Introduction to Harvest 2018

As the days get shorter, the nights get cooler and the school busses show up on the roads, we all know that fall has arrived.  For some of us, fall means rousting kids from their beds to be on time for school, watching the leaves change color or going to and from work in the dark.  For others the arrival of fall means gathering the harvest, whether that is vegetables, grains, apples, pears or grapes.  For the members of the Olympic Peninsula Winery Association, it is time for long drives, crush, pressing fruit and fermentation.  On November 10 and 11, the nine member wineries and cideries will open their doors and invite you to celebrate the bounty of their 2018 harvest.  Before that celebration occurs, there is time for you to learn more about how that harvest turns into wine and cider.

For the wine makers, the process begins early in the year when they visit vineyards – primarily in Eastern Washington – to review the vines and fruit and determine how much and what types of fruit to acquire.  The wine makers develop close relationships with the vineyards where they purchase fruit.  Some vineyards will work with the vintners to plant specific varietals for experimentation or prepare specific irrigation plans to affect sugar (and alcohol) content.  Several of the Olympic Peninsula wineries are crushing varietals new to them or expanding the use of out of the ordinary varietals from Mourverde to Pinot Meunier.  Visits later in the summer and early fall help the wine makers finalize their plans for upcoming vintages as they measure sugar and pH levels and learn what varieties and quantities survived the weather, disease and other obstacles to be harvested.

Four of the members of the Olympic Peninsula Winery Association grow a portion of their own fruit.  Port Townsend Vineyards and Marrowstone Vineyards grow a portion of their grapes on or near their wineries.  While the weather on the Peninsula isn’t ideal for growing grapes, these two vineyards make the effort to fight powdery mildew, wildlife and a variable number of days over 70 degrees to bring the entire process of making wine closer to their customers.  Olympic Cellars also has a small vineyard at their facility, but due to the windy location, the vines don’t produce fruit.  Finnriver Farms and Eaglemount Winery|Cidery both have well established orchards on site for their hard ciders.   They supplement their fruit supply with stock from other orchards, but make it a point to have specific labels that are developed from local fruit.  These members have the added opportunity to connect with consumers through farm tours and other events that highlight the connection between the land and the final product.

Come back soon to catch the next step in the process called harvest!

2014 Olympic Driftwood Sculptors Showand Dungeness River Festival

2014OlympicDriftwoodSculptorsShowCome celebrate the bounty of the waters at the 2014 Olympic Driftwood Sculptors Show and Dungeness River Festival, September 26th-28th, 2014!

The 6th annual Olympic Driftwood Sculptors Show and the 15th annual Dungeness River Festival come together to make for a weekend of art, fun, and festivities on the North Olympic Peninsula that you wont want to miss!

Held at Railroad Bridge Park and the Dungeness River Audubon Center, the celebrations are separate but intertwined, both focusing on the gifts of the area’s local waters.

The 2014 Olympic Driftwood Sculptors Show will feature driftwood sculptures by many artists, based on the LuRon® method. This style of driftwood sculpting was developed by Lucile Worlund of Seattle and is unique to the Pacific Northwest. The concept behind the LuRon® method is not to shape the driftwood to your own scheme but to work with its existing forms to allow the the inner beauty of the wood’s natural shape to come to light. The driftwood artist sees, develops, and refines this natural, inner shape in the found piece of driftwood into astonishing works of incredible art.

During the 2014 Olympic Driftwood Sculptors Show, artists will both display their finished pieces as well as demonstrate their process by working on pieces throughout the two days of the show. A Driftwood Boutique will offer various driftwood items for sale and attendees of the show will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the sculptures.

Occurring simultaneously at the park, the 15th annual Dungeness River Festival will be providing interactive exhibits and walks for the whole family that examine and celebrate the giving waters of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley watershed. Come enjoy the festivities with crowd pleasing activities like fish painting, live music, crafts, contests, food, drink and more!

