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Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk set for March 3

The Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk, a first Friday evening event, begins March 3.  - Courtesy photo
The Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk, a first Friday evening event, begins March 3.
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The Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk is a first Friday evening event that is fun and supports the community. Enjoyed by over 2,500 visitors each season, this highly attended event is bigger and better than ever.

Experience live music, art happenings, some snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations up and down Front Street. Front Street shops and restaurants are open to the general public during Wine Walk and all ages are welcome.

This is a rain or shine event. Bring your own glass. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the event if not sold out, and can be purchased online at www.downtownissaquah.com.

Price of admission includes 10 one-ounce drink tokens, maps of the tasting locations, a plastic wine glass, tokens and wristband and will be provided at check in. Tickets are limited and the event may sell out. Other details include:

• Check in starts at 6 p.m. at the historic Shell Station — 232 Front Street N., Issaquah.

• You must be 21 to purchase wine tasting tickets.

• Will call for pre-paid tickets require identification for the name tickets were purchased under.

• Take a bottle of wine home from the tastings or enjoy at several restaurants with no corkage fee. Wines are available for purchase during the event at the historic Shell Station Wine Store.

• Alcohol is not allowed on the street. All alcohol must be consumed in the tasting locations. This is a Washington state law.

Front Street Wine Walk venues include Art by Fire Glass Blowing Studio, artEAST Art Center, Experience Tea, Pelage Spa, Issaquah Library, Train Depot, Village Theatre and Yum-E Yogurt.

Wineries include Damsel Cellars, Barrel Springs, Sigillo Cellars, Don Carlo, Solsticio and Florentino.

Live music performances include Wilde Thyme — Historic Train Depot, Home Rulers – Village Theatre and Alan Clarke and Fred Hopkins, plus experience tea/art by the Fire lobby.

Other events and vendors not to be missed are Small Cakes offering hand rolled truffles by owner and Le Cordon Bleu Chef Alex Spears.

ArtEAST will display pieces from over 80 local artists in its retail gallery. Meet ArtEAST’s juried artists while visiting their pop-up tasting room where Carol Ross will be painting a special landscape. They offer traditional and functional art, jewelry and art workshops (including art camps for kids).

At Art by Fire, you can watch elegant, hand crafted art glass being created before your eyes with a live glass blowing demonstration. Bluestreak Chocolates will share their delightful handmade artisan chocolates. Erika Laureano will showcase her hand crafted industrial jewelry. Jill Labberton Photography will be making Wine Walk memories with complementary photos.

New to the Wine Walk, childcare is available at Gibson Hall located on Newport Way just one block from Front Street. Casa Spanish is offering a fun place for your kids to enjoy games, crafts and a movie while you enjoy Wine Walk. Childcare hours are 5:15-8:45 p.m. for $20 per child. Ages 3-10 are welcome; just bring a snack and water. Register at: casaspanish.com/wine-walk

The mission of the Downtown Issaquah Association is to promote and enhance the vitality of historic Downtown Issaquah through programs and events that celebrate the city’s unique culture.

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