The Spokane Valley City Council got a savory summation of what it can expect next week when Crave! NW rings the dinner bell at CenterPlace.
Tom Stebbins, owner of Vision Marketing of Newman Lake, brought the council up to speed Tuesday on the festival, which is scheduled for June 15-18.
Adam Hegsted -- a local chef and owner of area restaurants, plus the catering company contracted to serve CenterPlace – is Stebbins’ partner in the venture.
“It’s pretty amazing to see everything come to fruition,” Hegsted told the council. “We have some really great people…it’s pretty amazing how everything came together. I think we’re going to have a really amazing event.”
The event is expected to draw in tourists to the area, and will include multicourse meals, chef demonstrations, cooking classes, workshops and a host of chefs.
The city is contracted to contribute $50,000 to the event each year for five years, and will in return have the city’s logo on various marketing material and the Crave! NW website. The city will conduct performance reviews of the festival, and safeguards have been put in place that allows the city to withdraw its participation if necessary.
There will be a “seafood bash” on Thursday ($85), street foods market on Friday ($65) and a “fire and smoke barbecue) on Saturday ($65). Tickets are $40 for the grand tastings on Friday and Saturday night. On Sunday, there will be a Father’s Day brunch ($45).
Stebbins said ticket sales are about 20 percent of what he hoped at this point, but he acknowledges this is the first year and is optimistic things will pick up in the days ahead as publicity picks up. He also expects plenty of ticket sales at the door.
“People don’t really know what it is,” he said.
For more information or tickets, visit cravenw.com.