Over 125 wines from up to 53 Pacific Northwest wineries will be served at the third annual Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival on August 4, 2018.
This year’s Festival returns to the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Grand Ballroom in Bellingham and is produced by the Whatcom Beer and Wine Foundation. The Festival is unique in that it features wines from the only judged wine competition between Seattle and Vancouver, BC.
“We’re very excited with the number of participating wineries,” said Foundation President, Dan Radil. “We think that northwest wine enthusiasts are going to be extremely pleased with both the quality and increased selection of wines at this year’s Festival.”
In addition to wine tasting, attendees will be treated to a number of passed appetizers as well as a variety of small bites from area restaurants including 9Restaurant, Culture Cafe, Cosmos Bistro, Lovitt Restaurant, Pierside Kitchen at Semiahmoo, The Mill, 100 North, and McKay’s Taphouse. Stones Throw brewery, Mischief and Paraty Distilleries will also pour samples.
Other highlights of the Festival will include the presentation of medals for gold and double gold wines from an earlier judged competition along with the Best in Show trophy for the top-rated wine. All of the medal-winning wines will be available for tasting during the event.
Tickets are available at two price levels: $50 general admission tickets provide three hours of tasting in the Grand Ballroom from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, with access to all wineries, passed appetizers and food samples, and a souvenir wine glass; $75 VIP tickets allow for an extra hour of tasting in the Ballroom beginning at 6:00 pm as well as exclusive access to the VIP lounge from 6:45 to 10:00 pm and featuring appetizers and hourly rotating wine pours not available in the Ballroom.
“This is going to be a great experience for anyone attending,” notes Radil, “because it provides such an incredible opportunity to taste so many different regional and local food and wine samples in one venue. But we also want to emphasize that the event serves as a fund-raising opportunity that will benefit a number of area non-profits.”
Beneficiary organizations for this year’s Festival include Lydia Place, Our TreeHouse, Growing Alliances and Make.Shift.
For a complete list of participating wineries, restaurant menus and ticket purchase information visit BellinghamNorthwestWineFestival.com.