Master Classes

Check back soon for the 2019 VIP Master Classes!

Tickets for these sessions can be bought for $25 each at your time of purchase, or from our Check-In table at the event.

TIP: spots are filled on a first come first served basis, so order your tickets early to reserve your seat!

NEW Bourbon & Brisket Add-On Experience!

We have partnered with Sazerac and Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey to put on a very special Bourbon & Brisket tasting before the VIP Hour. Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Allisa Henley will host a Bourbon tasting including expressions of Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Blantons and EH Taylor. One of the whiskies to be sampled is the EH Taylor Four Grain, a highly sought after and award winning limited edition Bourbon. Participants will also have an opportunity to not just sample, but also bid on a very rare bottle of Bourbon from Buffalo Trace’s Antique Collection. All while enjoying some brisket and other fixin’s from Hayden Block. All proceeds from this tasting, including the auctioning off of the Antique Collection Bourbon, will go to the MS Society! The cost of the event includes transportation to Arts Commons for 5:30pm*. Tickets are very limited for this add-on experience so be sure to purchase now!

Time: 4:00pm at Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey (1136 Kensington Road NW, Calgary AB T2N 3P3)

Cost: $60 for all ticket holders ($75 for non-ticket holders).

*Please note, if you have a General Admission ticket you will not be permitted entry to the Tasting Room until 7:00pm.  The Bourbon & Brisket Add-On Experience cannot be substituted for tickets or classes that have already been purchased.  This experience is brand new and will be in addition to existing ticket types.


VIP Master Class (5:30pm) – Glenmorangie with Dr. Bill Lumsden 

We are thrilled to have Glenmorangie’s Dr. Bill Lumsden as our special guest host for the VIP Master Class. Dr. Bill, as he is affectionately known, will take you a journey of discovery centered on the critical role of oak plays in the profile of Glenmorangie single malts. A few of the highlights to be sampled include the Glenmorangie Signet, Grand Vintage 1989 and possibly a couple of barrel samples!


Master Class 1 (7:00pm) – Glengoyne, Tamdhu and Smokehead with Gordon Dundas

Ian Macleod Distillers Global Brand Ambassador Gordon Dundas will take you on a voyage of discovery featuring single malts from Tamdhu and Glengoyne Distilleries as well as a couple of peaty Smokehead expressions. The tasting will consist of 4 whiskies not available on the festival floor including the Glengoyne 21 and 25 year olds!


Master Class 2 (8:30pm)– Macallan with Cameron Millar

The Edrington Group’s Canadian Brand Ambassador Cameron Millar will taste you through a range or rare, old and limited edition Macallan expressions including Editions 2 & 3, Rare Cask and the new Triple Cask 18 Year.


If you are interested in purchasing a Corporate Package for this event, please contact Corporate packages include discounts on tickets as well as sponsorship opportunities.