Fairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1W5
Eat North is pleased to announce that it will be bringing its unique concept Drags Benny, a lively pop-up drag brunch in support of Canadian Pride initiatives, to Victoria next month. The brunch will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019, inside the gorgeous ballroom of Victoria's iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel.
The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with a morning cocktail and brunch canapé hour, sponsored by Victoria Distillers, followed by a multi-course brunch created by Fairmont Empress executive chef Morgan Wilson. Talented bartenders on-site will also be serving up an innovative and vibrant brunch cocktails using Victoria Distillers spirits, which will draw inspiration from the drag artists taking the stage during brunch.
Headlining the drag performances for the afternoon is the Chicago-based celebrity drag queen, Laila McQueen. The performer rose to international fame after appearing on season eight of the Emmy Award-winning reality competition series, RuPaul's Drag Race in 2016 and has since become a favourite among Drag Race fanatics.
Canadian talents performing with Laila McQueen are Victoria's two-spirited drag artist Eddi Licious (who was recently featured on CBC's series Canada's A Drag), Vancouver's Kendall Gender and Calgary’s Perla Coddington.
The brunch will also feature a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction of one-of-a-kind packages, such as exclusive overnight stay in a Fairmont Empress luxury room with a brunch for two at Q at the Empress, an Victoria Distillers liquor and tour package and more.
General tickets start at $90 (includes welcome cocktail, canapés, brunch and performances).
VIP tickets are available for $110 (also includes premium seating, limited edition Laila McQueen illustrated print and a VIP meet-and-greet experience with McQueen and local performers).
Join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter using the brunch series hashtag #dragsbenny and tagging @eatnorth and @fairmontempress.
Eat North is an online platform that aims to tell stories of the Canadian food scene and the people behind it. Since its inception, Eat North has been encouraging Canadians to look in their own backyards for outstanding homegrown ingredients or dishes, informing the rest of the world that the Canadian food scene is more than just maple syrup, poutine and ketchup-flavoured potato chips and relating stories of why food matters to Canadians.