Craft Winefest showcases Washington wine, beer and spirits.

On June 12-14 at Esther Short Park, for the third year in a row Vancouver will play host to some of the top craft wines in Washington at this year’s Craft Winefest. The event has gained momentum over the last two years as both Vancouverites and Portlanders have embraced it.

While Portland is the undisputed king of beer, Washington produces the second most wine in North America. Along with local wineries, Craft Winefest will also feature wines from the states most lucrative wine areas, Walla Walla and the Yakima Valley regions.

When addressing the attraction that the Craft Winefest will have to college students, event organizer Rusty Hoyle said, “This event is great for college students, especially ones in business, communications, event planning and more. There are so many people in the community working together to make one great festival for the rest of the community. It is also good because we use a lot of volunteers. Volunteering is how I got my start in this town, and we hire people that do well and have fun during their volunteer shifts. If you want to see it in action, volunteer for a shift and we will be happy to put you to work. People can sign up at www.thecraftwinefest.com; use the volunteer link. Plus, there is beer, wine, live music and Bloody Marys. That is why most people attend!”

The event has proven popular in the last two years and more of the same is expected. Preregistration is strongly advised. Adult three-day pass with tasting glass and three tasting tickets is $16 if you register in advance, but $20 at the door.

More details can be found on the event website: www.thecraftwinefest.com.

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