A food and wine lovers’ wonderland, Taste Washington offers the most wine and food from one single place, in one single place, including samples from more than 235 Washington wineries, 65 restaurants, and some of the nation’s most-talented chefs. This is your chance to drink and eat your heart out over four days brimming with events specially curated to highlight the best of Washington State. So, what are you waiting for? Here’s everything you need to know before you begin telling yourself you simply Must. Taste. Everything.
Thursday, March 28 – Red & White Party
Start your festival weekend with a VIP experience you’ll never forget. For one night only, this exclusive experience takes you “into the cellars” of Washington’s premier winemakers to taste the best of the best. Hosted at the renowned AQUA by El Gaucho on Seattle’s waterfront, this elegant affair requires you to break out your best red and white attire. Don’t miss your chance to drink Washington’s most-coveted bottles with the people who made them.
Friday, March 29 – Taste Washington On the Farm
Come around the table with farmers, winemakers and chefs to celebrate the hands and land behind Washington’s food and wine. Start your day with a private shopping experience at Filson’s flagship store in Seattle, and then hop aboard a bus to tour a local farm with its owner. While there, savor a remarkable lunch paired with incredible Washington wine and topped with delicious sweet treats.
This year, there are two unique farm experiences: one at Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center with brilliant chef and Musang Seattle founder Melissa Miranda and the other at Fall City Farms with the talented Maggie Trujillo, executive chef at new Seattle restaurant Aerlume.
Friday, March 29 – The New Vintage presented by Lexus
Consider this event your backstage pass to meet and mingle with the chefs and winemakers putting Washington State on the world’s culinary heat map. Located in Seattle’s stylish new venue, The Sanctuary, this is your chance to taste delectable dishes from local all-star chefs, including recent James Beard Award winner Edouardo Jordan, Ethan Stowell, Rachel Yang, Zoi Antonitsas, Brian Clevenger, Elizabeth Kenyon, Shota Nakajima, Kyle Peterson and Gavin Stephenson. There will even be a few out-of-town friends including Chris Cosentino, Vivian Howard, Elias Cairo and Taste Washington favorite Gregory Gourdet.
This year, extend your evening with Lexus Late Night hosted by chef Edouardo Jordan. Rub shoulders with industry luminaries at a private party at Salare restaurant—complete with specially prepared bites, premier Washington wine and cutting-edge cocktails.
Saturday and Sunday, March 30 & 31 – Grand Tasting
Buckle up for the granddaddy of them all: the Grand Tasting.
This two-day event is overflowing with Washington’s culinary riches. With delicious samples from more than 235 wineries and bites from 65 local restaurants, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to taste first. Slurp down fresh Pacific Northwest oysters from Fire & Vine Hospitality and Taylor Shellfish and wash them down with top wines from K Vintners or Chateau Ste. Michelle. Then, head to one of the two stages to watch today’s hottest chefs demonstrate their culinary skills on stage. Once you’ve made your rounds, you simply won’t believe in having too much of a good thing.
Sunday, March 31 – Sunday Brunch
Entering its second year, this event is the perfect opportunity to grab your friends and round out your festival experience. The star-studded duo, featuring brilliant Seattle chef Tom Douglas and his culinary pal Ana Sortun from Boston, will handcraft a bi-coastal brunch menu and serve it family style complete with brunch cocktails at Palace Ballroom. Don’t miss this coast-to-coast experience as the Boston Red Sox also happen to be in town for opening weekend.
That’s four days of Taste Washington in a nutshell. With this much food and wine in one place, you’re certain to uncover a new favorite. Buy your tickets at www.tastewashington.org.