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Exploring The Hopscotch Festival

By FineArtBartender


The 2012 Hopscotch Festival, now in it’s 16th year, in a new location and is being hosted at the PNE. What does that mean for you? More exhibitors, more products, more whiskies, and more people. There will be over 65 booths and more than 250 products to taste. And if you think due to the name this is just a Scotch and Whisky event, think again as their will be copious amounts of premium beer and spirits including Vodkas, Rums, Tequilas, and Gins.

photo-12-224x300Tickets are $50, including five drink tokens and a transit ticket home.

With more than 100 exhibitors pouring more than 250 different kinds of whisky, beer, tequila, vodka, gin and rum from around the world – and from right here in B.C. – the Grand Tasting Hall is an extraordinary liquid feast (and there’s food on hand, too, thankfully).

In recent years the festival has grown beyond this array of alcoholic abundance, with pairing dinners and educational seminars running all this week – almost all of them sold out well in advance.

At the event tasting tokens are the only form of currency taken. The first five tokens for your Grand Tasting Experience are included with your purchased ticket. Additional tokens can be purchased for $1.00 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.

The event is now increasingly drawing recognition around the world, with distillers from Scotland and brewers from as far afield as Australia taking time out to fly over and meet and educate their consumers in what is their life’s passion.

Education has always been a cornerstone of Hopscotch – whisky tasting seminars are usually the first events of the festival to sell out

Hopscotch 2012 is over, but bookmark http://www.hopscotchfestival.com/vancouver and do not miss 2013. We cant think of a better way to educate yourself in the world of spirits that to attend this premier event.