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Canada Fundraiser launched to help save Taste of Edmonton after event postponed due to COVID-19

01:10  24 june  2020
01:10  24 june  2020 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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a person standing in front of a tray of food: Nyonya Malaysian Cuisine owners Patrick Jacob and Y.N. Lee hold their satay chicken and turmeric pancake dishes at the Taste of Edmonton in 2018. The organization behind Taste of Edmonton has launched a fundraiser to help save the event after it was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nyonya Malaysian Cuisine owners Patrick Jacob and Y.N. Lee hold their satay chicken and turmeric pancake dishes at the Taste of Edmonton in 2018. The organization behind Taste of Edmonton has launched a fundraiser to help save the event after it was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization behind Taste of Edmonton has launched a fundraiser to help save the event after it was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a news release Tuesday, Events Edmonton stated the postponement of the festival that has citizens sample food and drink from local Edmonton eateries has greatly impacted the non-profit organizations Taste of Edmonton supports, the community, the festival industry and Events Edmonton itself.

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“In these unprecedented times our non-profit organization is looking for support from our community to try and save an institution in the City of Edmonton,” said Donovan Vienneau, general manager of Events Edmonton, in the release.

“Setting up a fundraiser means that our organization is asking the communities we love to help us make it possible to bring this festival back next summer. Saving the festival will allow us to continue to support our charity partners, bring revenue directly back into Edmonton’s economy and allow Edmontonians to continue to enjoy our local multicultural food community.”

Donations can be made online at tasteofedm.ca . Every donation of $100 will receive one sheet of 40 tickets for the 2021 festival. A tax receipt will also be provided for donations of $25 or greater.

In 2019, the festival donated more than $100,000 to 22 local non-profit organizations.

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