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Art of the Cocktail in Victoria: Win a VIP Getaway

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 — 10:43am PDT
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Art of the Cocktail, the cocktail event of the year, returns to one of Canada’s mixology capitals for sampling and sipping, masterclasses, and one very grand tasting.

Art of the Cocktail

When: Saturday, October 14th 2017
Where: Crystal Garden (713 Douglas St, Victoria)
Tickets: Available online for individual events or VIP passes. Tickets this year include all food and drinks (no token purchase necessary)

Grand Tasting

Along with the big players, the Grand Tasting will also highlight artisan, small, and regional distillers. While on your cocktail journey, savour delicious complimentary appetizers from some of the most innovative chefs in Victoria. VIP access allows you to beat the crowds (and the lines) and enter the Grand Tasting an hour before the general public, giving you more one-on-one time with distillers and Brand Ambassadors.

Cocktails Up Close

Get up close & personal with cocktails and spirits, with guided tastings & Masterclasses by industry leaders as you enjoy various drinks and learn the tips and tricks of the trade.

Parties that Pack a Punch

Join highly decorated mixologist and Botanist Gin ambassador Gez McAlpine, as we explore the fundamentals of creating cocktails for large groups. From punches to Sangria, bottled cocktails and everything in between. Learn how serving quality drinks can be the easiest part of entertaining your guests.

Dress to impress in your fabulous after five attire, because this year the Best Dressed at the Grand Tasting will win 4 tickets to the 2018 Victoria Film Festival Opening Gala.

Win a VIP Getaway

The Art of the Cocktail wants to bring one lucky Miss604 reader and a guest to Victoria for this amazing weekend. This VIP prize package includes a round trip with Harbour Air to get to Victoria from Vancouver, a one night stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton, blow-outs from Copper & Ash Collective to get ready for the Grand Tasting, and of course VIP Grand Tasting tickets.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, September 15, 2017. Must be 19+. Please enjoy responsibly. Airfare and hotel stay prizes are only valid during this specific event and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash value.

Update The winner is Dara Fontein!

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  1. This would be so awesome to attend!

  2. Brandon Forsyth says:

    Such a fun event

  3. Lisa Munday says:

    This would be so awesome to win. You have the best giveaways. Thanks

  4. Natalie says:

    Sounds wonderful!!

  5. Mike Munday says:

    I would love to surprise my wife with this

  6. wen says:

    This sounds like a great October Festival! Thanks!

  7. Monique says:

    Would love go win this

  8. Christina says:

    This would be amazing!

  9. Chris says:

    Yes this would be a grand getaway for a girls weekend away.

  10. Lizzie.. says:

    What an amazing event this would be to attend!

  11. Jane James says:

    Would love to win this awesome contest in Victoria

  12. Celina Woycheshen says:

    This would be such a treat! I would bring my friend so we could let go of the stresses of being a Mom for a weekend!

  13. Cindy KS says:

    This would be awesome to win since I can’t make the Vancouver dates!!

  14. Tara Jensen says:

    this would be an amazing date night!

  15. Diane T says:

    This would be fun!

  16. Megan Kennedy says:

    I would love to win this getaway! Perfect opportunity to enjoy Victoria.

  17. Amanda says:

    This would be so fun!

  18. Kathy P says:

    Would love to win! Thank you for the opportunity!πŸŽ‰

  19. Olivia says:

    I’d love to go to Victoria!

  20. Jeannie L says:

    I just happene to be in Victoria that weekend….it would be awesome to attend

  21. Nicole-Ann says:

    This looks like a great event! Would love to attend!

  22. Jane D says:

    Sounds like a fabulous event! Thanks for running the contest.

  23. Kristy says:

    I love me a good cocktail!

  24. margaret says:

    this would be so fantastic !!

  25. Emily says:

    This would be so cool

  26. Paul says:

    this would be an awesome weekend event

  27. Krissy says:

    This looks like such a fun event. What an itinerary to enjoy. Bonus that it’s Victoria. A magical place any time of year!

  28. Art says:

    This would be an awesome getaway, I’d love this.

  29. jan says:

    Would love to attend this.

  30. Christie M says:

    Sounds awesome!

