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It’s a dilemma event planners have been facing since the advent of destination meetings: how to schedule a conference or workshop in a city that offers enough activities that people will want to visit, yet still keep them focused on the event they came to attend in the first place. With the distractingly large amount of enticing activities and natural beauty Spokane offers, it’s unlikely that question will be answered any time soon.
Spokane is no meetings and events newbie. Situated along the Spokane River in eastern Washington, this Northwest gem became the smallest city to host the World’s Fair in 1974. Expo '74, as it was called, was the first fair centered around environmental issues with a theme of “Celebrating Tomorrow’s Fresh New Environment.” Approximately 5.6 million people attended the fair, and its legacy was an urban renewal that balanced Spokane’s natural beauty with its downtown core.
Swirl Washington, the largest food and wine pairing event in Eastern Washington, will be debuting in Spokane at the Davenport Hotel featuring more than 40 wineries from around the state.
"With so many wineries and tasting rooms in Spokane, as well as the newly created Cork District, it’s no question that Spokane is a wine destination," said Jeanna Hofmesiter, chief marketing officer at Visit Spokate. "Swirl is not only for our dedicated, wine-loving locals, but also the visitors who come here to experience our entire culinary scene."