Vancouver’s Hopscotch Whisky, Beer and Spirit Festival Returns to the PNE
Vancouver’s premium whisky, beer and spirit festival, Hopscotch returns for another year November 11-17th 2013. Through the Grand Tasting Hall, Satellite Events and Master Classes you can taste your way around the world with the best Whiskey Beer and Spirits that have made their way into BC. Whether you are looking for food pairing, information sessions or some good old fashioned tastings there is something for just about everyone at this year’s festival.
This event will surely sell out so pick the events that you would like to attend and buy your tickets now.
Hopscotch Vancouver Grand Tasting Hall
Tickets: General Admission $45 – $50
Ticket Price includes (5) Free Tasting Tokens and Souvenir tasting glass
For the last 17 years, The Grand Tasting Hall (GTH) has offered beer and whisky connoisseurs a chance to sip, sample, taste, and learn about the products they love. It has grown from a small group of people in a hotel ballroom to (fast forward 17 years) attracting 6000 people each year. The Grand Tasting Hall lives within the walls of the historic PNE Forum. On Friday November 15th and Saturday November 16th, the Grand Tasting Hall comes alive with 100+ exhibitors, 350+ products to sample, and 3000+ of your peers. Not only is there Premium and Craft Beer, Scotch, and all other whiskies, but as well, there is vodka, gin, rum, tequila, liqueur, and so many more types of alcoholic drinks to taste.
The Grand Tasting Hall welcomes several local restaurants each year. More details will come but we can assure you in 2013, there will be no need to eat dinner first. We will have gourmet meals ready to serve for your culinary enjoyment.
Goby Catt will once again be on hand to open up the festivities and croon the sultry sounds of the classics… Sinatra style. From there, the BC Irish Regiment Pipes and Drums will be showcasing their piping and drumming as they walk through the crowd! Dressed in traditional Irish attire, this is a special sight to be seen. And new for 2013, the 7-piece RazzMaJazz Dixieland Band will be performing upbeat dixie music to keep those smiles going right until the end of the show!
Tasting tokens are the only form of currency in the Grand Tasting Hall market. The first five tokens for your Grand Tasting Experience are included with your purchased ticket. Within steps of you walking inside, you will be given your free pouch of tokens. Additional tokens can be purchased for $1 (plus PST) at the Tasting Token booths. The price of each sample in the Grand Tasting Hall is based on the retail value of the bottle being poured.
Transportation to the event is presently being organized. Please keep checking the website closer to the date of the GTH for more detailed information. Shuttles will be on hand to take guests from the GTH to popular transit stops including downtown, Renfrew Station, and North Van. Also, please keep in mind that The PNE Forum is directly on the transit line on Hastings.
Hopscotch Vancouver Master Classes
Master Classes are the premiere way to get the cold hard facts on many topics related to beer, whisky, and other premium spirits. World Class speakers will lead small intimate groups of tasters and listeners through the stories and facts of their respective companies/products.
For full information on the 2013 Hopscotch Master Classes have a look at the official schedule.
Hopscotch Vancouver 2013 Satellite Events
Satellite Events are the ultimate ingredient in the premium experience at the Hopscotch Festival. Many of these events are informative dinners at some of the best restaurants in Vancouver. Each course is usually custom made for the event and custom paired with a particularly whisky. In addition to the delicious food and tasty drinks, each event will have a guest host to talk about so many interesting topics related to what is being served. Each event has a specific description when it is added. Read them all and choose which ones you want to attend. Events will be added once they are confirmed. Keep Checking!!
For a full listing of the 2013 Hopscotch Satellite Events have a look at the official schedule.