Monday, January 27, 2014

Upcoming Event: 2014 Seattle Wine & Food Experience - 2/23/14 - Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

The spring event season is upon us once again, with some of Washington’s best tasting events coming up over the next few months. Prime your pallet and work juuuust a little harder at the gym the next few weeks, because you will not want to miss the 2014 edition of the Seattle Wine & Food Experience (@SeattleWineFood), happening on Sunday February 23rd (12-5pm VIP, 1-5pm General Admission). The event is back in action at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, which has been its home for several years.

 Every year the event has a “featured wine region” and this year it’s bringing in the troops from just across the lake, as Woodinville wineries will be represented in full force as the featured wine region of the 2014 Seattle Wine & Food Experience. Showcasing wines from each of Washington’s AVAs, there will be more than 30 Woodinville wineries pouring the goods at this year’s event. In addition to the Woodinville wineries, you’ll find wineries from the rest of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and from around the world. This really is a great event to broaden your knowledge of wine if you find yourself drinking wines from the same region time after time (which is the case with me and Washington wines). I love the opportunity I have to try new things at this event! Find the full line-up of attending wineries here.

Another “experience” this year is the QFC Advantage Lounge, where you can rest your feet sitting in leather sofas and enjoy bites from Murray’sCheese, Boar’s Head Meats and Simple TruthCrackers. Wines in this lounge include sips from Chateau Ste. Michelle, Spring Valley Vineyard, Col Solare and Northstar Winery.

In an area that was quite the place to be last year, the SIP Northwest (@SipNorthwest) Distillery Row is back again this year, featuring many of the region’s hottest craft spirits makers as well as global brands. Sip your way through and learn how grains and botanicals become whiskey, vodka and gin.

Top Pot Doughnuts (@TopPot) is back again this year (hopefully with the same tasty treats as last year), with the Top Pot Doughnut and Coffee. Try a hand-forged doughnut and cup of Top Pot Coffee (or pair with sparkling wine as I did last year!). For an added bonus, grab a sample cocktail from Sun Liquor Distillery.

Stella Artois (@StellaArtois) is back once again, and from past experience I can tell you to hit that one early! That booth always seems to have a line across the room every year. With more than 600 years of Belgium brewing experience, Stella Artois is best known for its detailed method for pulling a pint and their “special” Stella Artois chalice. Enjoy a sip of Stella Artois and its other world class brands including Cidre, Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Brun and Leffe Blond.

The food at this event has always been a hit for me, as I’m still thinking about some of the delectable dishes I enjoyed last year. This year, guests can savor the incredible creations from more 25 of Seattle’s most accomplished chefs representing a global range of cuisines. Check out the list here and start planning your stops!

This year’s beneficiary Les Dames d'Escoffier Seattle, which raises funds for scholarships for women in the culinary, beverage and hospitality industries, and also supports community-outreach programs and sustainable-agriculture projects based in Washington state.

New this year is the option to purchase a VIP ticket and gain access to the event an hour earlier than the rest of the masses. The VIP ticket also includes custom event tote bag, wine glass and tasting plate, plus an opportunity to win a variety of prizes including a wine trip weekend for two to Woodinville Wine Country, tickets to July’s always popular Wine Rocks event and more. Tickets for this year’s event are on sale now at General Admission tickets are $55 and the above mentioned VIP experience is only $65 (a lot of extra perks for only $10 more!).  So get your tickets now and I’ll see you on February 23rd at the Seattle Wine & Food Experience!

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