Are you ready for the “experience” of a lifetime? I can scarcely believe it’s been a year since the last Seattle Wine and Food Experience, the premier showcase for wine, food and spirits in the Northwest. In it’s sixth season, this year’s event is Sunday, February 23, 2014 (12-5 pm VIP, 1-5 pm General Admission) at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Throughout the gastronomical event guests will learn about and taste a wide offering of quality products through “experiences” and event features.
“What makes Seattle Wine and Food Experience unique in the marketplace are the ‘experiences’ that guests encounter, ” said Jamie Peha, president of Peha Promotions, TableTalk Northwest and producer of SWFE. “Guests have the opportunity to educate themselves about beverage and culinary products from the Northwest and beyond, talk to producers and taste samples from a variety regions and growing industries.”
Featured Wine Region: Woodinville Wine Country – Taste wine from Washington’s up-and-coming destination wine region with more than 30 of Woodinville’s wineries (and all of Washington’s AVAs) including Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Lauren Ashton Cellars, Patterson Cellars and many more.
The QFC Advantage Lounge – In this lounge environment complete with leather sofas, guests will enjoy bites from Murray’s Cheese, Boar’s Head Meats and Simple Truth Crackers and sips of luxury wine brands including Chateau Ste. Michelle Single Vineyard Designates, Spring Valley Vineyard, Col Solare and Northstar Winery. You know it’s going to be good!
Northwest, California and International Wines – Get taste of wine regions from the Northwest and beyond with sips from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California and international wineries (including Italy, France, Argentina, Spain and Portugal). With more than 800 wines available to try from the world’s top producers your palate is in for quite a tour.
SIP Northwest Distillery Row – Take a run at Sip Northwest Distillery Row featuring many of the region’s hottest craft spirits makers as well as global brands. Sip through their latest creations and learn how grains and botanicals become whiskey, vodka and gin.
Washington Beef Butcher Block – Washington Beef presents a unique opportunity to “Crave, Cut & Create” your way to a perfect beef meal. Experience and savor beef’s flavor when prepared with care and paired with complimentary flavor profiles in dishes from Andaluca, bin on the lake, BOKA Restaurant + Bar and The Georgian.
Top Pot Doughnut and Coffee Bar – Grab a sweet treat at the event and revive your palate, with a stop at the Top Pot Doughnut and Coffee Bar. Try a hand-forged doughnut and cup of Top Pot Coffee. For an added bonus, grab a sample cocktail from Sun Liquor Distillery.
Chef Prepared Gourmet Bites – Guests can savor the incredible creations from more 25 of Seattle’s most accomplished chefs representing a global range of cuisines. Featured restaurants include Andaluca, Anthony’s Pier 66 & Bell Street Diner, bin on the lake, BOKA Restaurant + Bar, The Capital Grille, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill, Dirty Oscar’s Annex, Far-Eats, The Georgian, Gnocci Bar, Gracie’s/Hotel Deluxe, The Hollywood Tavern, The Hunt Club, Kaspar’s Special Events & Catering, La Bodega, Macrina Bakery, Miyabi 45th, Purple Café & Wine Bar, Racha Thai, Ray’s Boathouse, Serafina Osteria & Enoteca, Tai Foong USA, Tilikum Place Café, Trellis Restaurant and Volterra.
Chef in the Vineyard with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates – Meet Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Culinary Director John Sarich, sample creative bites and taste through a wonderful selection of Washington’s best wines from 14 Hands, Anew, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, Michelle and O Wines. Seek out their displays in local QFCs for a special ticket discount.
Event Feature: Stella Artois – With more than 600 years of Belgium brewing experience, Stella Artois is best known for its detailed method for pulling a pint and their “special” Stella Artois chalice. Enjoy a sip of Stella Artois and its other world class brands including Cidre, Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Brun and Leffe Blond.
Northwest Travel Magazine – Test your palate with a blind comparative tasting of the same varietal from different AVAs. Northwest Travel contributor Cole Danehower will be hosting this fun and interactive experience.