Festival Schedule

Join fellow whisky lovers at the following Festival events between February 26-29, 2020:


Wednesday, February 26 | 6-8PM | Julep | $65 (taxes & tip incl.) | Menu

Enjoy the company of fellow whisky-loving women during an evening of cocktails & bites at one of Halifax’s trendiest new restaurants. Expand your knowledge and palate in a relaxed and respectful environment that provides the perfect opportunity to ask all your burning whisky questions. In between sipping cocktails, you’ll get to know four influential women in the whisky industry as they share their stories and experiences throughout the night, emphasizing the crucial role women have played in shaping whisky’s past, present and future:

  • Jennifer Katona, NSLC Spirits Buyer
  • Jamie Johnson, National Brand Ambassador – The Balvenie
  • Lucy Lamont, National Brand Ambassador – Jack Daniels
  • Lindsay Jones, Halifax’s Best Bartender (2018)


Thursday, February 27 | 6-9PM | The Halifax Club* | $125 (taxes & tip incl.) | Menu

What happens when the northernmost and southernmost distilleries in Scotland get together to host a whisky dinner? In an exclusive dining experience, Islay meets the Orkney islands as Highland Park and Ardbeg join forces to showcase eight incredible single malts alongside an exceptional four-course meal. Your hosts Cameron Millar (National Brand Ambassador, Highland Park) and Bryan Simpson (National Brand Ambassador, Ardbeg) will share stories and laughs in this educational whisky pairing dinner that puts two legends of single malt Scotch side-by-side.

TASTING SEMINAR: Classic Whisky Cocktails - SOLD OUT

Thursday, February 27 | 6:30-8PM | The Port by the NSLC | $25 (taxes incl.)

The Old Fashioned. The Manhattan. Whisky Sour. There’s a reason that classic whisky cocktails remain some of the most popular drinks ordered at bars today. In this interactive tasting seminar, expert mixologist Mike McLean (Mixxit Canada) will guide attendees through a sampling of 3 classic whisky cocktails as they learn about their history, stories and flavours.


Friday, February 28 | 7-9PM | Halifax Marriott | $150 (taxes incl.)

Enjoy an evening of outstanding whiskies in this one-of-a-kind opportunity to taste and purchase from a collection of 20 unique and rare whiskies from around the globe (a 1/2 oz sample of each whisky will be available per guest). Poured by a team of expert ambassadors and NSLC Product Specialists, and specially curated by our spirits buyer Jennifer Katona, all featured whiskies are exclusive and won’t be found at any other Festival events. Limited to just 40 tickets, this stand-up tasting event provides an intimate and interactive alternative to our Grand Tastings for the dedicated whisky lovers. Plus, attendees will have first access to shop our on-site Festival Store. Preview the product list here

WHISKY DINNER: Stories Behind the Label - SOLD OUT

Friday, February 28 | 6-9PM | The Old Triangle - Seanchai Room* | $100 (taxes & tip incl.) | Menu 

This unique dining experience will showcase industry experts in an intimate setting, sharing the stories and inspirations behind their whisky brands with the audience. Caldera’s head distiller, Jarrett Stuart, will be joined alongside Mike McLean (Mixxit Canada), Spencer Gooderham (Canadian Whisky Brand Ambassador) and Jeffrey Van Horne (The Clever Barkeep), for an evening full of education, laughs, and of course, incredible whiskies. Bring your friends, and leave with new ones!


Saturday, February 29 | 2-4:30PM & 7-9:30PM Halifax Marriott | $95 (taxes incl.) 

Meet and learn from distillery representatives, while sipping from a selection of more than 150 whiskies from around the world. Our Grand Tastings feature two Limited Pours - but we're only pouring one bottle of these highly sought-after whiskies at each session, so don’t miss out! Plus, visit our Whisky Cocktails stations for a taste of classic whisky cocktails and innovative bartender creations. Map out your tasting journey by previewing our whisky list, and be sure to shop our on-site Festival Store to get your free bottle and Bonus AIR MILES with purchase.

*Please note: This location is not wheelchair accessible. 
**Please note: Seating for our dinners is first come, first served unless you are a group of 3 or more, in which case your seats will be reserved. If you have a group of 3 or more but your guests have purchased their tickets separately, please email Julie.Langford@mynslc.com so that we can ensure to reserve your seats together. Seating for this event is family-style, and some of the seats are located along the bar. If you or your guests have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please advise us ahead of time so that we can adjust your meal courses as required.
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