Dear Community Partner,
Thank you for your support! 2018 is going to be Sweeter than ever! Please join us—the Onion Ring—in supporting one of Walla Walla’s finest traditions and events.
The 34th Annual Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival ~ June 21, 2018!
2017 was another great year for the annual Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival and a sweet success for everyone involved. We were excited to experience a record turnout with local, regional and global fans of the sweet onion visiting our friendly city to celebrate this Walla Walla tradition. The musical lineup for the Sweet Onion Jam was bigger and better than ever, and the many educational participants like the Sustainable Living Center; and 5k Fun Run on Saturday morning all added to the level of fun.
A favorite attraction to all is the Chef demonstrations with world class chefs making their favorite sweet onion recipes. The Sweet Onion Festival partners with the local grower community and many local organizations to create a unique agrarian celebration highlighting Washington State’s official vegetable: the Walla Walla Sweet Onion.
Cherished by the nation’s top chefs and millions of home cooks across the globe, the Walla Walla Sweet Onion’s story began over a century ago on the island of Corsica off the west coast of Italy. It was from there that a French soldier, Peter Pieri, brought a handful of sweet onion seeds to the Walla Walla Valley, where the mild climate was perfect for growing this world class delicacy. Developed and cultivated over the past 100 years through hand selecting the best onions from each year’s crop ensured exceptional sweetness, jumbo size and round shape. Today’s growers realize they are not just raising sweet onions, but cultivating a century old tradition.
The 2018 Sweet Onion Festival is shaping up to be bigger, better, and more exciting than ever—but not without Sweet partners like you helping support this Walla Walla tradition. It’s something we can all be proud of.
We hope you will consider joining the Onion Ring and help us make this year’s festival sweeter than ever! Funds from ALL sponsorships and donations go toward festival marketing and support, and include a GREAT VALUE for promoting your business to thousands of festival participants. It will also show your support for one of Walla Walla’s sweetest traditions. Please see Sponsorship Levels for details.
Thank you in advance for your support of the Onion Ring and the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival! Your participation is much appreciated and will make Walla Walla even sweeter! I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Events and Public Relations Manager
Downtown Walla Walla Foundation