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WhiskyFest San Francisco FAQ

When is WhiskyFest San Francisco?
Friday, October 30, 2015

Where is WhiskyFest San Francisco held?
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

How much do tickets to WhiskyFest cost?
Early Bird pricing (good through June 30, 2015):
VIP tickets $265
Regular admission tickets $215

Pricing after the Early Bird period ends:
VIP tickets $295
Regular admission tickets $240

How do I order WhiskyFest tickets?
To purchase WhiskyFest tickets, please visit our web site, or call 800-514-3849 (a per order fee of $4.50 will be applied to all phone orders).

What do I get for the price of a regular admission ticket?
You’ll receive a Glencairn commemorative crystal nosing glass, an event program and pen, the latest copy of Whisky Advocate magazine, a gift bag, entrance to all seminars on a first come first serve basis, a gourmet buffet throughout the evening and, of course, over 250 whiskies to sample.

What’s the difference between a Regular admission ticket and a VIP ticket?
In addition to what regular ticket holders receive (above), VIP ticket holders gain admission to the ballroom for a full hour prior to Regular admission. With limited ticketing, and the extra hour of time in the ballroom, you can get the most out of this additional hour, having more time to talk with the distillery representatives. You’ll also receive an upgraded canvas tote bag. Some exhibitors pour something extra special that’s available only during the VIP hour. These VIP hour whiskies are provided at the discretion of the distillers in extremely limited quantities, and as such, we cannot guarantee that every VIP whisky will be available to all VIP attendees.

Can I pay for my ticket with a check?
We do not accept payment by check for WhiskyFest tickets. All ticket orders must be paid for by credit card. Back to Top

Do you sell tickets at the door?
We do not sell any tickets at the door. We offer advance ticket sales only. Order your WhiskyFest tickets online. Back to Top

What time does WhiskyFest start?
For regular ticket holders, registration begins at 6:00, and entrance to the ballroom is at 6:30 pm.
For VIP ticket holders, registration begins at 5:00, and entrance to the ballroom is at 5:30 pm. 
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What time is WhiskyFest over?
Last pour is at 9:25, and the event ends promptly at 9:30 pm.  Back to Top

Is there parking at the hotel?
The hotel does have parking available for a fee, however we encourage the use of public transportation.
Better yet, stay at the Marriott where WhiskyFest will be held:
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

For reservations call 1-877-622-3056 and mention the WhiskyFest 2015 room block.
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Can I stay at the hotel where WhiskyFest is being held?
Yes, and we’ve arranged for a room block with the special rate of $289 per night, single or double occupancy. The rate is good until October 10, or until the room block sells out.

Hotel reservations for the nights of 10/28 – 11/1 may be made by calling 1-877-622-3056 and mentioning the WhiskyFest 2015 room block, or, make reservations online by following this link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/WhiskyFest2015

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What should I wear to WhiskyFest?
Most commonly, business or business casual attire.  Back to Top

Do I need to bring a glass with me?
There’s no need to bring a glass with you. A Glencairn crystal commemorative nosing glass will be provided to you at registration. It’s yours to use for the evening, and to take home with you. 
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What if I lose my nosing glass?
If you lose your nosing glass, we’ll have wine glasses available in the tasting ballroom. Sorry, we cannot replace any lost or broken nosing glass.  Back to Top

There’s a whisky on the list that I want to be sure to try. How can I find out which booth is pouring it?
There are two whisky lists in your event program, provided at registration. One list is alphabetical by the brand name, and will tell you at which booth you find each whisky. The other lists all of the whiskies by booth number. There’s also a diagram in the program. On the diagram, each booth is numbered and shows the brand being poured.   Back to Top

There’s a seminar I want to attend. Do I need to get a separate ticket for that?
Seminars are included in the price of your ticket. Seating is on a first come first serve basis. Please consult your event program (you’ll receive one at Registration) for seminar times and locations.
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Do I need to use vouchers to get tastes of the whiskies I want to try?
We do not use vouchers for tasting at WhiskyFest. Back to Top

I bought a ticket for my buddy, and he can’t come. Can I get my money back?
Unfortunately, tickets are not refundable. Maybe you’ve got another buddy who’d like to go to WhiskyFest. Back to Top

I lost my ticket. Can I get another one?
Follow the instructions on your ticket order email confirmation, or call 800-514-3849 for assistance. Back to Top

When the event is sold out, can I still buy tickets?
When we declare an event “sold out”, we are really sold out of tickets. We have no more to sell.
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How can I get the most up-to-date information about the event?
Sign up for our newsletter here , and receive the most up-to-date information about WhiskyFest. You can also read the WhiskyFest blog. Back to Top

I’m a member of the press. Do you reserve tickets for press?
We do reserve a limited number of tickets for qualified press. If you would like to attend as a member of the press, send your press credentials to our event manager, joan@whiskyadvocate.com Back to Top

Why do I need to sign my ticket stub?
By signing your ticket stub, which is required for entry to the event, you verify that you are at least 21 years of age, as well as agreeing to release Whisky Advocate, and its employees, or shareholders from liability or claims arising from WhiskyFest. Back to Top

If I promise not to drink, can I come to the event if I’m under 21 years of age?
No one under the age of 21 is permitted inside of the event, including the foyer area. There will be no exceptions, and security will be carding ticket holders as they come into the event. Back to Top

Is there a coat check available?
There is a coat check available at the event. Back to Top

May I bring my briefcase with me?
Backpacks, briefcases, tote bags, or any other such items, are not permitted inside of WhiskyFest. You will be asked to leave them at the coat check. Back to Top

Will there be food available?
A gourmet buffet is provided throughout the evening, and we encourage you to eat from time to time. Back to Top

Will there be coffee or soft drinks available?
Water will be provided throughout the evening, and we’ll also make available coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Back to Top

When I discover a new whisky that I love at WhiskyFest, can I buy a bottle of it right there?
WhiskyFest is a tasting event only. We do not offer bottles for sale. For a retailer near you, check the retailer list on our web site. Back to Top

I have a suggestion on how to improve the event. Who do I contact?
You may contact event manager, Joan McGinley by emailing joan@whiskyadvocate.com, or event director Amy Westlake by emailing amy@whiskyadvocate.com. Back to Top