Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Food & Wine Festival Taste Washington returns for its 22nd year this spring

Just in time for some springtime indulgence, Taste Washington, the nation’s largest, single-region food and wine festival returns March 28th through 31st. The festival is the ultimate word for food and wine connoisseurs, and there are many interesting events to check out—like the Sunday Brunch, Taste Washington on the Farm, and The New Vintage.

Taste Washington is a nod to the incredible bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Be prepared to say goodbye to those winter blues with the aid of some fabulous food created by some of the nation’s hottest chefs and delicious wines courtesy of renowned Washington winemakers. You can buy tickets here. We tried some amazing bites and sips at the media preview at Fog Room. The Fog Room was streaming with sunlight on a beautiful day, a reminder that spring is not too far away. The event was a delightful, little tasting of things to come. 

Photo credit: Megan Swann Photography

One thing is certain—fresh and hyper-local PNW fare will shine through the food at the festival and seafood lovers are in for a real treat. We tried seafood-forward bites from Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi, Fog Room, and Little Fish. We enjoyed freshly-shucked oysters with tabasco from Hama Hama Oysters.  Hearsay has it that they’re planning to shuck more than 10,000 oysters this time around at Taste Washington 2019. And of course, there was wine galore. We tried Washington wines from Nine Hats Wines, Double Canyon and other selections from across the state.

Taste Washington is produced by Visit Seattle in partnership with Washington State Wine and features nearly 240 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. “Taste Washington is our pinnacle event, and the best opportunity to celebrate Washington’s world-class wine industry and local food purveyors,” President of Washington State Wine Steve Warner said. “We couldn’t be more excited for the 22nd anniversary of this great festival.”

Photo credit: Megan Swann Photography

Taste Washington is a gastronomic delight that highlights the best of what Washington state has to offer. Here are the different events taking place this year…

Red & White Party – March 28, 2019

Premier Washington winemakers will whip out library favorites and 90+ point wines at the Red & White Party hosted by AQUA by El Gaucho with Executive Chef Kevin Benner.  

Individual tickets – $175 each

On the Farm – March 29, 2019

Get ready for a day out in the countryside, exploring fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients alongside winemakers, chefs and the farmers of Oxbow Farm.

Individual tickets – $125 each

The New Vintage – March 29, 2019

Interact and sip on Washington wines with chefs and winemakers at The Sanctuary. You can meet incredible movers and shakers in the food scene like Chef Rachel Yang of Joule, Chef Zoi Antonitsas of Little Fish, Chef Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Chef Brian Clevenger of Vendemmia, Chef Gavin Stephenson of The Sanctuary in Seattle, as well as their friends Chef Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb in San Francisco and Chef Gregory Gourdet of Departure Restaurant + Lounge in Portland. In addition, dual 2018 James Beard winner of Best New Restaurant in the nation and Best Chef: Northwest, Edouardo Jordan – of JuneBaby and Salare and the soon-to-be-opened Lucinda Grain Bar – will be featured at The New Vintage. Jordan will also host a special Lexus Late Night after party at Salare.  

Individual tickets – $125 each

Including the Lexus Late Night – $225 each

Sunday Brunch – March 31, 2019

Brunch away at Palace Ballroom, where Chef Tom Douglas and his friend and special guest chef will throw down in an East Coast-West Coast showdown of the best brunch delights in celebration of Major League Baseball’s opening weekend.

Individual tickets – $75 each

Taste Washington Seminars presented by Wine Spectator – March 30 & 31, 2019

Meet industry players that make Washington State the new epicenter of wine. Attend six educational seminars hosted by some of the nation’s leading experts including top winemakers, Master Sommeliers, wine writers, and academics.

Individual tickets – $50, $65 or $85 each; depending on the seminar

Grand Tasting – March 30 & 31, 2019

After all these wonderful events, the festival concludes with two full days of the Grand Tasting, Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, where you get an extraordinary taste of Washington’s culinary heritage and vineyard treasures. You’ll need all the time you can get to experience the 235 wineries and 65 restaurants.

General Admission tickets – $95 for one day or $145 for two days  VIP Admission tickets – $165 for one day or $210 for two days

Tickets & VIP Packages

Can’t choose just one or two events? Well, you can experience it all. All-inclusive VIP packages here.

 

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