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2023 Whisky Tasting Fundraiser

November 18, 2023

Our signature annual Whisky Tasting Fundraiser returns to the Diefenbunker this year. Descend into history and join us 75 feet underground for an evening of tasteful pairings: whisky sampling and a walk through history, with light fare and tasteful tunes to cleanse the palate. 

Savour unique flavours and a slice of the past, while contributing to our preservation of Canada’s most significant Cold War artifact and an important platform to share lessons from a critical period of recent world history. 

Our creative whisky selections are thoughtfully prepared by the local Savvy Company and will be introduced by their sommelier, with delectable paired dishes provided by The Swan at Carp. 

Individual: $150.00
– Four whisky and food pairings
– Access to full cash bar 

Designated Driver: $90.00
– Four food plates
– Two drink tickets for non-alcoholic beverages
– Access to non-alcoholic beverages at the cash bar 

Full Table: $1,080.00
– Seating for 8
– Four whisky and food pairings
– Access to full cash bar
– *A limited number of full tables are available. 

All guests can also participate in our silent auction, raffle, and 50/50 draw, take pictures in our retro photo booth, and have the opportunity to explore the Diefenbunker — experience immersive recreated spaces underground, alongside our newest offerings, including a virtual reality experience, an audiovisual display in the Blast Tunnel, a nine-language audio guide, and two new permanent exhibitions sharing diverse perspectives from Canada’s Cold War story. 

Event Details
6:30 p.m. Doors open and guests can self-guide through the museum.
6:45 p.m. Seating begins in the historic Cafeteria space, and the cash bar opens.
7:00 p.m. Formal event begins, with sommelier-led whisky and food pairings being served.
9:00 p.m. Event ends. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance. 



What cause am I supporting?

The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is a once-top secret, four-storey underground bunker, now a one-of-a-kind museum and national historic site. The Diefenbunker is also Canada’s most significant Cold War artifact — it is a powerful reminder of our world on the edge of nuclear war, and tells the story of Canada’s resourcefulness, preparedness, and extraordinary efforts to safeguard our way of life in the face of a nuclear catastrophe. 

With your help, we can preserve this important window into the past and continue to share lessons for future generations to learn from our past and envision a more peaceful future. Your support through this signature event will contribute to our charity’s preservation and conservation efforts of a one-of-a-kind historic site, along with our ability to offer high-quality exhibitions and educational programs to visitors year-round. 

Tax receipts will be issued after the event to the ticket purchaser, only for the value of the donation portion of the ticket price. 

Interested in sponsoring the event? Learn about sponsorship opportunities here.


Whisky selections

Guests will be served 1 oz of each whisky. Tasting order and selections are subject to change.

– Rabbit Hole Dareringer Bourbon Whisky (caramel, sweet cherry, raisins, almonds, vanilla) (United States)
Bladnoch Vinaya Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (florals, chocolate, spices, green apple) (Scotland)
Penderyn Sherrywood Single Malt Whisky
(dried fruit, dark chocolate, berries, toasty oak, roasted nuts) (Scotland)
– Aberfeldy 16 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (butterscotch, vanilla, sweet oak) (Scotland)

Silent auction: Take home a piece of history

We are pleased to announce a featured item in the event’s silent auction. We are offering you an exclusive opportunity to have your very own piece of Cold War history: a vintage Eames-style chair.

Pair of Diefenbunker eames chairs. Seen throughout the Diefenbunker, these iconic chairs were originally designed by Americans Charles and Ray Eames in the 1950s as a staple piece of furniture that was practical yet fashionable, sturdy yet light, and that could be mass-produced. Since the original fibreglass design, the Eames brothers have produced several different models and styles of chairs that can still be found in homes and offices around the world.

While the chairs in the silent auction are not artifacts of the bunker, they do represent an aspect of North American culture during Cold War era and give us a glimpse into what life was like at the time. By taking home one of these stylish pieces from the Diefenbunker’s storage, you are supporting our ability to continue stewarding the expansion of our collections and our preservation efforts.

Look forward to other unique silent auction and raffle items including:

– Private Tour of the Diefenbunker’s Machine Room (for up to 10 people)
– Private Tour of the Diefenbunker’s Collections (for up to 5 people)
– Diefenbunker Gift Basket
– Diefenbunker Membership



Food Sponsor: The Swan at Carp


Equipment sponsor: Mastermind Event Rentals


November 18, 2023
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Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
3929 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0 Canada
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