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Taste Washington on the Farm returns with new rustic-chic venues, delightful wines and a dose of adventure

Tickets to Taste Washington’s On the Farm series are on sale now. Three exciting new excursions offer guests the chance for a unique farm-to-table lunch in the greater Seattle area. Go to tastewashington.org to get tickets – limited quantities available.

107-3-43517_jpegmFrom organic farm greens to freshly caught fish, to fruit orchard berries and robust botanicals – the Puget Sound is rich in agriculture. It’s because of our farms that Washington State has one of the most exquisite farm-to-table dining scenes in the country. Each Taste Washington on the Farm experience offers guests a behind the scenes, hands-on experience at a local farm. Tour the property with farmers to learn what it takes to source Seattle’s award-winning eateries with their quality ingredients, sit side-by-side with the chefs who craft your locally-sourced meal, and share sips with Washington winemakers as they perfectly pair their wines.

Lunches take place Friday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets start at $85 per person and include transportation to and from downtown Seattle. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Taste Washington website.

Experience #1 – Wine in the City

10 am – 3 pm  |   Center for Urban Horticulture | Seattle, WA   |  $85

Description Enjoy a gourmet lunch in one of Seattle’s most charming urban farms. Tucked into 16 acres of beautiful gardens is the Center for Urban Horticulture.  Not only is it a working farm, it provides endless opportunities for all ages wanting to learn more about urban farming, plants and the environment.

Featured Chef: Kyle Peterson
Chef Kyle Peterson from Palace Kitchen (Tom Douglas Restaurants) will prepare a delectable meal on-site using produce from the urban farm, supplemented by additional ingredients from Tom Douglas’ Prosser Farm. Chef Peterson has a long history with the Tom Douglas Restaurants – starting as a cook at Seatown, moving to Sous Chef at Etta’s, and then on to work under Chef Nathan Crave (Taste Washington on the Farm 2017 alum) at Palace Kitchen. Chef Peterson lives in Edmonds with his wife, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a backyard full of chickens.

Featured Washington wineries to be announced.

Complimentary transportation to the farm will be provided from downtown Seattle. More details to come.


Experience #2 – Island Dining

10 am – 3 pm  |   Heyday Farm | Bainbridge Island, WA  |  $115

Description Ferry views and a farm lunch provide a true Seattle experience. Tucked into Bainbridge Island, Heyday Farm is a family-owned 25-acre sustainable and historic farm waiting for you to explore. Tour the farm and discover the natural bounty that flourishes in this region, then savor a delightful meal in the Barn prepared by two local chefs.

Featured Chefs
Tad Mitsui, Executive Chef & Proprietor at Heyday Farm, is a native of Bainbridge Island who has always prided himself on sound culinary techniques and sourcing high quality ingredients. His formal training in the Seattle Central College Culinary Academy program opened the door to many opportunities within Tom Douglas’ kitchens. Heyday Farm has provided the perfect opportunity for Chef Tad to return to his roots and plant a seed for the future generations.

Chef Zoi Antonitsas is known for her inspired Mediterranean dishes with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Passionate about food, wine, spirits and hospitality, Zoi has more than 20 years’ experience in the restaurant industry. Her long line of successful roles include Chef de Cuisine at Madison Park Conservatory in Seattle, Zazu Restaurant in Santa Rosa, Presidio Social Club in San Francisco, and a variety of other positions at award-winning restaurants across the west coast.

Featured Washington Wineries

Bainbridge Vineyards  |  Eagle Harbor Wine Co.  |  Fletcher Bay Winery

+ Bainbridge Island Alliance Tasting Table with Amelia Wynn, Eleven, Perennial Vintners and Rolling Bay

Complimentary transportation to the farm will be provided from downtown Seattle. More details to come.


Experience #3 – Flyaway to Wine

10 am – 3 pm  |   Finnriver Farm & Cidery | Chimacum, WA   |   $185

Description Prepare yourself for the ultimate VIP experience. Travel by floatplane to the Olympic Peninsula and touch down at the picturesque Resort at Port Ludlow. A team will greet you dockside with a taste of the region and escort you to Finnriver, a 50-acre organic family farm, orchard and artisan cidery. After the tour, gather in the Cider Garden to enjoy a delicious chef-prepared lunch highlighting seasonal and regional ingredients.

