Next week Liberty Wine Merchants will host the second annual Taste BC celebration of local spirits and culinary delights which will take place at the Hyatt Regency, benefiting a great cause to boot.
Liberty launched Taste BC in 2008 after successfully running the BC Wine and Oyster Festival for 13 years. All proceeds from that event were also donated to the Oak Tree Clinic, which specializes in providing care and services to sufferers of HIV/AIDS.
I spoke with Liberty’s Director of Marketing, Regan Schwartz, about this event that features the best of our region. She noted that since expanding from the Wine and Oyster Festival, they are now able to showcase much more; from beer, cider, and sake, to salmon, mussels, duck, and chocolate. Best of all they are all regional merchants and businesses so you can have 100-mile diet-approved tastings all within one room that evening.
Taste BC will take place January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency (in their grand ballroom) from 4:30 until 7:30pm, tickets are $49.99 and net proceeds will go directly to the BC Childrens’ Hospital Oak Tree Clinic.
This quick time frame allows attendees to get to every exhibitor in the room and enjoy what each has to offer. There will also be live music from Vancouver band Les is More, a silent auction, prizes, and of course plenty of wine will be flowing.
They have also been gracious enough to give me two tickets to give away on my site. As such, I’ll ask that readers who are interested in attending this unique event leave a comment below stating your favourite type, brand, or varietal of wine and you will be entered in the ticket draw. If you are a blogger and would like to answer this question on your own site, sharing this information with your audience, you will get two entries into the draw (please leave a comment below to direct me back to your post).
Update: I forgot to say when I’ll be doing the draw; the contest will run until noon, Tuesday January 20th. Thanks and good luck!
Update: The winner has bee drawn and it’s Lindsay, who had two entries since she also blogged about the contest. Congratulations! The video of the draw (for disclosure purposes) will be up on my Viddler stream within the next few minutes.