Calgary Whisky Festival

Calgary Whisky Festival

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Calgary MS Whisky Festival?

Thursday January 16th, 2020 from 6:00 - 10:00 PM (General Admission doors open at 7:00pm)

Where is the Calgary MS Whisky Festival held?

We are excited to announce a brand-new location for 2020. We will be at the Glenbow Museum, 130 9 Ave SE, Calgary , AB T2G 0P3

How do I order tickets?

Tickets will be available for purchase from our website on October 1, 2019. More information coming soon.

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

You’ll receive a commemorative Glencairn nosing glass, an event program, a gourmet selection of appetizer and nibbles throughout the evening and, of course, over 300 whiskies to sample! Don’t miss out on the chance to bid on several silent auction items.

What’s the difference between a general admission ticket and a VIP ticket?

In addition to what General admission ticket holders receive (above), VIP ticket holders gain admission to the event a full hour prior to regular admission 6:00 P.M and each VIP attendee will also receive a special edition VIP nosing glass. With limited ticketing, and the extra hour of time in the general tasting room, you can get the most out of this additional hour, having more time to talk with the distillery representatives and less of a wait in line-ups. There are 100 VIP tickets available.

Do you sell tickets at the door?

We do sell tickets at the door, if any are remaining. We strongly advise that you order your tickets in advance.

What is a Master Class?

As part of a small group of 20-40 people you will have the opportunity to sit down in a break-out room and focus on several whiskies from one particular distillery or listen to an expert on a particular genre within the world of whisky. Classes run throughout the evening. Tickets available on a first come first served basis beginning October 1, 2019.

Should I have a game plan?

Absolutely! Take a minute to study your program and decide which whiskies of the 300 being shown you have to try. You can only seriously taste and analyze a few before palate fatigue sets in. The key to surviving any event involving alcoholic spirits is not to over indulge, practice quality over quantity. You can help yourself by drinking lots of water during the tasting and having a solid meal before the event.

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 parking at Glenbow Museum?

Glenbow does not have paid parking available, however many side streets are available for parking nearby. We strongly encourage the use of public transportation and taxi cabs. Check out other parking and transportation options here: Please don’t drink and drive!

What should I wear to Calgary MS Whisky Festival?

Most commonly, business or business casual attire. Please feel free to wear a kilt if you have one!

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 at registration. It’s yours to use for the evening and to take home!

What if I lose my nosing glass?

If you lose your nosing glass, we’ll have wine glasses available in the tasting room. 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?

Through the purchase of your General Admission 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 more at the rate of 1 ticket for $2.75 (as per AGLC regulations).

Is there a coat check available?

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

Will there be food available?

Light snacks and appetizers are provided throughout the evening but we suggest having a meal before you arrive.

When I discover a new whisky that I love at Calgary MS Whisky Festival, can I buy a bottle of it right there?

Calgary MS Whisky Festival 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 there and then with their name and phone number and Kensington Wine Market will order them for you the following week.

Should I keep my ticket stub?

Absolutely! Bring your ticket stub into Kensington Wine Market by the end of April 2020 to receive a 10% discount on a whisky purchase! You will also be entitled to 10% off listed retail orders made on the night of the event.*

*except for Scotch Malt Whisky Society whiskies. You must be a member to purchase product, more details at

What is the difference between Whisky and Whiskey?

Most simply, The Scottish and Canadian whiskies are spelled “Whisky”, and Irish and American whiskeys are spelled “Whiskey”. For a brief lesson on the many classifications and types of whisky, visit the Kensington Wine Market’s website at:

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

You may contact either Andrew at, or Paula at