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Whisky Tasting coming back to Navy Hall
The event's guests can expect whisky tasting, food and camaraderie, said The Friends of Fort George's president Tony Chisholm. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

The Friends of Fort George, in collaboration with Forty Creek Distillery, is hosting the second annual Whisky Tasting event at Historic Navy Hall.

Forty Creek North American brand ambassador, Chris Thompson, will host the Feb. 22 show and there will be seven different whisky samples provided with a selection of hors-d’oeuvres from Sweets & Swirls cafe. The event starts at 7 p.m.

“It is a great event for the town to get together, in the middle of winter, in a nice warm place, with the fire roaring at Navy Hall,” said Tony Chisholm, president of The Friends of Fort George.

Admission is $45, down from last year’s price of $72 per person, which is much more “reasonable” and allowed them to attract more public interest, Chisholm said.

The money raised helps support historic events at the fort and hiring students for the summer. Last year, the Friends hired 16 students. Most of them worked in the squad, dressed as soldiers and carrying rifles.

“They were taught the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake so they can speak to the visitors when they came to the fort,” said Chisholm. “So when somebody would come to the fort, it would enhance their visitor experience because there were so many more soldiers around. And they put on displays of firing powder.”

Two or three people were also working as guides at Brock’s Monument at Queenston Heights, while others helped at the store at the fort. Chisholm joked he knows too much about whisky now.

“Whisky has a long Canadian history. Many of the soldiers were given rations of alcohol—whisky and rum—at the fort 200 years ago,” said Chisholm, who also served up a fun fact. “Canadian rye whisky is spelled ‘w-h-i-s-k-y.’ The ‘ey’ is an American thing for bourbon whisky. And everybody spells it wrong. This is the right way to spell it, with no ‘ey.’ "