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 for the day?

12:00 – Doors Open

13:50 – Race #1

14:20 – Race #2

14:50 – Race #3

15:20 – Race #4

15:25 – Emergence Fashion Show (Main Stage)

15: 30 – Style Stakes Finale (Main Stage)

15:45 – Style Stakes Awards + Conclusion (Main Stage)

15:50 – Race #5

15:55 – Oyster Shucking Competition Begins

16:15 – Oyster Shucking Winner Announced

16:20 – Race #6

16:50 – Race #7

17:20 – Race #8

18:45 – Last Call

19:00 – Event Closes

Does a ticket include food?

In 2018 food will no longer be coupled with a ticket – which means: cheaper tickets! This year, guests can elect to pre-purchase a Lunch offering or indulge in some fantastic finger food at the track. Learn about all of this year’s options here

While there will be a limited selection of for-purchase food at the track – we highly encourage lunches to be purchased in advance for those looking to guarantee a full stomach.

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 large 30 person suites. Beyond this, in celebration of our 10th annual, we are also offering a 10th Anniversary group option. Purchase 10 tickets (sold at the General On Sale price of $75) and receive your 9th and 10th complimentary. Learn more here

When can we arrive?

Doors are at 12pm 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! Santa Lucia will be providing some fun and funky musical entertainment from the live stage throughout the afternoon. There will also be roaming performers and two DJs to round out the day’s entertainment.

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 2018 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 21st, 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 23rd.

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 6th annual Cocktail Jockey mixology competition.

Held on Deighton Cup weekend – the 2018 the competition will be held at Prohibition (Hotel Georgia) on the afternoon of July 20th. Learn more here.

Who makes the food and drinks at Deighton Cup?

We’ve heard you! At popular request, lunch will no longer be included as part of the ticket price. To accommodate this change in 2018, ticket pricing has been lowered for all festival passes. Due to the growth of the event and feedback of providing more food options, a greater selection of pre-purchase lunches will be available this year from Hawksworth Restaurant (VIP) and Earls Restaurant (GA). The Deighton Cup will also have various on-site food vendors selling meals and light fare such as Chambar, Pawn Shop, Dixies BBQ, Crab Park Chowdery, and more

Our beverage partners, selling cocktails, beer, wine, and champagne, include Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, Ciroc Vodka, Stella Artois, Angry Orchard Apple Cide among many more.