GRAND TASTING HALLIt’s truly unbelievable that the day has finally come but such is the truth… the Hopscotch Festival is now 20 Years Old! The festival has continuously expanded each and every year, both in size and in quality. It has evolved with the times, has passed through 4 different locations (ranging from a small hotel ballroom to where she lives today, the PNE Forum), and now includes all spirits, not just whisky and beer! We’ve had numerous musical acts, thousands of products that have been sampled, and welcomed over 50,000 -65,000 connoisseurs over the years. In celebration of the festival being 20 years old, 2015 will strive to make this year’s Grand Tasting Hall the best yet. It will offer whisky, beer, and spirit connoisseurs a chance to sip, sample, taste, and learn about the products they love. As stated, The Grand Tasting Hall lives within the walls of the historic PNE Forum. On Friday November 20th and Saturday November 21st, the Grand Tasting Hall comes alive with 100+ exhibitors, 300+ products to sample, and many thousands of your peers. Not only are there Premium and Craft Beer, Scotch, and all other whiskies, but as well, there will be vodka, gin, rum, tequila, liqueur, and so many more types of alcoholic drinks to taste.
FoodThe Grand Tasting Hall welcomes several local restaurants each year. More details will come but we can assure you in 2015, there will be no need to eat dinner first. We will have gourmet meals ready to serve for your culinary enjoyment.
Musical EntertainmentJust like in every year prior, we will have some special Music treats waiting for you. More details will be announced in the future.
Tasting TokensTasting tokens are the only form of currency in the Grand Tasting Hall market. The first five tokens for your Grand Tasting Experience are included with your purchased ticket. Within steps of you walking inside, you will be given your free pouch of tokens. Additional tokens can be purchased for $1.10 at the Tasting Token booths. The price of each sample in the Grand Tasting Hall is based on the retail value of the bottle being poured.
TransportationSafety is priority number one and getting home safe is the only option. There are FREE SHUTTLES starting at 9pm from the PNE Forum to two destinations: Renfrew Station, and Burrard Station. IT IS FREE. You should use these.
Thanks to the Get Home Safe program at the BCLDB, we are able to offer you free transit tickets to be used on Saturday. So, either catch a city bus right from the PNE or take a free shuttle to a transit line that you can use to get home. Open your connoisseur booklet program guide once you arrive and all of the info on how to GET HOME SAFE is there. Transit tickets are available while supplies last.
Some of the many products sampled at the 2014 Grand Tasting Hall are featured below