The 20th anniversary of Taste Washington, March 23-26, 2017, is a food and wine lover’s dream. Bringing together nearly 300 wineries, over 70 restaurants, and top chefs from across the country, Taste Washington features four days packed with diverse wine and food events. All Taste Washington events are 21 and over, I.D. required.
Here’s what the weekend has to offer:
Thursday, March 23rd
Start off the festive weekend with the VIP Red & White Party, held at AQUA by El Gaucho on Seattle’s waterfront. This elegant affair features top Washington winemakers pouring their special bottles to accompany the menu devised by El Gaucho’s Executive Chef Wesley Hood. Keep with the theme in your red and white best as you enjoy special bites and sips only available at this special event.
The Red Wine Party runs 7-10 pm. Tickets are $175 per person, available here.
Friday, March 24th
Taste Washington on the Farm is an opportunity for an up-close look at one of the most vibrant farm-to-table dining scenes in the country. Seattle is surrounded by farms – shellfish in Puget Sound and fruit in Eastern Washington – and local restaurants thrive on this fresh bounty. The Taste Washington on the Farm tour gives you a chance to experience curated tours to some of the farms that supply Seattle restaurants with quality ingredients, right local chefs, winemakers, and farmers. The day includes a tour of the property, as well as a wine-paired lunch and commentary from chefs and winemakers.
Tours are 10 am-3 pm. Tickets are $95 person, available here, and includes transportation to and from downtown Seattle.
Friday evening is The New Vintage event at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. It’s a chance to chat with celebrity chefs, discover your next favorite Washington wine, and burn off the calories on the dance floor. Make sure you stop by the Rosé Lounge for a glass of its namesake before leaving.
The New Vintage is 7-10 pm. Tickets are $75 per person, available here.
Saturday & Sunday, March 25-26th
Learn more about Washington wines at specialty seminars offered by winemakers, master sommeliers, and wine personalities. Seminar styles vary from tastings to interactive panels, and cover topics to get you in the know. Sessions will be held at the Four Seasons Seattle.
Taste and Savor tours provide a morning food tour of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. It’s an opportunity to chat with local vendors as you eat enjoy local specialties. You’ll even have a chance to catch a fish at the Pike Place Fish stand.
Tours are two hours in duration, and offered each day at 8:30 am and 9 am. Tickets are $75 per person, available here.
The Grand Tasting is the creme de la creme of the Taste Washington weekend. Held at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. Over 235 Washington wineries will be represented, in addition to local and national chefs, restaurants, and other food proprietors. It’s a chance to taste Washington’s best food and wine, as well as to enjoy presentations on the Chef’s Stage. You won’t be able to taste in all in one day, so consider a two-day ticket.
The Grand Taste is held 2-5:30 pm on each day, with VIP admission getting you in an hour early. One-day tickets are $95, two-day $145. VIP one-day tickets are $165, two-day $210. Available here. (Personal note: I think the Grand Taste pricing is quite reasonable, both the one and two-day tickets, but question the value added for the VIP access. Sure, you get an hour with fewer people, but I’m not sure if it returns commensurate value for the spend.)
If you want to attend multiple events, the Connoisseur all-access pass may provide good a value. Available here.