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Whisky, Wine, and Washington: 8th Annual Scottish Whisky Tasting Event

ALEXANDRIA, VA –  Alexandrians love to celebrate their city’s Scottish roots and their hometown boy, President George Washington. The Annual Alexandria Sister Cities Whisky Tasting is the perfect event to do both!

The Alexandria Sister Cities Committee, with assistance from the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA), is hosting this year’s whisky tasting event on March 20, from 7-10 pm, at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 138 North Royal Street, in the very room where President George Washington held his birthday ball in 1789. George Washington, a distillery owner and whisky lover, will be there “in spirit” taking the Angel’s share alongside guests.

VIP Whisky Tasting Includes Swag Bags

The event features a full 45-minute VIP whisky tasting experience conducted by North American Whisky Ambassador Simon Broking and Beam Suntory’s “Protector of the Peat” Palmer Orlandi.

Guests will receive a swag bag and their very own official Sister Cities Scotch glass, perfect for that nice pour of Laphroiag.

View from Balgay Hill over Lochee with Cox’s Stack, Dundee, Scotland, which is one of the sister cities to Alexandria, VA.

Scottish fiddle and bagpipe entertainment will be provided by renowned musician, Peter Walker, thanks to sponsorship by the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington, DC., along with a fabulous dinner catered by Tasteful Affairs (to include non-meat options for Lent and vegetarians), wine selection, beautiful desserts by Pop-Up Patisserie and more. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be served.

“We are truly fortunate to be able to keep the quality of the event high and the ticket price reasonable thanks to so many incredible sponsors who show up and show their strong support for our community. We couldn’t do it without their generosity,” Linnet added.

Hitting New Marks for Scholarships

Not to rest on their laurels from previous years, but organizers promise this year’s party will be a “notch above.” The event will close with a raffle featuring a golf and lunch outing at the Army Navy Country Club, jewelry, a pedicure, tours, and other prizes. The proceeds of the event ticket and raffle will be used for scholarships for local students to participate in an educational program in Dundee this fall.

 The Sister Cities Committee is a city committee promoting cultural exchange between the Cities of Dundee, Scotland; Helsingborg, Sweden; and Alexandria, VA.

“We are so fortunate to have the support of our local businesses, OHA, and City Council,” Linnet says. It will be a great party that will bring everyone together. Tickets can be found here on Eventbrite.

About the Alexandria Sister Cities Committee

Alexandria’s Sister Cities Committee members work hard year-round as volunteers, promoting people-to-people ties and hosting musicians, students, artists and dignitaries ensuring that they meet every day Alexandrians, whether students at NOVA or TC Williams High School, or other local artists and educators. These experiences allow people to truly learn from each other and form genuine friendships and experiences from their personal interactions,” according to ASCC Chair, Maureen Dugan. “Our committee works to deepen Alexandria’s ties with both Dundee, Scotland, as well as Helsingborg, Sweden,” Dugan says. “Our fundraiser will allow us to facilitate more exchanges over the coming year. We deeply appreciate everyone’s support.” Follow the Alexandria Sister Cities Committee on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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