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Monday , 30 November 2020

Taste testing event cancelled in Vermilion

Savor was cancelled Monday morning in light of recent provincial regulation changes.

The board weighed the decision and has been receiving positive support so far, which was meant to keep the community’s best interest at heart.

“The Savor event was intended to bring our community a sense of ‘normalcy’ during these trying times, while of course adhering to all the protocols,” said coordinator Candice Anderson.

Originally scheduled for November 20 – 21, the annual event regularly hosts taste testing for local liquor and appetizer vendors.

Those with a wanting palette could sample wine, scotch and beer paired with a variety of cheeses, and creative hors d’ oeuvre pairings–even with the alterations this year.

They had previously changed it to a seated event with limited hours, and added cart service to tables as well as mask-wearing for vendors, servers and volunteers. The GLI limited ticket sales, changed it to a two-day event, advertised only locally, planned to screen participants, and were going to maintain social distancing.

Even though Vermilion is not in an ‘enhanced’ or ‘purple’ zone, and the event limit of 15 people is not applicable, the GLI decided that the area may be only a few cases away from those regulations being subject to change.

“The GLI wants to do our part to protect our community,” said Anderson.

“We hope that we are again able to provide community events in the near future. Stay safe everyone.”

Those who purchased tickets will be given a full refund.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect after leaving traditional newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.