Taste & See is an annual fundraiser supported by local restaurants and wineries that was held at Liuna Gardens in Stoney Creek on April 6th. This year Pig Out, Jack Astor’s Eastgate, Flamboro Downs, Liuna Gardens Restaurant, Blessed Trinity High School, Genuine Bakery, il Gelato di Carlotta, Upper Canada Cheese and Ramakers Imports stepped up in support of Wells of Hope Projects in Guatemala. Attendees also had the opportunity to sample wines and beverages from Jackson Triggs, Marynissen, Cave Spring Cellars, Small Talk Vineyard and Branches Café. Live music was played by Herb Nelson and Penner Mackay, better known as The Blurb.
Typically, Wells of Hope makes a short presentation on Accomplishments and Goals at its fundraising events. The 12th edition of the Taste & See fundraiser was no exception; however, what was not typical was that it announced that just the day before, the drilling crew in Guatemala had reported they had hit, for the fourth time this season, an aquifer for a water well for the people in the mountains of Santa Maria in Jalapa.
“We have been lucky to hit water early on”, said Scott Maxwell, chairman of Wells of Hope, “as usually our wells are over 1,000 feet deep – “this year we were blessed to have found water in two wells before the 700’ mark.”
The evening also included a live and silent auction, jewellery sales and a Tasting Guide activity that kept many of the attendees busy visiting the booths. Thanks to the organizing committee and the 150+ Wells of Hope supporters that attended, more than $15,000 were raised to help build school No. 23 in the Fall.