Raise Your Spirits: BC Distilled Festival
Returns Saturday, April 6!
Tickets now available for Canada’s premier artisanal distillery event
40 artisan distilleries from across the province will be bringing their spirits to the sixth annual BC Distilled Festival on Saturday, April 6.
Attendees will have the chance to taste some of the best spirits in Canada. 25 of the distilleries in attendance this year won medals at the recent Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition – Canada’s only national spirit competition reserved exclusively for small distilleries, with a national panel of independent judges completing blind assessments of artisan spirits submitted by distillers across the country.
“This demonstrates the leadership role BC is playing in making Canadian spirits,” says Alex Hamer, BC Distilled’s founder. “The overall quality and variety of spirits has improved every year that I’ve run the festival. There’s never been a better time to get into local spirits.”
BC Distilled has several unique qualities among Vancouver tasting events:
- Samples are not ticketed. Attendees are encouraged to try spirits without the pressure of finishing every drop to get their money’s worth out of a sample ticket.
- The venue is not sold to maximum capacity, so there is room to move and relax, and attendees won’t face long lineups to try spirits and other samples.
- Each distillery is represented by staff (in most cases the distiller is present), which means attendees get to talk to the people who actually make the spirits – not just agents.
- The Legacy Liquor pop-up shop is one of the most popular aspects of the show – it has the best selection of BC spirits anywhere in the province – for one night only!
BC Distilled is once again partnering with Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS), whose participation is among attendees’ favourite parts of the event. Volunteers with dogs will be roaming the event while offering tickets to a 50/50 draw. Last year the festival raised close to $5000 for the organization.
Forage Distillers Dinner Is Back!
On Friday, April 5, the Distillers Dinner returns for its third year at Forage restaurant. Chef Welbert Choi will feature six cocktail and spirit samples from BC distilleries, paired with six terroir-based courses. An optional cocktail reception preceding the dinner will be hosted at Timber Gastropub, with a seventh distillery providing cocktails.
BC Distilled Festival 2019 Participants:
After Dark Distillery Ltd.
Alchemist Distiller, Inc.
Ampersand Distilling Company
Bruinwood Estate Distillery
Central City Brewers & Distillers
de Vine Spirits
Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers
Fermentorium Distilling Co.
Forbidden Spirits Distilling Co.
Mad Laboratory Distilling
Maple Leaf Spirits Inc.
Merridale Cidery & Distillery
Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery Ltd.
Moon Distillery Ltd.
Odd Society Spirits
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery
Old Order Distilling Co.
Pacific Rim Distilling
Pemberton Distillery Inc.
Salt Spring Shine Craft Distillery
Shelter Point Distillery
Sons of Vancouver Distillery
Taunton Bay Spirits
The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery
The Dubh Glas Distillery
The Liberty Distillery
The Woods Spirit Co.
True North Distilleries
Urban Distilleries & Winery
Wayward Distillation House
Yaletown Distilling Company
Saturday, April 6
Trade/VIP Tasting: 2:00 – 4:30pm
Public Tasting: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Croatian Cultural Centre, 3520 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets are on sale now for $69.99 = 5.28 service fee.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bcdistilled.ca/tickets.