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Get your spririts up at Snohomish on the Rocks distillery festival

SNOHOMISH - Get a sip of the finest vodkas, whiskeys and gins at Snohomish on the Rocks, the annual distillery festival set for Saturday, March 22.
The event will be held at Thomas Family Farm, south of downtown Snohomish at 9010 Marsh Rd.
Event officials are anticipating more than 1,000 people will come to sample spirits from more than 25 distilleries at the event. The estimates would top the 700 guests who came last year.
“It’s a great opportunity to taste hand-crafted spirits all in one stop,” city economic development manager Debbie Emge said last week.
Bluewater Distilling, based at the Port of Everett, will be debuting the first-ever 100 proof hybrid certified organic vodka at Snohomish on the Rocks.
Bluewater’s president John Lundin is elated to participate again in the Snohomish event. He’s had a good year as his Halcyon Gin was rated the No. 1 gin for 2013 by gin expert Aaron Knoll.
Local events count, Lundin said.
“It’s the enjoyment of working in our backyard essentially, and showing our spirits to our neighbors,” he said.
Lundin anticipates he’ll be offering vodka-infused lemoncellos from his stand at Snohomish on the Rocks.
The roster of more than 25 distillers include two Snohomish-based companies: Skip Rock Distillery, on Avenue C, and Dark Moon Artisan Distillery, Emge said. 
Skip Rock’s been making a name for itself with award-winning vodkas and gins.
Standard event tickets are $25 for a tasting session. VIP tickets that offer more tastings, a 10 percent off coupon toward one bottle at the event and a goody bag are priced at $50.
Designated drivers are granted free admission.
The standard tasting sessions are from 1-4 p.m. and from 5-8 p.m.
All proceeds benefit GROW Washington, a nonprofit small business incubator with stores in Snohomish and Everett.
Emge is working to cultivate a wine and distillery district in Snohomish.
The Snohomish Wine Festival on March 1 brought 500 people, she said.
The usual guest spends about $50 in town, meaning good business for the city.
To buy tickets or get more information on Snohomish on the Rocks, visit the website


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