Edmonton Whisky Festival

Edmonton Whisky Festival

Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-Event Info

When is the Edmonton Whisky Festival (EWF)?

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

What time does the Edmonton Whisky Festival start?

VIP Hour doors open at 6:00 pm
Masterclasses start at 6:30 pm
Regular admission doors open at 7:00 pm

Where is the Edmonton Whisky Festival held?

In the Grand Ballroom at the Delta Edmonton South
4404 Gateway Boulevard
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6H 5C2

Is there parking at the hotel?

The hotel does have free parking available however, we encourage the use of public transportation and cabs. Better yet, stay at the Delta Edmonton South for the night.

Can I get a preferred rate to stay at the Delta?

Yes. To stay at the Delta Edmonton South for the night with a reduced rate on a room, tell them you are attending the “Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada 2020 Whisky Festival” Make reservations at:
Phone: 780-434-6415
Fax: 780-436-9247
Reservations: 1-888-890-3222


How much to tickets cost?

VIP Hour Tickets $175
Regular Admission Tickets $90
Regular Admission + Masterclass $115

What do I get for the price of a regular admission ticket?

You’ll receive a commemorative Glencairn whisky glass, an event program, a gourmet buffet throughout the evening and, of course, over 175 whiskies to sample. You can enter to win a bottle of whisky a month for a year and bid on a number of whisky-themed silent auction items. The evening’s festivities will also include music and Irish dancers.

What are the benefits of upgrading to VIP?

In addition to what regular admission ticket holders receive, VIP ticket holders have access to the ballroom a full hour prior to regular admission from 6:00-7:00 pm and each VIP attendee will also receive a goodie bag. Because VIP ticket sales are limited, you will have more time to chat with the distillery representatives and some might even be pouring something special for the hour!

These VIP hour whiskies are provided at the discretion of the distillers in extremely limited quantities, and as such, we cannot guarantee that every VIP whisky will be available to all VIP attendees.

What are Masterclasses?

Our Whisky Masterclasses provide a great opportunity for you to learn - and taste! They are conducted in a small classroom-style setting on the second floor of the Delta Edmonton South. Doors open at 6:30pm and we ask that all attendees head straight up to their classes first before joining the festival. You will get checked in upstairs and receive your commemorative Glencairn whisky glass and event program before the class.

Event Info

Do I need to bring a glass with me?

There’s no need to bring a glass with you. A Glencairn crystal commemorative nosing glass will be provided to you when you enter the event. It’s yours to use for the evening, and to take home with you.

What if I lose my nosing glass?

If you lose your nosing glass, we’ll have wine glasses available in the Grand Ballroom. Sorry, we cannot replace any lost or broken nosing glass.

Do I need to purchase drink tickets to be able to taste the whisky I want to try?

No, through the purchase of your ticket, you will receive 30 sampling tickets. For each sample that you take, you will give the vendor one sampling ticket. If you go through all 30 sampling tickets, you can purchase additional tickets for $2.75 each.

Will there be food available?

Food is provided throughout the evening. There will be appetizers available, including beef on a bun and haggis sausage rolls.

How can I find my favorite Whisky during the event?

The agents/importers are arranged alphabetically in a clockwise direction. Each table is marked with the name of an agent/importer and there is also a corresponding list in the program.

When I discover a new whisky that I love at EWF, can I buy a bottle of it right there?

EWF is a tasting event only. Order forms will be available at each table for the whisky(s) that agent is presenting. Customers can fill them in with their name, phone number and credit card info and Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants will order them for you the following week.

Please note: your ticket stub (when presented at Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants before the end of April 2020) entitles you to a 10% discount or $10 off (whichever is better) your whisky purchase.

Dress Code

What should I wear to EWF?

Most commonly, business or business casual attire. Please feel free to wear a kilt if you have one, or rent one from our friends at Scottish Imports!

May I bring my briefcase with me?

Backpacks, briefcases, tote bags, or any other such items, are not permitted inside of EWF. You will be asked to leave them at the coat check.

Should I wear perfume / after shave?

One of the joys of any whisky event is nosing whisky in the glass to identify the subtle and delicate aromas. These delicate aromas can be completely over powered by perfume, cologne and after shave worn on your own person or even by somebody else some distance away. Please refrain from wearing any scent for the duration of the Festival and advise your guests accordingly.

Is there a coat check available?

There is a coat check available at the event for a small cash donation.
All donations go directly to the MS Society.

Post Event Info

Should I keep my ticket stub?

Absolutely! Bring your ticket stub into Vines Wine Merchants by the end of April 2020 to receive a 10% discount or $10 off, whichever is the better deal on a whisky purchase.

I have a suggestion on how to improve the event. Who do I contact?

You may contact the event managers, Steve Richmond at info@vineswinemerchants.com or Makhanna Seerattan at makhanna.seerattan@mssociety.ca.