Featured Chef  Dan Ratigan

Originally from upstate New York, Dan Ratigan arrived in the Pacific Northwest at age 14 and worked his way up through many of Seattle’s finest restaurants. Chef Dan took the helm at The Fireside Restaurant at the Resort at Port Ludlow in 2007. His approach is simple: start with top-notch ingredients, prepare them carefully, and send them out of the kitchen in meals that showcase the best the ingredients have to offer.

The Resort at Port Ludlow  The Port Ludlow Inn is a 37-room boutique, waterfront inn inspired by New England’s classic coastal summer homes.

Featured Washington Wineries & Cidery 

Canoe Ridge Vineyard  |  Doubleback  |  Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Kenmore Air will fly guests to The Resort at Port Ludlow where their amazing team will greet the group and shuttle everyone to Finnriver Farm & Cidery. Roundtrip ransportation is included in your event ticket. This is not an overnight excursion.


Taste Washington is produced by Visit Seattle in partnership with Washington State Wine. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and visit www.tastewashington.org for ongoing updates.

About Taste Washington:

Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 230 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 21st annual event will be held on March 22-25, 2018 at various locations in Seattle. The 2018 Taste Washington welcoming sponsor is Alaska Mileage Plan, the premier sponsors are Albert Lee Appliance, Fire & Vine Hospitality, Seattle Met, Lexus, and Total Wine & More. Taste Washington attracts more than 6,400 wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and it is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.


About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501( c ) 6 organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Nearly 40 million annual visitors spend $7 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates 74,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $718 million in annual state and local tax revenue. Visit visitseattle.org.


About Washington State Wine:

Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.org.

Taste Washington: Seattle’s Premier Wine and Food Event Kicks Off Today

Annual Event Pours Exceptional Wine, Offers National and Local Chef Tastings and Creates New Excursions 

Taste Washington IIHundreds of wineries, restaurants and related exhibitors from throughout Washington State all under one roof for one adventurous weekend.

Seattle’s premier wine and food event, includes four exciting days of tastings, experiences, eating and learning, March 31 through April 3rd, 2016.

Here is what is on the docket:

Red & White Party (March 31) 7 to 10 p.m. at AQUA by El Gaucho

An elegant affair in your red and white best at AQUA by El Gaucho. Enjoy exclusive pours from 25 Washington State wineries and culinary pairings from Executive Chef Wesley Hood.

Taste Washington on the Farm (April 1) sold out

Three unique lunch excursions join together local farmers, Washington State winemakers, Seattle celebrity chefs and artisan cheese makers.

The New Vintage (April 1) 7 to 10 p.m. at Motif Seattle Hotel

The New Vintage is stylish, energized and undeniably fun. This upbeat event is complete with a backdrop of celebrity chef tasting stations, DJ Tina T and winemakers.  This year’s event will feature a new rosé lounge, serving up a variety of Washington rosé wines and new chefs: Derek Ronspies of Le Petit Cochon, Steven Ariel of Trace, Jason Stratton of Mamnoon, Stuart Lane of Artusi, David Yeo of The Triple Door and Audrey Spence of Frolik Kitchen. 

Seminars (April 2 and 3) 10 a.m. to noon at Four Seasons Seattle Hotel

Taste Washington seminars feature renowned experts from across the nation leading in-depth explorations of Washington State wine. 

Grand Tasting (April 2 and 3) The event you don’t want to miss.  Hours vary from 1 to 5 p.m. at CenturyLink Field Event Center

The 19th annual Taste Washington features more than 225 Washington State wineries pouring their favorite wines and more than 65 Northwest restaurants serving specially-prepared bites throughout two days. VIP and General Admission tickets available.

Now in its 19th year, Taste Washington is the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event and the premier showcase of Washington State wines and culinary experience. The event will be attended by more 5,000 people and will feature more than 800 wines and an estimated 200,000 wine pours.

Hotel Packages: Taste Washington Hotel Packages are offered at 14 Seattle-area hotels, encouraging visitors to drink, eat, learn and stay in Seattle.

* Limited Grand Tasting tickets still available. All Friday Farm Lunches and Saturday and 2-Day VIP Grand Tasting tickets are sold out. The Red & White Party, New Vintage, select Seminars and Grand Tasting tickets are still available. 

