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Kitsap Wine Festival raises record $60,000 | Kitsap Week

The Kitsap Wine Festival is on Aug. 9 at Bremerton’s Harborside Fountain Park. “It’s so great to be out in front of the water, enjoying great food and wine in the sunshine,” said Shannon Johnson of co-sponsor Columbia Hospitality. “There’s nothing better.” - Baris Saydag / Courtesy
The Kitsap Wine Festival is on Aug. 9 at Bremerton’s Harborside Fountain Park. “It’s so great to be out in front of the water, enjoying great food and wine in the sunshine,” said Shannon Johnson of co-sponsor Columbia Hospitality. “There’s nothing better.”
— image credit: Baris Saydag / Courtesy

Raise a glass to Kitsap. Cheers.

The 2014 Kitsap Wine Festival on Aug. 9 raised $60,000 for the Harrison Medical Center Foundation.

The festival, now in its sixth year, was hosted by the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton and the foundation which supports its mission to make a positive difference in people’s lives by providing exceptional medical care at Harrison Medical Center.

“The sixth annual Kitsap Wine Festival at Harborside Fountain Park at Kitsap Conference Center is the only event where the city closes this gorgeous park to have community members and marina visitors celebrate our fountains, flowers, and the many friendly people who come out to support the Harrison Medical Center Foundation,” said Mayor Patty Lent, who enjoyed a glass of wine at the festival.

“I am truly honored to be the city of Bremerton’s mayor,” she said.

The festival attracted  a variety of visitors and nearly 30 wineries, as well as Hale’s Ales and Silver City Brewery.

Tasty treats and bites were provided by Anthony’s at Sinclair Inlet, the Bremerton Bar & Grill, Gold Mountain Golf Club and Bella Bella Cupcakes.

Arne Bakker, general manager of the Kitsap Conference Center, noted that many local businesses, wineries and city leaders joined efforts to put on the wine festival, and called it a success.

“This event continues to get better every year,” Bakker said. “Our team enjoyed planning and hosting this event for the Harrison Medical Center Foundation. It feels great knowing that we were directly supporting such a worthy cause.”

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