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Try this: Wine and chocolate fests; Black History Month Fashion Show

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 8, 2024, 6:02am

Local flavor

Between Friday and Feb. 18, 23 wineries and tasting rooms of the Southwest Washington Winery Association in Clark and Cowlitz counties will hold their annual St. Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate Festival. Visit tasting rooms to sample locally made wines paired with artisan chocolates. Hours, prices and pairings for each tasting room are listed at swwawine.com/valentines2024.

Passion for fashion

Attend the Black History Month Fashion Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Learn about Black designers who have contributed to the development of the fashion industry in the United States since the 1860s. The event includes music with a DJ and West African-inspired food to celebrate Black history and culture. Tickets are available at 2024BHMFashionShow.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 360-241-4479.

Art from the heart

The Artisans’ Guild of Camas will host the HeART Fest Fine Art Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lacamas Lake Lodge, 227 N.E. Lake Road, Camas. The art market features fine art created by 25 local artists. Attendees will get a chance to meet the artists while browsing artworks from fused glass, textiles and jewelry to acrylics and ceramics. For more details, visit artisansguildcamas.org.

Perfect pairing

Cellar 55, 1812 Washington St., Vancouver, is hosting a Valentine’s Day chocolate and wine pairing led by chocolate expert Kalei Ross and Michelle Brinning, sommelier and owner of Cellar 55. Attendees will sample two types of Ugandan chocolate with two 1-ounce pours of wine. Guests will also taste cacao beans and pulp. A mezcal and chocolate tasting is also available. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for wine and charcuterie and the tasting is 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $80 per person. Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com.

Food of love

La Uva Fortuna Farms, 16712 N.E. 219th St., Battle Ground, is hosting two “Notte d’Amore” dinners from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Wednesday. Savor wood-fired focaccia with tomatoes, olives and rosemary; a baby arugula salad with walnuts, roasted pear and Gorgonzola; a sun-dried tomato goat cheese bake with crostini; Tuscan creamy garlic chicken; and wood-fired skillet cookies with ice cream. The cost is $139 per couple or $160 with a bottle of champagne. Reservations require a $100 deposit; RSVP at lauvafortuna.com/valentine-dinner.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like Valentine’s card-making classes at Vancouver Art Space, “Modern Baby-making” Science on Tap at the Kiggins Theatre and Galentine’s Tea at Willful Wine in the Grant House — visit events.columbian.com.

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