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Tickets on Sale: The 2nd Annual Edmonton Rum Festival

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 1, 2016

159736I am pleased to announce that the tickets for this year’s Edmonton Rum Festival are on sale now! The folks at Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants (who have produced the very successful Edmonton Whisky Festival for the past 6 years) have teamed up with Lexus Edmonton and Capital FM 96.3 to bring you the festival for the second year in a row!

All proceeds raised at the event will be donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

This is a great chance to taste a strong selection of rums produced from around the world as well as to meet and discuss the noble cane spirit with industry and distillery representatives. And as indicated:

Monies raised at the event will help those affected by MS in our community, as well as help to fund research towards a cure.

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Where: Edmonton Delta South Hotel – Grand Ballroom
4404 Gateway Boulevard

When: Friday, September 30, 2016
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Ticket Price: $90.00 each: available online here
(Tickets are also available in-store at Riverbend Wine Merchants (780 434 9444 ))

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What do you receive for the price of a regular admission ticket?

A commemorative Glencairn glass, an event program, a gourmet buffet throughout the evening, over 75 rums to sample, a chance to win a bottle of rum a month for a year and an opportunity to bid on a number of rum themed silent auction items. The price of a ticket includes entrance and rum sampling (you do not have to buy additional sample tickets).

Are tickets available at the door?

Although tickets will be available at the door, it is strongly advised that you order your tickets in advance to ensure your attendance! Last Year’s event sold out!

Is there parking at the hotel?

The hotel has limited available free parking. However, it is encouraged that you use public transportation and cabs.

Can you get a preferred rate at the Delta as part of the Festival?

Yes! Stay at the Delta Edmonton South for the night at a rate of $165. Call the Delta Edmonton South at 780-434-6415 and ask to book in the Rum Festival open block.

How do you find the rum’s on the list that you want to sample?

The booklet you receive on entering is set out alphabetically by the local agent/importer responsible for each rum company. The tables in the ballroom follow that list in a clockwise direction. Each table is marked with the name of the agent/importer to help you find them easily.

Do you need to purchase drink tickets to be able to taste the rums?

Certainly not! Sampling is included in the admission price. However, you will require a stamp book for your samples which will be available at the door.

Should you wear perfume/after-shave?

One of the great joys of any spirit tasting event is nosing the glass to identify subtle nuances and delicate aromas. Unfortunately this experience can be compromised by perfume, cologne and after-shave worn on your own person or even by somebody else some distance away. So please refrain from wearing any perfumed scents for the duration of the Festival and advise your guests accordingly.

Should you keep your ticket stub?

Absolutely! Bring your stub into Vines Wine Merchants by the end of Nov. 2016 to receive a 10% discount or $10 off, whichever is the better deal on a rum purchase.

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VinesThe folks at Vines do a fantastic job every year with both the Annual Edmonton Whisky Festival and the Annual Edmonton Rum Festival.

I encourage you to attend and enjoy yourself. It is a relaxed atmosphere with Rum Insiders, Brand Ambassadors, and Rum Enthusiasts from across Canada and around the World. You might even run into the Rum Howler, as I have my two tickets reserved already!

Note: All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

For more information please contact:

Vines – Riverbend Wine Merchants (Edmonton)

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Advance Notice: The 2nd Annual Edmonton Rum Festival

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 16, 2016

159736The folks at Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants (who have produced the very successful Edmonton Whisky Festival for the past 6 years) are teaming up with Lexus Edmonton and Capital FM 96.3 to bring you their 2nd Annual Edmonton Rum Festival!

All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

This is a unique chance to taste selected rums produced from around the world and to meet and discuss the noble spirit with industry and distillery representatives, and more importantly, monies raised at the event will help those affected by MS in our community, as well as help to fund research towards a cure.

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Where: Edmonton Delta South Hotel – Grand Ballroom
4404 Gateway Boulevard

When: Friday, September 30, 2016
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Ticket Price: $90.00 each: Available online beginning August 1rst here
(Tickets are also available in-store at Riverbend Wine Merchants (780 434 9444 ))

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What do You get for the price of a regular admission ticket?

