2019 Osoyoos Oyster Festival

Wine Competition


The 8th annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival is back under new stewardship, searching for the best oyster wine pairing in the South Okanagan. Along with bragging rights and unique oyster shell medals for the bronze, silver and gold winners, the overall winning winery will also earn a money-can’t-buy prize of two invitations to the Outlandish Oyster retreat on Quadra Island in June.

Outlandish’s exclusive invite-only event offers the winning winery the chance to meet, mingle, shuck and feast with influential chefs, seafood advocates, oyster farmers and fishmongers from across Canada on a two-day adventure in the Discovery Islands. The retreat includes an island lunch, boat tour to learn about oyster growing, beach seafood BBQ and plenty of oysters! Accommodation will also be provided overnight at the Heriot Bay Inn.


·     Samantha Rahn, Fine Wine Ambassador for Select Wines (Head Judge) 

·     Sebastien Le Goff, Cactus Club, Vice-President, service and head sommelier

·     Joanne Sasvari, writer, author and editor of Vitis Magazine

·     Lindsay Kaisaris, BC wine buyer for Jak’s Beer, Wine and Spirits 

·     Matt Wentzell, Experience Wine Tours

·     Shanyn Ward buyer Cask & Barrel

·     Mark Filatow, Waterfront Wines



·       Wines will be blind-tasted comparing like-with-like using a 20-point scale.

·       We are inviting submissions from the regions of

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, and the Similkameen Valley.

·       Entry fee: $50 per SKU or three wines for $100.

·       Please send e-transfers to mailto: okanaganoysterfestival@yahoo.com 

·       Submission date opens APRIL 5TH, closes APRIL 19TH.

·       Please send wines clearly marked OYSTER FESTIVAL WINE COMPETITION 

for the attention of: Tyssan Hough, Catering & Events Manager, Watermark Beach Resort

    Park Place, Osoyoos, BC V0H1V0, Tel: 250.495.5509

·       When choosing your wines, think oyster-friendly!

·       Please send one bottle if stelvin closure, two bottles if cork closure

·       Submitted wines must be available to purchase at the time of the festival (April 24-27th)

·       Winners will be announced at the Saturday Soiree Event at Watermark Beach Resort, and promoted

via associated social media accounts including Destination Osoyoos and Osoyoos Oyster Festival

Any questions, please contact:

Wine Festival Coordinator

Nikki Bayley 


604 618 1642.  

Thank you!