Drink, eat and give back
In 2017, the Festival donated over $16,000 to local charities and organizations, thanks to help from Festival guests and sponsors. In upcoming years, the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival aims to donate even more to these fantastic organizations:
Calgary Food Bank
The Festival team donated 24 hours of volunteer time at the Calgary Food Bank in 2017. In addition, attendees of the Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival helped us donate nearly $1,800 and 550 lbs of food. Help us raise even more – non-perishable food items and monetary donations can be made at the door. Let’s see if Calgary attendees can bring more in than their Edmonton counterparts – the challenge is on!
Edmonton Food Bank
In 2017, Festival guests were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and monetary donations to support those in need – and boy, did they deliver! The Edmonton Festival raised nearly $2,000 and 650 lbs of food for the Edmonton Food Bank. We can’t wait to see how much Edmonton attendees raise next year!
The Leftovers Foundation
Close to half of of food produced worldwide is wasted, discarded in processing, transport, grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries and kitchens. The Leftovers Foundation is an non-profit organization that rescues food that would otherwise be thrown into the landfill and ensures it gets to service agencies in need. The Festival proudly donated $1 from every Front of the Line ticket sold in 2017 to this worthy cause, raising a total of $2,437!
SAIT Culinary Campus
Funds totalling $5,000 were raised to provide important scholarships and opportunities for students enrolled at SAIT’s Culinary Campus. Congrats and best wishes to the recipients of the 2017 Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival scholarships. Way to go Soojin, David and Brittany!
NAIT Culinary Arts
Supporting the next generation of top chefs, $5,000 was raised for students enrolled in NAIT’s Culinary Arts program. Congratulations to Carley and Allen – recipients of the 2017 Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival scholarships!