1,000 expected at On the Rocks Distillery Festival
SNOHOMISH - The second annual Snohomish on the Rocks Distillery Festival will be held Feb. 1-2, and organizers are expecting double last year’s attendance of 500.
The 1,000 expected festival goers will gather for two tastings from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 and two tastings from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Both tastings will be held at the Snohomish Events Center at 1011 Second St.
“We grew out of our original space,” city economic development manager Debbie Emge said. Last year’s festival was in the Snohomish Business Park and was only a one-day event.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit GROW Washington, a nonprofit organization that helps support new business growth.
“It seemed like a good match,” said Emge of the distilleries and the beneficiary. “It’s a growing industry and most of these distilleries are fairly new businesses.”
Promoting distilleries also is a great way to connect to the farming community, she said.
“Craft distilleries have to source 51 percent of the product that goes into making their final product from the state of Washington,” Emge said.
Of the 19 distilleries participating in the festival, two are from the city of Snohomish: Skip Rock and Dark Moon. There are four total from Snohomish County. One will be coming from Oregon to participate and another will come from Eastern Washington.
Emge said people will be coming from all over to attend the festival including Seattle, Bellevue and Vancouver, B.C.
“The distillery industry has gotten a lot more attention in the last year and the city of Snohomish has worked really hard to grow the craft beverage industry niche,” Emge said.
The festival also will feature food and a live performance by Snohomish group Plan B Acoustic Duo. More bands may be added to the roster later.
Tickets are $25 per person and include five tasting tickets and food samples. Guests will be able to purchase additional signature cocktails at the “Signature Bar,” additional tasting tickets in addition to beer, wine and soda.
During the festival, a public market will be open from 1-9 p.m. both days also at the Snohomish Events Center.
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