Flavours back for 16th gourmet gala for the arts

Flavours Muskoka

Muskoka Chautauqua is proud to unveil its lineup of great food and beverage producers for the 16th annual gourmet event of the summer: Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua on July 8.

“Every year we count on Flavours to raise money for arts education and lifelong learning opportunities in Muskoka,” says Muskoka Chautauqua co-founder Gayle Dempsey. “This year we’re calling it Flavours – The Spectacle because of the spectacular additions to our amazing graze.”
The event happens Friday, July 8 at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa from 7 to 10pm. As well as 25 chefs, wineries, breweries and other food and beverage producers, it also includes some showy features, including a Theatre Arcturus artist suspended

Theatre Arcturus at Flavours
Theatre Arcturus at Flavours

in a plastic bubble and pouring tasty concoctions. There are also two flare bars with fun to watch mixologists from Cocktails, The Fluid Experience. The Dixieland My Regal Jazz Band and strolling violinists add to the spectacle. There are also plans for cooking demonstrations on an outside BBQ.

Some of Muskoka’s finest resorts, restaurants and food producers will be there with fare to sample, including Bartlett Lodge, JW Marriott, The Sherwood Inn, Rocky Crest, The Water’s Edge, The Griffin Pub, Black Angus Meats and Game, and the Milford Bay Trout Farm. There will also be items to choose from for vegetarians from Eat Local Muskoka, Four Season Greens, Totem Juice and Muskoka Springs Water. Muskoka Lakes Winery and Muskoka Brewery will be joined by Black Angus Meatswineries, breweries and distilleries from across the province: Kacaba, Sandbanks, REIF, Majestic, Georgian Bay Spirit Co, Miller Lite, Social Lite Vodka, Slava Vodka, Thornbury Beverage Company, and Beam Suntory.

Sponsor Hammond Transportation is offering discounted transportation to and from the event. “We couldn’t put on an event of this scale without the help of our sponsors,” adds Muskoka Chautauqua co-founder Gary Froude. “We would like to thank Port Carling Foodland, Muskoka Windows and Doors, the JW Marriott, Scotiabank and the Ontario Arts Council for their generosity,” she says.

Auction items include at home dining experience

Employees of Scotiabank also give of their free time before and during the event gathering items for the silent auction table. Funds raised from the silent auction are matched by Scotiabank. This year people will be able to bid on gift certificates for everything from yoga sessions and rounds of golf to

Muskoka Jazz Band
The joint will be jumping to the Dixieland sounds of My Regal Jazz Band

dinners in Muskoka and Toronto restaurants, like the Cactus Club. Plus, attendees can win a dining experience for six at their home or cottage that includes a chef, sommelier and food and wine package.

Flavours tickets partially tax deductible

Tickets are $75 and as this is a charitable event, attendees can receive a tax receipt for half the ticket cost. Tickets can be bought online at MuskokaChautauqua.com.

Since Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua began 16 years ago, it’s estimated over $250,000 has been raised to help pay for school and lifelong community learning programs in Muskoka. In one year alone, Muskoka Chautauqua’s programs reached 2,000 students in local schools. Funds raised also offset the costs of having artists-in-residence each summer, where anyone can take classes or join in art parties with celebrated artists such as First Nations artist Donald Chretien, community mural painters Greg and Susan Hindle and Sean William Dawson. At an art party, adults get together to socialize and create their own art with the encouragement of the artist host.

About Muskoka Chautauqua

Muskoka Chautauqua is a community nurturing curiousity and creativity. Encompassing the arts, entertainment, education and reflection, Muskoka Chautauqua springs from a tradition that started almost 100 years ago – when the beauty of the region attracted North America’s leading thinkers to its tranquil retreats. Our vibrant, charitable organization continues to entice visitors seeking personal growth and enrichment, and to share innovative, creative ideas. To learn more about how we promote, organize and deliver multi-disciplinary arts and cultural programming in Muskoka, visit http://www.MuskokaChautauqua.com, on Twitter @artsinmuskoka and on Facebook.com/MuskokaChautauqua

 

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