The North Olympic Peninsula Wine Country
Don’t forget: when you visit the North Olympic Peninsula, you’re visiting Wine Country! Stop by one or more of our Olympic Peninsula Wineries member wineries and cideries for a taste and a bottle or three of our fantastic wines and ciders! Most of our members are open for visitors, so don’t be bashful – stop by!

2014 Olympic Driftwood Sculptors Show and Dungeness River Festival
September 26th through the 28th, 10am to 4pm ~ Free Admission
Railroad Bridge Park at 2151 W. Hendrickson Road in Sequim, WA
for a full schedule and other details, please visit:

12th Annual Friends of the Fields Harvest Dinner

Friends of the Fields Harvest Dinner 2014If you’ve a passion for locally sourced, delicious food, then you wont want to miss the 12th Annual Friends of the Fields Harvest Dinner, scheduled for Sunday, September 25th, 2014 on the North Olympic Peninsula.

An all-volunteer event, the Friends of the Fields Harvest Dinner is a collaborative celebration of the Olympic Peninsula’s local harvest. This multi-course, all-volunteer, gastronomic gala is local food, donated by the community and prepared by celebrated, local chefs, all for a good cause: promoting farmland conservation by demonstrating the quality of the local area’s bounty.

And it’s not just food – local drink will also be on hand in the form of beer and wine, along delicious desserts, and live music. (more…)

Come to the Jefferson County FairAugust 8 – 10, 2014

Jefferson County Fair Barrel Racing

Barrel Racing at the Jefferson County Fair
August 8 – 10, 2014

It’s time once again for the Jefferson County Fair! August 8th through the 10th, 2014. Jefferson County’s annual fair is an old fashioned, country-style fair with contests, 4-H and FFA exhibits, live music and fun for the whole family.

The annual Jefferson County Fair is a traditional county fair, providing county residents and visitors to the area an exhibition of local accomplishments in livestock, agriculture, arts, crafts, husbandry, stewardship, and entertainment.

Here are just a few of the 2014 Jefferson County Fair scheduled attractions: (more…)

2014 Olympic Music Festival

2014 Olympic Music FestivalIf you enjoy pastoral scenery, open air, and beautiful, classical music, then Quilcene’s Olympic Music Festival is just the thing for you!

The Olympic Music Festival is an annual series of eleven, summer chamber music concerts held on a converted farm on Washington’s North Olympic Peninsula.

Started in 1984 by ex-Philadelphia String Quartet member Alan Iglitzin, the Olympic Music Festival was originally intended to be the summer home for the Philadelphia String Quartet, who had come to Seattle in 1966 as the University of Washington’s Quartet-in-Residence. Attendance of these first summer concerts, however, made it clear just how hungry Northwest audiences were for the combination of the setting and music. (more…)

Come Celebrate Sequim Lavender WeekendJuly 18th through the 20th, 2014!

Sequim Lavender WeekendArguably the biggest event of the year, Sequim Lavender Weekend is back for its 18th year on July 18th through the 20th, 2014 – and there are a host of events for you and your friends and family to see, do, smell, touch, and taste!

The Sequim Lavender Festival Street Fair will be located in downtown Sequim, on Fir Street between Third and Sequim Avenue. Attractions include original, hand-crafted and lavender themed arts, crafts, oils and soaps, lavender bouquets, buds, plants and more! There will be special activities for children, local bands for entertainment, a wide selection of food vendors offering everything from vegan fare to BBQ to crab cakes, plus lavender flavored margaritas, martinis, and local wines served at the Beer and Wine Garden. Be sure to look for some of our members’ wines!
Sequim Lavender Festival Street Fair hours: Fri-Sat 9am to 7pm and Sun 9am to 5pm

The Lavender Arts & Crafts Fair in the Park at Sequim’s Carrie Blake Park will include booths featuring hand-made crafts and natural lavender products, more great food, a wine and beer garden, live music, and limited Edition Farm Tour & Fair merchandise including caps, tees, art posters, and more. You can also get information and tickets for visiting the farms on the Heritage Lavender Farm Tour.
Lavender Arts & Crafts Fair in the Park hours: Fri-Sat 9am-7pm and Sun 9am-6pm

