With the 11thannual Deighton Cup—the most stylish event of the season—just a couple months away, The Rosewood Hotel Georgia will play host to The Starting Gate, a day full of race day traditions featuring a preview of what’s to come at this year’s derby and a celebration of the official ticket launch.
Often referred to as the best rooftop in Vancouver, Starting Gate will begin with a light grazing brunch and derby-themed cocktails at Reflections from 11:30am-1:30pm.
Downstairs in the lounge at Prohibition from 1:30pm the 7thAnnual Cocktail Jockey Mixology Showcase will begin, celebrating the city’s top mixologists, including competitors from all over B.C. such as Hailey Pasemko from Tofino’s Wolf and the Fog, Chris Kelly from Chambar, and Sean Cavanaugh of the Royal Dinette. This year, all competitors will be crafting a cocktail inspired by the Gin Fizz, using The Botanist Gin. Four expert judges, including last year’s winner Shane Ely, will decide which lavish libation will be awarded the coveted Boothby Julep trophy.
The festivities will happen alongside a live running of the most recognized race in the world, the 145thKentucky Derby from Churchill Downs at both Reflections and Prohibition, followed by music and a dance party with DJ Rachel Sehl from 5pm-7pm at Prohibition.
Want to be there, fascinator in tow? Clear the day on Saturday, May 4thfrom 11:30am to 7:00pm for a full day of race-themed festivities.
Tickets are $25 per person, buy them here.