Wine fest returns for the 12th year

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter

Poverty Bay Wine Festival is bigger than ever this year

Local winemakers from more than 20 of Washington's best wineries will serve tastes of their fine wines at the 2017 Poverty Bay Wine Festival this weekend.

The 12th annual festival is Friday, March 3 at 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, March 4 at noon to 9 p.m. The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park at the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium at 22030 Cliff Ave. S.

"We're one of the longest running wine festivals in the Northwest," said Blake Messer, one of the organizers.

"We are bringing in a few wineries that have not participated in past wine festivals such as Palouse Winery, Foxy Roxy from Othello, and Vashon winery," said the wine festival co-chairman Brian Snure. 

"In addition we have long standing crowd favorites such as Page, Davenport, Antolin and Castillo De Feliciana," said Snure.

The wine festival will feature more than just wine, however.

"We have a unique selling proposition. At the pre-funk event on Thursday night at the lighthouse lounge at 8 p.m., there will be a free unplugged live acoustic performance," said Messer.

 ["The Northwest] is known for having some of the best blues musicians in the world, and we have four highly regarded blues acts coming in," said Messer.

The performing musicians include Danny Welsh, Eric Madis, Scott Lindermuth, and Brian Butler. 

Along with the musical performances and local wines will be a raffle and prizes. Prizes from the raffle include two round-trip tickets from Alaska Airlines and two season passes to Centerstage Theater shows.

Most of the revenues from the festival will go back to the community.

"One hundred percent of net proceeds go back to causes like Highline Music for Life, the Highline School District, Des Moines Area Food Bank, the Dictionaries for Every Third Grader program, Coats for Kids, and many more," said Messer.

 "Since 2005 we have raised over $450 thousand to fund our charitable projects and anticipate this year's festival to push us over the half a million mark," said Snure.

The event is 21 and older, and it is advised to leave pets at home.

Tickets are $35 online for early bird pricing and $40 for general admission. Raffle tickets are also available online or at the wine fest for $5.

These one-day passes come with 10 wine-tasting tokens and the tastings range from one to three tokens per wine. More tokens are available for $1 each.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit 

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