On July 9, the Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley hosted the 6th annual SipFest Snoqualmie at Snoqualmie Railroad Park in downtown Snoqualmie.
The event hosted dozens of wine and cider makers including: Bacovino Winery, Castle and Crown Cellars, Chandler Reach Winery, Convergence Zone Cellars, Damsel Cellars, Dineen Vineyards, Drum Roll Wine, Elevation Cellars, Lagana Cellars, Michael Florentino Cellars, Mount Si Winery, Naches Heights Vineyard, Pearl and Stone Wine Co., Red Earth Wines, Rider Cellars, Samson Estates Winery, Sigillo Cellars, Silvara Cellars, Sin Banderas Wines, Snoqualmie Falls Brewery, Uva Furem Winery, Volition Brewing, Wm. Grassie Wine Estates, WineHunter Wines, and Woodinville Ciderworks.
Other invited vendors include candlemaker Anomie Creations, jeweler Erika Laureano Design, Pioneer Coffee, and Jim’s Woodshop with wine decor.
Proceeds from the event will be used by the Rotary Club as grants to benefit community organizations in the region.
Rotary president and SipFest organizer Scott Greenberg said last year’s event netted roughly $12,000 that went to over a dozen different community organizations.
Grants were awarded earlier this year to organizations like Acres of Diamonds for furnishings for new program space for kids from homeless families, CarePoint Clinic for a medical expenses project, Empower Youth Network for suicide and substance abuse prevention programs, Encompass Northwest for an outdoor therapy play space, Helping Hands Ministry for emergency client assistance, Hopelink for a financial resiliency program, Mama’s Hands, Mt. Si Senior Center for atrium deck furniture, North Bend Community Theater for a scholarship fund for theatre camp, and Si View Community Foundation for a portable automated external defibrillator for Tollgate Farm Park, among others.
Greenburg said the event is a great chance for the community to support each other and for Rotarians to meet with folks. He said this year he expected people to be excited to get outside and see each other following the pandemic and the less than desirable weather.