Feast Walla Walla flourishes

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WALLA WALLA - First Avenue between Main and Alder streets was closed Saturday to accommodate a 40-by-400-foot tent where more that 400 people took part in the Third Annual Feast Walla Walla.

"It looks like our wine sales were higher than last year, and at least two artists did very well," said Jennifer Northam of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation.

Wine sales weren't all that was up; this year five more vendors were added for 50 mostly wine and food purveyors who served up their creations from 1-4 p.m.

In addition, several local restaurateurs who had opted out of the previous two Feast Walla Walla events decided to take part this year.

"They were kind of holding back to see how the event did, and now that we have had two successful years, they felt it was time to join us," Northam said.

Also different this year were the addition of four open-flame cooking areas along the west sidewalk of First Avenue. The areas were added because fire regulations prohibit open flames in the enclosed tent, Northam said.

A T-shirt design was also created and sold at this year's event. And for the first time, a beer vendor sponsored a booth.

The price, Northam added, stayed the same at $45 per person.

In Feast Walla Walla, each participant is given 10 vouchers good for servings of food or wine provided by local wineries and restaurants.

Local artists also displayed their works, and music was provided by Whitman College jazz musicians.

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