There's still some last minute tickets available to tonight's Fall Okanagan Wine Festival kick off eventÂ â€“Â the British Columbia Wine Awards & Reception.
"It's phenomenal to have sell- outs," says festivals director of public relations Lori Pike-Raffan.
"It's a good indication that the festival will do well, very well."
But since the fall fest is the largest annual party in the Valley with over 120 events today through Oct. 14, it means there's still lots of tickets available for most of the soirees.
However, both of the flagship WestJet Wine Tastings Friday and Saturday night at the Rotary Centre for the Arts are over subscribed.
"Our phone is ringing off the hook with people looking for tickets for those two sold-out nights," says Pike-Raffan.
"We can't help them get into those events, but we are directing them to other events."
There's still a few tickets
available to the festival's kick off tonightÂ -Â the British Columbia Wine Awards & Reception 7-9 p.m. at the Laurel Building.
"It's a great event that a lot of people don't know about," says Pike-Raffan.
"But gold, silver and bronze medal winners will be announced along with the best red, white, sparkling and dessert wines and then everyone gets a chance to sample them."
The B.C. Wine Label Awards will also be handed out at the same event.
Tickets are $50 at SelectYourTickets.com.
There's also still space to get into the Blind Wine & Cheese Oct. 9, The Young Chefs Oct. 10, Harvest Reds & BC Cheese Oct. 10 and the Grand Finale Consumer Tastings on Oct. 11-12 in Penticton.
Individual wineries, restaurants and hotels are also putting on their own fall fest events.
Some are sold out, but many still have room, so no glass has to go empty or tummy
The 56-page fest guide with all the details is free to pick up at any tourist information centre, winery, restaurant or hotel.
It's also online at TheWineFestivals.com.
As the Okanagan's biggest annual festival, 40,000 locals and tourists will make 180,000 visits to wineries and the 120 events over the 11 days of the party.
They will also spend $5 million directly on wine and event tickets.
Factor in additional spending on hotels, transportation and additional drinking, dining and
shopping and the fest packs quite an economic wallop.
A couple of weeks ago the festivals released a study that showed wine tourism is worth $139
million a year in the Okanagan.
The average wine tourist also tends to be a big spender dropping $474 a day on everything from wine purchases and eating at winery restaurants to transportation, accommodation and other expenses.
Half of the wine tourists who
visit the Valley will stop by four or more wineries to taste and buy, 25 per cent have seven or more wineries on the itinerary.