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Central Okanagan Division - BC Tasting Games

  • Shatford Centre for Arts and Culture 760 Main Street Penticton, BC, V2A 5E2 Canada (map)

The Tasting Games is a hilarious blind tasting competition, with a wine-loving audience tasting the same wines as the experts on stage. The Penticton event features wine industry leader Sandra Oldfield, award-winning chef and sommelier Mark Filatow and wine director/sommelier Christina Hartigan!

Hosted by Master of Wine Rhys Pender, each of the fun, irreverent events in Oliver, Penticton and Kelowna will feature three wine industry celebrities on stage, blind tasting five wines. The evening will begin with a quick "how to blind taste wine" tutorial from Rhys, and then the game is on!

On stage, the wine experts will debate what they taste in the glass. Expect some heated discussion and a few bluffs, as the celebrities discuss, haggle and use their wine savvy to guess at the mystery wines’ origin, varietal, producer, age and price. Meanwhile, the audience be tasting the exact same wines, listening in to the experts on stage and colluding with their friends to guess at which international wine is in the five glasses. It's an amazing opportunity to learn from (and compete against) some of the best wine tasters in the business, in relaxed, social atmosphere.

After much discussion and cajoling, the experts and the audience members will hand in their best guesses. While the results are tabulated, the celebrities will mingle with the audience, enjoying chef-prepared small bites and glasses of local wine. Enjoy the camaraderie, as proceeds from the evening benefit viticulture scholarships and culinary education.

At the end of the evening, Rhys will reveal what actually was in the glass. The top-scoring wine celebrity from on stage and the top scoring audience member will be invited to compete on stage at the BC Tasting Games Finale in Kelowna.

The title of “Best Wine Taster in BC” is up for grabs – and anyone can win!


This year the Tasting Games will feature 9 amazing wine experts from across the province. Who would you like to beat?

Meet your Central Okanagan Division Tasting Games celebrity competitors...

Sandra Oldfield: Formerly the founding winemaker at Tinhorn Creek, now president of Elysium Projects. Sandra is a member of the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame and holds a Master's in Enology.

Mark Filatow: Gold Medal Plates winning executive chef and sommelier of Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Waterfront Bistro. Mark is a member of the Sommelier Guild.

Christina Hartigan: Wine Director at Wildebeest Restaurant in Vancouver and runner up in the 2019 Sommelier of the Year competition. Christina holds a WSET Diploma and is Certified Sommelier.


Tickets for the Central Okanagan event May 14, 2019, as well as the Kelowna and Oliver events are on sale now:

Every ticket includes blind tasting of 5 wines, chef-prepared small bites, laughter, wine camaraderie, and a chance to earn a seat in the Tasting Games finale.

Participants of this event must be 19 years or older to attend. Proof of age may be required.

Earlier Event: May 13
Later Event: May 16