  31. Stacey J says:

    This would be amazing!

  32. Mary-Ann Yazedjian says:

    This would be fantastic to win! πŸ™‚

  33. Jessica May says:

    This would be an awesome getaway for my hubby and I!

  34. Michael H says:

    I love cocktails! 🍹

  35. Karoline says:

    Great event and the prize is amazing

  36. Emma H says:

    That prize is worth winning!

  37. Marlon Blom says:

    Great Contest!! I would absolutely love to attend the Art of the Cocktail with my best friend Dennis Chan. We both have a couple rugrats running around so a day away to relax and enjoy a few cocktails would be amazing. I hope you consider us πŸ™‚

  38. Cathy says:

    You have some of the best contests, thanks Rebecca!

  39. Laura says:

    This would be so amazing! What a great contest

  40. Melanie says:

    Last went to Victoria with my mom 14 years ago! Would luv to take her again!

  41. JP says:

    What a great prize!

  42. Rino says:

    This sounds like a great October Festival!

  43. Tania says:

    this would be an awesome weekend event

  44. Isabel says:

    It would be an awesome getaway!

  45. Vivian T says:

    Love to win!!!

  46. Kelly McIntosh says:

    This trip would be amazing! A wonderful way to celebrate an 11th anniversary!

  47. Jenny says:

    Yes please! Would love to win!

  48. Lester C says:

    This would be amazing

  49. Eleni says:

    Ooooh so fun! this falls on my birthday and what a great way to celebrate! πŸ˜€

  50. Janet says:

    This sounds like it’ll be fun!

  51. Jenny says:

    My boyfriend Brennan would *love* this as a learning opportunity! He’s well into making shrubs and his own bitters. πŸ™‚

  52. Mei Ling Liu says:

    thanks for the chance, i like to take my hubby but he is not on facebook, cannot tag him

  53. Mandy says:

    I love cocktails! Thanks for letting us know about this event.

  54. Alana says:

    Fun times will be had by someone! πŸ˜‰

  55. Kelsi says:

    What a great prize!! Thank you

  56. Ron says:

    This would be a perfect date weekend- thanks for the chance!

  57. OJ says:

    So much to love if I won this.

  58. Catherine says:

    Would be a wonderful early birthday present. My daughter just finished bartender training and would really enjoy this.

  59. Jodi says:

    Would absolutely love a chance to win this.
    Thanks for the Opportunity

  60. Melissa Hoffmann says:

    What an amazing weekend this would be!

  61. Dee de los Santos says:

    I need a vacation! This would be great!

  62. Brenda says:

    I love cocktail events!

  63. Cliff says:

    What a great weekend getaway.

  64. Sheena says:

    I would love to win and experience this. We just came back from Victoria and it was amazing!

  65. Lexi says:

    I would love to attend!

  66. Michelle says:

    Haven’t spent time in Victoria in years. Time to go!

  67. Jennifer says:

    I love cocktails! I just held a post-prohibition drinks party for my birthday! This would be AMAZING!

  68. Kim C says:

    This is right after my birthday and when my fiancΓ© and I are planning to elope! Would be such a great honeymoon trip!

  69. Helen M says:

    Would love this!!

  70. Heidi Clarkson says:

    Victoria bound!

  71. Jeannine says:

    Wow! Would be so cool! Never flown to Victoria, and the event would be amazing! Crossing my fingers!!

  72. MARY says:

    This would be so amazing to win! Victoria is my favourite place to explore AND it will be around the same time my sister is celebrating her 40th birthday. I would love to treat her out for a sister weekend! Please pick me!!

  73. Victoria says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! I want to be there (and the Sidney Fine Art Show is that weekend too! Well worth a visit!)

  74. Ryan Exley says:

    Sounds like fun.

  75. tracy k says:

    sounds like a great event!

  76. Theodora pappas says:

    I know the perfect person to bring

  77. Lucie B says:

    Wow, this is amazing. My husband has always dreamed of taking a seaplane, and with our anniversary coming up this would make the perfect surprise for him. And I’m excited about the cocktails!

  78. Lindsey McDowell says:

    This would be amazing!!

