Win an Art of the Cocktail Getaway in Victoria

Comments 149 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Arguably the cocktail capital of Canada, and home to some of the top ten best hotel bars in the world, Victoria is known and celebrated for its spirited drinks and the mixologists who make them. This is why the annual Art of the Cocktail event explores all areas of cocktails with two full days of tastings and seminars, from sampling and sipping, to learning the distilling process, pairings and watching the professionals compete behind the bar.


Art of the Cocktail

When: Saturday, October 24th and Sunday October 25th, 2015
Where: Crystal Garden, Parkside Hotel & Spa, The Vic Theatre (Victoria, BC)
Tickets: Available online for the Grand Tasting, seminars, and Best of the Northwest competition. Purchasing a Spirited Pass will get you into all of the events.

Art of the Cocktail consists of three main events:
Seminars include Cheese Please! and Meet Your Island Makers. Best of the Pacific Northwest is a competition open to northwest bartenders and mixologists. The Grand Tasting is the cocktail event of the year, featuring BC distilleries, as well as some of the names you know and love.

Win an Art of the Cocktail Getaway in Victoria

The Art of the Cocktail wants to bring one luck Miss604 reader and a guest to Victoria for this amazing weekend. This prize package includes 2 VIP Grand Tasting tickets, a night at the iconic downtown Fairmont Empress, and flights from Downtown Vancouver to Downtown Victoria with Harbour Air.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @ArtofCocktail @FairmontEmpress @HarbourAirLtd Victoria getaway from @Miss604

Follow the Art of the Cocktail on Facebook and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, October 9, 2015.

Contest Rules: Must be 19+. Please enjoy responsibly. Airfare and hotel stay prizes are only valid during this specific event, October 24-25, 2015 and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash value. Prize includes admission to the Grand Tasting, tokens can then be purchased for $1/token.

Update The winner is Heather Jensen!

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149 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Lisa GThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 1:49pm PST

    This is an unbelievably amazing prize!!! Thanks so much for the chance?

  2. nadyaThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 1:52pm PST

    This is amazing, i love cocktails!

  3. Dawn sThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 1:52pm PST

    This sounds like a lot of fun! And the weekend after my bday!!!

  4. JeremyThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 2:18pm PST

    pick me please 🙂

  5. Dayna WilsonThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 3:25pm PST

    Oh my gosh, this sounds so incredible. Fingers firmly crossed!

  6. ShirleyThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 3:32pm PST

    Nice getaway.

  7. SamanthaThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 3:36pm PST

    What an amazing contest, this would be so amazing to win.

  8. CarlosThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 3:48pm PST

    Sounds like a fun event. Would love to surprise my wife with this!

  9. LaurenThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 4:13pm PST

    I’m going to Victoria to check this out whether I win or not!

  10. CassieThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 5:12pm PST

    Fantastic prize – would love to win!

  11. Elizabeth BThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 5:16pm PST

    This sounds like so much fun…thanks for the chance! 🙂

  12. Mike BThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 5:20pm PST

    I would love to surprise my wife with this getaway!

  13. MoniqueThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 5:27pm PST

    Oooo would love to go to this!!!!

  14. Don McQueenThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 5:52pm PST

    This would be an amazing trip and opportunity to taste some great cocktails

  15. IainThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 6:27pm PST

    Very cool. Victoria is my favourite Canadian city.

  16. Lori MThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 6:59pm PST

    Victoria is my favourite weekend getaway and the Fairmont Empress is iconic!

  17. jessica eapenThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 7:04pm PST

    fantastic getaway prize!

  18. DarcyThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 7:09pm PST

    Nothing better than cocktails in Victoria at the Empress!

  19. VickiThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 8:12pm PST

    Would love a weekend in Victoria.

  20. Ron SmithThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 9:07pm PST

    What a romantic weekend away with my wife this would be if I won – thanks for the chance!!

  21. ShaunThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 9:28pm PST

    I would very much like to go to Victoria and drink cocktails!

  22. ErinThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 9:40pm PST

    This would be an amazing weekend!

  23. SharonThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 9:46pm PST

    This sounds amazing!! I’d love to win!

  24. TracyThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 9:50pm PST

    Sounds like an amazing weekend. Would love to go!

  25. brandon forsythThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 9:54pm PST

    Sounds like an amazing trip!

  26. MaggieThursday, October 1st, 2015 — 9:57pm PST

    I would love to go!

