Flavour­ful fundraiser in fif­teenth year

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News - Matthew Gourlie -- Moose Jaw Ex­press

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.

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