Cheers to the festival of the year (GIVEAWAY)


UPDATE: We have a winner!! Congratulations to Veronique, you’ve won two General Admission passes for Friday Nov. 4th! I will let them know, so you can simply pick the tickets up at Will Call at the event on Friday. Enjoy stomping those grapes girl!

For those of you who wish your weekends could once and a while look like a Bachelor Nation cocktail party – face dolled up with the latest makeup trends, dressed to the nines in a designer gown, hair blown out and extensions in, then the Wine and Food Festival is definitely for you. If that’s not exactly your vibe, I get it – changing into my pyjamas the instant I get home and watching Divergent can definitely be my jam. But we know you get out once and a while, so you should put this event at the top of your list because there are actually some really cool things going on this. From Nov. 4 to 6 they’re bringing sophistication back for this ultimate party.


Every year this event seems to get bigger and better. This time around, each day will kick off with the Stomping of the Grapes, where you can literally take off your shoes, step in, and start stomping (daily from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.) Then you can head on over to the Tasting Floor and sample some of the best regional, national and international craft Beers, spirits, and Foods Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday. New this year are the VIP All Access Passes, a masterclass in artisanal cocktail, mocktails, and curated cool late night food, and the debut of “Prep School”, which is a series of engaging seminars available to pass holders.

I saved the best for last:

A. cheese. vault.

That’s right – 5500 sq ft where you will sample cheese, some that have actually never been sampled before. The idea is to consume as much cheese as you possibly can, and I think that most people can go for just over a pound…kidding.

And as a side note, but one of the main reasons to go anywhere – the contest. Enter for a chance to win tickets to the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival as well as airfare and five nights at the Oceanfront Slice of Life Hilton.


There are a variety of options, but you can’t go wrong with the $50 VIP Tasting Floor Ticket available for Friday Nov. 4 or the new $75 VVV-VIP All Access Pass.

This year your ticket includes even more than past years, like:



I’ve got a pair of tickets just for you! Up for grabs is a pair of general admission tickets to the Friday Nov. 4 edition of the show. These tickets are for Friday access only.


  1. Follow Ottawa Wine & Food Festival’s Instagram Page (@ottawawinefood)
  2. Follow my Instagram Page (@holliegracejames)
  3. Post a comment below telling me what intrigues you most about the show

Contest closes this Friday Oct. 28 at 6:00pm and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. You’re going to have a blast next Friday night. Good luck!

Hollie Grace James

Hollie Grace is a freelance writer, willfull and wild, living in Wellington West with her main man and tortie kitten. She has a passion for experimental ideas, immersing herself in whatever piece she may be working on. If you're so inclined, you can find her on Facebook, Instagram (@Hollie_GraceAnne), and Twitter (@Hollie_Grace7). (#7 is lucky in both the Western and Chinese cultures. That's why she chose it. Fun fact of the day!)


28 Responses

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I love cheese!

  2. Laura Gauthier says:

    The prep class seems interesting, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say the cheese vault!

  3. Veronique says:

    Definitely stomping of the grapes! 🍇🍇🍇🍷🍷🍷

  4. I really like to see the pairings.
    There is great variety of local foods and spirits that you don’t get to see anywhere else all under one roof.

  5. Jeff Taker says:

    CHEESE PLEASE!…oh and wine too! Delish!

  6. Ronda says:

    New to the city – a great way for me to access all the culinary delights of Ottawa!

  7. Candace says:

    Attempting to eat a pound of cheese.

  8. Leah says:

    Here for the entertainment, food and drinks!!

  9. Jaimanne Leopold says:

    I love the idea of getting dressed up, sipping wine and sampling tasty treats!

  10. Stephanie says:

    I love the vibe of the whole event, an event that allows you to get dressed up and enjoy wine at the same time is always a good time!

  11. Renee M says:

    I love wine, but I’m all about trying new food!! Don’t tell anyone I have a addiction to food 😉

  12. Janessa Porter says:

    The prep school intrigues me most! I recently took a cooking class, but adding more food knowledge from pros would be great! Oh and wine 🍷 Cheers!

  13. Robert Millican says:

    The all-new 5500 sq ft cheese vault.

  14. Pam says:

    Get to try all different kinds of wine and cheese!!

  15. Kelley King says:

    It’s Def the cheese vault that I’m interested in and the other food samples

  16. Aurore Avon says:

    I love to discover new wine !

  17. Cole Dashnay says:

    I enjoy discovering new and old local wineries as well as the craft beer.

  18. Chris Mcmahon says:

    The whole event will be amazing! Yummy cheese…. 🙂

  19. anastasia turner says:

    really love the new location and looking forward to this years “VIP Tasting Alley”

  20. Rosa Yorke says:

    I’d love to go just to have a ‘me’ night! PS I followed both Hollie and OttawaWineFood 🙂

  21. Francine says:

    What intrigues me most about the show is the wonderful food and the wonderful variety of wines…..

  22. Michele Miller Brown says:

    Cheese. Vault!
    And I’m excited about the new venue – change is good.

  23. A. cheese. vault!!!
    lol love this 🙂

  24. Peter L. says:

    Looking forward to trying out the samples at the Local Food Emporium while enjoying wine and beer.

  25. Fay Devlin says:

    Introducing new Canadians used to a traditional Syrian diet to a whole world of food.

  26. W Storybored says:

    Oh, definitely the vault of cheese.

  27. Mia Huysmans says:

    Definitely the cheese vault! I’m not sure I can even name 24 cheeses right now, so I will definitely learn a lot!

  28. Laura says:

    It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the Ottawa Wine and Food Show and I’m intrigued to see how the event has evolved and which exciting new wines can be sampled.

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