  27. Peter ConroyFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 7:56am PST

    sounds great!

  28. Kristian WeaversFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 8:26am PST

    Sounds like a great evening

  29. Carmelle MahFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 8:30am PST

    What a perfect weekend!

  30. AmandineFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 9:00am PST

    Wow, what an amazing prize. Still haven’t been to Victoria either. Combining the two would be incredible!

  31. IrisFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 9:09am PST

    What a wonderful weekend getaway! Meeting Island Cheesemakers would be delightful.

  32. sandraFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 9:29am PST

    the most quaint… quixotic city!!! a most quality prize!!!!:)

  33. CyrilleFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 9:37am PST

    Cocktails and a getaway sound divine!

  34. BrendaFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 9:40am PST

    Sounds great

  35. CliffFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 9:40am PST

    This would be fun to attend

  36. Lorena GrandeFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 9:46am PST

    This sounds absolutely royally divine!! You sure know how to pick them Miss604. I love Victoria 🙂

  37. Heather JensenFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 9:57am PST

    I would love a weekend in Victoria with hubby. It’s been more than 10 yrs and such a beautiful time of year to go too! Bucket list kind of stuff!! 🙂

  38. Gary LinFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 10:03am PST

    I would love to go to Victoria again with my dearest wife.

  39. Susan CarruscaFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 10:56am PST

    This sounds like a fabulous weekend! I would love to be there Miss604!!

  40. ArielFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 11:03am PST

    Wow! This is spectacular! I already know who to take. 🙂

  41. Radhika KhanFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 11:23am PST

    Would love to go to this!

  42. Bryan DFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 1:06pm PST

    I’ll drink to that! It looks great.

  43. JHFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 1:08pm PST

    Talk about a dream date, would love to win!

  44. LaraFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 1:50pm PST

    This is my birthday weekend and I would love to win! Xo

  45. Lisa MartinFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 3:26pm PST

    Sounds like fun!

  46. EileenFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 3:29pm PST

    What an AMAZING prize!

  47. LukeFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 3:48pm PST

    I like cocktails and I don’t care who knows.

  48. Swapnil ShahFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 3:53pm PST

    Amazing idea for a romantic getaway!

  49. SarahFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 3:56pm PST

    I love Victoria…this sounds awesome!

  50. Ariel CFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 5:03pm PST

    this would be incredible!

  51. Michelle WFriday, October 2nd, 2015 — 9:41pm PST

    This would be wonderful! I haven’t been to Victoria in years!

  52. elysiaSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 9:04am PST

    this would be so amazing!!

  53. AlannaSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 9:23am PST

    Victoria is a great place to travel to. This would be a fantastic event. Cheers!

  54. Bonnie RSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 9:41am PST

    This would be such a nice getaway!

  55. Velma SandrySaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 9:56am PST

    Sounds like a weekend of yummiest treats for all my senses! I know exactly who who have to join me to relish in the bliss with me. Good luck everyone!

  56. Joe BSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 10:25am PST

    Cocktails in Victoria? That would be spectacular 🙂

  57. AmandaSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 10:32am PST

    This would be perfect timing for my birthday!!!! Fingers crossed

  58. Tanya HSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 11:07am PST

    Cheese please!

  59. Jackie OSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 11:23am PST

    Love Victoria and would love to visit again!

  60. IsabelSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 11:59am PST

    Yes please! Considering moving to Victoria, a weekend sample with cocktails would be perfect!

  61. kaySaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 12:22pm PST

    Heaven in Victoria!

  62. CarhSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 12:37pm PST

    pick me! Pick me!

  63. MarySaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 12:50pm PST

    This would be an amazing getaway!!

  64. Theresa SampsonSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 1:06pm PST

    Love the jazz scene in Victoria!! Add great coctails to the mix and it’s a trip made for me!! 🙂 I’m ready when ever you are!!


  65. TaraSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 1:33pm PST

    I don’t always drink cocktails, but when I do, it’s in Victoria 😉 This would be so fun. Pick me, pick me.

  66. TabithaSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 3:59pm PST

    I’d love to get away .. Especially since I broke my ankle and will be eight weeks before I can do anything!!

  67. ChristinaSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 7:57pm PST

    Fabulous prize! Sounds like so much fun!

  68. JeffSaturday, October 3rd, 2015 — 8:34pm PST

    Cocktails are great!

  69. TonySunday, October 4th, 2015 — 12:49am PST

    Would love to win

  70. MikeSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 3:43am PST

    Sounds amazing!

