The 11th annual Dram Come True, the Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual scotch tasting fundraiser, was a lively celebration of spirits from Scotland and beyond. With ten tasting bars, 36 varieties of whisky on offer and 250 guests in attendance, it was our largest event to date and our most successful, raising $21,800(net) for the Festival.
This year marked our move to a new venue, the stately Hycroft Manor. With rich wood panels, marble mantles, Italian tile work, ornate chandeliers, and even a hidden bar from the time of prohibition, Hycroft was the perfect backdrop for sampling several fine drams and snacking on scrumptious finger food from Emelle’s Catering. It was a thrill for guests to explore the private rooms that once housed parties with Vancouver’s “Who’s Who” of the 20s and 30s, and the balmy spring weather drew guests out onto the terrace and into the garden.
Our fabulous tasting menu was curated by Dave Mason, the President of the West Coast Whisky Society. It included selections from the Edrington Group, VonAlbrecht & Associates, Legacy Liquor Store, Charton-Hobbs, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Edgemont Fine Wines, Spirits & Ales, PMA Canada, Corby, Authentic Wine & Spirits and Lifford Wine & Spirits. Whiskies on offer included The Macallan’s new 1824 line, not yet available in BC, and eight samplings from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s single cask bottlings, to name a few. And we didn’t just stop at whisky this year, Pemberton Distillery was sampling a selection of their organic spirits and Tinhorn Creek brought their Oldfield Series wines.
A Dram Come True was an evening of good fun and great spirits! But don’t just take our word for it, have a look at our fantastic event photos.
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