This last weekend marked the fifth annual iteration of TOAST, and the event was well worth the drive down I-5. It brought together more than forty Northwest distillers to pour a wide range of products alongside craft cocktails, non-alcoholic complements (Raft Botanicals, Bradley’s Tonic Co.), coffee from Oregon Coffee Guild members, and mouthwatering bites from five local eateries.
Taste Washington Wine Month caps off with the four-day Taste Washington extravaganza, featuring more than 225 wineries, acclaimed local restaurants, and educational seminars (including the Cider Renaissance seminar with our editor).
But that is not the only way to experience the Taste Washington Wine Month, throughout the 31 days of March numerous wineries, hotels and businesses will be hosting special events and promotions to bring the wonders of Washington wine direct to you.
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” — Mark Twain
The Pacific Northwest has become a hotbed of local distilleries in recent years. There are currently 27 distilleries producing whiskey in the state of Washington alone, and more on the horizon. But for anyone who wishes to enter into the wonderful world of whiskey, the undertaking can seem rather daunting.
The Willamette Valley has become synonymous with world class wines. Ask experts and fans throughout the world, and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir will be on the top of their list. 2015 is set to be the year where Pinot Noir fans, and fans of Oregon wine, raise a glass to commemorate 50 years of Willamette Valley wines. Wineries throughout the region will be celebrating with special tastings, contests and events throughout the year.
Seattle seems to be getting an early start on summer food festivals. Now in its seventh year running, the city will again host the Seattle Wine & Food Experience on February 22 at the Seattle Center.
The SWFE is first and foremost a tasting event of regional foods and beverages for the 21+ crowd, so show up hungry, thirsty and adventurous.
The Oregon Truffle Festival Returns for 10th Year
In the culinary world, Oregon has already gained national recognition for its beer, wine and hazelnut industries, let alone the restaurant scene itself. But within the past few years, an expensive fancy fungus has been slowly trying to break through and reach the same elevated status in the state.
Boy, Seattle is sure in for a frosty treat next weekend. The Washington Brewers Guild is spoiling the city again with its annual two-day Winter Beer Fest. Check your planner and make sure you’re free on Friday, December 5 at 5-9pm and Saturday, December 6 at 12-4pm and 5:30-9:30pm. For the second year in a row, the festival will be held at the historic Hanger 30 building—located just north of Seattle, on the shores of Lake Washington at Warren G. Magnuson Park.
Americans are constantly looking for other cultures’ celebrations to takeover and declare to be a day for drinking. There’s St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and Mardi Gras, but there’s also a lesser-known French, wine-based holiday called Beaujolais Day that’s celebrated on the third Thursday of November.
The holiday marks the end of the French harvest season and the start of wine drinking season (hurrah!).