It was a great year for Jessup’s Falls. We had our first festival ‘in’ the park and ended with a bang with the annual Wine, Cheese and Beer celebration in Wendover, Ontario. The 2018 promotional year was funded by EscarpAction Jessup’s Falls.
It was a spirited evening with entertainment by local violinist Chantal Gaudet-Rice on a background of photographs of our region by local artist/photographer Suzanne Bohay of Artbo designs. Our host for the evening, Elmer Leblanc with his cow bell, alerted attendees to activities throughout the evening. Bidding was swift on the silent auction, the 50/50 draw gathered a grand prize and the evening culminated in the live auction called by local politician and business owner Jean-Pierre Cadieux.
Volunteers made the evening a success by selling tickets, decorating and prepping/serving food. The preparation and evening went smoothly thanks to our volunteers!
Many local businesses were generous in their donations of cheeses, desserts and breads. EscarpAction added to the donations to create a fabulous spread with something for everyone…including those with food intolerances. No one was left out! There was enough food to keep everyone circulating through the tables all evening. It was all beautifully set up and the food just kept coming!
- Castone farm provided wonderful breads and organized the serving of food for the evening
- Bergeries des sables provided some beautiful goat cheese
- Mariposa farms sourced specialty cheeses
- St-Albert donated their famous curds
- The cheese tables were rounded out with crudités from Bissonette’s Valu-Mart and charcuterie from L’Orignal Packing.
- Place 19-67 and La Binerie Plantagenet provided cakes and pies to make sure everyone, even those who did not win an auction cake, had a sweet ending to the meal
There was ample wine for the evening and Cassel Brew was on hand with their specialty beers. Many tried their luck for a specialty bottle of wine. There were also options for the designated drivers with a selection of soft drinks, coffee, tea and water. Joyful Café from Rockland provided a robust coffee that paired well with donated cakes from La Binerie de Plantagenet and Place 19-67 to end the evening.
And be merry!
The live cake auction put the audience into a sweet frenzy of bidding by auctioneer & local politician/business owner Jean Pierre Cadieux. Cakes and pies on auction were all made by local businesses and volunteers from Cumberland to Hawkesbury including:
- Baked on the Hill with their Dark Chocolate Fauxmage cake,
- Black Walnut Bakery and their Salted Caramel Buttercream,
- Chef Bruce Wood Culinary Consulting‘s Pumpkin Gingerbread cake
- Kottage Kafé‘s German Hazelnut Cake &
- Le Chardo‘s famous Raspberry Pie
As well as sweets, local artists and artisans Francois Delorme of Ferme Delju and Francois Gour donated hand made wood furniture and art. The silent auction also had tight competition on great items like
- product baskets from, Koaino Soaps, Sublime Esthetics and Julis Sugarbush;
- custom made moose hide mittens by Mocassin PeladeM,
- relaxing massage from Physio Plantagenet,
- and many privately donated products and a mini art show featuring art from:
Local businesses also provided prizes for the evening: coupons for local restaurants Max’s Diner, Place 19-67 and Wendover Family Restaurant, local winery Domaine Perreault donated a bottle of wine for each gift bag and a sampling of local beers from Cassel brew. Maple syrup, lip balms, art cards and EscarpAction swag completed the door prizes for the evening.
Many thanks to Leeça St-Aubin for recording the evening in photos and we hope to see you at our events next year!