If you had to choose between Donald Trump or a cocktail... which cocktail would you choose?
Take part in Vancouver Island's largest cocktail festival for its 8th year and celebrate the art of the cocktail with us!
Start shaking, creating and pouring. We'll see you October 22nd!
The Grand Tasting
Dress in your fabulous After Five attire to sample cocktails created by local restaurants, new regional distilleries, and Global Brand Ambassadors. Enjoy appetizers from some of the most innovative chefs on the West Coast.
This year tickets include ALL food, drinks and activities!
New: Prize for Best Dressed at the Grand Tasting: Four VIP tickets to the 2017 Art of the Cocktail!
Date: Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
Location: Crystal Gardens – 713 Douglas St
VIP tickets with private tasting one hour before General entry for $90
Ticket includes ALL Drinks, Food & Activities
General entry ticket is $65
Ticket includes ALL Drinks, Food & Activities
Victoria Distillers Best of the Pacific Northwest
Bartending Competition 2016
The Best in the Pacific North West Competition will test a bartender’s knowledge, taste, showmanship and craft as the region’s best bartenders compete for the coveted title of Best Bartender in the Pacific Northwest.
The mix-off will follow international guidelines as follows: each cocktail creation will be worth up to 100 points based on appearance, aroma, taste, showmanship/style and overall impression. The cocktail should include this year’s theme of: BURNT and utilize a Victoria Distiller product, Victoria or Oaken Gin.
Date: Sunday, October 23nd, 2016
Location: 10 Acres Commons – 620 Humboldt St
Watch the public Mix-off competition for only $10. Save your spot now!
Want to participate? Learn more about the Competition here.
Art of the Cocktail will host one seminar before the Grant Tasting on October 22nd, followed by three more on October 23rd. Learn how to turn foraged ingredients into cocktails, how to stock your home bar locally and everything you need to know about Vermouth. Whether you're an industry professional or cocktail novice, there's something for every level.
All seminars will take place at the Parkside Hotel and Spa, located at 810 Humboldt St.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Foraging for Cocktails
11:00 am Foraging
12:00 pm Break
12:30 pm Seminar
How much more local can you get than to forage for your own cocktail ingredients?
Join Matthew Biancaniello (author of Eat Your Drink), Jennifer Aikman and Danielle Prohom Olson (of Gather Victoria) as we venture out through the neighbourhood to produce some wild libations. You will search out and identify commonly found ingredients and then Matthew will demonstrate how to create a totally unique cocktail experience.
Participants will meet at 11 AM at the Parkside Hotel meeting room, main floor. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
11AM - Vermouth: The Bitter & The Sweet
Hosted by: De Vine Vineyard
Welcome to the Vermouth renaissance… with classic brands revitalized and new Vermouths emerging both from the traditional European distillers and from upstart New World artisans. What is Vermouth? It’s an “aromatized” & fortified white wine that’s a perfect aperitif on its own or a key ingredient in the world of cocktails.
Join De Vine Spirits’ master distiller Ken Winchester for an entertaining & informative tour of the world’s great Vermouths. Mixologist Bradley Scissons will be on hand to sling some creative cocktails that showcase Vermouth’s complex balance of bitter & sweet.
Now is a great time to raise your Vermouth awareness!
1:30PM - How to Stock your Home Bar with a Local Twist
Seeking to start a home bar? Stocking it with the right ingredients is a great place to start. Navigating the liquor store can be challenging but Pamela Sanderson (Cascadia Liquor Regional Manager/Sommelier) and Mark Wachtin (Storied Wine and Spirit Owner and Representative) make it easy. They will walk you through the basics of setting up your home bar with a focus on interesting “local” ingredients.
Try some local samples made with Wayward Spirits, Todd Creek Cider, Unsworth and Syncromesh Wineries.
3:30PM - The Absinthe Attraction
Hosted By: Arbutus Distillery
We’ve all heard ‘absinthe will make you go blind’ but is that really true?
Join Michael Pizzitelli, head distiller at Arbutus Distillery as he walks you through all things Absinthe. Pizzitelli will take you on a journey exploring the history, secrets of distillation, and Absinthe's cultural significance all while separating fact from fiction of this magical liquid. Once you have the power of knowledge Matt Hattersley, the head bartender at Arbutus Distillery, will craft classic absinthe cocktails and their modern counterparts for you to try while showing you how to make them.
Who's Matt Hattersley?
Having bartended his way through a couple of science degrees in the UK, Matt found a creative outlet in craft cocktails. Now stationed firmly in BC, he runs the cocktail program at the Arbutus Lounge & Distillery in Nanaimo, producing a range of inspired historic and worldly concoctions.