Press Release

News Release
March 3, 2016

Media Contacts:
Kauilani Robinson
(206) 461-5839, krobinson@visitseattle.org

Averyl Dunn, Washington State Wine
(206) 326-5750, adunn@washingtonwine.org


Recipe for Epicurean Adventure: 225 Wineries and 65 Restaurants at Taste Washington

Two-day Grand Tasting event at CenturyLink Event Center will feature Washington State’s best and newest wineries and big-name celebrity chefs

 

SEATTLE – Taste Washington, Seattle’s premier wine and food event dishes up the largest of its consumer events on April 2 and 3 with the Grand Tasting at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants, the Grand Tasting is the grand finale of Taste Washington weekend. The Grand Tasting features 20 Washington wine varietals paired with culinary offerings and the chance to interact with some of the state’s top vintners and restaurateurs.

To pair perfectly with the 700 Washington State wines being poured, more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants will serve up culinary bites to highlight not only the wine, but also Washington’s unique culinary culture. At the dessert bar, Fonté Coffee Lounge will offer samples of fresh-brewed coffee, handcrafted espresso beverages and cold brew on tap.

Amidst the tasting, the Alaska Airlines Chef’s Stage will feature celebrity chefs performing live demonstrations showcasing their best culinary skills and tips. This year’s demonstrations will be led by Chef Ryan Burnett of Muckleshoot Casino, Chef Jason Stratton of Mamnoon, Chef Aarti Sequeira Host of Food Network’s Aarti Party and Food & Wine’s Best New Chef in 2012 Chef Jenn Louis of Lincoln Restaurant + Sunshine Tavern.

Two-day VIP passes are $205 and two-day general admission passes are $140. Single-day VIP passes are $160 and single-day general admission passes are $90. VIP passes include an extra hour of tasting, a VIP swag bag and access to the VIP lounge. Tickets for the Grand Tasting can be purchased at tastewashington.org/grand-tasting-2016/.

With a weekend full of spectacular epicurean events, travelers can make it a Taste Washington weekend and stay in one of the 14 downtown Seattle hotels featuring Taste Washington hotel packages for the ultimate food and wine getaway. Hotels offering Taste Washington packages include:

  • Executive Hotel Pacific
  • Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
  • Grand Hyatt Seattle
  • Hotel Max
  • Hotel Vintage
  • Hyatt at Olive 8
  • Inn at the WAC
  • Mediterranean Hotel
  • Renaissance Seattle Hotel
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
  • The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
  • The Paramount Hotel
  • The Roosevelt Hotel
  • Warwick Seattle Hotel

Images for Taste Washington can be found at: www.Media.visitseattle.org/res/sites/tastewashington.


About Taste Washington:

Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 19th annual event will be held on March 31- April 3 at various locations in Seattle. The 2016 Taste Washington welcoming sponsor is Alaska Airlines; the event feature is Stella Artois; the premier sponsors are Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, Albert Lee Appliance, AQUA by El Gaucho, Muckleshoot Casino, Seattle Met and Total Wine & More; the magnum sponsor is Fonté Coffee Roaster; and the patron sponsors are Visit Walla Walla and Voya Financial Advisors. Taste Washington attracts almost 5,500 wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.

About Washington State Wine:

Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSW provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSW is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwine.org.

About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region.

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