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2012

Association News, April 2012
Kitsap Conference Center and Destination Bremerton Waterfront are featured in a story "Washington & Oregon; Balancing Beauty and Big Business." The full article can be found here.

2011

Smart Meetings, December 2011
Discovering Washington
Beyond Puget Sound: If you'd like to meet close to the water, the new Destination Bremerton Waterfront service might be the answer. Launched late this year, it allows planners to work with a dedicated meeting planner who will create a customized event using only waterfront vendors. Partners include Kitsap Conference Center, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites and three golf courses, among others. Offering more than 28,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 235 guest rooms, Destination Bremerton Waterfront is ideal for multiple day events and meetings.

Successful Meetings, August 2011
The Best of the Best: 2011 Winners of the Pinnacle Award
Kitsap Conference Center was chosen as one of six conference centers in the western U.S. to receive a Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award in 2011. The awards are chosen by the publication's audience of meeting professionals. A complete list of winners can be found here.

Seattlest.com, August 2011
Catch a Ferry to Kitsap Wine Festival on August 20
Summer is the perfect time to set sail and explore the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest. If you're not endowed with your own vessel, the Washington State ferry system will have to do. This year's Kitsap Wine Festival is August 20 at Harborside Fountain Park, overlooking Puget Sound. Last year's event, which raised more than $12,000 for the Harrison Medical Center Foundation, sold out quickly--which is why we're warning you to get tickets now. There will be live jazz and R&B from Tonze and the North End Jazz Quartet to delight you, while you're enjoying the fine wines and a wide variety of fare from Anthony's, McCloud's Grill, Boston's Pizza Deli and others.

South Sound, July 6, 2011
Wine Festival Back Again
Tranquility reigns at Bremerton's Harborside Fountain Park, done up in copper-ringed fountains and wading pools. Walking, lunching, or simply watching the ferries come and go - the state of being free from tension and anxiety. But from 2 to 5:30 pm on August 20, the park turns it up a notch. Local brews and wines from around the state and Oregon assure that your pint or wine glass never be empty. Kitsap's third annual wine festival also delights in the culinary: Chef Marsha Henry of Kitsap Conference Center, Anthony's at Sinclair Inlet, Bella Bella Cupcakes, Boston's Pizza & Deli, CJ's Evergreen General Store and Catering, McCloud's Grill House & Saloon and The Boat Shed. Be it hops or semi-sweet, tastes of the town or live music, this festival makes for a feast of the senses.

Edible Seattle, July/August 2011
Kitsap Wine Festival
This afternoon festival takes place at Harborside Fountain Park on the Bremerton Waterfront and features 30 wineries and breweries, along with snacks from regional chefs, live music and onsite wine sales. Proceeds benefit the Harrison Hospital Foundation.

Northwest Palate, July/August 2011
Kitsap Wine Festival
The scenic waterfront at Harborside Fountain Park is the site for an appetizing afternoon of tasting with more than 30 wineries from Washington and Oregon and local food vendors.

Wine Press Northwest, Summer 2011
The Kitsap Wine Festival was included in "10 great things to do in Northwest wine country" in the Summer issue of Wine Press Northwest. Click here for the article.

Everett Herald, June 25, 2011
Reserve now for discount at Kitsap wine fest
Seems wine festivals abound in Washington, and Bremerton is in its third year, hosting the Kitsap Wine Festival at the Harborside Fountain Park, conveniently next to the ferry terminal. The party is set for 2 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 featuring samples from Washington and Oregon wineries, local breweries, live music and food from Kitsap eateries. Why the advance notice? You can save on admission with early reservations. Tickets are $40 each through Thursday, $50 each from Friday to August 19, and $60 at the door. Buy tickets or get more information at www.kitsapwinefestival.com. Your ticket includes a commemorative wine glass, wine tastings and food samples. Any wines you like can be purchased at a retail store on site.

Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, December 4, 2010
The Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside and Bremertons Admiral Theatre have announced an exclusive, full-service catering partnership in which Kitsap Conference Center will lead all catering services for the historic theatre. Under the guidance of Kitsap Conference Centers Executive Chef, Marsha Henry, the options will range from casual, la carte offerings to full sit-down dinners for private events and shows held at the one-of-a-kind dinner theatre and performance venue.

Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent recently opened the door for the Conference Center and Admiral to forge the partnership. It simply made sense for these two important downtown entities to come together in order to bring the noted quality of Kitsap Conference Centers cuisine and expertise in delivering menus for events of all sizes, to the Admiral Theatres distinguished venue and their patrons and guests, said Mayor Lent.

The partnership is a truly natural fit between the two local businesses, allowing us to provide the community with the same top notch culinary experience theyve come to know at the Conference Center, while enjoying the events and celebrations hosted by the historic, luxurious theatre, said Conference Center General Manager Terry Halvorson.

