The First Eva' Down the Chute Beer & Wine Challenge, a tasting event, has been rescheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Camden Snow Bowl lodge.

Sponsored by West Bay Rotary, the event was originally intended to take place the Friday of Toboggan Nationals weekend to create a way to offset costs that was also fun.

Rotarian Lisa Dresser said West Bay Rotary was aware Toboggan National organizers were trying to create more events for Friday.

"We felt that this would fit nicely with that," Dresser said.

After the cancellation of Friday and Saturday events due to the February 2013 blizzard, Dresser said the Rotary lost money from the tasting event, their annual chili challenge, and parking, which they share with the Ragged Mountain Foundation.

A tent rented from Party Fundamentals to house the Rotary's events "sustained a severe amount of damage" from the snow, Dresser said.

"We would like to be able to pay for those damages, as well as recoup other costs that we lost that weekend," she said.

"The Snow Bowl has been fabulous," Dresser added. "We took it on the chin, so to speak, lost a lot of income…and the Snow Bowl realized that, and offered to let us use their lodge, gratis, after the ski season was over.

"They have been great to work with, helping us out, knowing that we really need to recoup some money here."

After the previously incurred expenses are paid, additional funds will be donated to the Ragged Mountain Foundation in the names of Jeff Kuller and Rotarians Ken Bailey and Don Gross, all of whom died in 2012.

Vendors for the rescheduled event include Andrew's Brewing Company, Breakwater Vineyards, Cellardoor Winery, Gritty's, Infidel Brewing, Penobscot Bay Brewery, Sebago Brewing Company, Shipyard and Winterport Winery.

"We're looking for 10 [participants] right now," Dresser said. "Anybody else who wants to jump in at this point, we'd love to have 'em."

Tickets purchased through website Brown Paper Tickets were refunded when the February event was cancelled, Dresser said, but tickets purchased from Rotarians will still be honored in May. Tickets for the revamped event are once again available on Brown Paper Tickets.

Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door, which buys guests a commemorative tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. Bracelets for designated drivers will be $5, which will entitle them to free food and nonalcoholic beverages.

Dresser said the West Bay Rotary intends to host the Down the Chute event annually during the Toboggan Nationals weekend.

"It's something that we're hoping to grow. And we've just gotta start somewhere," she said.

Information about the updated event can be found at the Down the Chute Facebook page, or by calling 592-1806.

"We hope to see everybody May 11th," Dresser said.

Camden Herald reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 236-8511 ext. 304 or by email at