Good wine, beer, spirits and food for a good cause!
Are you are a wine lover or a beer enthusiast? Do you appreciate spirits like vodka or rum? Then the 5th anniversary edition of the West Island Wine, Beer and Spirits Show is sure to please. The Show is presented by the SAQ and lead partner Desjardins and benefits West Island Community Shares. The program for the 5-year milestone edition, featuring brand new features was presented today at preview for event partners by Executive Director Caroline Tison.
Special Guest Bill Zacharkiw
Do you need advice on wine & food pairings for anything from a special dinner to a backyard barbecue? Or maybe you have an exceptional bottle of wine to serve on a special occasion and you want to know what meal to pair it with? Bill Zacharkiw, wine critic for the Montreal Gazette and chacunsonvin.com, will be on-site to answer all your questions.
Espace Cocktail “All Roads Lead to Rum”
Also new this year is the “All Roads Lead to Rum” Espace Cocktail sponsored by the Dilawri Group. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample delicious rum cocktails prepared by a skilled mixologist.
Visitors will also have the choice of sampling from among more than 200 wines presented by 30 participating agencies. For those who enjoy beer, tastings by Les 3 Brasseurs will be a highlight. In addition, West Island IGA grocers will offer tastings of local food products including Quebec cheeses, artisan bread and pâtés.
“Thank you to Desjardins for its leadership role in making a difference to West Islanders in need. Desjardins has been the main partner of this important fundraiser since 2012. It has also renewed its $30,000 corporate partnership over a two-year period. Corporate partners, like Desjardins, cover our operational costs and allow us distribute 100% of donations received to 40 local community groups,” added Ms. Tison.
“Giving back to the communities we serve and being a positive contributor to well-being and socio-economic development are part of Desjardins’ mission. As such, it’s only fitting that we support Community Shares, an organization that has helped change, shape and touch the lives of many in the West Island,” said Alfredo Massa, Executive Director, Caisse des Sources-Lac-Saint-Louis.
The West Island Wine, Beer and Spirts Show takes place on Thursday, March 17th at the Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire from 6 pm to 10 pm. General admission tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and are available online atwww.westislandwineshow.com or at participating West Island SAQ branches. Each ticket includes 3 tasting coupons; additional coupons will be available on-site for $1 each.
A VIP Tasting is also offered from 3:30 pm to 6 pm featuring unlimited wine tasting and canapés offered by 5 West Island restaurants: 40 Westt, La Maison Verte, La Serenata, Le Surcouf and Casa Mare. Tickets for the VIP segment are $150 each and can also be purchased on-line at www.westislandwineshow.com.
The Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire is located at 6700, route Transcanadienne (Exit 52 of Autoroute 40) at the corner of St-Jean Boulevard.
Since 2012, the West Island Wine, Beer and Spirits Show has raised $150,000 and has attracted more than 1,000 visitors per year. The 2016 event partners are: the SAQ, Desjardins, Groupe Dilawri, Les 3 Brasseurs, West Island IGA stores, Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux, PME MTL West Island, Maestro Communications, Paragraph, TC Media, BJ Média, The Beat 92.5 and PlaniConcept Plus.
About West Island Community Shares
West Island Community Shares is a unique non-profit organization dedicated to helping West Islanders in need. With the help of caring West Island citizens, companies and associations, it raises crucial funds for 40 local community groups. These groups offer help, comfort and support to residents with many different needs. Since 1998, it has raised and distributed $11 million to local community groups. West Island Community Shares’ model is unique because it distributes 100% of donations received to the groups it supports. It is the only not-for-profit in Canada to implement and sustain this model for 18 years. This is made possible by the following corporate partners that cover its operational costs: National Bank, Pfizer Canada, Merck, Desjardins, Tenaquip Ltd., Telus, Pharmaprix, Avon Canada, Groupe Jean Coutu, NAS, the Spinelli Employee Fund, BDO, Bromelin People Practices, Construction Jean Houde, Groom and Associates, the Montreal Marriott Airport In-Terminal Hotel, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Pharmascience and Roxboro Excavation.
West Island Community Shares is proud to have earned Imagine Canada’s Standards Program Accreditation. The accreditation testifies to its excellence in governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement. www.communityshares.ca