By Joshua Langston

Photos by Viranlly Liemena

The Deighton Cup is one of the most stylish events Vancouverites have to look forward to every year. The growth of the event over the last few years has been impressive, this year boasting over 1500 attendees. Produced by  The Social Concierge, or as I call them “A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, they have found a formula that allows them to consistently surpass expectations. Modelled after The Royal Ascot, Deighton gives us the oppurtunity to show off our sartorial best whilst taking in the sites of The Hastings Race Coarse.

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One of the elements of Deighton Cup is The Cocktail Jockey, a mixology competition where Vancouver’s top bartenders vie for the chance of taking home the top honours, and most importantly bragging rights.
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Cam Brown
The Blackbird
Bartender’s Wake Up
2 ounces bulleit
.25 home made coffee bitters
-375ml JJ Bean East Side Roast cold brew coffee,
Zest of a whole lemon and orange,
Quarter cup devil’s root.
Vacuum-sealed and sous vide for 1.5 hours at 70 degrees.
1 vanilla infused sugar cubes.
– seal vanilla bean and sugar cubes in a vessel for 2 weeks
Stirred and served on the rocks in a stemmed cocktail glass.
Garnished with an orange zest and sprayed with lemon oil but discard the peel


1st Runner Up
Amber Bruce
The Beauregarde
60 ml Bulleit Bourbon
15 ml Blueberry Oleo Saccharum
2 dashes Apothecary Aromatic Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters
4 drops Scrappy’s Firewater Tincture
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice until well chilled and diluted.
Strain into a chilled old fashioned glass.
Garnish with a sugared blueberry branch.


2nd Runner Up

Thor Paulson
The Diamond


The Race Day Mountebank
45ml Bulleit Bourbon
15ml Amaro Averna
2.5ml allspice dram
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 teaspoon maple sugar
A pinch (1-3 grams) citric acid
top 1 part apple cider : 1 part apple juice mix
lemon twist (garnish)
Old-fashioned glass
For the comp: The Averna, allspice dram, and citric acid will be prebatched. The maple sugar and Angostura are contained in housemade sugar cubes. The cider-apple juice mix will be frozen into ice cubes and used to make the drink. So, simply build an old fashioned, muddled in the sugar cube in the Averna mix, adding ice, then pouring bourbon over top. Express lemon oils and garnish with peel.
At home: combine all ingredients except cider and garnish in mixing glass. Stir for 60 rotations, pour over old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Top with ~20ml of cider, express lemon oil and garnish with peel.

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What goes better with a cocktail but some delicious bites, that’s where Cocktails & Canapes stepped in delivering tasty lobster rolls inside fresh croissants. The picnic tables were filled with well dressed attendees, and unlike highschool, every table was the cool kids table.

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Like last year, Miles End Motors created “The Field of Dreams”, a grassy knoll beside the main area of Deighton Cup, filled with beautiful tablescapes, private bars, a DJ and  luxury cars scattered amongst the field.

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I spent the day interviewing some of the attendees for a video on The Style Stakes, a competition where a panel of respected fashion insiders and personalities, select their best dressed Man and Woman. I’ll talk more about The Style Stakes in the style post after this. From sipping cocktails, playing horse shoes (with the ladies doing it in high heels), Smoking cigars and betting on horses, Deighton Cup proved again to be one of the biggest and most fun events of the season. Until next year!


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