Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival


Foothills Magazine is proud to produce the Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival, Eastern Washington’s premier food and wine event.

What is the Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival? It’s a judged wine competition in which the winners of the competition are recognized during the evening of the festival. The competition typically draws more than 200 entries from North Central Washington wineries.

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.

Thanks to everyone for making the 2018 festival such a great success! Join us for the next festival on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Check back for news on what's in store.

The Festival

Town Toyota Center

Spend a summer evening enjoying over 100 award-winning wines poured by more than 30 wineries, while some of the area's best restaurants and caterers provide tasty bites of their amazing cuisine.

And there’s even more. Craft beers and ales, ciders, an outdoor cigar bar and much more.

Your ticket is all-inclusive, there are no additional tasting fees or tokens needed. All wine, beer, ciders and food samples are included in your ticket.

The VIP experience gives ticketholders access to the event one hour before doors open to the general public. They have also access to a VIP lounge just off the main floor that features a plush seating area, along with food and wine. VIP ticketholders also receive a swag filled with goodies, including a bottle of wine.

Every patron receives a commemorative wine glass, and you can purchase your favorite local wines at the event, and help support the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

It all happens this year on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 6pm to 9pm (5pm for VIP patrons) at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee.

Join us and enjoy a memorable evening at Eastern Washington’s premier food and wine event. To purchase tickets, click here.

Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center’s mission is to champion the culture, history and industry of Washington Wine! We provide education, experiences and event space to share our passion for this industry through the celebration of the Father of Washington Wine, Dr. Walter Clore. Join our Educational Lead, William Pollard, in a fun and informative Wine 101 Class, where you’ll learn how to evaluate wine like a pro, experience some flawed wine, blind taste and evaluate two wines, and leave more confident in your wine knowledge!

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The Wine Competition

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Wineries: How to Enter


  • Complete results will be emailed to wineries within five days of judging.
  • Superlative, Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners will be featured in the September-October 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 will be 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 80,000 followers.
  • Top winners will be 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

Sean Flaherty

festival inquiries

[email protected]

(509) 664-7136

Ask a question

Marco Martinez

wine competition coordinator

14 N Mission St, Wenatchee, WA 98801

[email protected]

(509) 664-7149

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