Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Happenings - Upcoming Seattle Area Events!

I’m aliiiiiiveeee! Sorry folks (all 5 of you who read this), this summer was quite the spectacle what with my broken wrist and whatnot. Fun fact: typing is downright horrible when you only have one hand to use… so yeah.. in any event, I am back! And what better foray back into things than a little post on some of the upcoming tasty events happening in the Seattle area (and beyond). We’re going across the alcohol palate tonight, and looking at an upcoming wine, beer and cider event (I will just put them in order of when they are happening)! Without further ado…


Hood Canal’s Alderbrook Resort & Spa is kicking off fall with an event just for Northwest ciders! In partnership with CIDERCRAFT Magazine (from the folks at Sip NW), Alderbrook is hosting the first annual event which kicks off Friday October 23rd. First up is a cider-paired dinner prepared by Executive Chef Josh Delgado at Alderbrook’s upscale Restaurant. This event will be held from 6-9pm and will feature flavors unique to Alderbrook’s region and dishes will be paired alongside craft ciders from Finnriver Cidery and Reverend Nat’s. Saturday the 24th brings a cider and bites tasting on Alderbrook’s waterfront lawn. This event will adorn the lawn with outdoor artisan booths and tents full of tasty goodness, including a raw bar presented by Hama Hama Oyster Company, harvest flavored ice cream from Olympic Mountain Ice Cream, authentic paella from the Paella House and much more. My goodness I just ate dinner and I’m getting hungry again just reading through all this goodness. And what’s even more fun, Finnriver Cidery and Alderbrook teamed up to make a new cider, called Selkie Cider, which will make its debut at the Saturday tasting event. There will be 15 cideries from Washington and Oregon pouring at the event! Nothing screams fall like falling leaves and Northwest cider in your glass. Admission to the event is free, but there is a fee for food and beverage tastings. More details at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa page and CIDERCRAFT Magazine.

BREW Seattle

Seattle Magazine’s 3rd annual BREW Seattle will be held Friday October 23rd from 6-9pm at Elliott Hall at Bell Harbor down on the waterfront. This local-breweries-only tasting event of the year features over 20 breweries located within Seattle, tapping the local creativity in our Emerald City. With admission ticket, you receive 6 tasting tokens, which are each good for one fill-up of your complimentary 5-oz BREW Seattle mini-mug. If 30 oz of Seattle’s best beers aren’t good enough for you, additional tokens can be purchased at the event. The event will also feather music, Seattle beer Culture and giveaways. Guests also have the chance to vote for their favorite local brewery! At the event, each guest will have a chance to weigh-in on the Brewery of the Year, which will hold the title until next year’s event. Pike Brewery currently holds the title and will be back to defend their honor! Tickets for BREW Seattle 2015 are $28 and can be purchased here, which also gives you the scoop on who is pouring at this year’s event!

Taste of Tulalip

The 7th Annual Taste of Tulalip Celebration  is coming up the weekend of November 13th and 14th! This AMAZING event will kick off with the Friday night wine and passed hors d’oeuvres reception followed by the fittingly named Celebration Dinner. The multi-course repast celebrates "La Famiglia,” as the Italians say, it's all about "the family!" The evening's inspiration comes from the love of Italian grandmothers everywhere who have a special passion for cooking amazing food every day for their families. In tribute, Tulalip chefs will recreate many of their beloved recipes, paired with a global offering of rare, top wines. Sadly, this dinner is already sold out, but it’s always a hit! The weekend’s highlight is always Saturday’s Grand Taste, spanning four hours and featuring lavish food stations, as well as over 100 wines from Washington state, Oregon, California, Oporto, Maderia, global selections of bubbles, as well as pours of late harvest and ice wines and craft beer. As someone who has attended this twice, I can tell you this is a MUST ATTEND. I have never attended an event where there was a bigger selection of high end wines and delectable food options. The Taste of Tulalip continues to evolve into the region’s premier wine event, bringing in top names in wine and food. This year’s event will feature two lounges: the Bubbly Lounge (yes please!) featuring sparkling wines from around the globe and the Delta Lounge pouring a selection of late harvest wine, ice wines, port and Madeira (basically, a dessert wine goodness lounge!). Also don’t miss the Rock-n-Roll Cooking Challenge. Like what you taste? The Taste of Tulalip retail wine shop will be available so you can take home your favorites. Tickets for the Grand Taste can be found here

There you have it! Three delicious events coming up over the next month, each with a different focus. If you were really ambitious, you could hit BREW Seattle Friday October 23rd, CiderHood on Saturday the 24th and head up to Tulalip for the Grand Taste on November 14th. I am saddened that I will be out of the area for the Brew and CiderHood, they look fantastic. But get your tickets now to these great upcoming events! Cheers!

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