Seven fall and winter cocktail events you don’t want to miss

With so many exciting events coming up, you won’t have a moment of boredom all winter long.

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Toronto Cocktail Week

Get your kicks in the Six this fall: The six-day festival of all things boozy returns
October 15 to 20, bringing together bars, brands and bartenders—as well as consumers, of course—to celebrate the city’s evolving cocktail scene. TCW will be shaking things up with a neighbourhood-focused bar guide, themed gala events, guided, seminars and pop-up bars featuring familiar faces from Vancouver.

Art of the cocktail

The Alchemist is pleased to sponsor Western Canada’s most important cocktail festival October 19 in beautiful downtown Victoria. Some 900 attendees will gather at the Grand Tasting to sip and sample cocktails and products from 40 exhibitors pouring more than 60 spirits. Plus there will be masterclasses, guided tastings and more fun than you can shake a cobbler at during this fundraiser for the Victoria Film Festival.

Portland Cocktail Week (industry only)

This one is for bartenders only. From November 10 to 15, the brightest lights in the cocktail world will gather in PDX for a business-focused training curriculum that covers everything from anti-waste initiatives to bar ownership/management and consulting gigs.

Hopscotch Festival

If you love whisky—and beer, and spirits—you won’t want to miss this grand celebration of all the delicious thing you can make from fermented and distilled grains. The event kicks off on November 18 with master classes and dinners, but the main attraction is on Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24, when the crowds descend on the PNE Forum to sample from thousands of craft and premium beers, scotch and other whiskies, and a selection of other spirits, wine and food.

Fortify Conference (industry only)

The second annual Artisan Fermenters and Distillers Business Conference and Tradeshow will be held November 19 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre in Penticton. If you own a distillery, brewery or winery (or wish you did), be sure to attend this important session spearheaded by Elysian Projects’ Sandra Oldfield.

DineOut Vancouver Festival

Beer halls, brunch crawls, plenty of dinners and more than a few cocktails—that’s what you can expect at this annual foodie fest, January 17 to February 2. Canada’s largest food and drink festival comprises 17 days of culinary tours, cooking competitions, workshops, debates, winemaker’s dinners and pop-up events, as well as prix fixe meals at hundreds of restaurants.

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Science of Cocktails

Think it’s too early to plan for February 6? Think again—tickets are already selling fast for this fifth annual celebration of the art of mixology, with the city’s top bartenders and chefs gathering at Telus World of Science to showcase all they can do using the magic of science.


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