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New location adds more room to taste, sip on local flavors

PROSSER -- The 28th annual Prosser Wine & Food Fair has changed locations, moving from a sun-baked stadium to cool, grassy grounds and shade trees a few miles outside Prosser.

"The move has been very positive," said Susan Webber, president of the Prosser Wine & Food Fair Board. "We're looking forward to a great event."

This year's Wine & Food Fair will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Washington State University Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC), 24106 N. Bunn Road.

The new site is more spacious, allowing for more elbow room between the food and beverage tents, Webber said.

The fair features vintages from 33 wineries for tasting and samples from 12 food vendors for nibbling. Three microbrewies also will be pouring tastes of their brews. Tastes are "bought" with scrip that will be sold on the grounds.

Webber said organizers have classes this year on "The Art of Wine" taught by Rachel Mercer of Prosser. She'll talk about tasting wine and how wine affects the five senses. The classes are scheduled for 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

IAREC also will give tours of the winery at the center at 3 and 3:30 p.m.

"Both the educational classes and the tours are included with admission to the Wine and Food Fair," Webber said.

So is the entertainment -- two bands, Highland Drive and Highway 12, will play music from the 1960s and 1970s.

The only downside to the change in venue is limited parking at IAREC. However, shuttles will run from several sites in Prosser and will operate from 1 to 9 p.m.

Shuttles will stop at four park-and-ride sites: the Visitors and Information Center Depot parking lot, 1230 Bennett Ave.; the Benton-Franklin Transit Center at 7th Street and Stacey Avenue; Art Fiker Stadium on Paterson Road next to the City Park; and the parking lot across from Hogue Cellars on Lee Road.

They'll also stop at: Best Western, The Barn, Prosser Motel and Wine Country RV. Cost is $1.25 per person or $3.50 for a family of three or more, one way.

For those who want to try to find parking, there's a map on the back of the ticket.

Advance tickets cost $20 per person (only those 21 and older can attend) and include a souvenir glass, four scrip and program. Go to www.prosserchamber.org, for online availability.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the gate but the cost will be $25.

For more information, call 800-408-1517.

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