23rd Annual Capital Food and Wine Festival: An appetizing experience

March 15, 2012

FoodandWineLACEY, WASHINGTON—The Capital Food and Wine Festival, an annual rite of spring in the South Sound area, will take place noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 31, 2012. The event, presented by the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association, will be held at the Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion and Norman Worthington Conference Center on the Saint Martin’s University campus.

Now in its 23rd year, the popular festival is among the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. This year will be no exception. Forty-two wineries and 15 microbreweries will be offering samples of their finest creations. Currently, 20 restaurants have signed on, says Evan Martin, festival co-director and the association’s treasurer. Festival-goers will find old favorites as well as restaurants that are brand-new to the area and to the event, according to Martin. Live entertainment will be featured throughout the day.

What else is new? An art raffle will offer attendees the opportunity to take home an original mixed-media, metal-leaf-on-wood-panel piece by local artist Tom Anderson, featuring his signature lotus design, valued at $3,000. Art raffle tickets can be purchased for $15. The festival is also introducing pre-purchased $15 VIP tickets, which allows ticket holders to enter Marcus Pavilion in a separate door with limited to no wait times. 

“The event will benefit scholarship for the University’s students, but we’ll also be using proceeds for projects to help the Greater Olympia area,” Martin says. “When people participate in the festival, they’ll be providing support for their community.”

To increase parking options, a shuttle service will operate from an area near Chicago Title Insurance Co. at South Sound Center. As in past years, safe-ride and taxi services are available to festival-goers.

Sandra Quebedeaux, festival co-director and the association’s secretary, says the University is an active partner in the festival. Saint Martin’s Campus Ministry will be selling bottled water to raise money for community service projects and its upcoming mission trip; the Office of Alumni Relations will operate an information booth for the annual Saint Martin’s University Gala in November; and Saint Martin’s Athletics will be providing some of the 700 volunteers needed the day of the event.

Primary sponsors for the 2012 Capital Food and Wine Festival include O’Blarney’s Irish Pub, Evergreen Direct Credit Union, Red Wind Casino, TwinStar Credit Union, Virgil Adams Real Estate Inc., Western Meats, Heritage Bank, Albertsons, Hanson Subaru, Obee Credit Union, Century Link Frost & Company, P.S., and Discovery Media Productions, Inc.

“We depend on our sponsors and our volunteers for a successful event, and we still need some volunteers for three-hour shifts,” Quebedeaux says. People interested in volunteering can learn more and sign up on the festival website, www.capitalfoodandwinefestival.com.

Capital Food and Wine Festival tickets are available for purchase through the festival website and at the following locations: Ralph’s Thriftway, Bayview Thriftway, TwinStar Credit Union and the University’s Marcus Pavilion office. VIP tickets can be pre-purchased for $15 through March 28; general admission tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event for $20. The price includes admission and a choice of a festival wine glass or ale glass at the door.

For more information, please contact Tiffany Stewart, assistant director of alumni relations, at 360-438-4557 or tstewart@stmartin.edu.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Tiffany Stewart
Assistant director of alumni relations
Saint Martin’s University

Sarah Holdener
Director of community relations and event management
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University