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GIG HARBOR WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL SETS 2012 EVENT DATE AND BRINGS ABOARD EVENT DIRECTOR FOR THE FESTIVAL

January 10, 2012 - GIG HARBOR, WA- Gig Harbor will host its 3rd Annual Wine and Food Festival, located on the historic waterfront in this beautiful maritime community. The 2012 Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival, presented by the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association, will take place Saturday, July 14, 2012. The festival will be held on the Harbor History Museum’s campus, overlooking picturesque Gig Harbor Bay. Festival Highlights include: Grand Tasting tent with 25+ wineries and select fine restaurants and food purveyors; a wide selection of educational offerings including wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and more; book signings by well-known chefs and authors; celebrity chef appearances and cook-off finale; opportunities to bid on amazing dining and winemaker dinner packages. In 2011, the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association received the Excellence on Main Award for outstanding achievement for promotion for the inaugural 2010 Wine and Food Festival, given by the Washington State Main Street™ Organization.

This year, the Festival is proud to announce that it has engaged Victoria Trimmer as its Event Director. Ms. Trimmer brings a wealth of experience to the Festival. With deep roots in the food and wine industry, her career has spanned from being a small business owner to Development Director for Edmonds Center for the Arts. “Victoria produced an event (Arts Crush Dinner and Auction) for ECA that far exceeded expectations in all categories,” stated Joseph McIalwain, Executive Director of ECA. Gig Harbor’s Wine and Food Festival is especially excited to have Victoria join the organization as Event Director. She brings great passion and is highly skilled, always taking tremendous care for the success of any endeavor she undertakes.

The Gig Harbor Wine and Food Festival was established in 2010, featuring Top Chef Season 5 fan favorite Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani. 2011 Celebrity Chef was Chef Kevin Gillespie, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of the Woodfire Grill in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about ticket sales and the 2012 Gig Harbor Wine and Food Festival visit www.harborwineandfoodfest.com or call 253.514.0071.

The Mission of the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association is to bring together community and waterfront district stakeholders in order to encourage economic vitality and to preserve the historic character and quality of the area. Working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Washington State Main Street Program, the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association (GHHWA) is committed to implementing the Main Street Approach™ in our waterfront district. The Main Street Approach™ is a community driven program used to encourage historic preservation and economic development in traditional small downtowns. It is a common-sense way to address the variety of issues and problems that face traditional business districts. It advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of traditional commercial districts. For more information about the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association, visit their website at www.gigharborhistoricwaterfront.org or call 253.514.0071