Sunday, August 28, 2005

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

Cheers to everyone who made it out to the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival. If you didn't make it this year, make plans to join us next year. Here is some history on the festival:

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival History

The First Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival took place September 26-27, 1998 in downtown Vancouver. After nearly a year of planning, the Festival premiered to huge weekend crowd. By all measures, the Festival was an enormous success. The 1998 Festival was held on the site of the former Lucky Lager Brewery in downtown Vancouver. International jazz star and vocalist Dianne Schuur entertained a huge Saturday night crowd. 21 wineries, 6 restaurants and fine artists participated in the premiere Festival.

Over 400 people volunteered for the 7th Annual Festival in August 2004. The jazz lineup included Grammy winners and international jazz stars Blood, Sweat & Tears, Saxophonist David Sanborn, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, BeauSoleil, and Ernestine Anderson. 17 bands performed over the expanded 3-day schedule. More than 150 wines from 30 wineries were featured & over 50 fine artists from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana displayed their fine art. 10 local restaurants cooked up great cuisine. An estimated 15,000 people attended the 2004 Festival!

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