Take the Meager Mudslide Tasting Tour
The Meager Mudslide might have washed away access to the hotsprings… but Pembertonians aren’t ones to sit around sucking on lemons when there’s lemonade (cocktails) to be made.
A crew of creative locals got to work creating Meager Mudslide concoctions, to help you feel just as warm and fuzzy as if you were deep-soaking in bliss and bubbles. Take the Meager Mudslide Tasting Tour in September, especially over the Labour Day long weekend, and soak in the knowledge that you’re supporting the Pemberton and District Search and Rescue. (Download the google-map direct to your i-pod, here. Or pick up a paper copy from the Visitor Information Centre.)
Schramm Vodka Distillery is the world’s only producer of organic potato vodka… and the distillery is open for tours and tastings all weekend this Labour Day, from Thursday to Monday, 11am – 6pm. By special request, visitors can ask for the Meager Mudslide shooter cocktail, featuring Schramm Vodka, Pemberton Valley Coffee Company’s Lazy Crow Espresso, Avalon organic cream, and hand-shaved chocolate, which was inspired by the chocolate-milk like appearance of the Lillooet River in the days after the slide. $1 from every Meager Mudslide Tour & Tasting will be donated to PEMSAR.
Blackbird Bakery is an all natural, from-scratch bakery where they conjure forth hand-crafted pastries and artisan breads from top-quality ingredients, including Across the Creek Organic potatoes, locally roasted coffee from Pemberton Valley Coffee Company, and Pemberton-crafted Namasthe Teas. All proceeds from their Meager Mudslide special, a Hazelnut and Chocolate Duo go to the Pemberton & District Search and Rescue.
Pemberton’s only specialty coffee-house, Mt Currie Coffee Company is for true coffee aficionados, with single origin beans and a range of breakfasts and lunches that are made on-site, from scratch, incorporating local seasonal produce from Helmers Organic Farm, Rootdown Organics, Riverlands and North Arm Farm. The Meager Mudslide inspired the crew to create a brand new espresso blend. $2 from every bag of Mount Meager Espresso goes directly to the Pemberton Search and Rescue. They will be pulling shots of the Mount Meager Espresso blend all long weekend so come in and treat yourself to the best cappuccino, latte or Epic Moche Frappe you’ve ever tasted.
Big Sky Golf Course isn’t just the Best Public/Resort Course in BC (according to the Vancouver Sun’s Best of BC Golf Panel), it’s the location of the most scenic patio in the entire Sea to Sky corridor, making the restaurant, Fescue’s, a draw to golfers and non-golfers. From 1-9 September, the Big Sky Golf Course’s specials board will feature the “Sweeter Side to the Meager Creek Mudslide” with a Meager Mudslide Martini and the Bitter Sweet Chocolate Lava Cake, guaranteed to have you on your knees. Culinary student Aaron Smith, who is interning at Big Sky Golf and Country Club this summer, created the Lava Cake dessert as a tribute to the “nerve-rattling experience of the Meager Mudslide. The inspiration,” he says, “is its resemblance to an actual mudslide on your plate and palate. As you cut into the Lava Cake, you’ll experience the warm gooey goodness of chocolate with a hint of cinnamon.” The Bitter Sweet Chocolate Lava Cake is also served with toasted coconut brittle and mixed berry coulis. To pack an extra punch, Big Sky has paired the dessert with its own Meager Mudslide Martini – a delicate mix of espresso, Navan and Amarillo in a cinnamon sugar martini glass. “Together the two offers the guests a whirlwind of tastes and sensations that will bring you back for more,” promises Smith, who has gone from studying jazz and music to conducting symphonies for the palate…
You might need rescuing after imbibing this much decadence, but with all proceeds going to support Pemberton and District Search and Rescue, odds are good that they’ll be willing to help you out.