The International Wine & Food Society (IW&FS) is the world’s oldest and most renowned gastronomic society. The Society’s mission is the promotion of a broad knowledge and understanding of both wine and food, the enhancement of their appreciation, and the nurturing of camaraderie among those who share the pleasures of the table. The IW&FS is a worldwide organization founded in 1933 by André L. Simon, CBE, Legion d’Honneur (1877-1970), who was renowned as a bibliophile, gourmet, wine connoisseur, historian and writer. In his words, the purpose of the Society “is to bring together and serve all who believe that a right understanding of good food and wine is an essential part of personal contentment and health, and that an intelligent approach to the pleasures and problems of the table offers far greater rewards than the mere satisfaction of appetite.” Simon’s energy and charm ultimately enabled him to generate branches throughout the world so that today there are more than 8,000 members in 150 branches in 40 countries.
Please visit the Society’s website at www.iwfs.org for further information on the international activities of the Society.
The Vancouver branch of the IW&FS has been established for over 45 years and offers members in the Lower mainland of British Columbia a wide variety of wine and food experiences. Typical activities are shown in the events section of this website and range from gastronomic experiences to tastings of herbs, spices, salts and olive oils, from wine tastings to visits and tours of wine producing areas. There is something for everybody who would like to further their knowledge and share their interests in food and wine.