The 24th Annual NB Spirits Festival

This is our 2018 event information. We will leave it online for now to give you an idea of what our event looks likes. We will be posting 2019 information in the coming months.

Tuesday, November 13th
Sold Out The Rum Dinner

The festival is pleased to announce the 2018 Rum Dinner will sponsored by Facundo Rums. Named for the originator of world's largest rum brand, Don Facundo Bacardi Masso, the Facundo Rum Collection was born of last year's celebration of the 150th anniversary of the family-owned company.

Facundo L. Bacardi, the current chairman, as well as the great-great grandson and namesake of the founder, took a hands-on role, and says, We got together [at the celebration] and reflected that it was time to release some rums that family members have been enjoying for years. An ulterior motive behind this sharing was to raise the image of what rum can be, he adds. "We have the rums that can compete with any Cognac and Scotch."

Your host for the evening is Brand Ambassador Samuel Trudeau

The Rum Dinner starts at 6:00pm for pre-dinner cocktails. Assigned seating for dinner at 6:30pm.

$90. Limited seating. Dress: Business Casual. Your ticket includes a ride home. Ticket Info.

Please advise of any dietary restrictions at time of booking.

Wednesday, November 14th
The Glenfiddich Whisky Dinner

Martine Nouet, French gastronomy expert and whisky writer has created a special menu for this event. She matches each dish to a different single malt in order to bring out the best elements of both the food and the whisky. During the dinner Martine will explain her inspiration for each dish and entertain guests with anecdotes based on many years as the unchallenged Reine de l'alambic or The Queen of the Still.

This year's Whisky dinner sponsor is the iconic Glenfiddich. Global Ambassador, Ian Millar, of Scotland and Canadian Glenfiddich Ambassador, Beth Havers will guide us through the amazing Glenfiddich expressions selected for each course.

We are pleased to announce your Dinner ticket includes a VIP reception at Old Government House, Woodstock Road, the home of the Lt. Governor of New Brunswick, Mme. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau. The reception starts at 4:45 pm until 6:00pm. Guests will be piped to the Delta Hotel next door.

This gala event has a limited number of tickets!

The Whisky Dinner starts at 6:00pm for pre-dinner cocktails. Assigned seating for dinner at 6:30pm.

$125. Limited seating. Business Attire. Your ticket includes a ride home. Ticket Info.

Please advise of any dietary restrictions at time of booking.

Thursday, November 15th
Whisky & Art: A Feast for the Senses (3:00-4:30pm)

The NB Spirits Festival is pleased to present a unique event that combines related pursuits of creativity and craft.

Join Martine Nouet as she shares her love of whisky and visual art by matching five special whiskies with five masterworks from the world-class collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

She will be joined by the Gallery's Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, John Leroux, who will share the wondrous stories of the paintings with you."

This event will be held at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

$40. Ticket Info. Your ticket includes a ride home from the gallery.

Sold Out The Glenlivet & Speyside with Master Distiller Alan Winchester (3:00-4:30pm)

Alan Winchester has been involved with over 21 distilleries over his 40 plus years in the whisky industry, amongst them the giants of The Glenlivet and Glen Grant, Aberlour, Longmorn, and the hidden jewels of Strathisla, Glenburgie and Scapa. Alan has managed distilleries for Glenfarclas, Campbell Distillers and today Chivas Brothers, where he is responsible for Pernod Ricard's 14 malt distilleries.

In 2009, Alan was appointed Master Distiller of The Glenlivet, becoming the ultimate guarantor of one of the industry's premier distilleries, also undertaking significant expansion to meet the demand across the globe. This experience was used again in the industry's recent growth via his role in, amongst others, the re-opening of Glen Keith and the building of a new distillery on Speyside, Dalmunach.

Join Alan for a Nosing and Tasting of unique Glenlivet whiskies.

$30. Ticket Info.

Martine Nouet: A whisky for each time of the day... (7:15-8:30pm)

Once again Martine Nouet will offer a unique class, as she never repeats a theme!

From the wake up dram to the nightcap, let's enjoy together five great whiskies matching with our mood of the moment ! And, of course, a wee nibble to add to the pleasure.

$40. Ticket Info.

Master Classes (5:30pm, 7:15pm and 9:00pm)

Join Product Ambassadors and Distillers as they guide you through their incredible section of amazing spirits, whiskies and rums.

Light food and sandwiches will be available for purchase before and between the first and second sessions. Every Master class ticket holder will receive a $5.00 discount voucher on their food purchase.

$25 each, except as noted. Ticket Info. Your ticket includes a ride home .

Friday, November 16th
Sold Out The Whisky Lunch with Martine Nouet & The Glenlivet (11:45am to 1:15pm)

We are pleased to welcome Martine Nouet who will guide us through a three course lunch paired by four expressions of The Glenlivet single malts with the Glenlivet Ambassador. The annual lunch has been a very popular event selling out every year. Only 50 tickets are available

$65. Limited seating. Ticket Info.

