Commemorate the 173rd anniversary of the Franklin Expedition’s departure with rum tasting, Arctic snack and a rare glimpse of artifacts from the famous shipwrecks.
Although it ended in tragedy, the Franklin Expedition set forth from England on May 19, 1845 with high hopes and the best of intentions: charting a Northwest Passage through the Arctic. The two ships that undertook the journey boasted 129 crew members, equipment, food supplies — and more than 16,000 litres of rum. Dr. Karen Ryan, curator of the exhibition Death in the Ice – The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, talks about why so much rum was brought along for the Expedition. Toast Sir John Franklin and his crew with special rum tastings presented by world-renowned (and local) sommelier Véronique Rivest. Sample northern-themed foods, and find out how Inuit oral histories helped modern archaeologists locate the shipwrecks in 2014 and 2016.
The evening includes a visit to the special exhibition Death in the Ice – The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, four rum tastings and a variety of Arctic-inspired canapés.
CANAPÉS AND PAIRINGS
Arctic char cakes topped with a soy emulsion and microgreens
Pairing: Dark and Stormy, a cocktail of Gosling’s Dark Bermuda Rum and ginger beer
Inuit-inspired barbecue duck skewers served with an ancient grains salad
Pairing: Pusser’s Circa 1665 3-Year Amber Rum
Cariboo bolognaise served with pasta and topped with northern berry jelly
Pairing: Chic Choc Spiced Rum
Bannock with berry compote
Pairing: Sailor’s Grog, a cocktail of Saint James Rhum Blanc Agricole, water, lemon and sugar
Photo: Africa Studio