Ruth Enderle, Executive Director of the Admiral Theatre, echoed Halvorsons enthusiasm, The professional resources of Kitsap Conference Center, along with the enormous community respect for their product, presents a timely opportunity for the Admiral Theatre. We have been looking for a partner to offer high-quality menus and service to our patrons, and we couldnt be happier that we are now working together."


2010

Kitsap Sun, November 12, 2010
Conference Center Wins Contract for Admiral Theatre Catering
The Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside will cater all events at the Admiral Theatre under a recently completed contract. Built in 1942 and renovated in 1997, the Admiral Theatre presents nearly 50 professional events annually and hosts approximately 60 community events. Kitsap Conference Center offers a standard of excellence for meetings, conferences, trade shows, social events, reunions and weddings each year at the 10,000 square-foot venue located on Bremerton's waterfront.

Kitsap Sun, August 16, 2010
Tasting Our Way through the Kitsap Wine Festival
The walk-around tasting featured 37 wineries from Oregon and Washington. We were unable to visit every table, but we made it to 17 wineries, and by Mary's calculations we tasted 37 wines.

In a tasting like this, spitting is necessary and with the sun beating down on us, rehydrating extremely important. And of course sampling the different foods was a must - we needed fuel to give us the energy to power through. Catering for the event came from the Kitsap Conference Center, (with a fabulous goat cheese and mango crostini), Anthony's (they had delicious mussels Mediterranean), the Clubhouse at McCormick Woods, Old Town Bistro, Boston's Pizza and Deli, CJ's Evergreen Catering and Bella Bella Cupcakes. (Like the wineries, we didn't make it to every food table).

SeattleTravelGram.com, August 10, 2010
Kitsap Wine Festival in Bremerton
How many of you have been to Bremerton lately? Not too long ago there just wasn't that much to see and do but now "wow" it's really a wonderful place to visit with restaurants, a variety of accommodations and lodging, parks, a terrific new marina, an award winning golf course and many fun events throughout the year. From Bremerton's waterfront you will enjoy amazing views of Sinclair inlet, the Olympic Mountains and Mt. Rainier. The second annual Kitsap Wine Festival is August 14th from 2:00 to 5:30pm. Sample wines from 30+ of Washington and Oregon's fine wineries. The Second Annual Kitsap Wine Festival at Harborside Fountain Park is a celebration of food and wine on Bremerton's scenic waterfront. Tickets are $50.00 per person and no one under 21 will be admitted. Net proceeds will benefit Harrison Medical Center Foundation. Guests can meander through the spectacular Harborside Fountain Park, enjoy live music and take in views of Puget Sound and the Port of Bremerton Marina. Cuisine will be provided by Chef Marsha Henry of Kitsap Conference Center and Chef Shawn Walker of Anthony's at Sinclair Inlet as well as other local restaurants. If you are coming from Seattle just take the ferry from Seattle's waterfront terminal and head to Bremerton and have a great day on the Kitsap Peninsula.

South Sound Magazine, August 5, 2010
Sip and Eat at the Kitsap Wine Festival
The Kitsap Wine Festival is a celebration of local food and fine regional wine, and serves as a fundraiser for Harrison Medical Center Foundation, with a portion of each ticket cost going directly to the charity. The benefit begins at 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, at Harborside Fountain Park in Bremerton. The celebration will have more than 30 different wineries from the Pacific Northwest, including Chateau Ste Michelle, DeLille Cellars, DiStefano Winery, Balboa Winery, Mercer Estates, Snoqualmie Vineyards, Camaraderie Cellars, Forgeron Cellars, Glencorrie, Hightower Cellars, Kiona Vineyards, Revelry Vintners, SYZYGY, Thurston Wolfe Winery, Waterbrook, and Whidbey Island Winery. If you love a wine that you sample at the festival, you will be able to purchase the bottle, with all sales going to the Harrison Medical Center Foundation. The cuisine for the afternoon will be prepared by Chef Marsha Henry of Kitsap Conference Center, Anthony's at Sinclair Inlet, Clubhouse at McCormick Woods, Old Town Bistro, and Bella Bella Cupcakes. The park will also feature live music, so you can dine, wine and unwind while you stroll through the park, check out the fountains, and take in the impressive waterfront views. Tickets cost $50 and include wine sampling from over 30 wineries, food from a variety of restaurants, live music and a souvenir wine glass. To purchase you ticket visit kitsapwinefestival.com, or go to Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside at 100 Washington Avenue, Bremerton. Harborside Fountain Park is located next to the Bremerton Ferry Landing and parking is available at the lot next to the ferry terminal. You do not need a vehicle if you plan on arriving via ferry from downtown Seattle, since the festival is conveniently located next to the ferry terminal on the marina.

Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, August 3, 2010
Advantages of working with an event planner and what to expect
Terry Halvorson, general manager at Kitsap Conference Center (www.kitsapconferencecenter.com), says it's perfectly fine to want something done your way, since ultimately, it's your event. The conference center has two sales and planning managers on staff who can help clients using the facility to plan the logistics of the event including coordinating multiple speakers, audiovisual equipment, decorations and catering. "If we think our recommendation is a better way to do it, we will say that but at the end of the day, it's the clients' event," she says. "You want to listen to the experts but if there's something you want a certain way, it should be that way." Halvorson says a planner can both help someone who already has a clear vision of the event, and someone who doesn't know where to start. "If (the clients) have a sense of the number of people attending, budget and time of day, that helps," she says. "We ask them, what kind of picture do they have of their event. If they have a clear vision, our role is to listen and to make suggestions. If they don't know, we'll help."

Kitsap Sun, August 3, 2010
Cheers to You: An Exploration of Wine and Events around the Kitsap Peninsula
The next weekend, if you're feeling like staying closer to home, there is a second annual Kitsap Wine Festival at the Harborside Fountain Park. (That's the park with the brass-colored fountains that resemble submarine sails right next to the Bremerton ferry dock). The event is Saturday, Aug. 14 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Order your tickets in advance. Price is $50. That includes a commemorative wine glass, and unlimited tasting of the wine and various food options. (Last year you paid to enter, and paid for food. That won't be the case this year.) The event will be similar to last year, but will span the whole park, will feature 36 wineries from Washington and Oregon, and will include food from the Kitsap Conference Center, Anthony's at Sinclair Inlet, Old Town Bistro, Clubhouse at McCormick Woods and Bella Bella Cupcakes. New to the event this year will be an on-site wine shop, so if you taste a wine you can't live without you can get it right there, and a second band has been added to the lineup, according to Terry Halvorson, general manager for the conference center. Halvorson said last year's event was so successful they've added more tickets this year. A total of 700 tickets were up for grabs, but 400 have already sold. So jump on it!

Table Talk, August 2010
Kitsap Wine Festival
The second annual Kitsap Wine Festival at Harborside Fountain Park is a celebration of food and wine on Bremerton's scenic waterfront, benefiting Harrison Medical Center Foundation. Guests will enjoy a walk-around event featuring wine tasting from more than thirty Northwest wineries. New in 2010, the Kitsap Wine Festival features on-site wine purchasing so that guests have the opportunity to purchase the wines they have sampled with all proceeds supporting the Harrison Medical Center Foundation. Delicious cuisine will be provided by local establishments including the Kitsap Conference Center, Anthony's at Sinclair Inlet, Old Town Bistro, Clubhouse at McCormick Woods, and Bella Bella Cupcakes. Live music, waterfront vistas, food and wine combine with the beautiful Harborside Fountain Park venue to create the perfect summertime atmosphere and experience. An easy ferry ride from Seattle delivers guests just steps away from the event location. Plentiful parking is available at Kitsap Conference Center garage at a nominal fee. Based on the overwhelming positive response from the 2009 event, 2010 tickets are sure to sell out. BUY NOW!

Northwest Palate, July/August 2010
Washington Events
August 14 Kitsap Wine Festival, Harborside Fountain Park, Bremerton, WA. A celebration of food and wine on Bremerton's scenic waterfront, the event will feature more than 30 wineries from Washington and Oregon. Tickets are $50, with proceeds benefiting Harrison Medical Center Foundation. For more information visit kitsapwinefestival.com.

425Magazine.com/SouthSoundMag.com, June 25, 2010
Wine and Dine at Harborside Fountain Park with Waterfront Views
Kitsap Wine Festival is a celebration of local food and fine regional wine, and is a fundraiser for Harrison Medical Center Foundation, with a portion of each ticket cost going directly to the charity. The benefit beings at 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, at Harborside Fountain Park in Bremerton.

The celebration will have over 30 different wineries from the Pacific Northwest, including Chateau Ste Michelle, DeLille Cellars, DiStefano Winery, Balboa Winery, Mercer Estates, Snoqualmie Vineyards, Camaraderie Cellars, Forgeron Cellars, Glencorrie, Hightower Cellars, Kiona Vineyards, Revelry Vintners, SYZYGY, Thurston Wolfe Winery, Waterbrook, and Whidbey Island Winery.

