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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Vermilion Street Jamboree: Where Culinary Delights Met Melodic Harmonies

From left, Vermilion Public Library board members Anna Giesbrecht and Dennis Giesbrecht preparing food for the supper. Photos Lorna Hamilton

Vermilion’s Main Street came alive on September 8 with the much-anticipated Vermilion Street Jamboree. This inaugural event delivered a seamless blend of exquisite cuisine and captivating live music, creating an enjoyable experience for all in attendance.

Organized in partnership with the Vermilion Public Library and CLASS of Vermilion, FOCUS orchestrated this unique affair. Festivities commenced at 5 p.m., followed by a buffet-style supper served from 6 p.m. The menu featured an array of delectable offerings, including pasta, Caesar salad, garlic toast, and shrimp. Recognizing the diversity of dietary needs, a chicken alternative for those with food allergies, and a gluten-free pasta option were also available.

“We didn’t have anyone with allergies attend, but we did have some people request chicken instead of shrimp,” explained Dawn Riley, FOCUS’s Special Projects Director.

Attendees seeking to complement their culinary experience found adult beverages at Copper Cork Distillery’s cash bar.

Riley emphasized the dual purpose of the event - to raise funds for FOCUS and to contribute to the broader community by supporting the Vermilion Public Library and CLASS. Riley affirmed, “It wasn’t just an event; it was a collective effort to strengthen our community bonds.”

Adding to the evening’s charm, local musician Adrienne Levy graced the stage with her melodies. Following her pre-dinner performance, Edmonton’s renowned band, The Oddibles, took over, delivering a musical journey spanning rock, pop, country, Motown, and R&B genres, tailored to the audience’s preferences.

In addition to the culinary and musical extravaganza, the event served as a platform for local community service groups to set up informative booths. Riley emphasized the significance of this interaction, stating, “As our community evolves it is crucial for these service groups to connect with newcomers, including college students, and familiarize them with the range of services available.”

Concerns about inclement weather were anticipated, and Riley was prepared. “We had a contingency plan in place. If the weather took an unfavourable turn, we had secured the Elks Hall to ensure a seamless event, luckily, the weather stayed nice and the smoke from the previous week moved out” she commented.

Tickets for this adult-only event were priced at $60 per person, or groups could secure a table for eight at $420.

Riley would also like to extend a sincere thank you to the over 100 people who attended.

“The support from this community and surrounding communities is astonishing! This was our first time holding an event like this and I am so pleased with the numbers we had attend. Thank you all so much!” said Riley.

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