  71. AngelaSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 3:44am PST

    I’d love to go to this!

  72. JeanneSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 9:25am PST

    Fantastic prize for a getaway

  73. DeeDeeSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 9:53am PST

    Sounds like a fun night out!

  74. lorSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 10:32am PST

    Wow, what a fun getaway!

  75. CatherineSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 10:44am PST

    Would love to go, would be a great birthday present

  76. janSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 3:15pm PST

    very tasty prize

  77. GazzaSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 4:02pm PST

    Would very much enjoy this getaway.

  78. Jeff SSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 4:56pm PST

    What a fantastic getaway this would be! Thanks for the chance to win!

  79. Becky WSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 5:24pm PST

    This looks splendid!

  80. nadyaSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 5:37pm PST

    i would love to win this!

  81. tabbySunday, October 4th, 2015 — 7:55pm PST


  82. patSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 8:07pm PST

    nice event to attend

  83. ChloeSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 9:02pm PST

    Sounds divine

  84. Lucie BSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 9:09pm PST

    Wow, a great prize!

  85. Sherry FSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 10:17pm PST

    A ride on a seaplane is on my bucket list and this event sounds fantastic! Please pick me!

  86. JasonSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 10:19pm PST

    Would love to win this for my fiancées birthday!

  87. RachelSunday, October 4th, 2015 — 10:45pm PST

    what a great prize!

  88. Erin WMonday, October 5th, 2015 — 8:14am PST

    I’ve always wanted to stay at the Empress. Thanks for the chance!

  89. susannahMonday, October 5th, 2015 — 9:58am PST

    Awesome giveaway! I’d love to see my sister while I’m over there– a great chance to reconnect over cocktails!

  90. DonaldMonday, October 5th, 2015 — 10:12am PST

    I’d love to travel on Harbour Air to Victoria. Thanks!

  91. Leanne SMonday, October 5th, 2015 — 10:37am PST

    Who wouldn’t love a trip to Victoria? And with cocktails? Win-win!

  92. CarlieMonday, October 5th, 2015 — 10:39am PST

    Amazing prize!

  93. TammyMonday, October 5th, 2015 — 12:14pm PST


  94. Jeremie MetcalfeMonday, October 5th, 2015 — 1:19pm PST

    Sounds fun!

  95. KateMonday, October 5th, 2015 — 1:34pm PST

    This would be tonnes of fun!

  96. Todd PMonday, October 5th, 2015 — 2:24pm PST

    Sounds fantastic!

  97. LindsayMonday, October 5th, 2015 — 3:28pm PST

    What an amazing prize!! thanks for posting about it, will def have to check out sometime!

  98. tracyMonday, October 5th, 2015 — 3:34pm PST

    Wow.. this sounds AMAZING, my husband and i would love to go!

  99. LisaMonday, October 5th, 2015 — 4:07pm PST

    Awesome prize, please enter my name in the draw, thank you.

  100. KristaTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 6:37am PST

    Sweet – cheese, local makers, and cocktails, all at a great hotel!

  101. CarolTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 8:31am PST

    This sounds like a lot of fun.

  102. SaraTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 9:47am PST

    A wonderful event, hoping to take a friend for birthday surprise! Please enter my name in the draw. What a wonderful page full of information, happy I found it!

  103. Cindy KSTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 10:57am PST

    Sounds amazing – I would love to go to this!!

  104. Bernadette EstradaTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 11:02am PST

    Okay, I have to say I’m quite excited about this trip and to be able to try different cocktails and enjoy the great city of Victoria which I’ve never been to!!!! Wishing for a win!!!!!

  105. A.J.Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 12:11pm PST

    I’ve always wanted to stay at that iconic hotel! Maybe even catch high tea there too. Great contest!

  106. ShirleyTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 1:04pm PST

    Awesome prize!

  107. Samantha ClarkTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 1:08pm PST

    I would take my friend Darragh!

  108. JasonTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 2:39pm PST

    Great prize, would be a great gift for my Mom’s bday.

  109. MarinaTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 2:56pm PST

    Thank you for the chance to win! This sounds like a perfect weekend getaway for my island boyfriend and I. Fingers crossed! 🙂

  110. JenTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 4:49pm PST

    oh wow! that would be incredible!

  111. Katie VTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 6:40pm PST

    Wow this is an amazing prize!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  112. Sunshine GTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 8:33pm PST

    This would be fabulous!

  113. dTuesday, October 6th, 2015 — 9:30pm PST

    Why not?

