A record-breaking 8,479 local, national and international visitors attended Taste Washington last year. Make sure you’re one of them this year, March 19-22 in Seattle.
Tickets go on sale Jan. 17, and there is a lot to experience at what we like to call The Super Bowl of Wine Events in Washington state. It’s the country’s largest single-region wine and food extravaganza.
You don’t want to miss out on what Forbes calls “an epic party that lasts for days.” We go every year and always look forward to the explosion of tastes, fun and education during the four-day event.
Here are the details for Taste Washington 2020. We hope to see you there!
Taste Washington 2020
Voted one of USA Today’s 10 Best Wine Festivals, Taste Washington features more than 200 wineries and 60 restaurants during four days of wine and food events with acclaimed Washington winemakers and Seattle’s hottest chefs.
The festival unveils a refreshed look this year. In addition to the two-day Grand Tasting, an exciting Thursday night Dinner Series has been added to the lineup, as has Pacific Standard, a new Friday night party. The New Vintage has moved to Saturday, while Sunday Brunch remains, of course, on Sunday.
At the Grand Tasting, take in the magic of Washington wines – those you know and love, and other gems you will discover. General admission tickets cost $95 for one day or $145 for two days. VIP tickets are $165 for one day or $230 for two days.
As always, Taste Washington’s The Seminars series are hosted by top winemakers, master sommeliers, wine writers and academics. From blind tastings to the latest wine science, you’ll also be sure to taste some fine wine.
Participating chefs include Brady Williams of Canlis, Rachel Yang of Joule and Revel, Edouardo Jordan of JuneBaby and Salare, Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Logan Cox of Restaurant Homer, Mitch Mayers of Sawyer, Brian Clevenger of General Harvest Restaurants, Shota Nakajima of Adana, Melissa Miranda of Musang, Elizabeth Kenyon of Rupee Bar, and visiting chefs Jon Yao of Kato in Los Angeles, Reem Assil of Reem’s California, Chris Shepherd of UB Preserv, and Gregory Gourdet of Departure Restaurant + Lounge in Portland.
In addition to the Grand Tasting tickets mentioned above, two packages are available this year: The Weekender, and the Weekender Plus.
The Weekender: A Two-Day VIP Pass to The Grand Tasting coupled with the newest evening event, Pacific Standard. Price: $335
The Weekender Plus: Tickets to both evening events, Pacific Standard and The New Vintage, as well as a Two-Day VIP Pass to The Grand Tasting. Price: $480
All ticket information can be found here.
The Grand Tasting: Make a Plan
Every year, we give this same crucial advice to making the most of your Grand Tasting experience. Before you enter the doors, we highly recommend that you develop a plan. Because once there, you will be hit with a massive amount of taste potentials — and it can be overwhelming.
So make a list of wineries and restaurants you want to make sure to visit. But always leave room for some flexibility; chances are something will catch your eye as you walk through the aisles.
And wear comfortable shoes! But do not wear perfume or cologne.
Of note, we recommend tasting and spitting wine (or pouring it into the buckets at each booth) at this major event. But if you think you might want more than a sip or two, some hotels in the area offer special weekend packages. Otherwise, be sure to have a designated driver, or take cabs or local transit home.
Have questions? There might be answers in the Taste Washington FAQs.
We love to go to Taste Washington every year and are really looking forward to the 2020 spectacular.
Margot and Dave