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Craft spirit festival raises funds for assistance dogs

Money raised at the festival will support the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) — and some puppies will also be there for attendees to cuddle.

B.C. Distilled festival on March 26 will feature spirits from 27 B.C.-based artistan distilleries

B.C. Distilled festival on March 26 will feature spirits from 27 B.C.-based artistan distilleries, and raise funds for the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society. 3:57

A festival celebrating the province's growing craft distillery industry is giving spirit lovers the chance to raise a glass and also raise money for an an organization that breeds, raises and trains certified assistance dogs.

The profits from B.C. Distilled will support the Pacific Assistance Dog Society (PADS), and some of the dogs from the organization will be at the festival on March 26 for people to play with.

"There will be puppy cuddling on site," said PADS communications manager Tara Dong.

"Come out cuddle a puppy, have some whiskey, it will be wonderful."

The event at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver will feature spirits from 27 distilleries, and there will also be exhibitors offering cheese, chocolate and other speciality foods.

One of the exhibitors will be Victoria Distillers, which will be offering their award-winning Left Coast Hemp Vodka.

"When we first started eight years ago there was only three distilleries in BC, and now there's 34," said Peter Hunt, general manager and master distiller of Victoria Distillers.

"Most of those have opened up in the last two years so it's really been an explosion."

In the video above host Gloria Macarenko learns more about the event and also meets Rudolph and Vader, two of the dogs from PADS.

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