Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival


Foothills Magazine is proud to produce the 8th annual 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.

This year's festival will be Saturday, August 25, 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (VIP entrance at 5:00 p.m.)

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, distilled spirits and ciders are also available, plus live music, 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, spirits 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 25, 2018 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.

If you're a local winery, distillery or cider maker that would like to pour at our event, please register with our online form.

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The Wine Competition

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Judging took place in Wenatchee on June 6. Results will be announced at the festival on August 25, 2018.

2018 Judges

  • Kristine Bono

    Direct to consumer manager, Tertulia Cellars, Walla Walla, WA
  • Amberleigh Brownson

    Restaurant consultant, Blaine, WA
  • Dan Carr

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

    Certified sommelier and wine educator, Vancouver, WA
  • Andy Perdue

    Wine columnist, The Seattle Times, Richland, WA
  • Mike Rader

    Panelist, Great Northwest Wine, Kennewick, WA
  • 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 Washington Media, LLC and amateur winemaker
  • Sara Wilson

    Certified sommelier/general manager, Mystic Cafe, Lewiston, ID


  • Eric Degerman

    Great Northwest Wine


  • 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 2018 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 more than 60,000 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

Lyn Kelley

event coordinator

[email protected]

Ask a question

Marco Martinez

wine competition coordinator

14 N Mission St, Wenatchee, WA 98801

[email protected]

(509) 664-7149

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