If you love a wine that you sample at the festival, you will be able to purchase the bottle. Sales will benefit the Harrison Medical Center Foundation. The cuisine for the afternoon will be prepared by Chef Marsha Henry of Kitsap Conference Center, Anthony's at Sinclair Inlet, Clubhouse at McCormick Woods, Old Town Bistro, and Bella Bella Cupcakes. The park will also feature live music, so you can dine, wine and unwind while you stroll through the park, check out the fountains, and take in the impressive waterfront views. Tickets are $50 and include wine sampling from over 30 wineries, food from a variety of restaurants, live music and a souvenir wine glass. To purchase your ticket visit kitsapwinefestival.com.

Association News, April 2010
Washington & Oregon: Naturally Attractive
A retreat-like ambiance defines the forested Kitsap Peninsula, a short ferry ride west across Puget Sound. In Bremerton, the Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside hosts up to 750. A 29,000-square-foot pavilion is available at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Successful Meetings, January 4, 2010
Kitsap Conference Center Discounts CMP
The Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside in Bremerton, Wash - a one-hour ferry ride from downtown Seattle - is offering a 15 percent discount on its complete meeting package.

Available for meetings held there in January, February and March 2010, the discounted CMP includes:
- Meeting room rental
- Audio/visual
- Continental breakfast
- Morning break
- Buffet luncheon
- Afternoon break
- Conference supplies
- Dedicated meeting planner
- All service charges

For more information, or to book visit www.kitsapconferencecenter.com.


2009

North Kitsap Herald, August 21, 2009
With the state of Washington being the second-largest producer of wine grapes in the United States, it seems fitting that there would be a plethora of festivals in the area to celebrate. But Kitsap has never officially been part of the revelry until now. It all started with our wonderful former mayor Cary Bozeman and how much he loves Fountain Park, said Terry Halvorson, lead organizer of the inaugural Kitsap Wine Festival.

Nobody had done (a wine festival) in Kitsap County, the former Bremerton mayor, now Port of Bremerton CEO Bozeman said. And my thought was, there wouldnt be a better place to do it than Fountain Park.

So amidst the surging state of the Washington wine world and the surging water features at Fountain Park Kitsap is poised for its first ever wine festival from 2-6 p.m., Aug. 23, 2009 in downtown Bremerton. More than 20 Northwest wineries are slated to pour at the event, with cuisine provided by chef Marsha Henry of the Kitsap Conference Center and Chef Shawn Walker of Anthonys at Sinclair Inlet, in addition to a variety of local artisan food booths, local wine shops and more, dispersed amongst the fountains at the Bremerton Harborside.

SeattleMag.com, July 23, 2009
If youre looking for a great reason to hop on a ferry, here it is the Kitsap Wine Festival, a new outdoor wine and food celebration on Sunday, August 23. The inaugural festival is featuring wine tastings from over 20 Pacific Northwest wineries, including Kiona Winery, Yellow Hawk Cellars, DeLille Cellars, Corliss Estates, Chateau Ste. Michelle and many more. Tasty treats will be provided by Chef Marsha Henry of Kitsap Conference Center, Chef Shawn Walker of Anthonys at Sinclair Inlet and a variety of local artisan food producers.

SEA Magazine, January 2009
In this article about the "Rebirth of Bremerton," the newly revised city is worth seeing. Bremerton offers the best of the new and old; new restaurants and shops line the boardwalks while antique shops, art districts and historic buildings give the city the quaint feeling associated with a small town. You could take a walk in the beautiful Fountain Park, book a relaxing massage at the Iselia Day Spa, or schedule a meeting at the Kitsap Conference Center. Bremerton offers something for everyone!


2008

Seattle Times, June 2008
The Kitsap Conference Center, which is part of the newly revitalized Bremerton waterfront, sits adjacent to the newly opened Bremerton Public Marina.

Washington CEO, March 2008
Kitsap Conference Center, the Fountain Room, and Harborside Fountain Park are just a few of the many contributing factors to Bremertons renaissance. Mayor Cary Bozemans vision of a Harborside District is spotlighted in the article Welcome to Boomerton. The vision seeks to create an urban village on the shores of Puget Sound, with high-rise condos and apartments, street-level retail and pedestrian-friendly parks, all tied closely to the ferry terminal, a marina, and a boardwalk.

Northwest Meetings & Events, Winter 2008
The Fountain Room, operated by the Kitsap Conference Center, is sure to make a splash with its unique view of Harborside Fountain Park. The park features five large copper-ringed fountains, made to resemble the conning tower of a submarine, that spout water in theatric arrangements. Located in Bremerton, Washington the Fountain Room can be used for meetings and events accommodating up to 100 people.

Meetings West, January 2008
The Fountain Room recently opened as a meeting space in Harborside Fountain Park on the Bremerton Waterfront. The 1,650 square-foot space is operated by the Kitsap Conference Center.