Fall into Washington State Wine

I had a great time in Washington this past spring discovering what their wine regions have to offer. The fall is a great time to head up there, with lots of events to celebrate the harvests.

Yakima Valley
The Second Annual Skewered Apple Barbeque Championship will be held September 11-12, hosted by the Yakima Valley Museum and Tree Top.This event is national competition for grill masters. Whether you compete or not, you can enjoy the live music, cooking demonstrations, and the beer and wine garden. Hours for the event will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.skeweredapple.com.

The Fresh Hop Ale Festival will be held in Yakima on Saturday, October 1st. Celebrate the Valley's hop crop (which contributes 77% of the hops in the U.S.) hop with fine craft beer. The festival will be held downtown and will include numerous breweries. There will also be live music and dancing; food from local restaurants; brewing demonstrations and a cigar tentin downtown Yakima for the Ninth Annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival. Ale Festival goers can enjoy beers from numerous participating breweries in addition to brewing demonstrations. Ticket are only $30 in advance and $35 at the gate, with all proceeds benefiting Allied Arts of Yakima Valley. For more information, visit http://www.freshhopalefestival.com or call (509) 966-0930

The Catch the Crush Wine Festival will celebrate the area's 25th annual seasonal grape crush Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25. Participating wineries in the area will offer tours, tastings, free-run juice and hors d’oeuvres. Crush pads will be set up for live grape stomps on Saturday afternoon and there will be great sales all weekend. Admission is free.

Savor the Flavor, the largest wine, beer and culinary event in Eastern Washington, will take place October 21-22 in Pasco. Meet celebrity chefs and enjoy Tastings and seminars for nominal fees. Proceeds will go to Modern Living Services, a non-profit organization offering services for developmentally disabled adults.

For more information on events in the Tri-Cities region, visit http://www.visittri-cities.com or call 509-582-7221.

Lake Chelan
Lake Chelan is a fairly new (recognized in 2009) wine region in Washington. They will be celebrating the harvest with a Crush Festival the weekends of     October 1-2 and October 8-9. The area, which is full boutique wineries, will celebrate the harvest season during the annual Crush Festival. There will be exclusive vineyard and winery tours, tastings and live music music at each of the wineries. Visitors can mingle winemakers and enjoy meals from locally grown produce paired with wines. For more information on the festivities in Lake Chelan, visit http;//www.lakechelanwinevalley.com.


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