With 40 distilleries on deck, fifth annual B.C. Distilled will be largest iteration yet

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      B.C. Distilled, Canada’s premier artisanal distillery festival, is returning to Vancouver on April 14 for its biggest iteration yet.

      A celebration of regionally produced spirits, this year’s event will feature gins, vodkas, whiskies, and other artisan sips from a whopping 40 distilleries, including Ampersand Distilling Company, Sons of Vancouver Distillery, and Odd Society Spirits. Among the participants are 12 establishments, such as Salt Spring Shine Craft Distillery, and Resurrection Spirits, and Tumbleweed Spirits Craft Distillery, that have all, impressively, opened since last spring’s fete.

      “British Columbia is the leader in artisan distilling in Canada,” said festival founder Alex Hamer in a media release. “B.C. Distilled is the best opportunity for fans of local spirits to try what the province has to offer, and meet the people who make these great spirits.”

      In addition to samples of a myriad of spirits and the chance to interact with the distillers behind them, B.C. Distilled will feature a selection of canapes prvided by local reastaurants and caterers, and a Legacy Liquor pop-up store where visitors may buy bottles of their favourite libations to take home.

      The festival’s charity partner, Pacific Assistance Dogs Society, will also host a silent auction and have pups onsite for attendees to play with. Partial proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Burnaby-based nonprofit, too, which breeds, raises, and trains certified assistance dogs for people living with disabilities. Tickets to the main tasting event start at $59.99 online.

      Leading up to the event, Vancouverites can also purchase tickets to a distiller’s dinner at downtown farm-to-table restaurant Forage, which will see chef Chris Whittaker preparing a six-course, terroir-based meal that pairs with six cocktail and spirit samples. The dinner takes place on April 6 and tickets start at $119.

      Check out the full list of participating distilleries that will be pouring at the main tasting event below:

      After Dark Distillery Ltd.
      Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery
      Ampersand Distilling Company
      Old Order Distilling Co.
      Bohemian Spirits Ltd
      Resurrection Spirits Inc.
      Central City Brewers & Distillers
      Roots and Wings Distillery
      Crow's Nest Distillery
      Salt Spring Shine Craft Distillery
      De Vine Wines & Spirits
      Shelter Point Distillery
      Deep Cove Distillers
      Sheringham Distillery
      Dragon Mist Distillery
      Sons of Vancouver Distillery
      Fermentorium Distilling Co.
      StillHead Distillery
      Gillespie's Fine Spirits
      Tailored Spirits
      Goodridge & Williams Distilling
      Taynton Bay Spirits
      Legend Distilling
      The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery
      Long Table Distillery
      The Dubh Glas Distillery
      Lucid Spirits
      The Liberty Distillery
      Mad Laboratory Distilling
      The Woods Spirit Company
      Maple Leaf Spirits Inc.
      True North Distilleries
      Merridale Cidery & Distillery
      Tumbleweed Spirits
      Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery
      Victoria Distillers Moon Distillery Ltd.
      Wayward Distillation House
      Odd Society Spirits
      Yaletown Distilling Company

      B.C. Distilled's main tasting festival takes place on April 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive). For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, click here.

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