Flavourful fundraiser in fifteenth year
For the 15th year, the Wakamow Valley Authority is bringing an array of food and drink vendors for their annual Festival of Flavours.
The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the banquet room at the Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa; this being the second year hosted at Temple Gardens. The event will feature specialty dishes and drinks from local and out-of-town vendors and live music.
“We partnered with them last year and they did such a good job and we enjoyed the venue so much that we partnered with them again,” said Trish German, event coordinator at Wakamow Valley. “It’s more of an elevated experience because it is such a beautiful location in Moose Jaw.”
At the time of writing, vendors were still confirming their participation, but a number were already secured to attend.
“It’s about on par with previous years,” German said. “We have had vendors call us the week before the event looking to get in. We have no problems taking them all, as they come in.” Local favourites like Rosie’s on River Street, Mistu Sweet Café and Harwood’s Dining Room will all take part, while LB Distillery, Outlaw Trail Spirits Distillery and Chrysalis Coffee Roasters will offer drink options. Also attending on the beverage front is a new vendor -- Bomber Brewery.
“We have Bomber Brewery out of Vancouver coming in. They have one product currently available in Saskatchewan, their Prairie Baard Golden Ale. We’re really excited to have a new brewery come in, especially from B.C.”
Saskatchewan PGA golfer Graham DeLaet is a spokesman for Bomber’s Prairie Baard; the combination of hops and his trademark beard adorn the beer’s label.
The money raised from the Festival of Flavours will go towards local community projects. This year’s funds are earmarked for the completion of the new Pro 4000 Challenge Course in Connors Park. “For this Festival of Flavours, we’re fundraising towards the final expense of installing the challenge course,” German said. “It is a teenager and adult ob- stacle course -- similar to American Ninja Warrior, but for the average Joe. Instead of having stepping planks six or seven feet apart, they’re one or two feet apart. We’re pretty excited about it and we’ve been fundraising for quite awhile.”
The Wakamow Valley Authority is hoping to have the project completed at the end of September, as long as the ground stays dry and the weather holds. “We’re just getting it ready to go in, but we hope to have it in by the end of the month,” German said. “This will help pay for the final build, the excavation and then the ground cover that we have to put in for it.”
Tickets are $25 and available at the venue and in advance at the Wakamow Valley Authority office (276 Home St. E.) during regular business hours. Tickets include admission and five tasting coupons. Additional tasting coupons can also be purchased during the event. All ticket holders must be of legal drinking age.