Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival


Foothills Magazine is proud to produce the annual Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival and we are pleased to partner with Great Northwest Wine.

What is the Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival? It’s a judged wine competition formerly called the North Central Washington Wine Awards. Wineries are invited to pour at the annual event at the Town Toyota Center featuring unlimited wine and food, and awards.

We would not be able to produce this event without the support of our community. This event benefits the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. A big thank you goes out to each of our community-minded sponsors.

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    The Festival

    The Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival takes place each summer at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee.

    Enjoy food from a wide variety of local restaurants and caterers as well as cider, craft breweries and distilleries.

    Take home your own commemorative wine glass.

    Purchase your favorite local wines and help support the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

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    Wine Competition

    Foothills Magazine partners with Great Northwest Wine to produce the annual Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival. A panel of highly qualified industry experts determines which wines produced in our region are the best. Judging takes place each June in Wenatchee.

    Competition winners are announced at the Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival held at the Town Toyota Center.

The Wine Competition

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Judging takes place in Wenatchee during the month of June. All wines are tasted blind by category.

2017 Judges

  • Dan Carr

    Co-owner of Visconti's Italian restaurants in Wenatchee and Leavenworth, and Fire and Ice restaurants at Pybus Market
  • Barb Robertson

    Wine reviewer for Foothills Magazine with more than 10 years experience working in the regional wine industry
  • Rick Steigmeyer

    A wine writer for World Publishing and amateur winemaker
  • Richard Larsen

    Research winemaker for Washington State University. He runs winemaking operations at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center in Richland
  • Ellen Landis

    Certified sommelier, wine writer, wine educator, wine event moderator and frequent judge at prominent regional, national and international wine competitions. She worked as sommelier at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay on the California coast
  • Amberleigh Brownson

    Certified sommelier/restaurant consultant in Bellingham
  • Gregg McConnell

    Publisher of Kennewick-based Wine Press Northwest magazine
  • Ken Robertson

    Retired newspaper editor with more than 35 years of wine-writing experience. He is a professional wine judge and is a longtime columnist for Wine Press Northwest magazine
  • Sara Wilson

    GM/wine buyer/certified wine sommelier, Mystic Cafe in Lewiston, Idaho


  • Eric Degerman

    Great Northwest Wine


  • During judging, Double Gold and Gold winners were announced in real time on The Wenatchee World’s Facebook page (50,000-plus followers) and Twitter account (6,000-plus followers).
  • Complete results were emailed to wineries within ten days of judging.
  • Superlative, Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners were featured in the September-October 2017 issue of Foothills Magazine that is distributed in North Central Washington, as well as an additional 1,000 copies at Puget Sound area wine shops.
  • Double Gold and Gold medal winners are featured as a “Wine of the Week” in The Wenatchee World newspaper. The Wine of the Week feature will also be posted on The Wenatchee World’s Facebook and Instagram sites, which combined have nearly 60,000 followers.
  • Top winners are featured in a Great Northwest story that is posted on its website. GNW’s online audience includes 25,000 unique visitors per month and more than 2,500 email newsletter subscribers. The story also appears in GNW’S weekly wine column, which is syndicated in more than 20 Northwest newspapers.
  • Double Gold and Gold medal winners are automatically eligible for Wine Press Northwest magazine’s year-end Platinum Judging.
  • Double Gold and Gold Medal winners are automatically eligible for consideration in The Seattle Times Top 50 Wines of the Year list.

Contact Us

Melissa Pitt

event coordinator

[email protected]

(509) 881-8024

Marco Martinez

wine competition coordinator

14 N Mission St, Wenatchee, WA 98801

[email protected]

(509) 664-7149

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