Upcoming Events

Australia Day Dinner
Wednesday January 25th, 6:30 p.m.
University Club

AWS will celebrate in our traditional way with a superb dinner, accompanied by fine wines from the cellar, at a new venue for us, the prestigious University Club. Located on Toronto's University Avenue, in the heart of the City, the University Club of Toronto is housed in a cherished heritage building that is a retreat for members to dine and socialize.

The name “Australia” was first suggested by Captain Matthew Flinders, an English navigator and surveyor. He was the first explorer to sail entirely around Australia and identify it as a continent. “Australia” means “southern” in Latin. The continent was officially christened “Australia” in 1824.

Most Australians consider January 26 with national pride, flying the Australian flag from businesses, homes, cars and even their babies. They attend festivals, fireworks, community and sporting events or gather for family barbecues at homes, parks or on the beach. While they all celebrate down under, we will celebrate in Toronto, with Peter Shaw, our strolling Aussie balladeer to lead us in song, including the always popular “Waltzing Matilda”.

So come out and join us on the 25th as we celebrate another warm and friendly Australia Day. We start the evening with our traditional Aussie bubbly and passed Hors d’ Oeuvres. Then sit down for dinner in the Club Main Dining Room.

Here’s the menu for the evening:

First Course

Pan Seared Barramundi with Black Olive Tapenade and Buerre Blanc
Served with d’Arenberg Hermit Crab Viogner Marsanne, McLaren Vale

Main Course
Slow Braised Australian Lamb Shanks in a Shiraz Reduction with Mashed Potatoes and Buttered Green Beans
Roasted Venison Loin with Green Peppercorn Sauce, Roasted Winter Root Vegetables

Served with;
2005 Thorne Clark Shot Fire Ridge Shiraz, Barossa Valley
2004 d’Arenberg Galvo Garage Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
2004 Chain of Ponds Amadeus Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Brangayne Cabernet Sauvignon, Orange, NSW

Dessert Course
Classic Aussie Sticky Pudding with Toffee Sauce

Coffee and Tea

The University Club is located at 380 University Avenue in Toronto, Tel: 416-597-1336. Metered parking is available and Green P parking lots are across in the City Hall and behind the Club on Simcoe Street. By TTC University Line exit south at St. Patrick Station.

Please note that tickets are $110.00 for both AWS Members and Guests, and University Club Members and Guests, including all taxes and gratuities. Business suits are appropriate, with Black Tie optional and always welcomed, Ladies cocktail dresses please.

You can download the Registration Form here, indicate your main course choice, and mail to AWS, c/o Bernard Nottage, 71 Old Mill Road, Suite 310, Toronto, Ontario, M8X 1G9, or go on-line to reserve. The link to on line registration is https://awsaustraliaday2017.eventbrite.ca

Future Events

Please note there is no February event.

March - Big Reds Tasting
March will feature our Big Reds tasting followed by the favourite Steak Frites Dinner at the Faculty Club.

April - Dinner at Evoo Restaurant
April we are planning a return to Evoo Ristorante on Avenue Road. With the success of this year’s dinner there, it bodes well for a follow on evening.

May - Regional Tasting
In May we will have a Regional Tasting with the wines of Western Australia, date and location will be announced later.

June - Solstice Dinner
On Tuesday June 20, we return to the Faculty Club for our Solstice Dinner.

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