You’ll receive a commemorative Glencairn glass, an event program, a gourmet buffet throughout the evening and, of course, over 75 rums to sample, a chance to win a bottle of rum a month for a year and an opportunity to bid on a number of rum themed silent auction items. The price of a ticket includes entrance and rum sampling (you do not have to buy additional sample tickets).

Should you wear perfume/after-shave?

One of the great joys of any spirit tasting event is nosing the glass to identify subtle nuances and delicate aromas. Unfortunately this experience can be compromised by perfume, cologne and after-shave worn on your own person or even by somebody else some distance away. So please refrain from wearing any perfumed scents for the duration of the Festival and advise your guests accordingly.

Are tickets available at the door?

Although tickets will be available at the door, it is strongly advised that you order your tickets in advance to ensure your attendance! Last Year’s event sold out!

Is there parking at the hotel?

The hotel has limited available free parking. However, it is encouraged that you use public transportation and cabs.

Can you get a preferred rate at the Delta as part of the Festival?

Yes! Stay at the Delta Edmonton South for the night at a rate of $165. Call the Delta Edmonton South at 780-434-6415 and ask to book in the Rum Festival open block.

There’s a rum on the list that I want to sample. How can I find it?

The booklet you receive on entering is set out alphabetically by the local agent/importer responsible for each rum company. The tables in the ballroom follow that list in a clockwise direction. Each table is marked with the name of the agent/importer to help you find them easily.

Do you need to purchase drink tickets to be able to taste the rums?

Certainly not! Sampling is included in the admission price. However, you will require a stamp book for your samples which will be available at the door.

Should I keep my ticket stub?

Absolutely! Bring your stub into Vines Wine Merchants by the end of Nov. 2016 to receive a 10% discount or $10 off, whichever is the better deal on a rum purchase.

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VinesThe folks at Vines do a fantastic job every year with both the Annual Edmonton Whisky Festival and the Annual Edmonton Rum Festival.

I encourage you to attend and enjoy yourself. It is a relaxed atmosphere with Rum Insiders, Brand Ambassadors, and Rum Enthusiasts from across Canada and around the World. You might even run into the Rum Howler, as I have my two tickets reserved already!

Note: All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

For more information please contact:

Vines – Riverbend Wine Merchants (Edmonton)

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2016 Edmonton Whisky Festival

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 5, 2016

Edmonton Whisky Festival2016 Edmonton Whisky Festival

(In Support of the MS Society)

Once again the folks at Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants have teamed up with the Alberta Division of the MS Society to bring you Edmonton’s Premier Whisky Festival. This is a unique chance to taste whiskies from around the world and to meet and discuss the noble spirit with industry and distillery representatives. Monies raised at the event will help those affected by MS in our community, as well as help to fund research towards a cure.

Where: Edmonton Delta South Hotel

When: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (7:00 – 10:00pm)

Ticket Price: $85.00 each (purchase online here)

The 2016 Edmonton Whisky Festival is a must for any whisky enthusiast and for those new to the exciting world of whisky. The price of your ticket includes entrance, whisky sampling, and the annual commemorative Edmonton Whisky Festival Glencairn Whisky Glass (see photo).

Please attend and enjoy yourself chatting in a relaxed atmosphere with whisky and scotch principals and enthusiasts from across Canada and around the world (The Rum Howler will be their too).

Master Classes

The always popular whisky Master Classes are brought to you by some of the whisky world’s most prominent luminaries. They begin at 6:30pm (and cost an additional $25 on top of your Festival ticket cost).

The lineup includes:

The Bourbon Masterclass with ‘Whisky Chef’ Matt Jones
The Adelphi Masterclass with Alex Bruce
The Bruichladdich Masterclass with Reed Pettit
The Springbank Masterclass with Ronald Watson

All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

For more information please contact:

Vines – Riverbend Wine Merchants (Edmonton)
Telephone: 434-9444
Email: info@vineswinemerchants.com

or visit the Edmonton Whisky Festival Website

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Tickets are now available from Vines or through the event website: (purchase online here)

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Sold Out! – 1st Annual Edmonton Rum Festival

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 25, 2015

Rum Poster1st Annual Edmonton Rum Festival

(In Support of the MS Society)

The folks at Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants (who have produced the very successful Edmonton Whisky Festival for the past 5 years) have teamed up with the Alberta Division of the MS Society to bring you another premium spirits festival, the 1st Annual Edmonton Rum Festival. This is a unique chance to taste rums produced from around the world and to meet and discuss the noble spirit with industry and distillery representatives.

Monies raised at the event will help those affected by MS in our community, as well as help to fund research towards a cure.

Where: Edmonton Delta South Hotel

When: Friday, September 25, 2015 (Today)

From 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Ticket Price: $85.00 each (This Event is Sold Out)

The Edmonton Rum Festival is a must for any rum enthusiast or for those new to this exceptional spirit. The price of a ticket includes entrance and rum sampling (you do not have to buy drink tickets)

Please attend the 1st Annual Rum festival and enjoy yourself chatting in a relaxed atmosphere with Rum and spirit insiders and enthusiasts from across Canada and around the World.

All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

For more information please contact:

Vines – Riverbend Wine Merchants (Edmonton)

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2015 Edmonton Whisky Festival

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 2, 2015

Edmonton Whisky Festival2015 Edmonton Whisky Festival

(In Support of the MS Society)

Once again the folks at Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants have teamed up with the Alberta Division of the MS Society to bring you Edmonton’s Premier Whisky Festival. This is a unique chance to taste whiskies from around the world and to meet and discuss the noble spirit with industry and distillery representatives. Monies raised at the event will help those affected by MS in our community, as well as help to fund research towards a cure.

Where: Edmonton Delta South Hotel

When: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ticket Price: $85.00 each (purchase online here)

The Edmonton Whisky Festival is a must for any whisky enthusiast or for those new to the exciting world of whisky, and the price of a ticket includes entrance, whisky sampling, and the annual commemorative Glencairn Whisky Glass.

Please attend the festival and ejoy yourself chatting in a relaxed atmosphere with whisky and scotch principals and enthusiasts from across Canada and around the world.

Master Classes

Master classes are available again this year.  They are all from 6:30-7:30 pm, and cost an additional $25 on top of your Festival ticket cost.  The lineup is:

Compass Box Masterclass with Chris Maybin
Laphroaig Masterclass with Simon Brooking
Kavalan Masterclass with Nick Haltigin
Canadian Whisky Masterclass with Dan Tullio

All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

For more information please contact:

Vines – Riverbend Wine Merchants (Edmonton)
Telephone: 434-9444
Email: info@vineswinemerchants.com

or visit the Edmonton Whisky Festival Website

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Tickets are now available from Vines or through the event website: (purchase online here)

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Celebrate World Whisky Month

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 5, 2014

Whisky Fest

World Whisky Month

World Whisky Month is being celebrated on November 12th and on November 13th at both Edmonton Wine and Beyond locations.

On November 12th, at 6:00 PM, the Windermere store location will be closed to the public and regular event ticket buyers will have the chance (beginning at 7:00 PM) to sample a selection of over 130 different whiskies representing 53 separate distilleries.

VIP Event Tickets provide access to a premium tasting event which begins at 6:00 PM with a selection that is truly spectacular. Spirits such as the Genfarclas 40 Year old, and The Macallan Ruby are just 2 of 24 special premium which will be available to VIP Event ticket holders.

On November 13, at 6:00 PM the event moves to the Emerald Hills store location.

Celebrate – World Whisky Month

Wednesday November 12 Windermere 7:00 to 10:00 Pm
Thursday November 13 Emerald Hills 7:00 to 10:00 Pm

Premium VIP tastings for both events to begin at 6:00

Please contact Wine and Beyond Spirits Beer and More for more details and ticket buying information.

Note: If you you want to meet The Rum Howler, I will be attending the Windermere event, feel free to introduce yourself!

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Edmonton Whisky Festival 2014

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 2, 2014

EWF2014Edmonton Whisky Festival

Why: In Support of the MS Society

Where: Edmonton Delta South Hotel

When: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ticket Price: $85.00 each

This event is a must for any whisky enthusiast or for those new to the exciting world of whisky.

Tickets includes entrance, whisky sampling, and the commemorative Glencairn Whisky Glass.

Chat in a relaxed atmosphere with whisky and scotch principals and enthusiasts from across Canada and around the world.

Master classes are available again this year.  They are all from 6:30-7:30 pm, and cost an additional $25 on top of your Festival ticket cost.  The lineup is:

Bourbon Masterclass with Matt Jones
Tullibardine Masterclass with James Robertson
The Macallan Masterclass with Dan Volway

All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

For more information please contact:

Vines – Riverbend Wine Merchants (Edmonton)
Telephone: 434-9444
Email: info@vineswinemerchants.com

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Tickets are now available from Vines or through the new website: (http://edmontonwhiskyfestival.ca/)

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Announcing the 2013 Edmonton Whisky Festival

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 5, 2013

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In Support of the MS Society

Where: Edmonton Delta South

When: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ticket Price: $75.00 each

This event is a must for any whisky enthusiast or for those new to the exciting world of whisky.

Tickets includes entrance, whisky sampling, and the commemorative Glencairn Whisky Glass.

Chat in a relaxed atmosphere with whisky and scotch principals from across Canada.

All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

For more information please contact:

Vines – Riverbend Wine Merchants (Edmonton)
Telephone: 434-9444
Email: info@vineswinemerchants.com

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Edmonton’s First Annual Tequila Fest

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 1, 2012

Edmonton’s First Annual Tequila Fest

Fantasyland Hotel Conference Centre
Friday, October 19th, 2012: 6:00-9:00 pm
Call for more information
780-483-1083 or Email: info@aligrawineandspirits.com
With Tequila Fest in the Subject line

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Rum Renaissance – 2011

Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 15, 2011

Last year I was invited to act as one of the International Judges at the 2010 RumXP International Tasting Competition which was held in conjunction with Rum Renaissance 2010. I spent five days soaking up the atmosphere of the festival, and of the city. I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and this year I want to extend a bit of an invitation to those who read and follow my blog to come to Miami this year to join in the festivities of the largest Rum Festival in the World.

This year the festival promises to be even better than last. It has grown from three days in 2009; to five days last year in 2010; to a full seven days of fun and frolic in 2011. The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival 2011 begins with the Zombie Jamboree at the Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale on Monday, April 25 from 5 to 7pm. From there, the events include nine VIP Parties, a three-day RumXP International Tasting Competition, various ancillary competitive events including The International Tiki Face Off Competition and the Baritt’s Ginger Beer Cocktail Competition. And it all wraps up with 2 days at the Grand Tasting Finale where there will be seminars, the cocktail competitions, and a Island Lifestyle Showcase.

This is what the Robert Burr, the organizer and prime motivating force behind the Festival, has to say…

Rum is experiencing a Renaissance of appreciation as more savvy consumers discover a truly remarkable range of fine rums from the Caribbean region, North, Central and South America, and around the world.

The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is one of the world’s premier international rum events, presenting a unique and exciting celebration of the fine arts of distillation, maturing and blending fine cane spirits.

Enjoy a full week of exclusive VIP parties at Miami’s most notable venues, a grand two-day exhibition of the best rum brands, the excitement of the Island Lifestyle Showcase, celebrity seminars, workshops and cocktail competitions, the annual RumXP competition and awards, an opportunity to rub shoulders with dignitaries and notable experts, and more.

Like I said earlier, I am kind of extending an invitation for everyone to come and join me in Miami.  You can purchase tickets for either day (or both) of the Grand Tasting Finale, or you can enjoy the full experience and obtain a VIP Pass and join in the fun of all of the VIP events all week-long. And of course everyone who attends can enjoy beautiful Miami Beach.

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