Grand Tasting photo: Megan Swann Photography

Taste Washington’s Grand Tasting is a two-day event (March 30–31) overflowing with Washington’s culinary riches. With pours from over 235 Washington wineries and bites from over 65 local restaurants, it’s a truly ‘grand’ experience. So, don’t hold yourself, or your taste buds, back.

 Here are three things to accomplish while you’re satisfying your cravings at the Grand Tasting.

 

 Dive deep into Washington wine.

Grand Tasting photo: Megan Swann Photography

 

 Are you typically torn between a Cabernet or a Pinot? Just a fan of a great red blend? Or is Chardonnay more your calling? The great news: here, you don’t have to decide.

 If there’s a place to get a snapshot of Washington’s robust wine scene, this is it. Dive into a wide range of wineries such as Long Shadows Vintners, L’Ecole No 41, Cave B Estate Winery, and San Juan Vineyard. Here, you can meet some of the winemakers who are putting Washington on the world’s wine heatmap, gain some newfound knowledge on the Washington wine industry, and leave with a new, favorite pour.

 So, soak it all in and take your time. It’s two days for a reason.

 

 Watch today’s hottest chefs in action.

 Chef Gregory Gourdet of Departure Restaurant + Lounge on stage at the Grand Tasting photo: Megan Swann Photography

It’s one thing to enjoy a meal by today’s hottest chefs, and it’s another to watch them cook – up close and in action. Be sure to snag a seat for the rotating chef demonstrations to get a first-hand look as these award-winning chefs craft their signature dishes and share cooking tips and tricks. With a state-of-the-art kitchen built onto the Grand Tasting floor, and demonstrations scheduled every hour, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn from these culinary masters. This year’s chef lineup includes James Beard Award winners, Top Chef Alums, and restaurant owners alike. Make sure you swing by the Chef’s Stage to watch these culinary masters whip up some magic:

 

Saturday, March 30

3PM – Edouardo Jordan, JuneBaby (Seattle, WA)

4PM – Vivian Howard, Chef & the Farmer (Kinston, NC)

5PM – Gregory Gourdet, Departure Restaurant + Lounge (Portland, OR)

 

Sunday, March 31

4PM – Shota Nakajima, Adana (Seattle, WA)

5PM – Jason Wilson, Maggie Trujillo and Kevin Benner, Fire & Vine Hospitality (Seattle, WA)

Make sure you get to the Chef’s Stage a little early, these demonstrations are popular and seats fill quickly!

 

Discover a new favorite bite from one of the 65 local restaurants.

Grand Tasting photo: Megan Swann Photography

 Sixty-five of Washington’s top restaurants and chefs are serving up their finest food at the Grand Tasting. Your mission: to unearth the best bite.

 The Best Bite competition is back for its fourth year and the competition will be stiff! Will it be Sub Zero’s Nitrogen Ice Cream? Hama Hama Oyster Farm’s locally sourced oysters? Or buttery biscuits from Honest Biscuits? The choice is completely up to you. Don’t hold back from indulging in every savory morsel and sweet treat this event has to offer, because you only have one vote to cast for your favorite dish of the entire event.

 We encourage second helpings to make sure you’re certain.

 Get your tickets today!

Quite simply, whether you’re a seasoned wine and food connoisseur, or simply a fan of eating and drinking great things, there’s something to satisfy every taste bud at this event.

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience; buy your tickets for the Grand Tasting. And, for early access, purchase one of our VIP tickets. You’ll avoid the line and have an extra hour to savor the best of Washington State.

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