The Sequim Lavender Festival Farm Tours include 7 different farms open to the public for free tours: Blackberry Forest, Graysmarsh Farm, Nelson’s Duck Pond & Lavender Farm, Martha Lane Lavender, Oliver’s Farm, The Lavender Connection, and Peninsula Nurseries. Get your map of the farms at the street fair or at any of the participating farms. Drive at your own leisure and pack a lunch to enjoy a full day of relaxation and lavender.
The Farms will be open for free tours throughout the Sequim Lavender Weekend from 10am to 5pm.

Heritage Lavender Farm Tour
Visit five of Sequim’s iconic lavender farms for the price of one admission ticket: Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm, Lost Mountain Lavender Farm, Olympic Heritage Lavender Farm, Purple Haze Lavender Farm, and Washington Lavender. Tour breathtaking fields of lavender, sample and purchase lavender products, participate in workshops & demonstrations, enjoy food, beverages, live entertainment, and more.
Heritage Lavender Farm Tour hours: Friday through Sunday 10am – 6pm

The Sequim Lavender Welcome Center will be located at 7 Cedars Casino, off Highway 101 about 6 and a half miles outside of Sequim. Come in to pick up tickets for the Heritage Lavender Farm Tour and information about different attractions at the Sequim Lavender Weekend activities.
Advance 3-day Tickets, 40% off! (purchased by July 17): $15 – 3-day Tickets (purchased July 18 – 20): $25 – One-day tickets: $10 – Active Duty Military (must have valid ID) and children 12 and under are FREE. Tickets can be purchased online at or at: First Federal (Sequim, Port Angeles, and Port Townsend), 7 Cedars Casino, Purple Haze Store in Sequim, Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, and any farm that is part of the Heritage Farm Tour.
Sequim Lavender Welcome Center hours: Fri-Sun, 9am to 5pm

And – of course! – be sure to look for member wines at the festivals and, if you have time, stop by any of our Olympic Peninsula Winery locations!

Port Townsend Rhody Fest 2014!

Rhody Fest 2014Rhody Fest 2014, Port Townsend’s annual Rhododendron Festival, is almost here!

If you’ve never been, you need to make the time to come and check it out. If you have attended before, well, I don’t need to say a thing, I’ll just see you there!

Rhody Fest has been the true herald of spring in and even well outside of Port Townsend for some 79 years, now. This historic, seaport town on the Olympic Peninsula goes all-out to celebrate the season and Washington’s state flower with a series of fun-filled and often hilariously zany events that are fun for the whole family.

This year’s Rhododendron Festival is scheduled to include: (more…)

The 6th Annual Winter Driftwood Sculpture Show

The 6th Annual Winter Driftwood Sculpture Show - Force of Nature by Marilyn Bruning

Force of Nature by Marilyn Bruning

The 6th Annual Winter Driftwood Sculpture Show of the Olympic Driftwood Sculptors is being held March 22nd and 23rd at the Dungeness River Audubon Center in Sequim.

This year’s Annual Winter Driftwood Sculpture show includes a themed section entitled “Fantasia.” Each year the Annual Winter Show of the Olympic Driftwood Sculptors includes a separate display of sculptures based around a central theme. Past themes have included “Aviary,” “Regatta,” and “Aquarium.” The “Fantasia” theme collects together sculptures related to and or depicting scenes, characters, and icons of the fantasy related genre: dragons, unicorns, mermaids, and more. (more…)

Well, Shucks: It’s the 32nd OysterFest!

OysterFest - Oct. 5th – 6th Mason County Fair Grounds, Shelton WA

OysterFest – Oct. 5th – 6th Mason County Fair Grounds, Shelton WA

OysterFest, also known by the longer moniker “The Annual West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship and Washington State Seafood Festival,” is upon us once again and you can expect all the great, local fun and craziness that’s attended the previous 31 festivals – plus a little bit more, don’t you know.


