Wine lovers swirl, sip, support festival

Organizers are thankful to all who raised a glass in support of the 2016 Nanaimo Wine Festival.

Organizers are thankful to all who raised a glass in support of the 2016 Nanaimo Wine Festival.

The event was held Oct. 28 at the Beban Park social centre.

“We had a wonderful night of wine and cheese on a lovely fall Nanaimo night,” said Trish Newton Segal of 102.3 The Wave, event coordinator, in a letter to the editor.

The auditorium was filled with more than 600 “enthusiastic wine lovers who sniffed, sipped and swirled wines from around the world.”

Award-winning guitarist Eric Harper provided music, Paradise Island Cheese provided an assortment of cheeses, bread was supplied by Save-On-Foods Nanaimo and Parksville locations, grapes were from Fresh Point Nanaimo and Blue Ginger provided sushi. Fish tacos and flatbreads were served by White Spot Terminal Avenue. Hundreds of people picked up AC Taxi vouchers for a safe ride home and the hall was decked out with decorations from Triple T Party rentals and floral arrangements from Turley’s Florists.

The grand prize was 160,000 More Rewards points from Save-On-Foods and Arnie Irving of Qualicum Beach was the winner.

“From all reports, everyone had a fabulous time,” said Newton Segal.

The Wave was able to make a donation of $3,200 to Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s Fire Safety House which promotes fire safety to children.