24th Annual Capital Food and Wine Festival: Cheers!

March 14, 2013

LACEY, Wash. – Raise your glass and “praise the grape” at the 2013 Capital Food and Wine Festival Saturday, March 23. The Saint Martin’s Alumni Association will host the fun-packed event from noon to 9 p.m. at the Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion and Norman Worthington Conference Center, on the Saint Martin’s University Campus, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE.

foodandwinefestival “Our 24th annual festival promises to be an exciting and memorable precursor to our silver anniversary celebration that’s coming up in 2014,” said Evan Martin (‘04), festival co-director and treasurer for the alumni association. The Capital Food and Wine Festival is one of the largest and most popular events of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.

Forty regional wineries and 16 microbreweries will be on hand with a rich variety of bottled spirits and brews for festival-goers to try. In addition, delicious cuisine will be offered by 20 local restaurants and regional vendors. Live music will punctuate the festive atmosphere throughout the day.

Proceeds from the festival will support scholarships for students of Saint Martin’s University, and will fund various causes within the communities the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association serves.

A wine cellar to house premium wines during the festival, to be located in the Norman Worthington Conference Center, will be dedicated to the memory of Randi Sue Johnson, a festival chair for many years who passed away in 2012. “We’re naming it ‘R.J.’s Wine Cellar,” Martin said.

In addition, Saint Martin’s alumna Sandra Quebedeaux (’99 and MED ’11) will be recognized for generously sharing her time as a festival co-director, a post she is leaving after three years of service. “We greatly appreciate Sandra and her husband, Brent, for giving back to the Saint Martin's community for many years,” said Martin. “They both have worked on the alumni board and they both supported the festival for a very long time.”

Two vendors will display merchandise designed with wine lovers in mind. Cupbearer will bring a sampling from its “Wine Line,” a line of wine barrel furniture that includes rocking chairs, love seats, and coffee tables. Samples of customized tote bags for wine bottles will be provided by Lady Bug Wine and Spirit Bags.

Major sponsors for this year’s festival include Evergreen Direct, Hanson Motors Subaru, O’Blarney’s Inc., Red Wind Casino, Holly Harmon, Century Link, TwinStar Credit Union, Albertson, Obee Credit Union, The Olympian, Virgil Adams Real Estate, Discovery Media Productions, Frost & Company P.S., Heritage Bank, Western Meats, ABC Printing, Accent Limousines, Capital City Press, Stormans (Ralph’s Thriftway and Bayview Thriftway), and Showcase Magazine.

As in previous years, taxi and safe-ride services will be provided to festival-goers. To increase parking options, a shuttle service will operate from an area near the Chicago Title Insurance Co., at South Sound Center. More information can be found on the festival website, www.capitalfoodandwinefestival.com.

Tickets are available for purchase online through Thursday, March 21, at the festival website. Tickets also are available at the following locations through Friday, March 22: Ralph’s Thriftway, Albertsons – Olympia, Bayview Thriftway, Twinstar Credit Union, and the Saint Martin’s University campus in the Office of Alumni Relations (Room 214, Old Main). Tickets purchased in advance through March 22 are $15. General admission tickets are available at the door on the day of the event for $20. Seniors and members of the military, including retired military personnel, can purchase tickets for $15. Children under 12 can attend the festival free of charge.

Due to the large number of festival attendees, strollers and baby buggies will not be permitted at the event. Please leave them in your vehicle or at home.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres 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 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Evan Martin
Festival Co-director
Treasurer, Saint Martin’s Alumni Association

Sandra Quebedeaux
Festival Co-director
Secretary, Saint Martin’s Alumni Association

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
360-412-6126; MDwyer@stmartin.edu