A delicious look back at Seattle Wine & Food Experience 2017!
Here at the Bite of Seattle® we’re for all things #Seattle, #food and #local fun! So this month we decided to explore The Grand Tasting at the Seattle Wine & Food Experience and give a “taste” of the fun on our Bite Blog!
The Seattle Wine and Food Experience celebrated its 9th year this weekend, February 24-26! It’s grown from a one day event to a three day weekend experience including POP! Bubbles & Seafood, COMFORT, and The Grand Tasting… which is what the Bite team explored yesterday!
Now to the yummy stuff, as a guest you get to engage with and learn from the makers behind the wine, food, spirits and more while sipping and tasting your way through the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. We like to think of it as a way to get your appetite ready for the Bite of Seattle®!
Some of the really cool areas included the Yakima Valley Tourism area, where you can basically sip your way through Yakima Valley wineries all in one section of the event! Fun fact: Yakima Valley grows approximately half of ALL of Washington State’s wine grapes and there are 120 wineries all within 70 miles in Yakima Valley. That’s something to ‘cheers’ to!
A new addition this year (and my personal favorite) was the Sweet Suite! This area, perfect for any sweet-tooths out there, included several booths like Top Pot Doughnuts with their awesome Donut Tower, Ben & