On February 22, 2013, 150 distinguished Montrealers and members of the St. Andrew’s Society gathered at the University Club for WHISKYFETE 2013. This inaugural (first annual) event showcased fine and rare Scottish whiskies, traditional Scottish foods and outstanding highland dancing and piping.
The event raised $38,500 towards the Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies currently being created at McGill University.
The Guest of Honour was none other than the Honorable Ken Dryden and we were delighted that McGill principal Dr. Heather Munro-Blum was able to join us.
A picture tells 1,000 words and you’ll find plenty of photos of the event at the website of the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal here: http://photos.standrews.qc.ca/5964908.
As well as the dazzling collection of whiskies being poured by distillery representatives who guided guests through the tasting experience, there was also was caviar, foie gras and snuff to sample. Guests left with gift bags generously filled by McAuslan, Gryphon Shortbread, the McEuen Scholarship Foundation and the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal.
The WHISKYFETE 2013 organizing committee was comprised of Peter McAuslan, Bruce Bolton, Brian MacKenzie, Gillian Leitch, Chareen Dias, Peggy Regan, Kirk Johnstone, Dave MacLeod, Nicholas Synnott, Brian McQueenie, Theresa McGoldrick and Margo Pollock. We are particularly grateful to Brian and Theresa who are the two halves of OUIDRAM and who selected and acquired the whiskies and provided wisdom and sage counsel all along the way. McGill students Rebbeca Dowd, Sarah Dowd, Shannon Conway and David McLeod welcomed guests and sold raffle tickets.
The next WhiskyFete is tentatively scheduled for the 22 May 2014…. keep visiting this page for updates!