Please advise of any dietary restrictions at time of booking.

Sold Out The Ultimate Master Class (4:00pm to 5:30pm)

The UMC offers a rare opportunity to sample the best the Festival has to offer. Twelve unique and limited Scotch whiskies. Try them all in one room!

$70 with a Festival Showcase Ticket. Very limited availability - tickets sell out on day-one for this event. Ticket Info.

New! The International Spirits Class (4:30pm to 6:15pm)

New to the Festival, The ISC is a rare chance to sample twelve of the best "non-Scotch" products at the show. Irish, Canadian, American the best of the best in three different rooms on the mezzanine level.

$60 with a Festival Showcase Ticket. Limited availability. Ticket Info.

New Ticket! VIP Showcase Access (5:30pm)

You will gain early entrance to the Festival! Stroll around the ballroom and sample before the doors open to the general admission ticket holders! Enjoy the opportunity to sample in a relaxed atmosphere.

$125 in advance. Only 150 tickets available.

The Festival Showcase (6:45pm to 10:00pm)

The Festival Showcase is the centerpiece of the New Brunswick Spirits Festival.

You also receive a $10 discount coupon at the ANBL on site store , a Glencairn Nosing glass and a complimentary cab ride home in the greater Fredericton area.

$85 in advance, $95 at the door. Your ticket includes a ride home. Ticket Info.

Sold Out Bundle & Save!

Purchase a VIP ticket, UMC & ISC for $225

Purchase Festival Showcase ticket, UMC & ISC for $190

Portraits Chinois: Hosted by Johanne and Martine (7:30pm to 8:45pm)

Relax and enjoy the most entertaining class at the show! Join the Queen of the Still, Martine Nouet, & The Whisky Lassie, Johanne McInnis.

Once again this year, Martine and Johanne have teamed up to bring the festival something unique. Are you ready to paint a whisky portrait? Seasons, colours, cities or animals... What do you see? Come join this very interesting class and take part in an interactive nosing/tasting exercise where you will not only have fun but learn about some great whiskies.

Disclaimer: No actual painting takes place

$25. Ticket Info.

On-Site Alcool NB Liquor Boutique (6:30pm to 11:00pm)

Our event partner, Alcool NB Liquor will have an on-site store operating Friday evening so that you can pick up your favourite products right away.

This is a great opportunity to buy the perfect dram for the whisky (and other spirit) drinkers on your Christmas shopping list!

Saturday, November 17th
Sold Out The Collectors (10:15am to 11:45pm)

Join a group of whisky fanatics who share in their passion of the unique and rare drams. Six collectors will offer each ticket holder a sample of one of their prized bottles from their collection.

If you are interested in donating a bottle for us to sample contact Frank @ The Lunar Rogue.

Price $65. Ticket Info.

New! The Gin Lunch (11:45am-1:15pm)

A brand new event for 2018, sponsored by Fever Tree!

Join us for a unique opportunity to sample four amazing gins paired with a three-course lunch.

$65. Ticket Info.

Please advise of any dietary restrictions at time of booking.

Sold Out The Chairman's Dram (12:15pm to 1:30pm)

Join Festival Chair Frank Scott for a rare opportunity to sample some very old, rare, and long gone whiskies. Frank will guide us through a tasting of six rare whiskies from his collection.

This event sells out fast, so get your ticket while you can.

Price $85. Ticket Info.

Sold Out Closed Distillery Master Class (2pm to 3:30pm)

The 4th Edition of this incredible class will not disappoint any whisky connoisseur. Over the years we have offered some of the world's rarest drams at this amazing class. Past classes have offered incredible vertical tastings of Imperial, Dallas Dhu, and Port Ellen. Our host, award winning author and expert, Davin de Kergommeaux will share his passion and knowledge for an unforgettable afternoon.

The whiskies that will be sampled include Pittyvaich 25, Ladyburn and St. Magdelene expressions.

Price $125. Ticket Info.

The Sazerac Bourbon Dinner

The last event of the Festival will be one of the best. We are pleased to welcome Distiller Allisa Henley from Tennessee to the festival for the first time. Allisa is a born and raised Tennessean with a passion for all things whiskey. She is especially passionate about Tennessee Whiskey and Bourbon and serves as the Distiller for Sazerac of Tennessee. Allisa plays an integral role in the development of Sazerac's new Tennessee Whiskey, along with other fine Tennessee spirits.

Allisa will host a wonderful paired dinner with some amazing whiskies including Eagle Rare, Blanton's, Buffalo Trace, 1792 Small Batch and Caribou Crossing, as well as the rare opportunity to try Pappy Van Winkle!

The Bourbon Dinner starts at 6:00pm for a pre-dinner recption. Assigned seating for dinner at 6:30pm.

$80. Limited seating. Dress: Business Casual. Your ticket includes a ride home. Ticket Info.

Please advise of any dietary restrictions at time of booking.