You’d better move quickly – tickets are going fast for the eighth annual Seattle Wine and Food Experience. If you like good wine, beer and food, mark your calendars for this delicious experience on Feb. 20-21.
The activities kick off Feb. 20 with Pop! Bubbles & Seafood at McCaw Hall from 6-9 p.m. On Feb. 21, the Grand Tasting takes place at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall from 1-5 p.m. — but once again there is a VIP experience, with a one-hour early entry.
Pop! Bubbles & Seafood offers more than 40 sparkling wines from around the world, to be paired with seafood — from salmon and clams to oysters and shrimp — prepared by 16 local chefs. And let’s not forget the caviar! Other beverages available are red and white wines, special cocktails, cold beer and chilled cider.
The Grand Tasting features more than 190 leading wine brands, craft brewers, cider makers, distillers and chefs.
“We’ve added some terrific new experiences this year,” said Jamie Peha, event producer and president of Peha Promotions. “The weekend is much more than a tasting. By working closely with our vendors we create unique ways for our guests to deeply engage with a variety of select offerings.”
The experiences include: Ste. Michelle Riesling Challenge, Northwest Wine Academy Wine School, Heritage Meats Butchery Block, and the Brews and Ewes by Stella Artois and the American Lamb Board.
In addition, Tim Kennedy, who started Tim’s Chips, has carved out an hour to greet fans and autograph limited edition bags of Tim’s chips to commemorate the brand’s 30th anniversary.
You can find a full list of wineries that will be pouring, along with beer and cider and spirits, in addition to information about numerous restaurants serving gourmet bites.
The event benefits Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle, a 501c3 non-profit organization that focuses on raising funds for scholarships for women in the culinary, beverage, and hospitality industries, and also supports community-outreach programs and sustainable-agriculture projects based in Washington State.
Tickets are available at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience website: $60 for the Grand Tasting; $75 for the VIP experience; and $75 for Pop! Bubbles & Seafood. Or you can get a weekend pass for $140.
So run, don’t walk to get your tickets! We hope to see you there.
Margot and Dave