March 03-25-17


Noon - 9:00pm


Saint Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion

Join Us! / learn how to purchase tickets, sponsor the event or help by volunteering

About the Food & Wine Festival / a bit of history

Originally conceived by the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association to help fulfill its mission to promote, support and enhance the Saint Martin’s educational and monastic community, the annual Capital Food & Wine Festival is a popular community celebration that has much to offer those who attend. The Festival is managed by a mostly all-volunteer committee of alumni, friends, University staff and other members from the greater community. At this year’s 28th annual festival, patrons can sample and taste:
  • More than 100 varietal and blended wines from Washington State wineries.
  • Many different beers on tap
  • Food favorites from local restaurants.
The Saint Martin’s Alumni Association welcomes graduates and attendees from the former Saint Martin’s High School, College and the University. Each year the Association uses the funds it has raised through efforts such as the Capital Food & Wine Festival to make generous contributions to the University’s general endowment fund and provide for direct scholarships to Saint Martin’s students. Proceeds from this year’s Festival also will support communities that the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association serves.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes nearly 1,200 undergraduate students and 323 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at
  • Everyone is welcome to attend the Festival, however, no one under 21 years of age will be allowed to consume alcoholic beverages.
  • Everyone under age 30 will have ID checked at the door.
  • Baby strollers are not permitted.
  • Security personnel will be present at the Festival.
  • Anyone who is overly disruptive will be asked to leave the premises.
In compliance with state liquor laws, we have to use scrip instead of real money when patrons wish to sample the alcohol. Since each bottle of wine costs different amounts of money, the number of scrip charged for each taste is in direct connection to the cost of the bottle of wine or beer. Restaurants select the price they charge to sample their food. We are fortunate to have a wonderful variety of restaurants and you will have many options to consider should you want to try the food… which we hope you do. There will also be wineries and microbreweries ready to provide a variety of their best as well. And they all cost something for the tastes. The entry ticket cost includes a wine glass or beer glass, and all the other costs in organizing the festival are rolled into this price. Security, entertainment, renting of non-flammable curtains/table skirts, utilities, among many other things are all part of the ticket cost. We are proud of keeping this cost as low as possible and the prices have been in this range for over a decade.

Tickets / don't wait, grab your tickets now and save!

Tickets available through March 24 at most TwinStar Credit Union branches, O’Blarney’s Irish Pub in Lacey, Ralph’s Thriftway and Bayview Thriftway in Olympia, at the SMU Marcus Pavilion ticket office in Lacey, or online at the website:

Purchase Tickets
  • $15 per person VIP if purchased in advance through March 24 via Capital Food & Wine Festival Eventbrite
  • $20 at the door March 25 after 12:00pm
  • Children under 12 admitted free of charge
  • Ticket price includes admission for one plus a choice of one wine or beer glass.
  • Scrips will be available for purchase to be used for samplings of wine, beer & delicious food from our restaurants. For more information, please have a look at our pricing details in the about section above.

Schedule / plan ahead and experience is all

Off Boulevard

Off Boulevard

Off Boulevard's band delivers a rhythmic background for the group's vocal stylings  For almost a decade, musicians  Vince Chavez (bass), Brian Ferris (guitar),  Kerry Gansburg (drums) and Maureen Johnson (keyboard) have been adding their unique talents to the
Clave Con Jazz

Clave Con Jazz

Clave Con Jazz comprises of a five piece band combining Latin Jazz with the Latin Sounds of the The Caribbean. Jim Cochran, Rick White, Aaron Hennings, Alejendro Fleites & Malo
Scott Lindenmuth Group

Scott Lindenmuth Group

Scott Lindenmuth is a guitarist with few boundaries. He has been described as "One of the Pacific Northwest's greatest instrumentalists" and a "Genre-crossing virtuoso". Whether performing with his contemporary


Members: Maria Shimshock keys/vocals, Bill Seibold guitar/harp/vocals, Wayne Vertheen guitar/vocals, Steve Mazepa keys/harp/vocals, Ed Hess bass, Terry Brodsky drums/vocals
Marty Beagle

Marty Beagle

Combine versatile and stylistically diverse guitar playing with a somewhat skewed view of life in the Pacific NorthWest and you will probably find yourself listening to the music of
Marty Beagle and Friends

Marty Beagle and Friends

Combine versatile and stylistically diverse guitar playing with a somewhat skewed view of life in the Pacific NorthWest and you will probably find yourself listening to the music of

Event Sponsors / support the businesses that support us

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Wine / the other grape juice

Click on any Winery below to view more details and learn about what wines each will feature at the festival.

