WEDNESDAY, September 3
Rally for the 12s at Sport Restaurant and Bar
Chef John Howie and his sport bar are giving 12s a chance to relive the glory of Super Bowl XVIII by replaying the whole darn thing on its gigantic HD projector screen. The evening kicks off at 6pm, and will include food and drink specials such as $3 pints of 12 Man pale ale from Dick's Brewing. There will also be a raffle benefitting the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge, and the unveiling of Sport’s new display case with on-field confetti, and Super Bowl memorabilia signed by Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman.
THURSDAY, September 4
Westland Distillery Tasting
The Barrel Thief is way into the “beautiful, deep, dark, rich whiskeys” from Westland Distillery. That’s why the distillery is doing both a public and a seated tasting event on Thursday. Starting at 5pm, the public can taste five whiskeys for five dollars—no tickets required. The seated tasting from 7-8:30 is for more serious whiskey enthusiasts; there will be a more expansive range of whiskeys, as well as some snacks and a souvenir Westland tasting glass. Tickets for the seated event are available through Brown Paper Tickets.
FRIDAY, September 5
Cider Summit Seattle
The region’s largest cider festival is back for another year, featuring over 100 ciders from around the world. Cidermakers from assorted producers will be at the South Lake Union Discovery Center for guided samplings, with food selections provided by Whole Foods Market, Capitol Cider, and Smitten Truffles. $25 advance tickets are available online and include a tasting glass and eight drink tickets; additional tickets will be available for $2 each. A live music lineup can be found online.
San Gennaro Festival
Seattleites will gather in Georgetown to celebrate the Patron Saint of Naples and donate to the San Gennaro Foundation to benefit Camp Goodtimes from Friday through Sunday. The festival will feature Italian music, Italian films, and, of course, plenty of Italian food. The map plus a full schedule of live music, film screenings, and other festival events is available online.
SATURDAY, September 6
Heirloom Tomato Festival at Cedarbrook Lodge
This fourth annual festival will bring together a lineup of top Seattle chefs to prepare dishes with this year’s heirloom tomato harvest. Bar Sajor’s Edouardo Jordan, Café Juanita’s Holly Smith, and Crush’s Jason Wilson will be among the attendees, alongside Pike Brewery, Hightower Cellars, Glass Distillery, and more. There will also be live entertainment by the Beautiful Strangers. $25 advance tickets are available online.
SUNDAY, September 7The Big Melt in Magnuson Park
Both amateurs and professional grilled cheese makers will compete for bragging rights at this inaugural event from 11-4. The cooks will put their own creative spin on the comforting classic, and attendees get to sample all the melty creations. You can also count on more craft beer, local wines, snacks, and desserts. Tickets to The Big Melt ($29) are available online, and entry to the amateur competition is free.
WEDNESDAY, September 10
WOW: Organic Beer, Cider and Chocolate Tasting
The annual Washington Organic Week starts up on Sunday, but on the following Wednesday from 6:30-10pm, the producers of Tilth will partner with Theo Chocolate to put on a night of organic beer and cider tastings that are paired with local, craft-made chocolate. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
BEYOND (September 24)
Craft Beer + Food
Guests will celebrate local beer and food by sampling as many as 13 pairings from local restaurants and breweries—no wonder tickets always sell out quickly. Restaurant participants include chef John Howie's Beardslee Public House, as well as Tom Douglas' unnamed Mexican cantina. This year, the non-profit event has a new location, the Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle, and will benefit Washington Wild's Brewshed Alliance program. Here's the website for tickets.