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Chefs Holly Smith and Tin Nguyen readying for July battle!

Gig Harbor, WA – June 14, 2012 - Just one month away, the 3rd Annual Gig Harbor Wine and Food Festival is shaping up to be a great event! Not only is it a wonderful chance to observe multiple culinary talents, sample regional wines and beers, and taste amazing food, the festival also offers the chance to witness the cooking showdown of Summer 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the creativity and expertise of Iron Chef winner, Chef Holly Smith (Café Juanita, Kirkland) and Chef Tin Nguyen (Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort Executive Chef).

The grand finale of the festival will be a challenge cook-off with Chef Holly vs. Chef Tin. Each chef will prepare an appetizer and an entrée featuring fresh Dungeness crab (provided by Taylor Shellfish Farms) to be presented to a panel of five judges. Two of the judges positions will be auctioned off to attending patrons, with the remaining three judges to be selected from area noted celebrities and dignitaries (to be announced).

Tickets can be purchased online on the festival’s website ( Classes—included with your admission—are listed on the festival’s website.

The Third Annual Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival is presented by the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association and will take place on the grounds of the Harbor History Museum on July 14 from 12:00noon to 5:00pm. The event will include multiple tasting tents with more than 25 wineries, breweries, and restaurant and food purveyors represented. Also featured will be a wide selection of seminars and demonstrations. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of dining and winemaker dinner packages and insider experiences, as well as purchase their favorite wines from the day, on site.