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Nova Scotia Craft Spirits Festival

Festival Mandate: Celebrate the growth of the craft spirits industry in Nova Scotia with a collection of fun, informative, delicious, playful events and workshops in the beautiful environment of Lunenburg.

After three successful Craft Spirits Festivals, we return with what we believe to be an even better event. Once again we bring back some of the most successful and favourite workshops and events, while introducing some innovative new opportunities to enjoy local spirits and learn more about how they are made and how to serve them. Best of all, you can still check in on Friday and stay until Sunday at noon, and never once need to get back into your car!

Learn more about Spirited Away NS Craft Spirits Festival at nsspiritsfestival.com

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

Noon – 5:00 p.m. Arrivals
Pick up your passes and tickets at Ironworks Distillery, 2 Kempt Street 
Check in at your accommodations.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Spirited Dining:
Explore Spirited Specials at several of Lunenburg’s fine restaurants.

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sip & Dash
Always one of the most fun events of the Spirits Festival. Join one of the ‘teams’. Everyone meets at the The Lunenburg School of the Arts then everyone divides up and goes to a different venue. Each venue has a mixologist with a wonderful signature cocktail or a Distiller with new products to sample and stories to tell of its creation. Every fifteen minutes you’ll march off to the next location. Discover some of Lunenburg’s secret places; this year’s location list includes the shop at Adams & Knickle and the iconic Lunenburg Dory Shop.

10:00 p.m. - The After Party: Relax and Chill
Join other Festival visitors, Mixologists and Distillers for a late night cocktail party at the The Old Fish Factory Restaurant. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast: On your own.

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Workshops & Events
Select one workshop or activity (see Workshop / Event Details):

  • Bottle Fishing (aka Rum Running) History & Rum Cocktails (Tickets required)
  • DIY Gin: History, geography & gin! Create your own to take home (Tickets required)
  • Books & Booze: the cocktail as literary character (Tickets required)
  • The School of Cocktails: new this year, three sessions under one roof with subjects such as The Art of the Cocktail, the Truth about Bitters, What’s in the Punch?
  • Arts & Crafts and Champagne Cocktails: another new event, taking place in the sunny workroom of the Lunenburg Makery. Coasters of rope or felt, all round good therapy
    along with a rejuvenating champagne cocktails featuring some excellent NS bubbly craftily combined with a local spirit or two...

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch break: On your own

2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Workshops & Events
Select one workshop or activity (see Workshop /Event Details):

  • Bottle Fishing (Rum Running) History & Rum Cocktail (Tickets required)
  • DIY Gin making: Create your own bottle of Gin! (Tickets required)
  • Books & Booze: the cocktail as literary character (Tickets required)
  • The School of Cocktails: new this year, three sessions under one roof with subjects such as The Art of the Cocktail, the Truth about Bitters, What’s in the Punch?
  • Arts & Crafts and Champagne Cocktails: another new event, taking place in the sunny workroom of the Lunenburg Makery. …

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Spirited Dining in Lunenburg:
Explore Spirited Specials at several of Lunenburg’s fine restaurants.

7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Spirited Away Gala: Lunenburg Opera House.
Join with ten of our local craft distillers, as well as our special guests from across Canada. Watch the mixologists show off their spirited talents. Taste samples from the distillers. Fine food, great company & smooth music in a unique heritage setting.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

Windup Brunch 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Windup Breakfast at Lincoln Street Food, featuring locally sourced ingredients and virgin cocktails to smooth your departure.

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