graduates of the Okanagan College Culinary Arts program, led by their instructor and chef at Terrafina Restaurant, Jeremy Luypen.
“This is an incredible opportunity to showcase the emerging culinary talent in the Okanagan,” said Luypen.
There will also be an after party on Saturday, and on Sunday, there will be a grand opening of Black Hill’s new, $1 million wine experience centre, which is located at the winery.
Tickets are going fast for this year’s festival.Anyone looking to get tickets before they sell out can do so by visiting the Black Hills Estate Winery wine shop, calling the winery at 250-498-0666 or visiting www.blackhillswinery.com.
Fawcett has set aside 50 tickets for Osoyoos residents that can be purchased for half price, selling for $49 per person. These tickets can be purchased by visiting www.ticketweb.ca/snl/EventListings.action?orgId=22441.
The secret access code for Osoyoos residents is “cellarhand.”

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