Calling all cocktail enthusiasts in Victoria, BC! It’s time to raise your glasses and gear up for a night of cocktail euphoria as the Art of the Cocktail returns to Crystal Garden this fall organized by Victoria Film Festival. This year’s theme is out to capture the Vegas spirit, promising an evening of cool music, showgirls, and, of course, fantastic cocktails!

Dip yourself in a world of mixology, where classic and brand-new spirits come together with mouth-watering treats to keep your senses delighted. And that’s not all – there’s a chance for you to showcase your glamourous style at the Best Dressed Competition and win 4 tickets to the Victoria Film Festival Opening Gala!

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What’s shaking, you ask?  

Cocktail Delights: 45+ mixology maestros will be crafting a mesmerizing array of concoctions – from timeless classics to mind-bending innovations. It’s not just about sipping – it’s a journey into the art of mixology itself. You will have the opportunity to mingle with local and national distillers, both old and new stars like Sheringham Distillery, At The Empress, Tofino Distillery, and many more. Check out the full lineup here.

All That Glitters: Dance your way through Crystal Garden to the tunes of Sinatra and the electric energy of Vegas. Capture stunning memories in your radiant ensemble using the creative photo booths scattered around the venue. Roll with the Vegas theme and unleash your inner star in your glitziest attire. Remember, the more sparkle, the closer you get to heaven – we mean the spotlight at the Best Dressed Competition. 

Food and Fun: There will be delectables and hors d’oeuvres from the finest local restaurants and VFF is back with their cheese & charcuterie tables – mmmm grilled olives! Plus, spin the wheel for exciting dares to add an extra layer of intrigue to your night!

Don’t miss out on the full Art of the Cocktail experience, be a pro: remember to have dinner before attending so that you’re not drinking on an empty stomach.

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Event Details

Date: October 14th, 2023
Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Venue: Crystal Garden

Ticket Information

VIP Grand Tasting:  Start the night off with a bang at 5:30 PM – Tickets at $119 + tax.
General Grand Tasting: Join the party at 6:30 PM for $89 + tax.

The VIP Grand Tasting gives you the golden opportunity to dive into the mix before the crowd and enjoy an extra hour of pure fun! Buy either ticket here –

Enjoy a night of elegance, entertainment, and exceptional cocktails at the Art of the Cocktail event. Make sure to save the date, spread the word, and get ready for a Vegas-style extravaganza!

Note: This event is exclusively for individuals aged 19 and over.