New Glasgow Rotary’s Tasting with a Twist to showcase Nova Scotian flavours and support a local charity

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NEW GLASGOW — The New Glasgow Rotary Club is bringing back its signature tasting fundraising event that will support Nova Scotian culinary and local charities.

Tasting will a Twist will be held on Friday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Summer Street Industries, featuring Nova Scotian fare, produced by local food trunks as well as homegrown breweries, spirit companies and wineries and the talents of local musicians.

Fifty per cent of the profit proceeds from the event will be donated to the local charity that receives the most votes during the event, while the other portion of funds will be used by the Rotary Club to support both community and international projects. The votes will be officially tallied by professionals from the accounting firm of Grant Thornton to determine the recipient charity. Among the vendors on board will be Fork in the Road Foot Truck, owned by J Conway Catering, Backstage Brewery, Nova Scotia Spirit Company, Devonian Coast Wineries which includes Jost Vineyards and the list is growing. Music will be provided by the Jon Raven Band with rock, country, folk and North Americana repertoire.

“We are excited to bring back our tasting event to feature all Nova Scotia made food and refreshments,” says Lisa Smith, a past president of the New Glasgow Rotary and co-chair of the Tasting with a Twist event with fellow Rotarian Blake Cormier.

“This will be a multi-dimensional event that showcases a purely Nova Scotia culinary experience while also providing the opportunity to give back to our community. We are thrilled to be able to have a local charity receive a large portion of funds from our event. The remainder of funds used will be shared among Rotary’s community and international projects so this fundraiser will result in a large investment in our community. We are inviting and encouraging members of our community to come out in full force to support the charities that are near and dear to their hearts. The voting aspect will add to the excitement of the Tasting with a Twist experience through a little friendly rivalry.”

Smith noted that the group has already had some interest expressed from fellow Nova Scotians from other parts of the province who are planning to make the trek to Pictou County for this Nova Scotia experience. “Products made right here at home in Nova Scotia are second to none and this is a chance to show our pride in the flavours that are placing our province front and centre on the world culinary stage.”

Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at Summer Street Industries or at Big Al’s.


Lisa M. Smith, chair of the New Glasgow Rotary’s Tasting with a Twist event, second from the left, is pictured with Chef Jason Conway, owner of Fork in the Road Food Truck and JConway Catering, Holly Klein (far left), marketing representative, Nova Scotia Spirits Co., and Debbie Matheson (far right), account executive, Devonian Coast Wineries, as the four review some of the products that will be tasted at the upcoming Rotary fundraising event that will feature all Nova Scotia flavours. (Submitted photo)