Rotary Club Cancels Annual Winefest Event Due to Growing Health Concerns

Jacob Kimerer

The announcement came Tuesday night as more COVID-19 cases are being confirmed in the region.

Des Moines, WA: On Tuesday night, the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park issued a statement which stated that the 16th annual Poverty Bay Winefest scheduled for March 7th has been cancelled. The Cancellation was due in part with what they state is growing community health concerns as the Washington Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed 4 new cases of COVID-19 or better known as Coronavirus in the Puget Sound region.

Statement from the Rotary Club - "On behalf of the Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park and Destination Des Moines, it is with sadness that we have to announce to our community that we must cancel this year’s Poverty Bay Wine Festival due to growing community health concerns. So much effort and excitement has gone into preparing for this event but we collectively agree that at this time it is best to cancel.

We ask that you join us for our annual Blues & Brews festival tentatively scheduled on Saturday, August 29, 2020. Your Wine Festival ticket will be honored for this event - please track our social media channels and website for the most up to date information. If you are unable to attend in August, we kindly ask that you donate those funds back to the Rotary Club and Destination Des Moines so that we can continue to meet our community needs.

Please contact us directly with any of your questions or concerns and we will get back to you as promptly as possible. If you are an event sponsor or a winery, you will be personally contacted by a Rotarian with more details.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. #drinktomusic #dmnprotary #destinationdesmoines"