Visit www.tastewashington.org to learn more about ticket purchases, wine and food exhibitors, seminars, hotel packages or to download the Taste Washington event program.

About Taste Washington:

Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 19th annual event will be held on March 31- April 3 at various locations in Seattle. The 2016 Taste Washington welcoming sponsor is Alaska Airlines; the event feature is Stella Artois; the premier sponsors are Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, Albert Lee Appliance, AQUA by El Gaucho, Muckleshoot Casino, Seattle Met and Total Wine & More; the magnum sponsors are Fonté Coffee Roaster and Jaguar Seattle; and the patron sponsors are Visit Walla Walla, Voya Financial Advisors, Peninsula Truck Lines, Portland Monthly, So Delicious and Chef Works. The specialty feature is Michelle Sparkling. Taste Washington attracts almost 5,500 wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.

About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit www.visitseattle.org.

About Washington State Wine:

taste wa wine monthWashington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.org.

Taste Washington Wine All Month Long

Taste Washington IITaste Washington Wine Month is here! Each March Washington State’s award winning industry celebrates with events encompassing the entire state, each experience leading to one glorious weekend at the month’s end, Taste Washington. Check your local events and promotions throughout the month on the Washington State Wine Events Calendar

Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event, will take place March 31- April 3, 2016, at various venues throughout Seattle. Tickets to all four days of events are available at www.tastewashington.org.

Now in its 19th year, Taste Washington promises a full weekend of activities, from the elegant Red & White Party featuring distinctive wine pours to the signature Grand Tasting, which features hundreds of Washington State wineries, food from top Pacific Northwest restaurants, chef demonstrations and more.

Thursday, March 31 Red & White Party, an upscale evening on the Seattle waterfront at the gorgeous AQUA by El Gaucho featuring exclusive pours of vintage library wine, exceptional barrel samples and reserve wines that will only be available at the Red & White Party.

Friday, April 1 Taste Washington on the Farm, three unique daytime excursions led by local chefs and Washington State winemakers. The intimate hands-on lunch experience brings together wine and food lovers and the people who grow and produce artisanal products for that the Pacific Northwest is known. (Sold Out )

Friday, April 1 The New Vintage, an upbeat event aimed at the next generation of wine lovers is complete with a backdrop of music, dancing and tasty bites at Motif Seattle.

Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, the weekend culminates with two days of educational seminars led by top wine writers and sommeliers at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and the Grand Tasting at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Taste Washington Announces 2016 Dates

Tickets to the nation’s largest single region wine and food event go on sale December 8 

taste washingtonVisit Seattle and Washington State Wine invite wine lovers to mark their calendars. Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event, will take place March 31- April 3, 2016, at various venues throughout Seattle. Tickets to all four days of events are available at tastewashington. A special holiday promotion is also being offered for the Grand Tasting, $10 off Sunday only General Admission through December 31. Promo Code: 16TASTE.

Now in its 19th year, Taste Washington promises a full weekend of activities, from the elegant Red & White Party featuring distinctive wine pours to the signature Grand Tasting, which features hundreds of Washington State wineries, food from top Pacific Northwest restaurants, chef demonstrations and more.

Thursday, March 31 Red & White Party, an upscale evening on the Seattle waterfront at the gorgeous AQUA by El Gaucho featuring exclusive pours of vintage library wine, exceptional barrel samples and reserve wines that will only be available at the Red & White Party.

 Friday, April 1 Taste Washington on the Farm, three unique daytime excursions led by local chefs and Washington State winemakers. The intimate hands-on lunch experience brings together wine and food lovers and the people who grow and produce artisanal products for that the Pacific Northwest is known.

alcohol-drink-glass-drinking-largeFriday, April 1 The New Vintage, an upbeat event aimed at the next generation of wine lovers is complete with a backdrop of music, dancing and tasty bites at Motif Seattle.

Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, the weekend culminates with two days of educational seminars led by top wine writers and sommeliers at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and the Grand Tasting at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Details on winery participation, featured chefs, seminar topics, hotel packages and tickets are now available at www.tastewashington.org. Taste Washington is produced by Visit Seattle in partnership with Washington State Wine.

This Weekend’s Taste Washington Event Joins Forces with Red Cross to Assist in Mudslide Disaster Relief

Taste Washington IIEvent producers of Taste Washington will tap the generosity of some 4,000 event patrons who attend the largest single-region wine and food event in the nation this weekend.