  114. samanthaWednesday, October 7th, 2015 — 12:20am PST

    so awesome

  115. jeanieWednesday, October 7th, 2015 — 10:13am PST

    this would be oh so awesome! =D

  116. KrisWednesday, October 7th, 2015 — 11:34am PST

    A weekend with the hubby sans three boys – woo hoo!

  117. Emma LWednesday, October 7th, 2015 — 11:51am PST

    This would be so great!

  118. MagWednesday, October 7th, 2015 — 1:40pm PST

    Thanks for the chance.

  119. AlexWednesday, October 7th, 2015 — 3:00pm PST

    Great prize!

  120. SanazWednesday, October 7th, 2015 — 3:18pm PST

    I’d love to attend this!

  121. BonnieWednesday, October 7th, 2015 — 4:36pm PST

    Fly away for a decadent weekend, sipping cocktails, tastings and a night at the Empress!

  122. SteveWednesday, October 7th, 2015 — 7:36pm PST

    Flying and drinking,.. a match made in heaven (as long as you aren’t the pilot or Denzel Washington from that movie).

  123. GAIL WHITWORTHWednesday, October 7th, 2015 — 8:14pm PST

    Good luck everyone! You’d have to be crazy to not want this one!

  124. JennWednesday, October 7th, 2015 — 8:44pm PST

    Wow! I would really like the opportunity to attend this event! It would make for a perfect short getaway for me and my boyfriend! 🙂

  125. Tarrah DWednesday, October 7th, 2015 — 10:14pm PST

    Wow! Crazy good prize! Please please please pick me.

  126. Ryan EThursday, October 8th, 2015 — 9:01am PST

    Sounds fantastic

  127. VinceThursday, October 8th, 2015 — 9:07am PST

    I would so love to do this! What a fun night away!

  128. DBThursday, October 8th, 2015 — 9:12am PST

    What a great chance to leave the kids behind!

  129. AlyssaThursday, October 8th, 2015 — 9:12am PST

    How excellent! Veneto (Hotel Rialto) is one of my favourite hotel / cocktail bars ever.

  130. jasonThursday, October 8th, 2015 — 9:40am PST

    you had me at BOOZE

  131. NatalieThursday, October 8th, 2015 — 10:42am PST

    This is my kind of event! Love Victoria! I’d love this! THANKS!

  132. Cristina SerbanThursday, October 8th, 2015 — 11:06am PST

    This would be amazing!!

  133. Antonia ParadisThursday, October 8th, 2015 — 12:47pm PST

    This would make great birthday gift for my husband!!

  134. KatieThursday, October 8th, 2015 — 3:38pm PST

    Love cocktails and a weekend away!

  135. HeidiThursday, October 8th, 2015 — 10:25pm PST

    What a fantastic prize! Very exciting. 🙂

  136. RCThursday, October 8th, 2015 — 11:04pm PST

    Would love to go with my hubz! Love Vic & love the art of the cocktail ?

  137. JulianThursday, October 8th, 2015 — 11:22pm PST

    This looks fun!

  138. NancyFriday, October 9th, 2015 — 7:24am PST

    Too much fun! Love Harbour Air and the Empress!

  139. NancyFriday, October 9th, 2015 — 7:26am PST

    Oops….error in my email address!!

  140. EileenFriday, October 9th, 2015 — 7:49am PST

    This sounds amazing. Great contest!

  141. Diane ToFriday, October 9th, 2015 — 7:53am PST

    This sounds awesome!

  142. jaeFriday, October 9th, 2015 — 8:19am PST

    sounds awesome!

  143. @wastedmassFriday, October 9th, 2015 — 9:20am PST

    Have never properly explored Victoria, doing so then attending a cocktail party sounds fabulous

  144. NicoleFriday, October 9th, 2015 — 10:01am PST

    Lucky doesn’t even begin to describe the winner-to-be!

  145. HollyFriday, October 9th, 2015 — 10:50am PST

    What a fabulous mini getaway! I hope the winner comes back and tells us all about it. Cheers!

  146. Sonja SSaturday, October 10th, 2015 — 10:35am PST

    I would love to go to this—sounds like such a great event!

  147. AnneSaturday, October 10th, 2015 — 11:21am PST

    I could visit my friend who lives there.

  148. Andrea DionThursday, October 15th, 2015 — 12:53am PST

    This contest sounds phenomenal!

  149. KatherineThursday, October 15th, 2015 — 4:05pm PST

    I ♥ cocktails AND Victoria!

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