Written By Guest Writer Cocktails / Libations / Spirits Oct 20, 2015 Art of the Cocktail Highlights West Coast Distilleries SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestArt of the Cocktail, Victoria’s two-day cocktail Festival, is only four days away, taking place Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th at various locations in downtown Victoria.On Saturday, October 24th, the Crystal Garden hosts the annual Grand Tasting with a focus on the thriving ‘Best of the West’ coast distilleries, complimented by a pop-up store from Cascadia Liquor Store. This on-site store allows guests to purchase bottles on their way home.The coveted VIP Grand Tasting has sold out but tickets for the Grand Tasting are still available. Any remaining tickets available to purchase will be on sale Saturday, October 24th at the Crystal Garden between 2 – 6pm.“Between the carnival games at the Grand Tasting and the new Cascadia on-site store, we have lots of new additions to this year’s Grand Tasting,” said Fulya Ozkul, Communications Coordinator.Seminars will be held on Sunday, October 25th at the Parkside Hotel and Spa. Tickets are $35 and seminars are 90 minutes in length.Meet the Island Makers starts at 12:30pm and features a panel discussion with five different Vancouver Island Distilleries. The panel will be moderated by Tan Vinh from the Seattle Times and panelists are Peter Hunt from Victoria Spirits, Ken Winchester from de Vine Spirits, Jeremy Schacht from Ampersand Distilling Company, Matt Phillips from Phillips Fermentorium Distilling Co. and Jason MacIsaac from Sheringham Distillery.The 3pm Cheese, Please! seminar will make you rethink cheese pairings. Lori Palmiere from Dairy Farmers of Canada and sommelier Daniele Mereu from Sysco will host the 90-minute seminar, complete with samples of the pairings of cocktails and spirits with a variety of the 2015 Grand Prix cheese winners.The Best of the Pacific Northwest bartending competition will conclude the weekend. The annual bartending competition pits bartenders against each other to create unique cocktails that represent the Northwest with a special ingredient. The 2015 ingredient is mushroom.Purchase your tickets online at tickets.artofthecocktail.ca, by phone at 250 389-0444 or at 1215 Blanshard St. For more information, visit the artofthecocktail.ca website. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Cocktails / Victoria November 13, 2016 A Conversation With Super Caesar Fan: Liz McArthur Different cocktails have different philosophical traditions attached to them. At least this is how I see it. I still reject the notion that, just ... Read More Cocktails / Spirits November 8, 2016 Aging and Infusing Liquor Now Allowed in BC Restaurants & Bars British Columbia’s licensed restaurants, bars, manufacturer lounges and caterers will be able to age and infuse liquor in order to create their own ... Read More Cocktails / Drink This May 19, 2016 It’s National Caesar Day – You Know You Want One “Celebrating Caesars: Canada’s Signature Cocktail” If you enjoy sipping on a caesar get ready to raise your glass on May 19th, to ... Read More Cocktails / Spirits March 31, 2016 27 BC Distilleries Showcase Their Craft at BC Distilled The local spirits industry is growing and if the showing at BC Distilled on Saturday is any indication, it’s growing in the right direction. ... Read More Cocktails / Spirits March 18, 2016 Meet Akvavit – the Obscure Nordic Spirit Akvavit is misunderstood, an obscure Nordic spirit where every country in the region has its own rules and standards on production, aging and ... Read More Cocktails February 26, 2016 Sherry in Cocktails Sherry in cocktails is not a new thing in any regard. Lorded a century ago in precursory drinks of the 1800’s; punches and cobblers listed sherries ... Read More Comments are closed.