On Saturday, September 8 the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Network will be holding a barbeque and mocktail challenge in celebration for FASD Awareness Day, which is September 9.
Nicole Morrison who is with the FASD Network, explains that FASD day is celebrated all around the world.
She says people get together for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the difficulty of individuals and families who struggle with FASD.
The barbeque will take place at the Rennie Hall Plaza on Main Street (weather permitting.)
Morrison says for the month of August, restaurants around town, including Boston Pizza. Mr. Mikes, the Forge at the Inn and Timberhouse, Billy and Bob’s Place, Carlos Pizza and Toniroz have tentatively agreed to each create their own signature mocktail.
Morison says how it works is each person attending the barbeque can vote on his or her favourite mocktail, and the winners will receive a trophy.
Each restaurant will also receive a table topper with information about FASD and the challenge.
The message the FASD Network wants to get across is that there are some ‘fun’ alternatives out there for pregnant women.
“Mocktails have pretty much always been around but are hardly advertised or are stuck in the back of the menus.”
Morrison says the Network hopes this will become an annual event in Slave Lake.