Those attending the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship next week once again have an alternative to alcoholic drinks during the evenings thanks to the local chapter of Ontario Students Against Drinking and Driving (OSAID)
“We had a really great time [making ‘mocktails’] last year, and it was great success—we broke even and then some,” said Madonna Ring, co-president of OSAID at Fort High along with Tina Venne last school year.
“It’ll be just as good or better this time,” she added.
FFCBC director Kelly Olson, who also is co-ordinator of the district Substance Abuse Prevention team, contacted OSAID to once again sell their “mocktails” at the tourney due to its popularity last year.
“We did it to provide an alternative to alcoholic beverages,” noted Olson. “And the OSAID grop last year worked so hard and so well [they] were asked back.”
“We had a lot of people comment it was good and that it was about time someone served up something other than beer,” remarked Ring.
OSAID served up five different concoctions last year but plans to change the menu a bit this time around. “We’ll be trying some new ones, and keeping what sold best,” noted Ring.
“Look for some new ones and some of the old favourites,” echoed Olson. “[I] encourage people to come out and try them.”
Last year, the mocktail bar served Shirley Temples, strawberry daiquiris, pina coladas, bloody shames (similar to a bloody Caesar), and a “bass buster”—a special punch made especially for the tournament.
The daiquiris were most popular, bringing in about $700 of the $1,000-plus OSAID raised.
The average mocktail costs $2.50 but Ring said this varies due to the different ingredients needed for each one. Unlike the regular bar services at the bass tourney, the mocktail bar accepts cash, not drink tickets.
The bar will be operated by eight-10 student volunteers and some adults from next Tuesday to Saturday evenings (an extra night longer this year). While opening times vary from day to day (check the schedule in this year’s FFCBC supplement), it will be open until midnight each night.
In related news, the FFCBC once again is providing free rides home Wednesday through Saturday nights, through North Air Services, so no one has to get behind the wheel after drinking.