Wine and Brew Festival in Ashford

2:13 pm October 31st, 2012

The Mount Rainier Visitor Association will host the third annual Fall Road to Paradise Wine and Brew Festival this Saturday in Ashford.

The showcase of hard-to-find artisan wines and microbrews from Washington producers is on tap from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Lions’ Grand Tasting Room.

This year’s event features wine and beermakers from throughout Washington state and both sides of the Cascades, including Toledo’s Bateaux Cellars, Madsen Family Cellars and Northwest Mountain Winery of Olympia, Woodinville’s Piccola Cellars, Scatter Creek Winery of Tenino, Walla Walla’s Skylite Cellars, Stottle Winery from Lacy, Mount Vernon’s Tulip Valley Winery and Orchard, Whisper Ridge Winery of Zillah and Gig Harbor’s 7 Seas Brewing.

Whisper Ridge Winery, whose Yakima Valley home means its representatives are coming from the farthest distasnces to be part of the festival, made its debut in 2008. Owners Bill Mechem and Mandy Hansen make reds, whites and dessert wines.

7 Seas Brewing, the only exhibitor from Pierce County, began brewing in 2008 after surviving a fire at its original location. The craft brewery now occupies a 3,000-square-feet facility.

Festival tickets can be purchased online at Discounted tickets are available for advance purchase through Oct. 31 for $20. The price of admission includes a souvenir wine glass, 10 tasting tickets and live entertainment. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $1 each.

After Oct. 31, tickets are $25 and can be purchased either online or at the door.

For those looking to extend their visit to Ashford, event organizers said hospitality awaits at area hotels, spas, bed-and-breakfasts, cabins and vacation rentals. Visitors will receive one complimentary event ticket for lodging booked Nov. 2-3 in Ashford, Elbe, Longmire or Mineral

Reservations and additional information about participating lodging establishments is available at visit

More information about the Wine and Brew Festival is available at

Mount Rainier Visitor Association was was established in 1994 and is a non-profit, membership-based organization promoting businesses in the Upper Nisqually Valley, including the communities of Ashford, Elbe, Alder and Mineral. The association maintains a visitor center to provide travelers with information on area activities, lodging, dining, shopping, outdoor adventures and recreation.

The association’s visitor center is located at Whittaker Mountaineering at 30027 State Route 706 East in Ashford.

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