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Thursday September 10th, 2015

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A block party in Walkerville is looking to engage the community and heighten awareness of poverty within the Windsor and Essex area, all while having fun with friends and family.

The two night affair held at the end of September will create a community and festive streetscape on Argyle Road between Wyandotte Street East and Assumption Street located across the street from the Walkerville Brewery.

“The event is brought to you by CUPE 82, Walkerville Brewery & The Willistead,” said Mike Brkovich, owner Walkerville Brewery, who is one of the three festival coordinators. “And we’re all incredibly proud to donate 100% of net proceeds to the United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex County Emergency Assistance Fund.”

The Emergency Assistance Fund was developed to ensure those in desperate need of support have somewhere to turn to for help.

“It’s a fund of last resort to support individuals experiencing emergency situations,” said Leilani Logronio, another of the festival organizers. “If they qualify, the individual is eligible for a maximum of $5,000 of support through the United Way, which is only United Way to have a fund of this kind.”

The Walkerville Block Party will feature national headliners The Bros. Landreth (2015 Juno Award Winners) and hometown favourites The Walkervilles; local music both days; six craft breweries; two distilleries; three wineries; Walkerville food vendors; community artisan market vendors; food demonstrations; and the introduction of the Windsor “Slider Decider” Food Challenge.

The “Slider Decider” challenges Walkerville’s top chefs to create Walkerville’s Best: Veggie Slider; Burger Slider; and ‘Anything But’ Slider.

“We’re all in such proximity with each other, and we’ve been working together all summer, it made sense to launch the Slider Decider and pit Walkerville chefs one-on-one,” said Mark Boscariol, owner of the Willistead and festival sponsor. “Sliders are fun, Walkerville is an incredible neighbourhood, and we’re excited to be a part of the Walkerville Block Party.”

Neighbourhood chefs will create their own sliders to be judged by not only a panel of community culinary judges, but also by event patrons.

“Walkerville is one of the most impressive and hip neighbourhoods in Windsor and we’re so excited to bring this one-of-a-kind event to an area which is so beloved by the community,” said Rob Kolody, festival organizer. “It’s not only Walkerville though that’s going to benefit from this event, but the entire community as well!”

The Walkerville Block Party takes place Friday September 25th, from 5pm to 1am and Saturday September 26th from 1pm to 1am.

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