Winery Application

RJ's Cellar / Sponsored by Hanson Subaru

In memory of Saint Martin’s alumna Randi Johnson who helped pioneer and lead the creation of the first Capital Food & Wine Festival in1989, as well as being an active participant in the success of the Alumni Association for 25 years.

Beer / proof God loves us and wants us to be happy

Click on any Brewery below to view more details and learn about what beers each will feature at the festival.

Brewery Application

Click on any Restaurant below to view more details and learn about what menu items each will feature at the festival.

Food / the best the northwest has to offer

Restaurant Application

Volunteer / help us

Volunteer Signups will be available February 22nd!

The Saint Martin’s Alumni Association relies on dozens of volunteers to make every Capital Food & Wine Festival a success in it’s mission to raise funds for Saint Martin’s student scholarships and programs.

A handful of volunteers staff a festival steering committee that spends hundreds of combined hours over the course of the year planning a fun, exciting and safe festival production for the nearly 5,000 people who attend annually.

Volunteers also are recruited and counted on to help with a myriad of duties throughout the day of the festival. We are currently searching for flexible, good-natured volunteers who are able to perform a service, without pay and with a smile on their face.

Volunteers are asked to commit to attend a pre-festival training session, and work at least one shift during the day of the festival, taking on additional shifts if possible. Proof of Age via valid ID is required the day of the festival.

All volunteers are asked to attend the following festival training session:
March 22nd, 6 p.m. 
Norman Worthington Conference Center, Saint Martin’s University

Volunteer Signup

Click the volunteer positions below to learn more about each.

Pourers – Wine and Beer

Pourers must be at least 21 years old. They will be assigned to a winery or brewery to assist and monitor pouring. They will be responsible for notifying Vendor Support personnel when supplies (wine/beer, ice, glasses, water and other items) need replenishing. Must be able to gauge level of consumption of individuals and refuse service as appropriate, in accordance with guidance provided by the State Liquor Licensing Board.

Vendor Support

Vendor Support volunteers are on their feet for most of their shift. Should be able to lift at least 20 lbs. They will provide support throughout the entire venue replenishing supplies (wine/beer, ice, glasses, water and other items) to wine and beer booths. They will empty garbage containers, clear tables, keep the areas clean and safe from spills throughout the venue.

Door Monitor

Door Monitors may request chairs be made available to them if they are unable to stand for the duration of their shift. Door Monitors direct festival attendees, volunteers, vendors and others to the appropriate entry door. Those assigned to front door security will confirm each person’s age using approved picture ID and then will then affix the proper Event ID Band on the person’s wrist. Ensure neither open wine nor beer containers are taken outside of the building. Ensure individuals who re-enter the building have the appropriate colored/type Event ID Band. Help provide a safe presence during the festival.

Volunteers Check-in Room Registrar

Registrars will direct Volunteers, Vendors, Entertainment members and guests, and TwinStar Credit Union Volunteers to the assigned area for check-in. They will confirm each person’s age using a driver’s license or other approved picture ID. They will than apply the “Working Status” Event ID Band on the person’s wrist. As needed, they will replace the “Working Status” Event ID bands with age-appropriate Event ID bands after volunteers complete their shift. Registrars should be prepared for a hectic environment.

Event Location

St. Martin’s Marcus Pavillion
5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503, United States

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Parking /

Event parking on campus is limited. Additional parking is available at Lacey’s South Sound Mall (behind Target and Kohl’s), with free shuttle service to the Marcus Pavilion’s front door from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The shuttle pick up spot is near the covered sidewalk in front of Chicago Title. South Sound Mall: 711 Sleater Kinney Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503

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