Drink and dine during annual Wine & Seafood Festival

Up to 25 wineries are expected at the seventh annual Wine &Seafood Festival this Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Satsop Business Park, 100 Technology Way.

The event, hosted by the Elma Chamber of Commerce, will include wine tasting, a beer garden, wine sales, food booths, gift and merchandise booths and live entertainment throughout the day. Hours are 1 to 9 p.m.

Pre-sale package admission includes entry, a keepsake wine glass and six tasting tickets for $17. Additional tasting tickets are $1 each. Pre-sale is available through the end of today at Aberdeen Honda, Whitneys Chevrolet; Liquor &the Like and the Guesthouse Inn in Elma, Les Schwab Tire centers in Elma, west Olympia and Centralia. You can also charge by phone through the chamber at (360) 482-3055. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

“It’s a fun time. It will brighten your winter up. That’s for sure,” said Debbie Adolphsen of the Elma Chamber, noting that between 2,500 and 3,000 people have attended the event the past few years. In previous years, it has been held at the county fairgrounds.

The festival also features multiple food booths, offering seafood and other coastal cuisine, gift and merchandise booths and a big silent auction with great local items.

“This is our biggest event by far,” said Adolphsen. “It takes the most work and most preparation. We use 60 volunteers working in two shifts.”

Entertainment kicks off at 1 p.m. with the Elma High School Jazz Band. They are followed at 2 p.m. by The Olson Brothers Band. The Olson Brothers were recently announced as finalists in the Nashville Country Showdown songwriting contest. From 4 to 6 p.m. the bluesy Kim Archer Band will perform. At 6:30, local favorites the Hat Trick Band will finish out the day performing favorites until 8:30 p.m.

Guesthouse Inn &Suites is offering special-rate rooms for $59 (plus tax) for overnight lodging. Ride the Aberdeen Honda free shuttle service — from stops in Elma at the visitors center and Guesthouse Inn &Suites to and from the festival beginning at 1 p.m. and running until until 9 p.m. The Elma RV Park is also offering discounts for wine-tasting RVers.

The festival is sponsored by Aberdeen Honda, Guesthouse Inn &Suites, the City of Elma and Grays Harbor Tourism, LeMay Enterprises and Aberdeen Office Supply.

For more information visit www.elmachamber.org.


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