Dictionaries define barbarians as uncivilized, primitive and wild. But to the less rigid, more convivial folks at The Cascade Room, hosting the inaugural Barbarian’s Feast on May 29th, means they want to unleash your primal appetites and re-whet your giant appetite for life.
The evening will be devoted to robust feasting and drinking. Legendary whiskey ambassador Matt Jones will lead the alcohol portion of the festivities with generous samples of the entire Jim Beam whiskey line, plus Maker’s Mark, and plenty of brown liquor lore. Park your virtuous, sensible self at home and let your rambunctious side out for this special event. I’ve had the pleasure of dining with Matt once. Aside from being a skilled bartender, he’s a heck of a dinner date.
The dinner, presented buffet-style in the age-old tradition of the groaning board, will feature an 80 lb. whole roasted pig from Gelderman Farms in Abbotsford, in addition to irresistible offerings from Two Rivers Specialty Meats, including sausages, roast beef, turkey wings, game hens, and pork ribs. Barbarians cannot live by meat alone — try as they might — so satisfying sides will be served up as well, including potato salad, luscious greens and grilled corn on the cob. Reserve a tiny corner of your bad barbarian self for dessert – fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.
In addition to the whiskey tastings, libations will include two casks of Jim Beam-infused Main Street Brewing Ale, tapped by the Main Street Brew Master Jack Bensley. The creative Cascade Room bar team has also created two special cocktails for the event: the Suffering Barbarian (bourbon, ginger beer, angostura bitters, lemon) and the Barbarian Sour (smoked bourbon, Cointreau, lemon, old fashioned bitters).
Adding to the evening, local band Garran will entertain the crowd with Celtic-themed music.
Each guest will receive a BBQ apron embroidered with logos from Jim Beam, The Cascade Room and Main Street Brewing, along with a pewter goblet and custom fork to use for the feast and take home. Ha! They had me at roasted pig :)
Monday, May 29
Tickets: $99 (includes all food, beverage, taxes and gratuity)
Purchase online at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/barbarians-feast-tickets-33854418477