Like fine wine, the Prosser Wine & Food Fair is aging well. Now in its 32nd year, the fair is often called the state's largest garden party.
This year's event runs from 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 on the grounds of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser.
Tickets cost $25 per person in advance and include a souvenir wine glass and four scrip to exchange for food, wine or beer. Additional scrip will be sold on the grounds.
"Right now, we have plenty of tickets, but you can never predict if any will be available the day of the Wine & Food Fair," said Susan Webber, president of the association, which runs the annual event.
"Besides, tickets at the door will be $30. You can buy quite a bit of food and wine or beer samples with that $5," she said.
Webber said 31 wineries will be sampling at least one vintage and several will have two. Two microbreweries, Horse Heaven and Whitstran, will be pouring, and 10 food vendors will have tasty tidbits for snacking.
When you find a wine you like, head for the sales area, where you can buy a bottle or a case to take home.
Richland artist Suzie Vitulli painted the watercolor used on the posters this year. They'll be available for purchase at the Wine & Food Fair. Cost is $15 if unsigned, and $20 signed.
Vitulli also is holding a drawing for the original artwork, with proceeds going to Prosser's United Good Neighbor group, which distributes money to community and youth groups.
There will be live music provided by the Vaughn Jensen Band and the Dirty River Blues Band.
The event is open only to those 21 and older -- be sure to carry valid ID. Pets are not welcome.
To buy tickets, go to www.tourprosser.com or call 509-786-4545 or 866-343-5101. Volunteers also are needed to set up, tear down and to keep those pouring supplied with wine. Contact Webber via the website or by phone.
Parking at the Clore Center is limited, but shuttle service will be available through Ben Franklin Transit. Shuttles will run from 1:30 to 9 p.m.
The shuttle stops will be at the Best Western Hotel, The Barn, Prosser Motel, Wine Country RV Park, the Depot (Chamber of Commerce) parking lot, the Ben Franklin Transit bus stop at Seventh Street and Stacey Avenue, the parking lot across from Hogue Cellars and the school district's stadium on Paterson Road.
Cost for the shuttle is $1.50 one way.
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