Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kent Cornucopia Days Wine Tasting

Hello Family Wineries,

We have exciting news! We have been asked to organize a wine tasting event for the Kent Cornucopia Days street festival to run for three days in July: Friday, July 8th thru Sunday, July 10th. Our sales and tasting plan will be similar to the one we organized for the Enumclaw Chocolate Festival two years ago. We are hoping to have 20 FWWS wineries participate and expect to do a brisk tasting business during the festival. We are told the attendance approaches 250,000 people with most attending on the weekend. The event organizers are very excited about having wine tasting this year.

The event is organized and run by the Kent Lions Club and is an extremely big deal for them. The event is run as a charity fund-raiser and entertainment event for the city and the area with lots of food and crafts booths. The Lions Club is very happy to have us on board and has arranged for us to be located in a very attractive parking lot next to the park on Railroad Ave. This is the heart of the event and should give us good foot traffic.

Once again this will be a scrip sales event. Tasting prices will be at the discretion of the winery and will be split with FWWS. While we will also have a wine store for off-premise sales, the scrip sales should make this event substantially more economically attractive for wineries than a typical event with bottle shop only. More details on the event including scrip and wine shop setup will be forwarded later to participating wineries.

Please email us at to reserve your place. Though by the time of the event charging table fees for special occasion events will likely be legal, we will not be charging a table fee. We may, depending on interest, charge a modest place-holding fee that would be fully refundable at the end of the event, assuming you participate for the full three days. Since this event will be open to FWWS member wineries only, certificates of insurance will not be required (the organization maintains festival insurance covering members at FWWS events as another benefit of membership).

This is an outdoor event, so we will also be providing tents to protect us from the sun.

Estimated run times for the event are Friday, 4:00-8:00 pm; Saturday, 1:00 – 8:00 pm; and Sunday, 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

More info to come as we get closer to the event.

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