Poverty Bay Wine Festival Opens Fri. Feb. 27th

Twenty Northwest wineries will offer tastes at the fifth annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival, with an opening night event Friday, Feb. 27th called “Gala of the Gods” at Des Moines’ historic Landmark On The Sound.

The fest will then run Saturday Feb. 28th and Sunday March 1st, and each winery will offer two to four wines for tasting. The event includes a full slate of live music and free samplings from local restaurants.

Among the wineries pouring tastes will be Willis Hall, one of Washington’s up and coming wineries, and Five Star from Walla Walla. New to the festival this year are Sweet Valley, also from Walla Walla, Vashon Winery, and Masset Winery from one of the region’s fastest growing wine areas, Lake Chelan.

Recognizing that value is top-of-mind for many people in today’s economy, tickets include twice as many tasting tokens this year. An afternoon of wine, food, and live music costs $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Friday’s opening night event will usher in this year’s festival with a Greek theme, and will feature:

  • Belly Dancers
  • Live music from Takis Dotis and the Mad Greeks
  • “Sinatra at the Sands” with Joey Jewell and Swing Session
  • A Fine Art and Wines Auction
  • Anthony’s HomePort will present hors d’oeuvres and dessert buffet.

The evening starts at 7:30pm, it will be a “black tie optional” party, with valet Parking included, and tickets are $75 in advance or $85 at the door. Must be 21 to enter.

This will be one of the public’s last opportunities to attend an event at Landmark On The Sound. This elegant estate overlooking Puget Sound will close for reconstruction this summer and reopen as a private senior living community. The early 20th Century mansion features stunning interiors with classic period details.

Poverty Bay Wine Festival is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Des Moines. All proceeds benefit the charitable projects of the club, which include scholarships, support for the Des Moines Food Bank, grants to local schools, parks improvement, and efforts to assist women in South Africa and Peru.

Tickets are available at Corky Cellars in Des Moines (206-824-9462); Des Moines Drugs, located at 627 South 227th Street; or online at www.dmrotary.org. All proceeds go to local Des Moines Charities.

WHAT: Fifth annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival

WHEN: Opening night is Friday, Feb. 27th, 7:30pm+; also Saturday, Feb. 28, Noon-7pm and Sunday Mar. 1st from Noon-5pm:

  • Saturday, March 1st:
    Hours: Noon-7pm
    Featuring Michael Powers and Mambo Cadillac
  • Sunday, March 2nd:
    Hours: Noon-5pm
    Featuring CocoLoco and Global Village

WHERE: All events will be at the historic Landmark On The Sound, which is located at 23660 Marine View Drive South in Des Moines (see map below).

COST: Opening night event is $75 in advance or $85 at the door (must be 21 to enter); Festival admission fee is $20 per person pre-sale or $25 at the door, which includes:

  • Souvenir wine glass
  • Tokens for wine tastings (certain tastings may require more than one token)
  • All proceeds go to local Des Moines Charities
  • ID Required at Door
  • No Pets Please
  • This is an indoor event with free parking and free shuttle service from the Des Moines Marina

TICKETS: You can purchase tickets online by clicking here, or go to Corky Cellars (206) 824-9462, Des Moines Drugs, and through Rotary Club of Des Moines. All proceeds go to local Des Moines Charities.

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