SEATTLE – Make your travel plans now to be in Seattle March 28-31 for the 22nd annual Taste Washington festival. Tickets go on sale today at tastewashington.org, so snag them for your favorite foodies to secure the best deals on four full days of tasting adventures.
Taste Washington is a food and wine lovers’ wonderland with the most wine and food from one single place, in one single place. The nation’s largest single-region wine and food festival is better than ever this year, brimming with the best chefs and their friends from across the nation. More than 235 wineries and 65 of Seattle’s most incredible restaurants take center stage to serve up delicious bites and sips at every turn.
So get ready to drink and eat your heart out over four days filled with specially curated events to highlight the best Washington State has to offer. As a bonus, purchase your tickets in December using the discount code 2019TASTE and receive $20 off your Sunday General Admission tickets to the Grand Tasting.
Get ‘into the cellar’ with premier Washington winemakers who will showcase library favorites and 90+ point wines at the Red & White Party on Seattle’s picturesque waterfront hosted by AQUA by El Gaucho with Executive Chef Kevin Benner. Individual tickets are $175 each.
Share a table at On the Farm and explore fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients alongside winemakers, chefs and the farmers of Oxbow Farm who will host Food, Farming & Cultivating Roots and Fall City Farms who will host The Art of Sourcing Local. Individual tickets are $125 each.
Go backstage at The Sanctuary for The New Vintage presented by Lexus to meet and mingle with the chefs and winemakers driving Washington’s impressive food and drink scene, including Chef Rachel Yang of Joule, Chef Zoi Antonitsas of Little Fish, Chef Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Chef Brian Clevenger of Vendemmia, Chef Gavin Stephenson of The Sanctuary in Seattle, as well as their friends Chef Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb in San Francisco and Chef Gregory Gourdet of Departure Restaurant + Lounge in Portland. In addition, dual 2018 James Beard winner of Best New Restaurant in the nation and Best Chef: Northwest, Edouardo Jordan – of JuneBaby and Salare and the soon-to-be-opened Lucinda Grain Bar – will be featured at The New Vintage. Jordan will also host a special Lexus Late Night after party at Salare. Individual tickets are $125 each; including the Lexus Late Night are $225 each.
Save room to re-energize at Sunday Brunch hosted this year at Palace Ballroom. Chef Tom Douglas and his friend and special guest chef will throw down in an East Coast-West Coast showdown of the best brunch delights in celebration of Major League Baseball’s opening weekend as the Seattle Mariners host the 2018 World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox. Individual tickets are $75 each.
Still not enough? Get smart with the industry players that make Washington State the new epicenter of wine. The Taste Washington Seminars presented by Wine Spectator includes six educational seminars hosted by some of the nation’s leading experts including top winemakers, Master Sommeliers, wine writers and academics. On both Saturday and Sunday, let them lead you on a tasting exploration to see what makes the terroir of Washington’s vineyards stand apart. Individual tickets – $50, $65 or $85 each; depending on the seminar.
This epic festival culminates with two full days of the Grand Tasting, Saturday and Sunday March 30 and 31, which tops everything off with an embarrassing complement of Washington’s culinary riches and vineyard treasures. It’s so big you’ll need all the time you can get to experience the 235 wineries and 65 restaurants. All the while, follow along as Seattle’s leading chefs, like Chef Brendan McGill of Café Hitchcock, Chef Jeffrey Vance of Navy Strength, Chef Maximillian Petty of Eden Hill, and Chef Shota Nakajima of Adana and their friends from across the nation like Chef Vivian Howard of Chef and the Farmer from North Carolina, Chef Hugh Acheson of Five & Ten from Georgia as well as Cosentino and Gourdet, unveil secrets for their favorite dishes and answer your questions on two interactive demonstration stages. And don’t forget to vote for your best bite from your favorite Washington restaurant. General Admission tickets are $95 for one day or $145 for two days. VIP Admission tickets are $165 for one day or $210 for two days.
Can’t decide on what to attend? You don’t have to if you purchase one of two, VIP packages – The Connoisseur or The Enthusiast Pass:
And the fun doesn’t stop there. Explore all Seattle has to offer in your downtime from the iconic Space Needle to ferry rides, from exploring the heart of grunge at MoPOP to hitting the Evergreen State’s famous trails.
Getting here has never been easier with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s 34 passenger airlines serving 91 non-stop domestic destinations and 28 international cities. While you’re at it, book your stay at any area downtown hotel now for the best rates and easy access to all of the activities for Taste Washington.
So to recap, why do you need to come to Taste Washington, which was voted one of USA Today’s 10-Best Wine Festivals? If you love wine and food – there’s simply no other place to be.
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About Taste Washington:
Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring nearly 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 www.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. Nearly 40 million annual visitors spend $7 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates 74,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $718 million in annual state and local tax revenue. For more information, go to www.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 www.washingtonwine.org.
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