Whenever we put on an event, one of our goals is to try and expose people to something different. Another goal is to support and promote local businesses doing extraordinary work. That is why you will not find the ‘same old’ when you step up to the bar in the Wishart Hall on Saturday. Why not support the people who use our Saskatchewan barley and other grains, our Saskatchewan fruit, Saskatchewan grown herbs and flowers, and of course, the local people they employ to manage their websites, do their accounting, ship their product, and, of course, to help with the crafting of their fine libations? This is the economic circle of life so to speak. If you’re seeding malt barley on the farm, why not drink it when you reach into the fridge?
For the Honey Garlic and Pie Fest this year, we will be serving beer from my favorite brewery down the road, over the Touchwood Hills, and across the salt plains, in the town of Nokomis. Jeff and his crew are certainly one of the top breweries in the province, and if you haven’t tried, it’s time you should. I don’t know what you think about gin, but with Black Fox Gin, I drink it like it’s a fine 16 year scotch…neat. John is a master of his craft, and has the awards to back it up. World’s Best Gin Award is a pretty good one I’d say. His latest gin, a haskap gin, really is a gem. Come on out and try it. You can’t have a party in Wishart without vodka. While there are a few local distilleries to choose from, this year we are going to bring you a relatively new one on the scene, Lost River Distillery. They use “the finest Prairie grains using time honoured techniques that have been passed down within our family for generations”. For generations hey? Must have been lots of bush on the home quarter back in the day… As for Rye, Last Mountain Distillery is also down the road from Wishart. Like Black Fox, they are also found at the Regina Farmers Market with me. Aged in bourbon barrels for a few years will certainly help to put a smile on your face… along with their spiced rum, which we will also be serving. Cheers, big ears, and see you at the party!