SEATTLE – A record-breaking 8,479 local, national and international visitors attended the 22nd annual Taste Washington festival March 28-31 to sample delicious food from Seattle’s hottest chefs and sip some of the state’s most incredible wines. Festival organizers also announced dates for the 23rd Taste Washington, which will occur March 19-22, 2020. Tickets will go on sale later this year.
Voted one of USA Today’s 10-Best Wine Festivals, Taste Washington spans four days and is the nation’s largest single-region wine and food festival. The 2019 festival featured more than 240 Washington wineries and more than 70 of the state’s most celebrated restaurants, inspiring Seattle chefs and culinary luminaries from around the nation.
“Taste Washington continues to grow each year because it represents the best of what makes this state so unique – from the cold waters of the Pacific to the lush vineyards of Eastern Washington,” Senior Vice President & CMO of Visit Seattle Ali Daniels said. “At Taste Washington, visitors, chefs, winemakers and food and wine lovers can experience the diversity we have to offer in one place, making March one of the best times to visit Seattle.”
“Throughout the Taste Washington festival, there’s an energy that’s absolutely contagious,” President of Washington State Wine Steve Warner said. “It’s quite simply the best place to get a pulse on the Pacific Northwest’s exciting food and wine scene.”
This year’s Taste Washington introduced new events and venues prompting tickets to sell out early. At the new Canlis Wine Dinner, guests dove into the iconic restaurant’s storied wine cellar with Wine Director Nelson Daquip. At The New Vintage, held at Seattle’s The Sanctuary, wine and food lovers wound their way through an epicurean adventure with culinary icons and some of Washington’s most acclaimed winemakers. James Beard Award-winning Chef Edouardo Jordan also hosted the first-ever Lexus Late Night at his restaurant Salare. This year’s second annual Sunday Brunch featured a special bi-coastal menu with Seattle Chef Tom Douglas and Boston Chef Ana Sortun in celebration of the Mariners’ opening weekend at T-Mobile Park against the Boston Red Sox.
Returning favorites included the sixth annual Red & White Party hosted at AQUA by El Gaucho Thursday, Taste Washington On the Farm which offered two distinctive experiences at Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center and Falls City Farms on Friday, and Saturday and Sunday morning which featured Washington Wine Seminars presented by Wine Spectator at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle.
Capping the weekend’s festivities, the Taste Washington Grand Tasting featured 242 wineries and 71 restaurants and boasted record attendance with 6,997 people attending over Saturday and Sunday afternoons at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Alderbrook Resort & Spa took home the coveted Best Bite trophy as voted by attendees for their Parmesan Pouffe with house-cured Bresaola, which utilized simple flavors and locally made ingredients to showcase the style of food found at the resort.
Taste Washington by the numbers:
|Total wines poured during Taste Washington||1,240||975|
|Total oysters shucked during Taste Washington||10,200||10,000|
|Grand Tasting Attendance||6,997||6,750|
|Restaurants at Grand Tasting||71||65|
|Grand Tasting’s Best Bite||Alderbrook Resort & Spa||The Capital Grille|
|Wineries at Grand Tasting||242||239|
|Wines poured at Grand Tasting||1,026||717|
Produced by Visit Seattle in partnership with Washington State Wine, follow Taste Washington on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or visit tastewashington.org and mark your calendars for the 2020 festival.
About Taste Washington:
Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 235 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and it is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit tastewashington.org.
About Visit Seattle:
Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. More than 40 million annual visitors spend $7.8 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates more than 78,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $806 million in annual state and local tax revenue. Visit visitseattle.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 washingtonwine.org.
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