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Worlds finest spirits found in Fredericton

NB Spirits Festival

On Nov 13th- 17th Fredericton will once again be host to Canada’s largest and longest running Spirits Festival. The New Brunswick Spirits Festival ( is back and bigger than ever with 8 +new events!

Started in 1995 by the Whisky Tasting Society and local whisky connoisseur, Frank Scott, co-owner of The Lunar Rogue Pub, the festival has been running for 23 years. The festival will showcase over 370 speciality whiskies, rums, gins and rare spirits from around the world. With offerings of Bourbon, Single malt Scotch whiskies to Tequila and everything in between, this is the perfect opportunity to broaden your knowledge (and appreciation) of the ever expanding Spirits World. You will even find some very rare vintages that are not available for purchase on the open market.

With distillery specialists and brand ambassadors coming from across the globe to host over 36 masterclasses, as well as three amazing dinners and two lunches perfectly paired with unique spirits, the festival draws a crowd of roughly 3,000 people over 5 days annually.

I sat down to discuss the in’s and out’s of the festival with Frank and he told me that it was organized based on the premise of the following four tenants:

  • Transportation – with any ticket purchase for any of the events during this week long festival, you receive a complimentary Taxi coupon (worth up to $10) to get you home safe.
  • Education – not just for the connoisseurs or experts, this festival is very much informative to even those who dabble with spirits: From the Whisky tasting Masterclasses where you learn all about the notes and flavours, to the Gin lunch and Bourbon dinner pairings there is something for everyone to enjoy.
  • Appreciation – aside from the various events, the festival has teamed up with NB Liquor to import many of the speciality spirits on show so that you can purchase your favourites here locally: There will be an NB Liquor pop up on site (at The Delta Fredericton) exclusively vending some of the finest liquors in the world – right on time for those early Christmas gifts! Frank will even be on hand to lend his expertise if needed.
  • Moderation – Free water is on site at all times so that you can indulge in the sampling without having to go overboard. This year the festival will also provide light food and snacks, with a variety of New Brunswick’s finest craft food available for purchase

Of all the selection out there during this festival, here are the few events that really stood out to me:

  • The Whisky Dinner – Wednesday from 6pm onwards (Cost $125)
    An exclusive whisky dinner hosted by Glenfiddich’s Global Ambassador, Ian Miller. Ticket holders will also be treated to a special reception hosted at Government House by the Lieutenant Governor before dinner commences.
  • Whisky & Art: A Feast for the Senses –Thursday from 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Cost $40)
    In collaboration with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, this is a pairing of Single malt whiskies and 5 unique masterpieces, hosted by the gallery’s manager of Collections and Exhibitions, John Leroux and Whisky Expert, Martine Nouet who has come all the way from Islay, Scotland
  • The Friday Showcase – Friday from 6:45pm – 10pm (Cost $85)
    A complete overview of what’s available! With your ticket you get your token for a Cab ride and a $10 voucher for the NB Liquor’s on site store, as well as a Glencairn Nosing glass to keep. Yet another bonus of attending the showcase; if you spend over $150 at the onsite NB liquor store you get a free bottle of Canadian Bearface Whisky (valued at $40.00).
  • Gin Lunch – Saturday from 11:45am to 1:15pm (Cost $65)
    A three course gourmet lunch paired with four gin cocktails hosted by the Fever Tree Mixers ambassador, Charlie Roberts from London, England.
  • The Sazerac Bourbon Dinner Saturday Night 6:00pm to 9:30pm (Cost $80)
    A five course dinner paired with some amazing bourbons including Pappy van Winkle one of the rarest on the planet! Hosted by Master Distiller, Allisa Henley of Tennessee.

Frank also discussed the Rogues new app: The Rogue’s Whisky which boasts a wealth of information for those who want to take their whisky tasting to the next level. It’s a perfect resource to help you navigate the vast selection of spirits at the festival! You can compare costs, tasting notes, as well as ABU’s on the current 738 whiskies available at the Lunar Rogue. He was quick to mention that any whiskies available at the Spirits Festival that are not currently available at the Rogue, would likely to be added to their collection shortly after the event.

Get all of the ticketing information for Fredericton's NB Spirits Festival on the website. Spots still available for many of the events but they're going fast!