During the summer, the Portland metropolitan area host a number of annual cultural events, including the Waterfront Blues Festival, the Bite, and of course the famous Rose Festival. However, there’s also a little known gem, an event that has grown over the past sixteen years and is beginning to hold its own among the major established cultural events in the area.
The Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival is held each August in downtown Vancouver at the Historic Esther Short Park. The purpose of the festival is to promote the arts, business, education and community.
The festival’s main goal is to promote Vancouver as a great place to live, work and visit, but it also provides a venue for student musicians to perform. Held every year since 1998, the event attracted an astonishing 14,000 people in 2012. It is the number one cultural tourism event in Vancouver. The festival’s entertainment enriches and educates the audience with its great music, fine art and culinary delights from local vendors and sponsors. Over the years it has grown to include visual artists, hundreds of wines, commercial exhibitors and local restaurants. Other than local musical artists, the event has hosted such internationally acclaimed musicians such as Al Jarreau, Bo Diddley, Jose Feliciano, Kenny Loggins, and the Temptations.
As you’re planning your summer activities, consider taking the short jaunt across the Columbia River to Vancouver to attend the festival this August. This year’s festival takes place August 22-25th. This year’s performers have yet to be announced. You can find the most up-to-date information (or buy tickets) at www.vancouverwinejazz.com