Those who appreciate fine wines, tasty foods, art and music should consider visiting Prosser and the Horse Heaven Hills on July 21 because there are two events to enjoy.
The Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers will be celebrating the anniversary of their region being named an American Viticultural Area with their seventh annual Trail Drive, Wine Tasting and Barbecue.
Line up a designated driver and hit the wine trail between Prosser, Paterson and Alderdale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to taste wines from Columbia Crest, Canoe Ridge Estate, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Chateau Champoux, Dead Canyon Vineyard, Coyote Canyon Vineyard and McKinley Springs Winery.
Head for Crow Butte Park on the Columbia River for dinner and live music from 5 to 7 p.m. Castle Catering will cook, and there will be more wines to sample.
Tickets for the dinner are $50 for adults, which includes wine tastings, logo glass and food. Wait until after July 10, and the cost jumps to $60.
For more information or to buy tickets, call 509-894-4528 or go to www.horseheavenhillswinegrowers.org.
The second event July 21 is Prosser's annual Art Walk & Wine Gala from 6 to 10 p.m.
The historic streets of downtown Prosser will be blocked off as more than 30 Northwest artists will display their work. The streets will be filled with the sound of live jazz, samples from 20 Prosser wineries, two microbreweries and three food caterers.
Tickets are $15 and available at www.tourprosser.com or call 509-786-3177 for more information.
Attendees must be 21 or older for either event.
Kennewick's Ice Harbor Brewing's BeerBQ team was named grand champion of the McKinley Springs Winery annual barbecue cook-off June 9. Twenty-five teams competed in the qualifier for the American Royal BBQ competition in Las Vegas, site of the World Series of Barbecue.
The Ice Harbor team didn't win in any category, but scored well in each of the five categories. They finished second in pork butt, second in ribs, second in sausage, third in brisket and ninth in chicken.
Baseball and cupcakes
Cupcakes have joined the munchie lineup at Seattle Mariners games. Seattle's Cupcake Royale bakery is selling its hand-frosted cupcakes during the games, giving baseball fans something to complement the hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
Look for them at Safeco Field espresso stands.
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