Returning for its sixth year, the Gig Harbor Wine and Food Festival is bringing new drink and food pairings to eager Gig Harbor foodies from July 21 to 23.
The festival works to link together Gig Harbor businesses and community, while raising money that event sponsors put right back into the city, said Pat Schmidt, president of the Downtown Waterfront Alliance.
“We wanted to extend the experience of the wine and food festival for the entire weekend,” Schmidt said. “It’s a very fun weekend for all of us and for our community. It’s fun to show off what our community looks like.”
Beginning with the second annual Sip and Stroll on July 21, the event offers 20 stops throughout downtown Gig Harbor featuring wineries, breweries and Heritage Distilling Company.
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We wanted to extend the experience of the wine and food festival for the entire weekend. It’s a very fun weekend for all of us and for our community. It’s fun to show off what our community looks like.
Pat Schmidt, president of the Downtown Waterfront Alliance
“It really is an opportunity for people to become acquainted with our merchants and to get together with their friends in an affordable way,” Schmidt said.
Each location features food from a local restaurant, along with a beverage pairing and plenty of entertainment along the waterfront, including the Waterfront Farmers Market. The Pierce Transit Summer Trolley will be running during the event to provide attendees with easy access to stops up and down along the waterfront.
The festival continues July 22 with Winemaker dinners at five Gig Harbor locations offering three to five course meals with alcohol pairings.
On July 23, the Grand Tasting will be held at the Harbor History Museum from noon to 4:30 p.m., offering classes and chef demonstrations from Gig Harbor locals, and will be emceed by Chef Thierry Rautureau.
At 3 p.m., a Celebrity Chef Cook-off will be held between Chefs Roy Brieman and Bill Trudnowski, where each chef will receive a box of “mystery” ingredients and will compete with each other for the most creative dishes.
This is just one more way people can enjoy each other and get to know Gig Harbor better. It’s always about the people. The people of Gig Harbor are remarkable in who they are.
The festival will finish that evening with Sunset Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Club at the Gig Harbor Marina and Boatyard, a new event added this year.
The dinner will feature a three course family style meal, live music and, of course, appropriately paired wine for each course from Portteus Winery.
“This is just one more way people can enjoy each other and get to know Gig Harbor better,” Schmidt said. “It’s always about the people. The people of Gig Harbor are remarkable in who they are.”
The festival is sponsored by both the Downtown Waterfront Alliance and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, which work to bring the event funds back into Gig Harbor.
“All that we earn really goes right back into downtown Gig Harbor to help keep it as beautiful as it always has been,” Schmidt said. “We keep on top of those things so Gig Harbor can stay as relevant as possible.”
More information and event tickets can be purchased online at harborwineandfoodfest.com.