BC Distilled festival returns to Vancouver this April

Forty of British Columbia’s favourite distillers to take part in Canada’s largest artisanal spirit event

Gillespie's Fine Spirits is one of 40 B.C. distilleries participating in this year's festivities

The seventh annual BC Distilled is set to return to Vancouver this April and this year’s event is poised to be the biggest yet. Already Canada’s largest artisanal spirit festival, the 2020 BC Distilled will feature 40 of the province’s favourite distilleries. 

“Every year we’re seeing more variety and higher-quality spirits produced in B.C., which is gratifying to see,” says BC Distilled founder Alex Hamer. “BC Distilled showcases the world-class capabilities of our province’s artisan distilleries. Whether it’s your first time attending or you’re a veteran, you’ll find something new and amazing to try.”

The festival’s main event takes place on April 4, but fans of local spirits will have multiple opportunities to sample offerings from participating distillers throughout the week. The first major event is the BC Whisky Tasting on April 1. Guests at the tasting will sample whiskies from at least eight distillers, snack on appetizers from Whiskey Six BBQ, and can receive a signed copy of Davin de Kergommeaux’s new book, The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries.

On April 3, downtown Vancouver’s acclaimed Forage restaurant will play host to the festival’s second major event. The fourth annual Distillers Dinner will feature six cocktail and spirit samples from B.C. distilleries, paired with six terroir-based courses. A limited number of tickets will also be available for an early cocktail reception at Timber, prior to the dinner. 


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Participating distillers at the Whisky Tasting and the Distillers Dinner have yet to be revealed. A portion of the festival’s proceeds will go toward supporting Pacific Assistance Dogs Society. Tickets to all three major events are available online.