ilani Wine & Food Fest Returns with Safety in Mind This October

Fine wines, delicious food, celebrity chefs, and more from October 8 – 10, all in an outdoor, open-air, covered venue

RIDGEFIELD, WA. (September 13, 2021) – The ilani Wine & Food Fest, one of ilani’s most anticipated events of the year, has created an outdoor experience on the 1st floor of ilani’s open-air, new award-winning parking garage for the festival. The event features a variety of wine tastings, food pairings, celebrity chef demonstrations, and more. Oct. 8 – 10, guests can sip and sample their way through daily events including the weekend’s hallmark festivity, the Grand Tasting. For the most up-to-date information, please visit our website, where ilani will continue to update the event page with additional details including event pricing and ticket purchasing options. All events will follow updated health and safety guidelines from the state of Washington and the CDC and will be limited to less than 500 attendees. Events are subject to rescheduling or cancellation as necessary.

ilani is proud to partner with the Northwest Wine & Food Society and the Ridgefield Lions Club who will be beneficiaries of the weekend’s events. To further support the revitalization of our local restaurant community, ilani will also be waiving exhibitor fees for local restaurant vendors. If you are interested in sponsoring this event or being an exhibitor, please contact and mention “ilani Wine & Food Fest”.

Grand Tasting kicks off the weekend
The Grand Tasting begins on Friday, Oct. 8, with a series of tasting sessions to limit capacity. Friday will offer two three-hour sessions: 4 – 7 p.m. and 7 – 10 p.m. The three-hour sessions will continue throughout the weekend with three sessions on Saturday — 12 – 3 p.m., 3 – 6 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m. — and two sessions on Sunday, 12 – 3 p.m. and 3 – 6 p.m. All events will take place on the 1st level of ilani’s new, award-winning parking garage.

At the grand tasting, guests can sample from hundreds of wines, beers and can enjoy limited tastings of specialty spirits while celebrity chefs entertain on the kitchen stage. Winemakers and beverage suppliers will be on-site to provide commentary on their products and answer questions guests may have. Regional restaurants along with the celebrity chefs will also be offering a sampling of their favorite items from their menus. If fine wines, delicious food, and celebrity chefs aren’t enough, ilani will also be offering $10 in promo play for each ticket purchased throughout the weekend and $5 in food tokens for each Grand Tasting ticket purchased.

During the Grand Tasting on Friday, join the exclusive VIP area for a Cigar & Bourbon Tasting from 8 – 10 p.m. The evening will offer guests the opportunity to taste a variety of fine bourbons along with delectable hors d’oeuvres and cigar samplings, all while enjoying live entertainment. This event ticket includes a ticket to the Friday Grand Tasting.

Weekend Brunch launches Saturday fun
Saturday, Oct. 9, will be packed full of nonstop entertainment, starting with the Bloody Mary and Bubbles Brunch at Rose & Thorn. From 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., guests can indulge in hand-crafted bloody marys, sparkling mimosas, cooked-to-order frittatas, cured salmon, seasonal grilled crudité, and antipasto. The event is rounded out with a tempting selection of sumptuous desserts.

From 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, take part in the Vintage Elite Cru where you can sample the “best-of-the-best” vintages from the region and meet the winemakers and principals behind them. This event ticket includes a ticket to the Saturday Grand Tasting.

The festivities conclude on Sunday but not before a day full of wine sampling and food tasting! The Bloody Mary and Bubbles Brunch returns to Rose & Thorn from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and features a celebrity chef meet and greet you won’t want to miss!

The weekend wraps up with an Industry Bar & Beverage Grand Tasting event from 7 – 9 p.m., inviting industry professionals to mix and mingle with fellow trade experts and enjoy a final sampling of exquisite wines, select liquors, and more.

The fine print
No large bags will be allowed into the venue. All bags and purses are subject to search. It is a pairing/tasting event to taste the palate and is purely intended for entertainment purposes. All guests will receive a tasting glass of each wine to sip and sample responsibly while enjoying food pairings. ilani Wine & Food Fest Events does not advocate or encourage excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly and in moderation.

Must be 21 years of age or older to participate with valid government-issued identification to attend. ilani is committed to responsible gaming. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call the Washington State Gambling Helpline at 800.547.6133.

Please visit for pricing and the current schedule of events.


Located on the Cowlitz Reservation in Ridgefield, Washington, ilani, developed by the Cowlitz Tribe and Salishan-Mohegan, a partnership that includes Mohegan Sun, one of the world’s foremost gaming and entertainment developers and operators, is the Pacific Northwest’s premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination. With nearly 400,000 total square feet, ilani includes 100,000 square feet of gaming space with nearly 3,000 slots and 75 gaming tables; 15 different restaurants, bars, and retail outlets; and a 2,500-seat meeting and entertainment venue hosting nationally recognized performances. For more information, visit and follow ilani on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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