Drink Local Spirits: The BC Distilled Festival

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In just over a week, local spirits neophytes and aficionados alike will be sipping and sampling their way through the province’s finest spirits.

The BC Distilled Festival, the province’s premier micro-distillery festival will be held on Saturday, May 10 at the CBC Vancouver building at 700 Hamilton Street.

16 of BC’s finest small-batch distilleries and 1 from the Yukon are set to showcase their artisanal gin, vodka, and whisky together with other fine spirits and liqueurs, all uniquely nuanced by locally grown grains and botanicals.

Bottles of local artisanal spirits have been appearing on shelves at restaurants, bars, and government and private liquor stores at an overwhelming pace; BC Distilled provides a single-stop opportunity for craft spirit lovers to taste a variety of these products.

In addition, beverages from Bittered Sling Extracts, Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Mix and SIP Soda will complement a wide range of spirits. Attendees will also enjoy bites from top local restaurants including Grain Tasting Bar, Forage, Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar, The Distillery Bar + Kitchen and Edible Canada.

BC Distilled is also a proud supporter of The BC Hospitality Foundation, which provides financial support for individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with a financial crisis arising from a health or medical condition. Partial proceeds from the festival will go directly to the BCHF.

Curious about whose showcasing their wares? Here’s the list of local craft distilleries:

  • Arbutus Distilleries
  • Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers
  • Dragon Mist Vodka
  • Long Table Distillery
  • Maple Leaf Spirits
  • Merridale Ciderworks
  • Odd Society Spirits
  • Okanagan Spirits
  • Pemberton Distillery
  • Shelter Point Distillery
  • Sons of Vancouver
  • SR Winery & Distillery
  • The Liberty Distillery
  • Urban Distilleries
  • Victoria Spirits
  • Yaletown Distilling
  • Yukon Shine

Tickets for the event are $49.99 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

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