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Taste of Glenhyrst fundraiser brings bohemian vibes to the art gallery

Local NewsTaste of Glenhyrst fundraiser brings bohemian vibes to the art gallery

Six hundred and fifty people strolled the grounds at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery for the return of the Taste of Glenhyrst fundraising event on Thursday, June 16.

Despite attempting to plan events in 2020 and 2021, this year’s Bohemian Summer Stroll themed event was the first to go ahead since their Carnevale di Venezia in 2019.

Melissa Houley, Janey Maloney, Sandra Szczechura and Amber Layney pose for a photo in one of the seating areas at the Bohemian Summer Stroll themed Taste of Glenhyrst fundraiser on Thursday, June 16.

Lisa Henrique, a committee member for Taste of Glenhyrst, said that the event’s much anticipated return sold out within six minutes when tickets went on sale on April 13.

“It’s amazing to be back,” Henrique said. “This is actually the first year that we’ve used the entire grounds. We originally set it up this way to allow social distancing for COVID-19 but it has created opportunities for more performers and space for guests to roam.”

Stacey Bester laughs with attendees at her Sweet Bakery cupcake trailer at Taste of Glenhyrst’s Bohemian Summer on Thursday, June 16.

The evening event welcomed guests to enjoy sips and eats from a number of local food and beverage vendors. Nineteen food partners were on hand for the event, from local restaurants and bakeries to markets and a chocolate shop.

In the beverage department, 16 vendors were on site for all to enjoy including six wineries, seven breweries, two distilleries and one cidery.

Attendees were also treated to performances from eight musicians strategically placed throughout the grounds including Paris-based duo Meg and Bailey, Canadian troubadour John Muirhead and Waterloo R&B artist Paige Warner.

Folk singer John Muirhead performs for guests at the Bohemian Summer Stroll Taste of Glenhyrst on Thursday, June 16.

In addition to the musical entertainment, guests could also receive a tarot card reading by Kait Fowlie or participate in one of four sound bath experiences throughout the evening hosted by The Beauty Barn Spa.

The proceeds of the fundraising event go to supporting the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.

Kait Fowlie gives a tarot card reading during Taste of Glenhyrst on Thursday, June 16.
Julie Hewings and Corrie Gallant from The Beauty Barn Spa lead a group in a sound bath experience at Taste of Glenhyrst on Thursday, June 16.
Bailey Uvanile, co-owner of Lettuce Live in Brantford, chats with event-goers at Taste of Glenhyrst on Thursday, June 16.
Chelsea Noiles of Brantford poses for a photo in one of the seating areas at Taste of Glenhyrst’s Bohemian Summer Stroll on Thursday, June 16.
Paul Mitton and Lisa Bagshaw smile for a photo between vendor stops at Taste of Glenhyrst on Thursday, June 16.
Seventh Coffee owners Mike Gatopoulos and Michael Thomlison smile for a photo during the Taste of Glenhyrst fundraiser on Thursday, June 16.

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