Following the recent construction of the playground in Kinsmen-Wellesley Park, Wakamow Valley is already thinking ahead to fundraising for the next playground project. Proceeds from this year’s Festival of Flavours fundraiser, which is on Thursday November 3, will go towards replacing the 30 year old wooden structure in Connor Park. This was the first playground to be built in the valley and will be the last to be replaced with one which is fully accessible.

Margaret Moran, CEO Wakamow Valley Authority comments: “Wakamow Valley is committed to providing outdoor space for children of all abilities to play and enjoy the outdoors. Outdoor play is so important for both physical well-being and the social development of children but it’s also a lot of fun for us to fundraise, choose a playground and then work with volunteers to build it. There is a real sense of achievement and pride.”

Ailsa McKeen, Event Coordinator comments: “The Festival of Flavours is a great way for people to contribute towards this project. They can enjoy specialty dishes and drinks from lots of different restaurants, cafes, and liquor companies and listen to live music all under one roof while raising money for our final playground.”

There are some exciting new vendors this year including Little Red Market Café, Simplicitea Organic Boutique, Prairie Bee Meadery, Wines of the World, Forty Creek Distillery and Big Rock Brewery as well as returning favourites Mitsu Sweet Café, Supermeats, Taste of Lebanon, Harwood’s at Temple Garden, Charton Hobbs and Last Mountain Distillery.

The tasting event will take place on Thursday November 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Sportsman’s Centre. Tickets are $25 which includes admission and 5 tasting coupons and can be purchased over the phone or at the Wakamow Valley office on 276 Home St. E. Further coupons can then be purchased for $1 per coupon. Brodie Mohninger’s trio, Gold Rush will be there to entertain people and there will also be a raffle.

For those who are unable to make the event, Wakamow Valley is also holding a Christmas Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday November 5 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Admission is $2 and proceeds will also go towards the Connor Park replacement playground.