MOOSE CREEK — The major landfill and recycling operator here is plowing $10,000 into the community’s upcoming Tastefest. Event organizers and members of North Stormont Council collected the cheque recently (see above, starting at left with Councillor and Tastefest Chair Roxane Villeneuve, GFL Compost Supervisor Gilles Burelle, GFL Compliance Officer Greg van Loenen, GFL Eastern Canada Area Vice-President David Richmond, Mayor Jim Wert, Deputy Mayor Frank Landry, and Councillor Steve Densham.
Scheduled Saturday, Sept. 7, as a fundraiser for the Moose Creek pool, Tastefest runs place 2-7 p.m. beside the 1 Munroe St. recreational facility.
True to the event’s name, participants will taste the product of vendors from all over the province — from VQA wines to the offerings of breweries large and small, as well as scotch, aged barrelled whisky and vodka. Beyond drink, organizers also promise great food and live musical performances by Lee McKinnon, Ken Holland and Fridge Full of Empties.
Villeneuve says Tastefest will also feature prize-winning draws for first-class VIA Rail trips for two to Quebec City and Toronto (two individual prizes).
Tickets are $20 each in advance or $25 at the door. On-site sampling tokens — at $1 apiece — must be purchased to partake in the tasting.
GFL Environmental has stepped up as the event’s major sponsor. Previously known as Lafleche Environmental, the firm has a long tradition of giving North Stormont a taste of the action from its landfill operations north of Moose Creek. The corporation’s regular annual contribution to the municipality always amounts to hundreds of thousands dollars, based on a cut of the tipping fees charged on waste accepted at the facility. This year, North Stormont collected $500,000 alone from GFL.
But the firm is also know to pitch in with special contributions for recreation such as Tastefest. Previously, predecessor Lafleche Environmental ponied up $500,000 to assist the township when the Finch Arena was discovered to need a much more expensive overhaul than expected in 2013.