Celebration of spirits gears up for fourth year

The annual Hopscotch Festival has widened its horizons for its fourth year.

After ticket sellouts for the past two years of 3,200 attendees, the 2012 Hopscotch Festival this weekend will be extended over two evenings.

Taking after its parent festival in Vancouver, which is headed into its 16th year and is the largest whisky, beer and spirit festival in Canada, Hopscotch Kelowna will be stationed at the Kelowna Curling Club on Friday and Saturday evenings, 6 to 10 p.m.

The event will feature more than 50 exhibits and more than 175 liquor products ranging from craft and premium beers to a variety of spirits, ranging from scotch, vodka, gin, rum and tequila.

The Hopscotch Festival has built itself around the love and passion of whisky, beer and spirits, focused on the education and the opportunity to taste some of the more exclusive products on the market.

Along with the exhibitors will be festival guests, most notable this year being Willie Tait from Scotland, a master distiller for Jura Whisky.

Along with food, there will be music provided by Vancouver’s Goby Catt.

For ticket availability and additional information regarding vendors and products for this year’s festival, visit the festival website a

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