Popular Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival: July 26th, 2014
The Donkey Creek Construction project is nearing completion. The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance (formerly the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association) announced November 13th, 2014 that the popular Wine and Food Festival will return to the grounds of the Harbor History Museum. For the 4th Annual Event, the Gig Harbor Waterfront Alliance will partner with Gig Harbor Morning Rotary.
The 2010 Wine & Food Festival featured Top Chef, Fabio Viviani, and in 2011 Kevin Gillespie was the featured celebrity chef. In 2012 local chef, Holly Smith, of Cafe Juanita in Kirkland was the guest chef. The festival has traditionally hosted 30-35 wineries and breweries and 15-20 restaurants offering delectable bites. In addition to the wine and food tastings, the festival is known for its cooking demonstrations, educational offerings, and of course, the celebrity chef cook-off. Over its three years, the Wine & Food Festival has been supported by hundreds of hours of volunteer efforts, for which the Alliance is truly grateful. The partnership with Gig Harbor Morning Rotary with more than 120 members will help make this year’s festival another great success.
CUSHMAN TRAIL CONNECTION TO HARBORVIEW PLANNED
Wine & Food Festival to Raise Funds for Project
A beautiful 1,900 foot paved trail is planned to connect the Cushman Trail with Harborview Drive in the Museum District. The will allow users of the current trail to enjoy forest and harbor vistas on their way to the downtown waterfront area where they can continue their walk or run.
The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance (GHDWA) has worked with Rotary and the City of Gig Harbor for over three years in planning this improvement. The construction will involve a public-private partnership over the next one to two years. Funds will be raised in the community and significant donated labor is expected. Cost is estimated at $101,000 including the value of donated labor. The trail will be on City property and on an expected easement along the edge of the Haven of Rest property. Property owners Bob and Sharon Glass have been very supportive of this project.
A booth at the Gig Harbor Wine and Food Festival (July 26th, noon to 5 pm) will describe the proposed trail. The GHDWA has also announced that $10 per ticket (purchased after June 15th) will be donated to the project by the Glein and Morris Foundations. This generous donation will generate an initial fund of up to $5,000 for the project. Tickets can be purchased on the website www.harborwineandfoodfest.com or by calling the GHDWA office at 253-514-0071.
“This is the kind of project Rotary likes. Brian Callaghan of our club has donated engineering design services and our many Rotarians stand ready to help the community with volunteer efforts” said Mike Pinch, Past President of the morning Rotary club. Chuck Meacham of the GHDWA economic development committee has been coordinating with the City staff on design, environmental and easement issues.
The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is a Main Street™ program with a mission to “promote economic vibrancy while preserving the character of the downtown waterfront area”. There are three Rotary clubs in Gig Harbor with combined membership of 2oo persons. Their motto is “Service above Self”.
The GHDWA and Rotary encourage you to attend the Wine Festival and visit the trail booth to learn more. Volunteer help and donations will be welcome.
BUY YOUR TICKETS!
Buy your tickets for the July 26, 2014 Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival today by clicking on “tickets” above. You can also pre-register for the many different class options offered throughout the day.
The 3rd Annual Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Gig Harbor presents its 4th Annual Wine and Food Festival, located on the historic waterfront in this beautiful maritime community. The 2014 Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival presented by the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association, will take place on the grounds of Gig Harbor’s Harbor History Museum.
Grand Tasting tent with wineries and select fine restaurants and food purveyors
Wide selection of educational offerings including wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and more
Book signings by well-known chefs and authors
Celebrity chef appearances and cook-off challenge
Gorgeous location overlooking Gig Harbor Bay
Opportunities to bid on amazing dining packages, insider experiences and many other luxury items
To see images from the sold out 2010 Festival, click here.
The Wine and Food Festival organizers have received the “Outstanding Achievement in Promotion” award. To read the article click the link below (will open in .PDF)