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Festival of Grape brings together thosuands of wine lovers in South Okanagan – Okanagan

Thirty teams are competing for the title of Grape Stomp Champion at the 25th annual Festival Grape in Oliver, B.C.

“The Grape Stomp has been a tradition with this event,” said Ian Lobb, Oliver Tourism executive director.

“There’s incredible costumes, a lot of stomping and squishing of the grapes and a relay race, so it’s a real spectacle to watch.”

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To win, it takes teamwork, stamina and a good sense of humour.

“It was really squishy, occasionally you got the stems [between your toes],” said Kendra Kruger, who participated in the relay race.

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In between heats, there’s plenty of wine being poured, delicious food being ordered at food trucks, a market to explore and live music to dance to.

“The Festival of Grape started back in ’97 as a way to celebrate the harvest and wineries and the industry as a whole and it’s blossomed into what it is today,” said Lobb.

Making the 25th year of the festival, one to remember.

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