Tri-Cities Wine Festival
Saturday, November 16, 2019 7:00 to 10:00 PM*
*Doors open at 6:30 PM for Tri-Cities Wine Society members
Gala tasting of Northwest wines
Awards presented from judged competition
with complimentary food
provided by local restaurants and caterers
with proceeds benefiting
the Society's education fund
Ticket price includes all wine, food and beer
NO ADDITIONAL SCRIP
General public invited, minimum age 21 years
The longest, continuous judged wine competition in the Pacific Northwest
The Tri-Cities Wine Festival began in 1979 as a fundraiser for a new copier for the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau. However, it was also envisioned as a vehicle for promoting Northwest wines, and the
Tri-Cities as a tourist destination. The festival was held in July during Water Follies weekend at the Hanford House Thunderbird Hotel in Richland. Modeled after the Seattle Wine Festival, the event featured over 40 wines from 13 Northwest wineries. The only advertising was a sandwich board in front of the hotel.
In 1990 the Tri-Cities Wine Society assumed sponsorship. Through the help of several area supporters, the Society received enough seed money to continue the festival. The festival has continued each year, and as the Pacific Northwest wine industry has grown and changed, so has the festival.
In 2010 Tri-Cities Wine Festival moved to its current location at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. 75 to 100 wineries attend this annual event and more than 400 wines are poured to 1,000 visitors at the Gala Wine Tasting. A Silent Auction helps fund a scholarship to students in local viticulture programs.