  79. Eva says:

    What an amazing give-away!

  80. Sharon says:

    Would love to win! Sounds like a fun experience!

  81. Vince V says:

    What a great prize!

  82. DB says:

    We love Victoria and also Cocktails! What a great combination!

  83. Mandy says:

    This would be fun!

  84. Claire says:

    I would love to win this prize.

  85. Don McQueen says:

    Wow! A great day away and great drinks!

  86. Neena says:

    Sounds good

  87. Catherine says:

    You had me at bottled cocktails!

  88. Sonja S says:

    Wow, I’d love to win this!

  89. Bev says:

    What an absolutely fantastic way to spend the weekend in Victoria! Bonus points for being close to my birthday! πŸ™‚

  90. Tracy says:

    A few of my favorite things all rolled up into one prize

  91. N Hem says:

    This sounds like such a fun nice little getaway!

  92. MK Oakley says:

    What a great weekend for my daughter and I ! This would be so classy!

  93. Rita says:

    This sounds like an awesome way to spend a weekend in Victoria!!

  94. Michae says:

    Love to go!!

  95. Marlene F. says:

    What a lovely way to visit Victoria. Thanks so much for the contest and the chance to win!!!

  96. Marisa. P says:

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  97. Amandine Bidgood says:

    Sounds perfect!

  98. Robin says:

    A flight to Vic with my love, Roberta, topped off with some cocktails, would be so awesome!

  99. Alex says:

    Love this getaway.

  100. Kelly says:

    Would love this trip!

  101. Shawn says:

    This would be amazing for my wife and I!

  102. Roderick says:

    I’ve never been to Victoria. Cocktails make it even more enticing.

  103. Amber Keita says:

    This sounds like it would be a blast! Much needed getaway!

  104. Leslie Luu says:

    This would be great!!

  105. Holly says:

    Always wanted to do a getaway by float plane!

  106. Melissa says:

    I would love to take avoid friend of mine here ! She could sure use some vip treatment !

  107. Shelley Butcher says:

    What a fabulous event. Would love to attend. 🍸🍹

  108. HEATHER says:

    I used to live in victoria, would love to go back for a vacation and a fancy event!

  109. Darci Paice says:

    This would be such a sweet getaway, I would love this

  110. Bonnie Todd says:


  111. Monica Lippingwell says:

    Sounds like a great time! I want to learn more about mixology and making tasty drinks πŸ™‚

  112. Rebecca says:

    Considering my fiance has never been to Victoria this would be an awesome fun getaway!

  113. dean says:

    This sounds wonderful.

  114. Vicki Chor says:

    What a nice getaway! Thanks, Rebecca!

  115. Helisa Duplassie says:

    This looks like so much fun!

  116. Stephanie says:

    Count me in!!!

  117. Nadya Repin says:

    this would be amazing!

  118. Valerie says:

    Birthday coming up on 9/11….just sayin’. ;-D

  119. Michelle says:

    This sounds like an amazing getaway!

  120. Rachel says:

    This sounds like so much fun!

  121. Michelle says:

    This is amazing! Thank you!

  122. raine says:

    Gorgeous in Victoria this time of year

  123. Katherine Clark says:

    This is an awesome get-a-way. I could give Copper & Ash Collective a challenge to make me look good. LOL!

  124. Anne Banks says:

    I could really use a pick-me-up right about now. And haven’t been to Victoria in years ! Double the fun !

  125. Shoni Field says:

    Would be great to take my cocktail aficionado partner to!

  126. Linda Chisholm says:

    This would be amazing to win!!! Thanks so much for the chance 🀣

  127. Cindy says:

    I would love love love to win this!!!

  128. L.M.S says:

    I love mini trips to the Island!

  129. Tomoko says:

    Looks amazing!! My husband and I would love this!

  130. Amy Chin says:

    This would be an amazing getaway!

  131. Jenny says:

    Sounds like fun!

  132. Bryan Li says:

    Look forward to this!

  133. Carole M. says:

    Sounds wonderful! Would be a terrific date night with my husband.

  134. Carole M. says:

    Sounds terrific! Would love to take my husband.

  135. Randy says:

    Sounds great!

