Alberta festival celebrates whisky for charity

January 4, 2019 by  

This January, whisky-lovers in the greater Edmonton area will get together to learn, drink, and benefit a good cause.

The tenth annual Edmonton MS Whisky Festival offers drinkers a chance to sample the world’s best whisky, with 175 varieties of the drink on offer from both North America and the drink’s heartland in Ireland and Scotland. Proceeds from the event will go to the MS Society of Canada, which aims to help those suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Whisky lovers from surrounding cities like Leduc and St. Albert will likely also be interested. In addition to the many varieties of drink that can be sampled, aficionados will be able to meet experts like distillers and master blenders. Industry experts Andrew Walls, Gordon Dundas, Allisa Henley and Melanie Stranger will each teach a ‘Master Class’ for those interested in acquiring more knowledge or their own blending skills.

The Canadian MS Society is a national organisation that aims to address multiple sclerosis, a nervous disorder that affects an estimated 77, 000 Canadians. They raise money both for research into MS and ways to improve quality of life for people with the disorder. Fundraising events like this typically get the word out through brochure printing, social media and promotional products. More strenuous events include annual walks, runs, and bikes, but the whisky-drinkers of Alberta will be doing their part too.

The festival will take place on the evening of Wednesday, January 16 at the Delta Hotel in Edmonton.