Rotary launching a new signature event

Published on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 06:40

The local Rotary Club is drawing on its long history of organizing popular and profitable community events to roll out a fresh offering for area residents.

The inaugural Dauphin Rotary Oktoberfest makes its debut, Oct. 22, running from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Aspen Lodge and the Curlers Lounge in the Parkland Recreation Complex.

The evening has two distinct elements to it, Rotary president Christine Harapiak said.

“We’re featuring Manitoba craft beers, so there’ll be different vendors. It will just be beer brewed in Manitoba, because we think there’s a lot of exciting work happening and that people should have a chance to experience the different types of beer,” Harapiak said, adding a $45 ticket to the event will get you in the door and provide you a flight of four craft beers.

The second element centres on what the club is calling the Parkland Sausage Wars. The fun blind taste test involves sampling the wares of area sausage makers and voting for your favourite.

For the modest investment of $5, those participating will get a sample of sausage from one of four booths fashioned after German kingdoms. Each additional investment of $5 is rewarded with another sausage sample and another ballot, Harapiak said.

“We’ll crown a champion at the end of the night. The winner will be revealed as to which vendor the crowd’s favourite sausage came from. So we hope it’s a little bit of fun,” she said. “We will reveal all the vendors at the end of the night. We won’t say who was second, third or fourth. We’ll say the champion and then we’ll make sure that everybody knows where the different sausages came from, so they can go in and buy some for themselves.”

There will be plenty of other activities going on throughout the night to keep people busy such as an auction of interesting item donated by local businesses and an array of German-themed snacks donated by Dauphin Co-op, which is a major sponsor of the event.

“And you’ll get a souvenir Rotary Oktoberfest 2022 taster glass,” Harapiak added. “Our hope is that people will come back every year and they’ll have a whole selection of taster glasses at home to continue the fun of beer tasting.”

Harapiak said the idea for the evening came from club member Howard Wirch as local Rotarians were brainstorming something to replace the Rotary wine tasting which was no longer being supported by the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation.

“We like to think our signature events were fun. We had Lobsterfest and wine tasting and those were great events for the community to get together and they’ve sort of fallen off over the last couple years with COVID,” Harapiak said. “So we’re excited to have something like this come up.”

Proceeds from the event will be used to support Rotary activities in the area. Harapiak said while Rotary is known for its strong support of local and international projects, the club is building towards a special anniversary.

What we’re working towards in rotary is thinking about 2024 and our 100th anniversary as a service Club in the city of Dauphin, Harapiak said.

“So some of the funds raised from this will go towards projects celebrating that. We’re kind of consulting with the community right now about what some of the needs are before we decide exactly where our next projects are going to be.”

Tickets for Rotary Oktoberfest 2022 are available from the Dauphin Liquor Mart or from any Dauphin Rotary Club member.

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