1st Annual WeHa Whiskey Festival Debuts Oct. 26

Drink whiskey for a good cause at Saturday’s WeHa Whiskey Festival in West Hartford, benefiting two local charities.

Proceeds from ticket sales to the inaugural event, held at the Town Hall Auditorium starting at 6 p.m., will go to The Town That Cares Fund and Camp Courant. The festival features 150 items for tasting from 30 tables, including varieties of scotch, bourbon and whiskeys, according to a news release from the organizers. The spirits will be complemented by hors d’oeuvres stations.

"There’s an interesting story behind each brand, and we know there are people who want to learn about them and try something new," said Seth Goldstein, managing partner of Maximum Beverage in Bishops Corner, in the release. “Whiskey is a growing category and the festival is an opportunity to educate the public while also raising money for some good causes.”

In addition to the spirit tastings, five local establishments – Grant’s, Tisane, Wood-n-Tap, McLadden’s and The Tavern Downtown – will compete in a restaurant battle, with each chef using Jameson Irish whiskey as an ingredient in their entrée. Food tickets will be sold, and the top-selling entrée will determine the winner.

The selected charities will also receive 100 percent of the profits from the evening’s additional fundraising activities, including the restaurant battle, a raffle and a silent auction.

The Town That Cares is a special fund overseen by the town’s Department of Human and Leisure Services, which assists West Hartford residents experiencing crisis situations that may hinder their ability to pay for critical life expenses. Camp Courant sends Hartford children to summer day camp for six weeks at no cost to families, and will mark its 120th anniversary in 2014.

Tickets are $79.99 in advance and $99.99 at the door, including a souvenir glass, a gift bag and other giveaways. To buy tickets, visit Maximum Beverage at 333 North Main Street, West Hartford, or call 860-761-2541.

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