WINE TASTING EVENT
Friday, July 25, 2014 | 6:00* – 9:00 p.m.
On the zoo's North Meadow
*5:00 p.m. Early Entry for VIPs
2014 Tasting Flight Frequently Asked Questions
What is included with my ticket?
General admission tickets include event admission, 10 tasting tickets, entertainment and activities located on the North Meadow, and access to some zoo exhibits.
VIP tickets include early entry, a souvenir wine glass, goody bag, complimentary buffet, exclusive wine tasting opportunities, and one general admission zoo pass for a future zoo visit.
Tasting Flight admission tickets do not include admission to the zoo. If you’d like to visit the zoo during operating hours (9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), you will need to purchase regular zoo admission. However, if you bring your Tasting Flight ticket to the zoo following the event, you will receive $5 off one regular zoo admission.
Do I still need to purchase a Tasting Flight ticket if I am not drinking?
Yes, Tasting Flight admission and a valid ID are required for everyone attending the event. There are no discounts for those who will not be drinking wine, but tasting tickets are transferable.
Is Tasting Flight admission available the day of the event?
Yes, general admission tickets will be available while quantities last, but this event has sold out in the past. Please note that admission prices increase the day of the event. You may purchase Tasting Flight tickets in person at the West Entrance of the zoo during the event. The West Entrance is located on Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th St. and N. 56th St.
Are Tasting Flight tickets transferable?
All Tasting Flight tickets may be used by anyone, regardless of the name (purchaser) on the ticket itself. The person who purchased the ticket is listed on the ticket in order for it to be looked up and re-issued if necessary.
I see this is a “Bring Your Own Glass” event. Can I bring any kind of glass?
Wine glasses are advised since they make the wine taste best, but you are welcome to bring any glass you like. VIPs will receive a free souvenir wine tasting glass, and there will be a limited quantity of souvenir glasses available for purchase at the event.
If I forget my wine glass, will there be glasses available?
Yes, compostable cups will be available for a nominal fee, and a limited quantity of souvenir tasting glasses will be available for purchase. We strongly encourage people to bring their own glass as we are trying to create a green event in the spirit of the zoo’s conservation mission.
Can I purchase a bottle of wine at this event? Can I drink it at the event?
Yes, bottles will be available for purchase (tax free) to take home, but due to a change in liquor laws, unfortunately bottles purchased now cannot be opened and consumed during the event. You may buy wines at any time during the event, while supplies last. Many of these wines are not available in local stores so we encourage you to secure your favorites early. A portion of every bottle sold helps raise money for the zoo.
You are welcome to use multiple tasting tickets (up to 5) for a glass to enjoy during the event.
Will there be food available at the event?
Yes, food will be available for purchase from Lancer Catering during the event, or you can pre-order a gourmet picnic meal when you purchase your tickets online (picnics must be ordered by July 22). Concessions available during the event will consist of picnic fare, snacks, sweet treats and non-alcoholic beverages. Concessions are cash or credit only (no checks).
The VIP menu will consist of selections of fresh fruit, artisan cheeses and light appetizers.
Are the items available for purchase at the event cash only, or do you accept credit cards?
Event admission tickets, games, wine glasses, additional tasting tickets and bottles of wine may be purchased with cash, check or credit. Concessions from Lancer are cash and credit only (no checks).
Can I bring a picnic?
Yes! You are welcome to bring a picnic or you can pre-order a picnic from Lancer Catering when you purchase your tickets. Outside alcohol is prohibited.
Is this event raising money for the zoo?
Yes! Ticket sales, wine bottle sales, food, fundraising games and extra tastings all raise money to benefit Woodland Park Zoo. Since this is an after-hours fundraising event, regular zoo membership admission does not apply.
Where do I park? How much does parking cost?
The best parking for this event is in the zoo lots located along Phinney Avenue N. and N. 59th Street. The lot accessible on N. 50th & Fremont Ave. N. will also be open, but the West and North lots are recommended (first come, first served).
Pay-for-parking kiosks are located at each lot. Parking is $5.25 for cars, and $15.75 for buses, RVs and other oversize vehicles.
Disabled parking is available in all zoo lots.
Additional parking is located in Lower Woodland Park at N. 50th and Aurora Ave N., about .1 mile from the zoo’s South Entrance. If you must park on the streets surrounding the zoo, please be courteous and do not block driveways.
What should I wear?
This is a very casual event and you will be on grass, so dress comfortably and appropriately (rain or shine).
Can I walk anywhere with my wine?
Legally you must stay within the event perimeter with wine during event hours. Wine is limited to the North Meadow until 6:30 p.m. while general zoo guests are being cleared from zoo grounds, but you may visit the exhibits with your wine from 6:30 p.m. -9 p.m. Please be respectful of the barricades and signage that will be in place during the event.
What animal exhibits will I be able to visit?
There will be zoo discovery stations and Real Close animal encounters on the North Meadow. You may also visit the award-winning Northern Trail and penguin exhibit, Australasia and the new Bamboo Forest Reserve starting at 6:30 p.m.