Local wine fest returns

By McKenzie Loiselle - Staff Reporter

Support the community by enjoying local wine and food at the 15th annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival.

The Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park is partnering for the first time with Destination Des Moines for the wine festival.

The new co-leadership offers more volunteers and people to participate in the event. Also, the funds made benefit both organizations' charitable efforts in the community, organizers say.

Funds from the event will support the Waterland Festival and Firework over Des Moines that Destination Des Moines hosts. Also, the funds will support the Rotary Club's Music4Life campaign to provide schools with new instruments, their campaign to provide third graders with dictionaries as well as their annual children's coat drive. 

Destination Des Moines President Tony Hettler said the success of the festival "was brought on because there was no similar type of event in South King County."

The two organizations are partnering equally in this event and will continue to jointly host the wine festival in the future, Hettler added.

"There's a lot of enthusiasm on both sides," said Tony Hettler. 

The festival is supported by multiple local businesses and all the wineries featured are from Washington. The event is March 1 and 2 and will be at the Des Moines Beach Park auditorium.

An event of this size can become challenging for one organization to plan and host.

"It takes a lot of work and volunteer hours and everyone in the organization to participate," said Hettler.

This year's festival features 15 local wineries, but there are some alternative options.

"This year we're offering one to two cideries as well a craft brewery," said Hettler.

The festival typically has 20 to 25 wineries at the event, but they decided to downsize this year.

"This year we're pairing down a little so people can have more opportunities to sample all the wine," said Hettler. 

There will also be food at the event supplied by local businesses. There will be a local Mexican food truck at the event. Also, Ivar's will provide clam chowder and Fred Meyer will provide small plate items such as meat and cheese platters. The festival will also feature a local cupcake company at the event.

Hettler said he looks toward the future of the festival with positivity.

"We wanted to increase the quality of the festival. Quality, as in the attendees having a great experience," said Hettler.

"We want [people] to return each year for that experience," he said. 

Tickets for the event are on sale now for $25 at www.brownpapertickets.com. The event goes from 5 to 10 p.m. on March 1 and 1 to 8 p.m. on March 2. Each ticket comes with 10 drink tokens and extras can be purchased for $1. A designated driver ticket can also be purchased for $10.

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