Opening night 'tinis courtesy Gibsons, Tim Pawsey photo

It’s just a couple of weeks until Tales of the Cocktail on Tour rolls into Vancouver, Feb 12-14, to no doubt repeat its highly successful inaugural show from last March. Not familiar with this pretty awesome salute to the wood? Read all about last year’s here.

This year’s program is greatly expanded.

From the 2012 release:

Time to pin one on

Held once again at the stunning Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, the festival continues to grow with several new events including five tasting rooms, Meet the Maker, a specialty coffee bar and the Mott’s Clamato Caesar Bar. Toasted at events throughout the four days will be Jacob Sweetapple’s Roaming Buffalo Punch, the official cocktail of Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour Vancouver 2012. The Vancouver mixologist’s bourbon, Cointreau and cognac concoction was chosen by a panel of cocktail experts from more than 50 submissions by Canada’s most accomplished bartenders.

For what adds up to a real deal if you’re an aficionado (and even if you’re not), $195 US gets you access to a three day whirl of samplings, seminars and schmoozes with the brightest and best of spirits luminaries from home and abroad.

Click here for full details, program and online registration

 “The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learnt to like it.”

(Sir Winston Churchill)