Visit Seattle and the Washington State Wine Commission, which partner to produce the event, are facilitating American Red Cross of Snohomish County cash collection stations on the show floor; 100 percent of these donations will go directly to the mud slide disaster victims.

The 17th annual Taste Washington event takes place this Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30, from 1-5 p.m. at CenturyLink Event Center. It includes more than 229 Washington State wineries and 68 restaurants and draws attendance from across state and nation, as well as international guests.

“As we celebrate our state’s unique food and wine offerings, our hearts are burdened and troubled by the tragedy in Oso,” said Tom Norwalk, President & CEO of Visit Seattle. “We know our generous and compassionate partners and attendees will do everything they can to assist.”

“Each year our community comes together at this time for a great event, but this year there is a need and opportunity to join together and do all we can to support those affected by this tragedy.” voiced Steve Warner, President and CEO of the Washington State Wine Commission.

All American Red Cross cash contributions from this event will remain in Washington, offering care and guidance to affected families as they begin to move forward with their long-term recovery. Donations may also be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10, or donate other amounts to the fund by visiting www.redcross.org. Each yearthe American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S., ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions. These vital disaster relief funds are immediately available in times of disaster, such as the Oso mudslide.

To learn more about this weekend’s Taste Washington event, visit www.tastewashington.org.

Taste Washington to feature over 225 wineries at CenturyLink Event Center

The nation’s largest single-region wine and food event is gearing up to kick off March 23 and 24 at CenturyLink event center. This event encompasses an entire weekend of all things delicious. With over 225 wineries, the 16th annual Taste Washington is the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event.

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Seattle is home to 13 James Beard Award-winning chefs and hundreds of amazing restaurants.  50 restaurants have been selected to represent Seattle’s culinary scene to pair with Washington wine.

If you are ready to absorb as much information as possible, Taste Washington weekend features educational wine seminars on both Saturday and Sunday.  These seminars are led by top national wine personalities and sommeliers as well as demonstrations by renowned chefs.

The Viking Chef’s Stage line up for Taste Washington has been announced.
Local chefs include;

  • Perry Mascitti – Tulalip Resort Casino
  • Bobby Moore – Barking Frog
  • Jason Wilson – CRUSH
  • Matt Brandsey – El Gaucho Seattle
  • Brian Clevenger – Tavolata

Schedules and details will be available on the site soon

March is Washington Wine Month;  Visit WashingtonWineMonth.com  Raise a glass and let’s celebrate Washington Wines.

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Experience Taste Washington! this weekend

Taste Washington! is the Nation’s largest single-region wine and food event and is an experience you won’t want to miss.  This year the event has over 200 wineries and has expanded to two days, Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st, to give you a bit more breathing room over last year.  What can you expect to find at this year’s affair?

  • Over 200 wineries ~ more info
  • An outstanding adventure as you search out and sample cuisine from more than 60 of the finest Seattle area restaurants ~ more info
  • Wine Seminars ~ more info
  • Wine Pairings ~
  • Wine Tastings by Vineyards ~
  • Celebrity Chef’s Stage ~ more info
  • And More……

One day attendance is $75 / $125 VIP or to attend two days recommended is $99 / $150 VIP.  Ticket prices include all wine and food sampling and the lineup is the same for both days although the seminars do differ for each day.  More info here…

Attending both days it will be difficult to see and taste all there is at the event.  Even though the two day expansion will allow you to stroll the venue with a more tranquil attitude than last year, you might still need a game plan to tackle such a grand undertaking.  Even though you will be given a map upon entry, you can download the 2012 event program, print and start making lists.  Suggestions, just a couple if you don’t mind.

  • Seminars you would like to see. (Dates and Times)
  • Celebrity Chef’s creating delectable cuisine. (Dates and Times)
  • Wineries you just do not want to miss.
  • Wineries you have not tried before.
  • Wineries you would like to or are hoping to visit.
  • Those on the fringe…you would like to, but if time simply does not permit it’s okay if they fall to the wayside.

The most important thing to remember?  Relax, eat the amazing cuisine provided, drink plenty of water and spit, yes spit, often.

  • Venue:  Century Link Field Event Center, Seattle Washington
  • Days:  Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1st
  • VIP Tasting: 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Grand Tasting 2 – 5 p.m.
  • tastewashington.org

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