Libations lovers, rejoice: Hopscotch Festival sweeps over Vancouver on Monday, November 20th, bringing with it 7 days and nights of enticing tipples and prime pours. Whether a sampling free-for-all at the Grant Tasting Hall or an intimate whisky masterclass, the event shines a spotlight on spirits from around the world of scotch, craft beer, cider, wine, cocktail and spirits aficionados and newbies alike.
This year you will find an expanded roster of special events and masterclasses at various locations across the city. Don't miss the Grand Tasting Hall (Nov 24-25) at the PNE Forum, which showcases all manner of booze in B.C. and beyond as well as a selection of palate-pleasing treats. Sample your way through the room, then take a well deserved rest in the music lounge before purchasing your favourite sips from the on-site liquor store.
The new Wine Garden is a must see for wine lovers with flavourful and generous pours from international and domestic wineries. Beer fans will gravitate to the BC Craft Beer Pavilion, which features nearly 100 craft beers from 25 B.C. breweries. You will also find more than 120 whiskeys at Whisky Corner, from single malt to rye, irish, bourbons and blends. Cocktail enthusiasts will delight in the Craft Cocktail event where a life sized art piece built to create the world's best Negroni is guaranteed to steal the show.
Those who prefer a savoury bite alongside their spirits can grab a street food inspired dog at Juno Kim's Hot Dog Throw Down; or tantalize their taste buds at Restaurant Row, featuring tasty bites crafted by chefs from restaurants across the city, including Steel Toad, Dixie's BBQ, La Pentola and more.
Maybe download the new Hopscotch app, which allows users to access festival information, navigate the Grand Tasting Hall and remember their favourites as they sip their way through Hopscotch. Cheers!!