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Doug Reichel of Doug Reichel Wine Marketing Inc. (left) watches as Debbie Thiele (centre) and Sheila Timoruski (right) prepare to taste some Medeiros wine at the ninth annual Festival of Flavours at the Heritage Inn on Nov. 8, 2012. All proceeds went to Wakamow Valley's planned interactive playground project. This year's event will raise funds for upgrading washrooms in Wakamow Valley.
On Thursday, supporters of Wakamow Valley will enjoy tasting wine and specialty foods — all to raise money for new washrooms.
The 10th annual Festival of Flavours will take place on Thursday at the Heritage Inn, 6-10 p.m., and will feature a number of sampling stations. All proceeds will support upgrading washrooms in Wakamow Valley that will cost $50,000.
“We know it’s not as sexy or as cool as some of the other items we’ve done in the past, but it’s totally essential for the park. Last year, our focus was on an accessible playground,” said Crystal Froese, director of community relations for Wakamow Valley, adding the accessible playground cost $160,000.
“It’s actually being installed as I speak, and then adjacent to that is a washroom that totally needs to be replaced.”
She said the current washrooms are 15 years old.
“These washrooms that we have, they’re actually outhouses. That tells you how old they are,” said Froese. “They actually came from a mine. So they’re actually ones they used to use in old mines. Our operations staff here have done an incredible job keeping them maintained and in working order for all of these years, but now parts aren’t available for them anymore.
“So when one of them breaks down that will be it.”
She said Wakamow is starting with the washrooms in Rotary Park across from the Burger Cabin. There is a full washroom in the oval area, but the upgraded washrooms in Rotary Park will be available for all-season use. They will also be wheelchair-accessible.
“We know lots of people start and end their walks and runs from this area and it’s a very highly utilized area of the park,” said Froese. “Now that we have a brand new playground installed in the park there, we think the washroom in that location is pretty essential.”
The washrooms will include sinks to wash hands and running water, making them “full-on modern,” she said. She added updated washrooms would increase use of the area.
The Festival of Flavours will feature 16 presenters, including local restaurants, food purveyors, beer, and wine and spirit presenters. There will be a silent auction and live entertainment from the Danny Jones Trio.
“It’s going to be one of those nights where you can just kind of get together with friends and hang out and enjoy an evening of kind of grazing through the different presenters,” said Froese. “It really helps us raise a lot of money and I think Wakamow has great supporters in this community and the park is beautiful and wonderful, but Wakamow continues to be a non-profit society.
“We have to continue to fundraise and this event is one really great, fun way to do that.”
Tickets are $25 each and include four vendor-tasting tickets to start individuals off in the evening. For tickets, call 306-692-2717 or stop by the Heritage Inn.
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