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July 2023

Hastings Racecourse

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A DAY AT THE RACES FOR A NEW GENERATION

Grab your finest fascinator and best silk bow tie, it’s time for an adrenaline filled day at the races. Bet on the ponies and see where your luck takes you – shake your tickets harder ladies & gentlemen! It’s time to be entertained at the sport of the kings. 

This highly anticipated once-per-year festival is touted as “Vancouver’s answer to the Kentucky Derby.” Come and celebrate your unique style, enjoy craft cocktails and champagne all day. Cheer on your favorite horses, vibe to live music, enjoy derby day fare from the city’s top restaurants, and commiserate with your new comrades, all amidst a concourse of high-energy action and sophisticated chill.

Fancy yourself a fashionista? The Cup is all about stepping up your style game and each year attendees vying for the Style Stakes push the fashion envelope. Their desire? To be crowned best dressed and win the big prize money. What’s more, their names will forever be engraved on The Cup trophy.

  • DATE July 2023
  • TICKETS Get On The List For Pre-Sale Access
  • TICKET PRICES

    $55.00 - $$$$
    (plus fees)

  • VENUE Hastings Racecourse
  • DOORS OPEN12PM

Tickets

G.A.

Hastings Racecourse

July 22 / 12-6pm

  • General Admission
  • Derby Racing
  • Live Music
  • GA pre-sale starting at $65
$65 - $105

VIP – Grandstand Box

Hastings Racecourse

July 22 / 12-6pm

  • A Private Grandstand Box and reserved seating for 4 guests
  • One bottle of Piper-Heidsieck champagne (750ml)

VIP – Grandstand Suite

Hastings Racecourse

July 22 / 12-6pm

  • A reserved suite for up to 30 guests
  • 30 drink tickets for you and your guests
  • A private bar and dedicated server

VIP – Trackside Suite

Hastings Racecourse

July 22 / 12-6PM

  • A reserved section and VIP table for you and up to 9 guests
  • 3L Bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne (equivalent to four 750ml bottles)

VIP – Trackside Chalet

Hastings Racecourse

July 22 / 12-6PM

  • A reserved section and three VIP tables for you and up to 30 guests
  • 8 bottles of Piper Heidsieck Champagne (750ml each)
$18,750

2022 Music

Felix Cartal

Felix has racked up a string of hits, and won a JUNO Award in his native Canada in 2020, with his club-ready dance tracks and expansive electronic pop. His fourth album – Expensive Sounds For Nice People – finds the DJ, producer and songwriter displaying the duality at his music’s core. The Life, featuring Québécois duo Fjord, bounces along on a sunshine vibe and grin-inducing breakdown. But analyse the lyrics – I used to believe that life was just a breeze/But the highs and low set me free’ – and you realise things aren’t as they seem… in this case, a commentary on social media’s superficiality.

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K-OS

In the year 2014, the only thing that moves faster than our current rate of quick-click musical omnivorism is our eagerness to regurgitate what we’ve already digested. Nostalgia is the natural, kneejerk reaction to a present that feels so accelerated and uncertain; no one’s buying new music anymore, but you’ll still gladly shell out $100 to see an artist perform their most popular album front-to-back in its original order to mark the 20th 15th 10th anniversary of its release. Congratulations: you just turned your favourite singer—that life-changing creative force who soundtracked your adolescence and whose music helped you through your darkest hours—into a preprogrammed jukebox. Just feed it a coin, press play, and repeat.

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2022 Art

Zac George

Zac George is a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. He was born and raised in North Vancouver and now lives in Chehalis, BC. His work is inspired by his late grandparents, Chief Dan and Amy George, and Robert and Betty Edge. Zac studied carving with Don Joe of Chehalis and is proud to use the Coast Salish artistic style. He lives the rich cultural lifestyle of the Salish People: he is a hunter and a fisherman and follows the traditional spirituality practiced by his people for centuries.

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David Ullock

David Ullock’s art practice is based on intuition and experimentation, and a continuous exploration of the diverse ways in which aspects of his artworks connect to one another.

In his sculptures, the surfaces and textural qualities of wood and other reclaimed materials guide David in the construction and the creation of abstract forms. Curved and soft edges interact with hard straight lines, connecting planes to each other in multiple angles. The undulating waves, bends, and turns of the sculptures resemble shapes in nature, allowing the viewer to relate to the artwork through a recognition of what looks familiar yet is, in and of itself, an unique entity.

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2022 Food

The Pawn Shop

OG CHICKEN TACOS: Three spice braised chicken thigh tacos topped with cabbage slaw, chipotle aioli, feta, cilantro, onion dusted tortilla strips.

OG CARNITAS TACOS: Three braised pork shoulder tacos topped with cabbage slaw, chipotle aioli,  pico de gallo, pickled onions, cilantro, crispy shallots. 

OG MUSHROOM TACOS: Three citrus spiced wild mushrooms tacos topped cabbage slaw, burnt lime crema, feta, shaved radish.

