Grape Escape festival is a culinary celebration

February 26, 2013

The Rotary Club of Issaquah will celebrate local charities and cuisine at its seventh annual Grape Escape festival March 7. The event features food, wine and beer from nearby establishments.

The event started as a small wine tasting with about five area wineries featured. Not only has the number of vintners involved quadrupled, but restaurants now also provide appetizer-sized signature dishes. And everyone who participates in the festive event is supporting the Rotary Club’s many charitable undertakings.

File A full house of guests enjoy the wineries and local restaurants at Pickering Barn at the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s 2012 Grape Escape, which raised $20,000 for the club’s charitable community work.

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A full house of guests enjoy the wineries and local restaurants at Pickering Barn at the Rotary Club of Issaquah’s 2012 Grape Escape, which raised $20,000 for the club’s charitable community work.

“It’s a win-win for everybody,” said Jacalyn Holsted, the Rotary Club’s marketing director. “It’s a chance to have fun, promote local businesses and give back.”

Since 2007, Grape Escape has raised more than $65,000 for many causes, including Rotary First Harvest, Issaquah Food Bank and various student scholarship programs.

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