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The Edmonton Whisky Festival Wrap-Up

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 25, 2011

The 2nd Annual Edmonton Whisky Festival in support of the MS Society of Canada was a huge success. I helped a bit with the festival by blogging and telling everyone I could about the event. But the real force behind the Festival was the guys at Vines-Riverbend Wine Merchants (2331 Rabbit Hill Rd, Edmonton 780-434-9444).  They did all the work, and  volunteered their time and their knowledge and produced a fantastic event!

Some of the highlights of the event included the attendance of a few whisky dignitaries from home and abroad.  John H. Hall the Owner of and Whisky Maker for Forty Creek Whisky poured so much of his new Confederation Oak Canadian Whisky that it was gone by 9:00 PM.  Andrew Gray of Bruichladdich Distilleries was pouring a few of the new Laddies from Bruichladdich’s impressive line-up and seemed to have a large crowd around him at all times throughout the night.  James Robertson, The International Sales Rep for Tullibardine, was in attendance as well.  I chatted briefly with Mr. Robertson having met him at last year’s festival and at other whisky events over the past two years. His enthusiasm is infectious and I had more than one dram of his wonderful Tullies. I also saw Jamie MacKenzie, the Regional Manager (North America) for Morrison Bowmore Distillers tempting everyone with the whiskies from Bowmore and Auchentoshan.

Of course all that name dropping is just to get those people who did not attend a little jealous so that they get their tickets next year to support the MS Society.  The event raised over $10,000.00 which was a full 60 % more than last years efforts.

I offer my hearty congratulations to the fellows at Vines in Riverbend who were the driving force behind the festival!  You did great, and you can count on my continued assistance in this worthwhile venture.

The Crowd at the festival was impressive, as everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves!

 

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The 2nd Annual Edmonton Whisky Festival

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 4, 2011

I would like to invite everyone to the 2nd Annual Edmonton Whisky Festival in support of the MS Society of Canada. Last years event was a smash hit and raised over $6000.00 in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. This year it is hoped that the amount of money raised can be increased by 50 % for this worthy cause.

Here are the important details:

What: 2nd Annual Edmonton Whisky Festival in support of the MS Society of Canada
When: January 19, 2011 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Where: Sutton Place Hotel, 10235 – 101 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
Price: $75.00

The admission price ticket gets you into what I believe is Edmonton’s Premier Whisky Event.

As well,  your ticket stub gives you $10.00 or 10 % (whichever is greater) off of your next purchase of Scotch Whisky at Vines Wine Merchants in Edmonton.

The event will also features over 15 whisky importers and distributors with over 100 different whiskies to sample as part of your ticket price.  And you even get a cool commemorative Edmonton Whisky Festival Glen Cairn glass.

I was there last year and can confirm that I had a blast pouring over 100 whiskies to sample with only one night to do it. (Last year’s event sold so well that a larger venue had to selected for this year. )

Additional events planned in conjunction with the festival are a special Bowmore Dinner at the Petroleum Club with Dave Gordon; and a special Silent Auction to raise additional funds.

Tickets for the Edmonton Whisky Festival and the related  Special Events are available at:

Vines-Riverbend Wine Merchants – 2331 Rabbit Hill Rd, Edmonton (780-434-9444)

or

The Vineyard Wine Market - 41 St. Thomas Street, St. Albert (780 419 6696)
email: vineyardwinemarket@telus.net

*Remember your ticket stub is redeemable for a $10 or 10% discount, whichever is the greater, on your next purchase of Scotch Whisky at Vines Wine Merchants. Offer expires April 30, 2011

So come on out and support the MS Society and have a great time doing it. I will be there and would love to say hello!

*(Just a note to let everyone know that I am not affiliated in any way with Vines-Riverbend Wine Merchants, I just think what they are doing with this festival and their support of the MS Society is worthy of writing about!)

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