“Her Majesty’s Royal Feast is a brand new and exciting event,” says Dave Blottner, executive director of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous.

This event will feature a five course meal catered by six local restaurants, with a speech by the Rendezvous Queen and a string quartet. The event will take place at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“It’s a rather direct contrast to something like the Sourdough Sam event,” Blottner says with a laugh.

The Sourdough Sam event is a series of events which searches for the “primo” iconic Yukon Man though a series of rather unorthodox challenges. Interested persons can catch them Thursday, Feb. 16 at The Boiler Room for trivia and karaoke at 8 p.m., and at several other events spread out over the course of the Rendezvous week.

Another popular preliminary event is the Rendezvous Pub Crawl, he says, which happens Friday, Feb. 18 and starts at The Boiler Room. It’s the fourth year the event has taken place and is so popular that tickets for it are already sold out, he says.

Another Rendezvous event to look out for this year includes the Rendezvous Queen’s Coronation Ball, says Blottner.

The event features the crowning of the 2017 Rendezvous Queen. There will be music provided by The Big Band and ballroom dancing. The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.

Later that night, the “premier Saturday night show” will be happening at the Ice Wireless tent, Blottner says, featuring the Vancouver band The Written Years. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for this event.

“We’re going to pack that tent,” he says. “It’s going to be a great show.”

Blottner says he expects a great festival overall this year.

“We’ve had the usual difficulties with putting a festival together, of course,” he says. “But with it being Canada’s 150th birthday and having a community that loves Rendezvous, we’ve had a great year with everyone pitching in.”

Blottner says that last year’s unusually warm weather forced the 2016 festival to actually make snow for the event, an issue he doesn’t expect to be a problem this year.

“It was almost too warm last year… but if the weather continues to cooperate this year like it has, we won’t have any trouble with snow… a balmy -10 would be great,” he says.

A full list of preliminary and festival events, including ticket information and pricing, is available online at www.YukonRendezvous.com.