Press Release


February 1, 2018

Media Contacts:

Kauilani Robinson, Visit Seattle
(206) 461-5839 |

Averyl Dunn, Washington State Wine
(206) 326-5750 |

Taste Washington on the Farm returns with new rustic-chic venues, delightful wines and a dose of adventure

SEATTLE, WA – Tickets to Taste Washington’s On the Farm series are on sale now. Three exciting new excursions offer guests the chance for a unique farm-to-table lunch in the greater Seattle area. Go to to get tickets – limited quantities available.

From organic farm greens to freshly caught fish, to fruit orchard berries and robust botanicals – the Puget Sound is rich in agriculture. It’s because of our farms that Washington State has one of the most exquisite farm-to-table dining scenes in the country. Each Taste Washington on the Farm experience offers guests a behind the scenes, hands-on experience at a local farm. Tour the property with farmers to learn what it takes to source Seattle’s award-winning eateries with their quality ingredients, sit side-by-side with the chefs who craft your locally-sourced meal, and share sips with Washington winemakers as they perfectly pair their wines.

Lunches take place Friday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets start at $85 per person and include transportation to and from downtown Seattle. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Taste Washington website.

Experience #1 – Wine in the City
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Center for Urban Horticulture | Seattle, WA

Description: Enjoy a gourmet lunch in one of Seattle’s most charming urban farms. Tucked into 16 acres of beautiful gardens is the Center for Urban Horticulture.  Not only is it a working farm, it provides endless opportunities for all ages wanting to learn more about urban farming, plants and the environment.

Featured Chef: Kyle Peterson
Chef Kyle Peterson from Palace Kitchen (Tom Douglas Restaurants) will prepare a delectable meal on-site using produce from the urban farm, supplemented by additional ingredients from Tom Douglas’ Prosser Farm. Chef Peterson has a long history with the Tom Douglas Restaurants – starting as a cook at Seatown, moving to Sous Chef at Etta’s, and then on to work under Chef Nathan Crave (Taste Washington on the Farm 2017 alum) at Palace Kitchen. Chef Peterson lives in Edmonds with his wife, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a backyard full of chickens.

Featured Washington Wineries:
Mercer Family Estate
Matthews Winery

Transportation: Complimentary transportation to the farm will be provided from downtown Seattle. More details to come.

Experience #2 – Island Dining
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Heyday Farm | Bainbridge Island, WA

Description: Ferry views and a farm lunch provide a true Seattle experience. Tucked into Bainbridge Island, Heyday Farm is a family-owned 25-acre sustainable and historic farm waiting for you to explore. Tour the farm and discover the natural bounty that flourishes in this region, then savor a delightful meal in the Barn prepared by two local chefs.

Featured Chefs:
(1) Tad Mitsui, Executive Chef & Proprietor at Heyday Farm, is a native of Bainbridge Island who has always prided himself on sound culinary techniques and sourcing high quality ingredients. His formal training in the Seattle Central College Culinary Academy program opened the door to many opportunities within Tom Douglas’ kitchens. Heyday Farm has provided the perfect opportunity for Chef Tad to return to his roots and plant a seed for the future generations.

(2) Chef Zoi Antonitsas is known for her inspired Mediterranean dishes with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Passionate about food, wine, spirits and hospitality, Zoi has more than 20 years’ experience in the restaurant industry. Her long line of successful roles include Chef de Cuisine at Madison Park Conservatory in Seattle, Zazu Restaurant in Santa Rosa, Presidio Social Club in San Francisco, and a variety of other positions at award-winning restaurants across the west coast.

Featured Washington Wineries:
Bainbridge Vineyards
Eagle Harbor Wine Co.
Fletcher Bay Winery
+ Bainbridge Island Alliance Tasting Table with Amelia Wynn, Eleven, Perennial Vintners and Rolling Bay

Transportation: Complimentary transportation to the farm will be provided from downtown Seattle. More details to come.

Experience #3 – Flyaway to Wine
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Finnriver Farm & Cidery | Chimacum, WA

Description: Prepare yourself for the ultimate VIP experience. Travel by floatplane to the Olympic Peninsula and touch down at the picturesque Resort at Port Ludlow. A team will greet you dockside with a taste of the region and escort you to Finnriver, a 50-acre organic family farm, orchard and artisan cidery. After the tour, gather in the Cider Garden to enjoy a delicious chef-prepared lunch highlighting seasonal and regional ingredients.

Featured Chef: Dan Ratigan

Originally from upstate New York, Dan Ratigan arrived in the Pacific Northwest at age 14 and worked his way up through many of Seattle’s finest restaurants. Chef Dan took the helm at The Fireside Restaurant at the Resort at Port Ludlow in 2007. His approach is simple: start with top-notch ingredients, prepare them carefully, and send them out of the kitchen in meals that showcase the best the ingredients have to offer.

The Resort at Port Ludlow:
The Port Ludlow Inn is a 37-room boutique, waterfront inn inspired by New England’s classic coastal summer homes.

Featured Washington Wineries & Cidery:
Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Transportation: Kenmore Air will fly guests to The Resort at Port Ludlow where their amazing team will greet the group and shuttle everyone to Finnriver Farm & Cidery. Roundtrip ransportation is included in your event ticket. This is not an overnight excursion.

     Taste Washington is produced by Visit Seattle in partnership with Washington State Wine. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and visit for ongoing updates. Images media use can be found on the website.

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 21st annual event will be held on March 22-25, 2018 at various locations in Seattle. The 2018 Taste Washington welcoming sponsor is Alaska Mileage Plan, the premier sponsors are Albert Lee Appliance, Fire & Vine Hospitality, Seattle Met, Lexus, and Total Wine & More. Taste Washington attracts more than 6,400 wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and it is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit

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. For more information, visit

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






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