Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the event?

The Deighton Cup is held at Hastings Racecourse (188 N Renfrew St, Vancouver, BC V5K 3N8)

When does the racing start? And what is the schedule

Doors are at 11:00am; however the stalls don’t open for the first race until 1:50pm. Each race is then 30 minutes apart until the final race at 5:20.

Does a ticket include food?

Yes! Each festival ticket to the Deighton Cup grants a splendid lunch meal with a few options available including a vegetarian/vegan selection. Learn about all of this year’s options here.

Can we bring our own food?

No, guests are not allowed to bring their own food to the Deighton Cup.

Is this a family event?

Sadly, no. Due to liquor licensing agreements The Deighton Cup must be a strictly a 19+ event.

Is there seating?

There will be free seating in the Grandstand area at the Deighton Cup along with opportunities to sit or lounge in our picnic area in the Marquee. Reserved seating is available by purchase through our VIP options.

Are there group options?

The Deighton Cup hosts a few different style booth and suite options for corporate groups. We have 4 person booths, 8 person suites, and 25 and 50 person suites. Beyond this, in celebration of our 9th year, we are also offering a Lucky Number 9’s group option. Purchase 8 tickets (sold at the General On Sale price of $75) and receive your 9th complimentary. Learn more here

When can we arrive?

Doors are at 11am and entry is available all day until doors close at 6 pm. 

Do you allow in’s + out’s?

Yes, each guest will receive an entry wristband which will allow them into the event, and to return if they leave. 

Is there a smoking area?

Smoking is allowed anywhere on the tarmac and there will be a Cigar lounge to indulge in a celebratory puff.

Is there a place to park my car?

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

Can I arrive separate from my group?

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, Guest Manager. 

I can’t attend anymore! Do you offer refunds?

Unfortunately, no. The Deighton Cup has a strict no refund policy.

Can I bet on the races?

You bet! There will be at least two betting stations where you can have a flutter at choosing your favourite jockeys and horses. There’s plenty of fun and thrill to be had as they tear around the bend into some marvellous photo finishes. Please remember to gamble responsibly. Learn more about how to wager here

Is there entertainment at The Deighton Cup?

Absolutely! Camaro 67 will be providing some fun and funky musical entertainment from the live stage throughout the afternoon. There will also be roaming performers, and a DJ in between Camaro 67’s sets. 

How do I get there?

The best place to enter is off of Renfrew near Cambridge Street.

What do I wear?!

Dubbed as one of the most stylish events in Vancouver, The Deighton Cup is absolutely the place to see and be seen. Nothing is too over the top, and we encourage every single attendee to go all out when coordinating their outfits. Think Melbourne Cup meets Royal Ascot with a twist of Kentucky Derby.

Looking for outfit inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page here.

I’ve picked my outfit and think I could be crowned the Style Stakes winner. How do I enter?

Keep your eyes out for the roaming judges at the racetrack, or swing by our self-nomination area near the front entrance for your chance at becoming a finalist. Once the judges have each selected one man and one woman, all finalists will be taken up to the main stage in the middle of the event for the grand announcement of the 2017 Belle du Jour and Gallant Satorialist winners. Each winner will receive $500 cash, bragging rights, and the opportunity to become a judge for the year following.

What is The People’s Choice award and how do I enter?

For the first time ever, the style competition will extend beyond Deighton 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 July 22nd, tag @deightoncup and use the hashtags #DCPeoplesChoice and #DeightonCup. 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 on Monday, July 24th.

What’s The Cocktail Jockey Mixology Competition?

The Deighton 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 5th annual Cocktail Jockey mixology competition.

In celebration of our 5th Anniversary, the competition will be held the day before Deighton Cup, on Friday, July 21st from 12 pm to 3 pm at Reflections: The Garden Terrace atop The Hotel Georgia. Spots are complimentary, include a welcome beverage, and are limited to just 250. Learn more here.

Who makes the food and drinks at Deighton Cup?

The main lunch service is being provided by Cocktails & Canapes. The Deighton Cup will also have various bars and food vendors selling cocktails, beer, wine, and champagne. Some of these vendors include Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, Stella Artois, Ketel One Vodka, Lonetree Cider and NewDistrict.ca Wines, among many more.