  136. Alicia says:

    This sounds fun.

  137. Kelsey says:

    This sounds like an amazing getaway!

  138. Lorean says:

    After just coming home today from Victoria….in the rain and by bike, I am ready to do it in style. Love “The Art of Cocktail!”

  139. Shara says:

    This would be such an awesome prize right from the start. I have been in BC for 20 years and have yet to travel by float plane! Also, I was truly impressed by an Island distiller recently and had a friend grab me a few bottles of their espresso/cacao bean liqueur to hold me over through the holiday season! I would love the opportunity to try other liquid finery.

  140. Stotes says:

    This would be awesome!

  141. Jenny says:

    this sounds amazing!!

  142. Ariel says:

    yes please!

  143. Angelina says:

    This would be fun and tasty all at once!

  144. Heather says:

    Such a fun event in a beautiful city! Thanks for the chance!!

  145. Susannah says:

    Would love to get to the island and check this out–great giveaway thanks guys

  146. Cathy says:

    This sounds fantastic! 😊

  147. Michelle W says:

    What a wonderful getaway!

  148. Dana says:

    Sounds fabulous! Would love to win.

  149. Janet says:

    Would love to go to this!

  150. Michael says:

    This would be a fantastic getaway for my birthday!

  151. Alex says:

    Fun date weekend!

  152. Jason Bamford says:

    I can’t understand why this prize is so popular…

  153. ho says:

    Fun, love the Victoria!

  154. Amazing weekend getaway! Perfect to celebrate fallπŸ˜ΈπŸ’›πŸƒ

  155. Penny Routledge says:

    This is a wonderful prize. Thanks for the chance to win!

  156. Susan Mirtle says:

    Thanks for the opportunity…great prize!!!!

  157. Nicolle says:


  158. Bob Jones says:

    Helijet is a great way to get over to Victoria!

  159. Hadley says:

    I want this in my life.

  160. Sharon Rose says:

    Victoria and cocktails+FUN

  161. Vik says:

    Oh hells yes!

  162. Andrea says:

    This sounds great! Thanks!

  163. Carly Russell-Huntley says:

    I would to attend this event!

  164. Diana says:

    Would be great to getaway for this event!

  165. David K says:

    I’d love to go! Sign me up, please!

  166. Kristy says:

    Would love this package!

  167. Mary K says:

    Count me in, sounds great!

  168. Sarah says:

    OMG my boyfriend and I are currently obsessed with cocktails and this would be so much fun!

  169. Jen says:

    how delightfully glamorous!

  170. Sabrina says:

    Thx, this would be a glorious way to spend an October weekend!

  171. Sheila says:

    Awesome πŸ™‚

  172. Liane Hung says:

    Sounds like the perfect mini getaway! <3

  173. Morgen Andoff says:

    This event sounds amazing! Pick me! Pick Me! Please:)

  174. Stephanie says:

    OMG What a cool event!!

  175. tabby iko says:

    yes please!

  176. Jeff says:

    It would be so cool to be at that!

  177. Ted says:

    What a great event that is being put on. I would love to win and learn more about cocktails!

  178. Melanie says:

    Sounds like an amazing event ! Would love to go πŸ™‚

  179. Shyla says:

    Yes!!!! Would be so awesome. It’s my birthday too πŸ™‚

  180. Krystal says:

    This would be such a great way to spend a weekend with my partner πŸ™‚

  181. Marina Petruzzelli says:

    Sounds like a great date night weekend getaway! Best of luck to everyone and thanks for the opportunity to win this amazing prize! πŸ˜€

  182. Teagan says:

    Wow! This would be such a nice getaway! I’d love to win 😍

  183. Chris says:

    Shaken not sturred…..

  184. Marni Thorson says:

    I would love to take my husband to this fun event! Fingers crossed!

  185. Isabel says:

    Would be an awesome getaway!

  186. Sanaz says:

    This would be great to win!

  187. Teresa K says:

    I would love to win.

  188. Elyse Goulet says:

    What an amazing getaway!!!

  189. Sandra says:

    Suddenly craving this funtastic getaway in our province”s capital

  190. Tammy says:

    Sidney Fine Art Show! Would love to go!

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