Every April, about 500 members of the Burnaby community descend upon the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre for the annual fundraiser presented by The Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown.
The Rotary Wine, Food, and Music Festival is Burnaby’s premiere wine event. Guests are treated to a unique selection of local and international wines as well as a tantalizing assortment of casual and fine foods and live music.
“We’re very excited about this annual fundraiser,” says Vivian, a longtime member of The Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown. “It’s a time where you can socialize with friends while sipping great wine and tasting some wonderful foods from the local community.”
Guests enjoy culinary delights from local restaurants and organizations while listening to the music of the SFU Concert Orchestra—all while giving back to a good cause.
“It’s our major fundraiser, a chance to raise money for all the programs we support,” says Vivian. “We’ve been hosting it for 15 years. Last year we raised about $25,000.”
All proceeds for the event go towards the club’s many programs and charity initiatives such as Rotary-sanctioned literacy programs, the Rotary International Polio Plus Program, and the Down Syndrome Research Foundation.
The festival is one of the biggest local fundraising events of the year, which includes a silent auction, 50/50 draw, door prizes, and a raffle. Past prizes have included weekend stays at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, and handmade jewelry made by Kwakiutl First Nation artists.
In 2016, the festival celebrated its 15th year.
To find out more about The Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown and its programs, visit their website or send them an email. You can find out more about The Rotary Wine, Food, and Music Festival by visiting their website.