The Sooke Harbourside Lions are hosting their evening of Hearts and Roses. It’s a chance to sample local food and beverages, just before Valentine’s Day. (Black Press Media)

Hearts and Roses in Sooke in time for Valentine’s Day

Harbourside Lions event a perennial favourite

Sooke Harbourside Lions are again treating folks to A Taste of B.C., and organizer Joanne Payment promises this year’s event will be better than ever.

It will be the 11th time the group has organized the annual event which offers a dizzying selection of after-dinner treats, including a selection of local food, wine, beer, ciders, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages — all for the low price of $35 per ticket.

The admission covers eight sample tickets that can be exchanged for a taste of one of the local beverage vendors’ products, all who will be at the event to highlight their products.

“It’s a great opportunity to try out some of these local, award-winning products,” Payment said

“And there’s no restriction on the samples of food at the event which makes it a great opportunity for people to sample locally prepared treats that they might not otherwise have experienced.”

Payment said that the Harbourside Lions have already signed up 22 vendors for the event – all local producers.

“I expect that number will grow. Right now they are mainly from Sooke, but we may be spreading our wings a little to invite some people from outside the immediate community to highlight their products as well.”

In keeping with the past tradition of the event, Payment has announced a theme for this year’s event.

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“In the past we’ve had themes like Denim and Diamonds but, this year, given that the event is just before Valentine’s Day, our theme will be Hearts and Roses,” Payment said.

“It’s a chance to take your special Valentine out for an evening for some great food and drinks, good company, and laughter.”

In addition to the tasty offerings, the club will host a silent auction, featuring an eclectic mixture of prizes designed to satisfy every taste and desire.

“This is one of two fundraisers that the Harbourside Lions do every year with the other the Great Duck Race. The events raise funds that we use for a whole host of community projects and other charities,” Payment said.

In the past the Harbourside Lions have contributed to Huntington Disease research, the Canadian Diabetes Association, educational bursaries and others.

Tickets for the Taste of B.C. event are $35 and will be available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmasave and Edward Milne Community School. This is an adult event and will be restricted to those 19 years of age and over.

A Taste of B.C. takes place at EMCS on Feb. 8 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

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