Vendors, attendees and event coordinators all agreed, amidst the dancing and drinking, that this year’s toast was not to be missed.
If you didn’t go this year, avert your eyes in the case you may never recover. This was, by far, the “best” Toast of Harwich to date.
Highlights from the night included:
Joe from Cranberry Liquors (sorry dad)
The High West Bourbon tasting was a success! Bill, our rep from Horizon, even commented how people were surprised and excited by the whiskey (and the whiskey tasting!)
The food was awesome, with Guy from the Mason Jar doing his famous desserts on a mirror, Red’s making their first appearance with Italian catering, salsa and other soiree food from Buca’s, and the Wequassett even got down with their “snicky-snacks.”
Mark from Trio Wines did his usual best – and new people fell in love with one of our favorite wine reps.
an excellent performance from the Rip it Ups: live music got people on the floor dancing.
Most notably, the online auction was a great fundraiser. Years past, the auction was “silent,” and the bidding took place only at the event. This year, previews of the items, bidding and winning all took place online. This allowed people to partake in a totally different way… and proved to be a profitable endeavor for the Chamber.
Harwich was there in full swing, and Cranberry Liquors is thrilled to have coordinated the spirits for the evening.
Check out some of the pictures Taylor Anne Williams took this year. (She is semi-counter girl at C.Liquors, photographer and artist.)
Olly Olly in free, ladies and gentlemen. If you haven’t bought a ticket to this year’s Toast of Harwich yet
They are almost sold out!
That is an awesome thing (it’s a charity event, after all…)
But it’s not so great if you wanted to go and have been noncommittal.
So get one?
In all seriousness, the annual Toast Of Harwich tend to sell out – this is no accident! Chamber members and local establishments taking part all do their best to sell tickets to this great Harwich-ian event.
But… and this is a really big BUT (let’s talk about your big butt, Simone…) if you have never attended the Toast of Harwich, it’s a seriously locals-only thing to do. I mean, if you’ve never gone to the Wequassett, if you’ve never hung out with the local business owners who do their thing, if you’ve never worn dressy clothes, drank wine and whiskey and laughed with strangers about finger food or dance to the “Rip It Ups”… and not gotten a kick out of ANY of what I just said… don’t go!
Take it from someone who 1.) went as the photographer one year, 2.) went as a wine pourer for several years and 3.) went last year with my dad (his name is Joe, and he will do “This is Joe” in his radio commercial voice if you ask really nicely.)
I did not, I repeat, did not want to go as any of the above things. And every single year, I wondered “why do I do this every year? It’s always the best time I have all spring.”
Cranberry Liquors has sponsored the wine tasting for this event for the 8th time this year. This is because we love Harwich and believe C.Liquors is a part of Harwich Port’s community.
PROTIP: If you don’t know what you want to drink, that’s why they invented these events. To figure out what you like…
PROTIP II: If you think everyone there will know more about wine and spirits then you, then you’ve been drinking all wrong! Come have a good time and be a local toasty person. It’s fun and you might find your new favorite wine, restaurant or best friend.
Just in Case You Thought the Toast of Harwich was for Wine aficionados only, you are mistaken!
This year, the annual Toast of Harwich will be pouring High West Whiskey.
High WestWhiskey is made in a distillery in Utah. This bourbon is excellent.
These three whiskey bourbons are featured tastings at the Toast courtesy of Horizon Beverages:
– The American Prairie Bourbon – High West’s Campfire Whiskey – Rendezvous Rye
The names are not only cheesy and American, they have significance.
For instance, the American Prairie Bourbon™ donates 10% of the proceeds to the Prairie Reservation in Montana!
Nose: Light caramel and sweet vanilla Taste: Rich and earthy on the palate with well balanced flavors of candy corn, honey nougat and sweet corn bread biscuits Finish: Vanilla with a hint of caramel apple
Cranberry Liquors offers High West American Prairie Bourbon $31.99
The Rendezvous Rye is named after a annual “pelt-trade” from the mid-1800’s. From High West’s Website:
Our flagship whiskey commemorates the first recorded whiskey-fest out West. From 1825 to 1840, the “rendezvous” was the annual summer gathering of mountain men to exchange pelts for supplies. Alcohol was not one of the “supplies” at the first rendezvous. This oversight was QUICKLY corrected with a generous supply of whiskey at the second rendezvous in Utah’s Cache Valley.
The Rendezvous Rye, for instance, is hot. As in spicy. Traditionally made with two rye mashes, these whiskey bourbons are not typical. They’re old school.
The Rendezvous Rye is a (top secret) blend of straight rye whiskies.
Cranberry Liquors sells the Rendezvous Double Rye Whisky for $38.99.
The High West Campfire Whiskey is another top secret blend. “A blend of bourbon, rye, and peated scotch whisky, ranging in age from 5-8 years old.” At 46%, or 92 proof, it is possibly the most dangerous and/or flammable.
The Campfire whiskey is also the most expensive at $61.99 (keep this in mind while tasting at the Wequassett Resort.) 😉
Perhaps most excitingly, these bourbon whiskeys are all 91-94 point award winners, from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate to Jim Murray’s or Whiskey Advocate. It’s super impressive to see so many awards from one outstanding company.
As mentioned previously, these three whiskeys will be available at this year’s Toast Of Harwich, this Saturday, April 28th.
tl;dr: Cranberry Liquors and this blog writer think this will be the best Toast of Harwich yet.
the 2018 Toast Of Harwich is only ten days away…
Ten days, people!
White Knight Prosecco – Baystate Wines will be bringing the bubbly for this year’s VIP Toast
I’d let the ad do all the talking… if I wasn’t paid by the word.
In all seriousness,
Cranberry Liquors continues to work hard with local merchants and our wine and spirit distributors who will be showing off their latest and greatest product.
The White Knight is an excellent sparkly Prosecco (that’s the Italian varietal of champagne – only France makes champagne.)
Ninety points non-withstanding, here’s the shimmy on the White Knight:
It’s not as dry as a typical champagne. “Fruit forward” was one of many descriptions I read for this wine.
Prosecco is used as the main ingredient in a Bellini
Proseccos are usually served as an aperitif – or before the meal being served.
It will be used as the VIP Toast
If you will not participate in this toast don’t worry!
There will be a representative of Baystate Wines who will have some available to taste. Stephanie is on schedule to pour the selection Cranberry Liquors and Baystate Wines came up with for this year.
Fun Fact: Prosecco isn’t always sparkling! Spumante is the sparkling version and Frizzante is semi-sparkling . Tranquillo is the still varietal of what us Americans call Prosecco.
The VIP Toast is as much a tradition as the Toast of Harwich itself, which is probably why Joe picked it for me to write about.
In case all of this means nothing to you (why are you still reading?) the Toast of Harwich is an annual charity supporting Harwich’s Chamber of Commerce. Locals, snowbirds and merchants alike come together on this fabulous evening looking fly as all get-out.
There are some tickets left if you are interested in attending. Read about this year’s toast here, or get your ticket now here.
As I said before, this year’s toast is shaping up to be the best ever.
PS: No I didn’t write that last year.
PPS: No, I won’t be saying it next year.
Feel free to contact Harwich’s Chamber of Commerce directly with any questions (or leave it in the comments!)