The Saint Martin’s University Food and Wine Festival, the best happy hour in town, makes a comeback on Saturday, April 4 at the University’s Lacey campus. The Festival, featuring wineries and breweries from the greater South Sound and beyond, will take place from 4-8 p.m. in the Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion. Proceeds from the Festival will benefit student scholarships.
This year, 2020, marks the 125th anniversary of Saint Martin’s University as a Catholic, Benedictine institution of higher learning and the Festival is one of the key events during the 18-month anniversary celebration. A special pre-event VIP reception, from 2-4 p.m., will honor the anniversary with delicious bites and drink pairings as well as shared memories from the University’s 125 years.
“This Festival combines two important Benedictine values: community and stewardship,” says Cecelia Loveless, the University’s vice president of institutional advancement. “As we come together to sample great wine and delicious food, we support students’ educational dreams.”
The Festival itself is celebrating 30 years as one of the premier wine and food events in Thurston County. “We’re excited to see the community come back to enjoy this beloved event,” added Loveless. “Many alumni and volunteers have added to the success of the Festival over the decades; we wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”
General admission tickets to the Festival are available online at www.stmartin.edu/festival. Tickets are $25 if purchased before March 15. After March 15, tickets are $30 online or $40 at the door. Guests have the opportunity to purchase tickets or tables to the pre-event VIP reception. Individual VIP tickets are $125 and VIP tables are $1,000. The VIP reception includes admission and early entrance to the Festival as well as 125th-anniversary memorabilia. Both the Festival and the VIP reception are 21-and-older events.
Vendors who would like to showcase their wine, beer and distilling offerings at the Festival can contact email@example.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; more information can be found at www.stmartin.edu/festival.