Waterloo Engineering Alumni Vodka Tasting EventExport this event to calendar

Thursday, May 1, 2014 — 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM EDT

You're invited to a unique vodka tasting experience!

Paul Fieguth, Chair of the Department of Systems Design Engineering, invites you + a guest to a special educational vodka tasting event at the distinguished Ottawa location, the Brookstreet Hotel. Network with your fellow Waterloo Engineering classmates!

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Explore the world of vodka

This highly rated tutored tasting is an entertaining and educational exploration of the world of vodka. Experience the different styles while discovering the origins and history of vodka and the techniques of vodka making.

 Zirkova and Slava

John Vellinga (BASc '91, Systems Design), President and founder of Slava and Zirkova vodkas and Dragon’s Den Viewers’ Choice Award winner, will be personally presenting the event. (His pitch to the Dragons is in the Youtube player below.) While at uWaterloo, John was EngSoc President and co-founder of the Waterloo Engineering Endowment Foundation. John runs the company with his wife, Katherine Koszarny Vellinga (BASc '92, Systems Design), who likes to joke that she's now a vodka baroness.

Registration required

The cost is $50 per person; includes HST, vodka tasting, hors d'oeuvres and a host bar. (HST number R119260685). Please note that there are no physical tickets for this event. Once your registration is completed you will be added to the guest list. Just check in at the door when you arrive at the event.


Parking is free for the first 3 hours, and then it's $13 per vehicle for each additional hour.

Dress code

Please dress business/business casual (no jeans, sneakers or sandals).


Must be 19 years of age of older to attend this event, please bring identification.

$50.00 per person - includes HST, vodka tasting, hors d'oeuvres and host bar
Brookstreet Hotel
Shakers Room
525 Legget Drive

Ottawa, ON K2K 2W2