The 14th Annual Dungeness River Festival& Driftwood Art Show

Dungeness River Festival, 2013

The 14th Annual Dungeness River Festival, 2013

Get on your fish-painting duds: It’s Dungeness River Festival time again!

Every year, local, state, federal, tribal, and non-profit groups provide interactive exhibits and walks for the whole family that examine and celebrate the watershed that keeps the Sequim-Dungeness Valley alive – and that’s not all! The Dungeness River Festival also serves up live music, food and drink, crafts, and more!


Save Time for Wine During Sequim Lavender Weekend!

The biggest event on the Peninsula is just around the corner! The annual Sequim Lavender Weekend is taking place July 19-21 this year and we want to make sure you save time for tasting some delicious Washington wines while you are visiting the Olympic Peninsula.

Wine and Beer Garden at the Lavender Festival

158656532Visit us at the Wine & Beer Garden at Lavender in the Park – a fair taking place during Sequim Lavender weekend, located inside Carrie Blake Park. The Park is located directly off the Washington Street exit from Highway 101 at the east end of town. For those with GPS, the address is 202 Blake Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382.  Admission to Lavender in the Park and the concerts are free!

A selection of two wines from each winery will be available for tasting. You will also be able to buy wine by the glass or purchase a bottle.

Lavender in the Park Hours:

Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The eight wineries here on the Peninsula will be pouring new releases as part of the festivities. All the wineries will be open during normal tasting room hours. The closest to the Lavender Festival is Wind Rose Cellars tasting room, at 142 W. Washington St. They are open Friday & Saturday from 1 – 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m.

If you are staying in Port Angeles, make sure to stop by Olympic Cellars in between Sequim and Port Angeles at 255410 Hwy 101 East, Port Angeles, open from daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Also in Port Angeles is the Black Diamond Winery, at 2976 Black Diamond Rd. Enjoy their stunning vistas during a tasting from 12 – 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

If you are visiting or staying in Port Townsend, check out Fair Winds Winery at 1984 Hastings Ave. West. The tasting room is open daily from 12 – 5 p.m.

See all of our member listings on our winery map page.


2013 Sequim Lavender Weekend

One of the biggest events on the Olympic Peninsula is the Sequim Lavender Weekend. Believe it or not, the Olympic Peninsula is one of the largest national producers of lavender and lavender products. To celebrate this pungent and relaxing herb, a festival is held the third weekend in July each year. For 2013, the Sequim Lavender Festival will take place from July 19 -21.

There are more than a dozen lavender farms in the Sequim area, where you can tour, buy goods and even taste lavender treats, like ice cream!

The growers responsible for the success and heritage of the festival will be available all weekend through a self-guided and free “U-Tour” attraction. With a map of the farms, visitors may leisurely drive (or bike) and visit any and all lavender farms they are interested in seeing. 104690247Lavender-themed gifts and fresh cut bouquets will be available for purchase.  As always, admission, advice and fragrance at the farms are free!  Additional regional attractions are highlighted on the map as well – like our wineries.

The Lavender Festival Street Fair occurs in downtown Sequim on Fir Street.  Admission is free and visitors will enjoy three days of musical entertainment, fragrant Sequim lavender and tasty vendors. A talented group of artists, jewelers, photographers and “craftsmiths” will showcase their products for purchase.  The Sequim Sunbonnet Sue will have their quilt show just around the corner at the Sequim Middle School.

The other main attraction during the Lavender Festival is Lavender Arts & Crafts Faire in the Park – also running all weekend long, there will be live music in the band shell, an awesome array for food vendors and a beer and wine garden, featuring our Washington wines. We will be serving beverages from all seven of the local wineries and of course the famous Olympic Cellars lavender wine. There will also be Northwest micro-brews from Olympic Distributing and sparkling hard cider.

Make sure to save some time to visit our wineries and tasting rooms on your trip to the Peninsula!