Tickets Now On Sale For 7th Annual Deighton Cup: Vancouver’s Most Glamourous Race Day

DeightonCupHighlight_img39The Deighton Cup is cantering back onto Vancouver’s social scene on July 25th at the Hastings Racetrack for its lucky seventh annual celebration of horse racing culture, summer style, cocktails, champagne and good times. Tickets are on sale now and we spoke with event organiser Jordan Kallman from The Social Concierge to find out more.

For regular Deighton Cup fans, what’s new this year?

It’s a big step up for us this year as we’re extending onto the concourse to make the event bigger and grander than it’s ever been. We’re expecting to sell 3,000 tickets this year, but eventually we want to take over the whole racecourse. It’s going to be much more accessible to people this year, because we’re now opening up half the concourse with lower priced tickets which have lots of extra value. The Concourse GA tickets which start at $35 can add in a boxed lunch too for $12 from Cocktails and Canapés, and $5 from every ticket sold will go to the Variety Children’s Charity to add a philanthropic edge to the day, it’s a great cause and we’re excited to raise money for them.

DeightonCupHighlight_img51What other experiences are on offer?

Along with private suites which you can book for groups of friends or corporate groups, there are two other main kinds of entry: the marquee VIP ticket gives access to the traditional Deighton Cup area has a delicious sandwich lunch and cocktail included, and you also get access to the ‘Field of Dreams’ a gorgeous grassy picnic area where you can play games of ‘Horsehoes’ to win prizes from Aunts and Uncles, and admire the collection of luxury automobiles on-site.  The most exclusive tickets are for the Cocktail Jockey Mixology contest up in the skybox, where 14 of the city’s finest bartenders will compete to make the best julep for just 50 guests.

What about the dressing up part of the festival? In traditionally casual Vancouver, it’s pretty cool to have a chance to go all out.

Absolutely, we heavily encourage people to dress up and get into that fantasy mindset. I feel like Vancouver may not be known as a fashion-centric city, but Vancouverites know how to get in the mood and are great at contributing to experiences. I’d say to everyone attending, everyone dresses up, you won’t feel out of place if you go over the top. Think fancy hats and dresses for women, and seersucker suits and fedoras for guys, take that derby style and really go over the top!

DeightonCupHighlight_img52And there’s a prize for the Best Dressed, right?

Yeah! The Style Stakes have been running since the first Deighton Cup with cash prizes, but we’ve changed things this year to have a brand new Best Male category too. We have a team of fashion industry experts who scout the grounds to find nominees for the Style Stakes. At 3p.m. all the entrants gather and the votes are cast, the Women’s winner gets to present the Deighton Cup to the winning horse, jockey and owner and the gentleman’s winner gets to share the limelight too.

Is there a story behind the trophy?

The cup itself is an old horticultural trophy, which we’ve reclaimed. It was last used in the 1900s, we were searching for years to find it and when we did, we named it after ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton, the city stalwart and legend of the Vancouver bar scene.

IMG_1065And finally, as it’s race day, what about betting?

Wagering is a big part of the day, and a big part of the racecourse culture, but you don’t need to know how to do it, there will be ambassadors from the racecourse on hand to teach you how to place a few dollars on (hopefully!) the right horse. There will also be Trackside Charity Gaming including blackjack & roulette, with all funds going toward our benefiting partner, Variety – The Children’s Charity.DeightonCupHighlight_img10

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