If you’re a fan of scotch, whiskey and beer, you should check out the Hopscotch Festival, which runs from November 11-16. The event features more than 200 types of scotch, whiskey and beer. You can try most of them at the evening tastings, or take in a dinner or seminar.
Your only option for the evening tastings is on Thursday, since the rest are all sold out. If Hopscotch is anything like the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival, Thursday (the first night) is probably the best night anyway. At the Wine Festival, Thursday night is for true wine lovers and collectors, and it’s a pretty restrained affair. Friday and Saturday tastings tend to be full of drunkards and pick-up artists.
I’m not sure if there are opportunities to buy liquor at Hopscotch, but Thursday would also be your best bet for purchasing.