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Best Somm BC 2018 - January 29th at Roger Arena

Fri, December 29, 2017 10:56 PM | Keith Nicholson

Hosted by The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers British Columbia Chapter (CAPS BC), the fourth annual Best Sommelier of BC Competition returns January 29th, 2018 to Rogers Arena.

This annual competition attracts some of the best and brightest sommeliers from across the province to compete for the title of BC's Best Sommelier 2018. This incredibly challenging competition includes both a written and practical examination. The practical exam will be held live (with tickets available for purchase) as the top three sommeliers from the written portion compete for the 2018 title. Ticket packages are now available for CAPS Members and Non-Members to view the competition and join the post-competition celebration dinner and announcements.

The winner will be announced at the post-competition Dinner, hosted by CAPS BC, at the Encore Suite at Rogers Arena (doors open at 4:30pm).

To be eligible, individuals must be accredited members of CAPS BC and must earn at least 50% of their income from hospitality employment as a sommelier. Competitors must also be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident. 

Registration Fee - $50 (includes competition, live Somm BC competition viewing & reception/dinner).

All those wishing to compete are to contact Lesley Brown (President - CAPS BC) for registration. Deadline to register to compete is January 15th, 2018. 

Competition Details

9:00am-11:00am - Preliminary competition, including written exam and blind tasting, with all candidates. This portion happens behind closed doors.

12:00pm-4:30pm - The Top 3 Competitors will be announced and then compete live for Best Somm BC 2018. This portion is open to the public for viewing.

Location: Captains Room, Rogers Arena (Gate 10, 800 Griffiths Way)

Champions Dinner Details 

4:30pm-8:00pm - Cocktail hour, dinner served, and winners announced.

Location: Encore Suite, Rogers Arena  (Gate 10, 800 Griffiths Way)

Ticket Prices:

CAPS Members

$65 - Live Competition Viewing + Reception & Dinner Package

$40 - Reception/Dinner Only


$75 - Live Competition Viewing + Reception & Dinner Package  

$50 - Reception/Dinner Only

For the LIVE Competition Viewing only - $10 at the door (first come-first serve seating). Doors open at 12:00pm and the competition begins at 12:30pm.

In addition - for the first time, CAPS BC is happy to announce the 2018 BC Aspiring Somm Competition.

This event is open to any member of CAPS BC who earns at least 50% of their income from hospitality employment in any role as well as has an interest in participating in future Best Somm BC competitions. The event mimics the Best Somm BC format to give aspiring sommeliers the opportunity to understand what the competition is really all about. Competitors must also be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.  

This event runs from 9:00am-12:00pm on Monday, January 29th at Rogers Arena.

Aspiring Sommelier Registration Fee - $50 (includes competition, live Somm BC competition viewing & reception/dinner).

The 2018 BC Aspiring Sommelier Winner will be announced prior to the Best Somm BC announcement on Monday evening.

To register, please contact Mark Shipway (Director of Professional Development - CAPS BC).

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