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Saturday, May 21, 2005


Wow! For a festival going into it's third year it seems like this event's been a fixture of the Ottawa social scene forever. Slick is a word I would use to describe the grand opening event last night. Mainly meant, I think, to thank the many, many festival sponsors, it was a truly a fun place to be. Thanks to Elaina Martin and Suki Lee for organizing this great kick-off party.
Time well spent on a spring Friday evening. Dish Catering provided some outstanding treats like Pizza Bianco with white Truffle Oil , spicy dumplings with sweet chutney, Cashew Chicken Yakitori, delicious grilled 'n chilled shrimp, Bento Box Sushi with chopsticks, margarita popsicles (yum x 3).

Oh yeah, there was the obligatory cheeses of the world with all sorts of fresh fruit, and bowls, I mean huge bowls filled with assorted chocolate truffles and treats. Awesome.
Jim Watson, MPP, former Ottawa Mayor and local TV personality, was there to again give his support to this year's festival. Craig Hinman tells me that he will be singing a song, "This is the Moment", from Jekyll and Hyde - The Musical. There is something for everyone from the Cowboy Junkies to the Mighty Popo and everything in between to dazzle your artistic senses. Sounds interesting? Well, take note to be in Ottawa Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, 2005 for the two day action packed event. I was lucky to win one of the multiple door prizes last night: six mega huge Hoegaarden beer glasses which weigh about 12 pounds. Yay! Hello to rob mclennan, 5thmuse and mintyfresh!

Take note InBev, if you are reading this, on the emptiness of the glasses photographed above. Please feel free to send me beer or equivalent in beer coupons so that I and my friends may fully test and experience the greatness that is purported on your website.
-John (with thumb near ear and pinky jiggling near mouth whispering the words, "Call me".)


Blogger mintyfresh said...

wow - that is a LOT of glasses. Were those all from last night?

Nice to meet you at the party!

Saturday, May 21, 2005 1:50:00 PM  
Blogger John MacDonald said...

Yup, the glasses came in a big cardboard box. At first, I thought it was a beer making kit when I accepted the gift bag from Elaina - it was so heavy. It was only after the party did I realize they were glasses. I felt like it was our wedding day all over again! Nice!
(The little shot glass to the right is mine and just placed there for size relativity.)

Saturday, May 21, 2005 2:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, your pictures are stunning. I'm bookmarking you.

Monday, May 23, 2005 4:02:00 PM  
Blogger John MacDonald said...

Thank you for the comments, Pearl. Come back anytime!

Monday, May 23, 2005 6:14:00 PM  

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