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Salty’s Lobster Shack

MAINE LOBSTER ROLL: Halifax Lobster, Old Bay Aioli, Diced Celery fresh Dill and a Wedge of Lemon all served inside a toasted Garlic Butter Bun. 

WILD STURGEON CAVIAR ROLL: Garlic Butter Toasted Bun Stuffed with Salty’s Lobster Mix and topped with Gold Medal winning Acadian Caviar, Old Bay Aioli, Celery, Dill and Lemon.

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Loula's Taverna

CHICKEN SOUVLAKI PLATE: Two skewers of chicken, lemon potatoes, tzatziki with a side of Greek salad. 

PRAWN SOUVLAKI PLATE: Three prawns served with lemon roasted potatoes, tzatziki and Greek salad. 

VEGGIE SOUVLAKI PLATE: grilled Halloumi, zucchini, mushroom and cherry tomatoes served with lemon roasted potatoes, tzatziki and Greek salad.

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Nuba

NAJIB’S SPECIAL BOWL: Crispy cauliflower tossed with lemon and sea salt. Served with hummus, salad, pickled cabbage, and organic brown rice.Sides of pita, tahini, tzatziki, and hot sauce.

FALAFEL BOWL: Victor’s secret recipe of organic chickpeas, fava beans, veggies, and spices. Served with hummus, salad, pickled cabbage, and organic brown rice. Sides of pita, tahini, tzatziki, and hot sauce.

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Hundy

EXCLUSIVE HUNDY x CASTELLO CHEESE BURGER: Beef Burger, Castello Black Pepper Cheddar, Salt and Vinegar Onion Ring, Apple Horseradish Aioli, and Shaved Lettuce.

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Risotto Party

THE FUNGI MUSHROOM RISOTTO: Wild mushrooms, mascarpone cheese, lemon olive oil, Pecorino Romano cheese, chives.

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Wandering Mollusk

Freshly shucked oysters and platters galore.

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Arc Iberico

A selection of fine spanish plates and handhelds. Choose from Jamón Ibérico Acorn Fed “Pata Negra”, Bocadillo De Cinco Jotas,Bocadillo De Chorizo Iberico, Tabla De Charcuteria, and more.

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2022 Drink

The Bourbon Experience

Walk the concourse and sample over 5 different bourbons, whiskies, and scotches, each with it’s own story and experience. Looking for a premium whisky and cigar pairing, stop by the Alfred Giraud lounge. Is a Mint Julep more your speed? Enjoy refreshing Rebel Yell cocktails all day long.

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Espresso Martini Bar

Fancy yourself a mid-day pick me up? Caffe Artigiano and Bailey’s has you covered with their epic Espresso Martini recipe. Fuel yourself with the good stuff. 

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Trackside Champagne

Pop, clink, fizz. Did someone say champagne? A race day staple served by the glass, bottle, or magnum (we should really have this stuff on tap). Brought to you by our favorite bubbly friends at Piper-Heidsieck.

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Rose Garden

Rose in the summer? Groundbreaking (we know). But, this isn’t your average rose garden. While you sip on your vino, enjoy live oyster shucking, ham carving, and little cheese pairing, all while you cheer on your favorite horse.

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FAQs

The next Cup will take place in July 2023.

12:00 – Doors Open
13:50 – Race #1
14:20 – Race #2
14:50 – Race #3
15:20 – Race #4
15:25 – Live Performance
15:50 – Race #5
16:20 – Race #6
16:50 – Race #7
17:20 – Race #8
18:45 – Last Call
19:00 – Event Closes

Hastings Racecourse has limited public parking. Uber, Lyft, Taxi, Car2Go Evo, Public Transit or Private Luxury vehicle are recommended forms of arrival and departure to The Cup.

Absolutely! You should ensure that your purchaser transfers their tickets to their guests beforehand, although they can also do so from their phone once they have arrived at the event via our ticketing platform.

Keep your eyes out for an announcement in the lead up to the summer 2023 event that will include our contesting partner, Orbiiit.

For the second year in a row, the style competition will extend beyond The Cup day at the track, and into the people’s hands with The People’s Choice Style Stakes award.

 

Feeling like you could become the People’s Choice? Post your race day look at the track on event day and tag @comegetfancy and use the hashtags #DCPeoplesChoice and #comegetfancy. The photo must be full length and include a single individual to qualify. We’ll narrow it down to a final 12 candidates and share the voting platform through our website.

The Cup and its judging panel of industry heavyweights invite the crème-de-la-crème of mixologists, barmen, and aspiring booze hounds to partake in the 6th annual Cocktail Jockey mixology competition. More details coming soon.

In 2022, we had EIGHT iconic local restaurants pop up to serve you on race day! From Loula’s Greek souvlaki to Pawn Shop OG Tacos, there is something for even the pickiest of palates. Hungry yet?