About the Okanagan Beard Festival…
The Okanagan Beard Festival is the only event of its kind in the Okanagan
We’re celebrating beards… in ALL their glory!
Canadian men are world-reknowned for their magnificent beards, and the men of BC’s Okanagan Valley are upholding that tradition splendidly! This festival celebrates the bearded lifestyle with a fun and friendly beard competition – with prizes and awards for the best-of-the-best.
Okanoggin Barber Shop & Men’s Grooming Room
Okanoggin Barber Shop is Penticton’s premiere men’s grooming room!
Come in today for some beard work and a haircut.
Bethany Handfield is a local artist and business woman. Her keen artistic eye also follows style and fashion trends of all sorts. As “Mrs. Splendid Bastard” she has become somewhat of a beard expert, as one of the main sources of feedback in the development of the Splendid Bastard Beard Supply product line.
Ed Schneider is a life-long student of the performing arts, having worked onstage, in film and television. He is one of the founding members of Many Hats Theatre Company, and has always had an eye for what makes a visual statement… and a classy beard is just one element of that!
Alana Wadsworth is an Executive Assistant with a legal background who is originally from Vancouver. This summer she travelled from coast to coast and silently judged many beards. She is looking forward to officially giving her opinion out loud for Okanagan beards.
Schedule of Events
Registration Event (Jan. 29, 2018) 6 – 9 pm:
Cannery Brewing Co.
Located amidst the breathtaking scenery of Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, this micro-brewery produces individually crafted fine ales and lagers of unmistakable complexity and balance.
198 Ellis Street, Penticton, BC
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for the competition?
The only way to register is in-person at our registration event from 6 – 9 pm. on Jan. 29th, 2018 at The Cannery Brewing Company (198 Ellis Street, Penticton, BC). The reason that you must register in-person is so your photo and beard/mustache measurements can be taken. We want the competition to be fair for all, so no registrations will be taken before or after the registration event.
How does the competition work?
The competition is divided into 3 divisions: Beards, mustaches & beard/mustache combinations. Each division has several categories (12 in total), in which the winner will be determined by a combination of measurements taken during the 12-weeks of the festival, as well as by our panel of judges.
There are 5 measurements taken over the course of the competition, starting on January 29th. Final measurements will be taken on April 30th, at the Awards event.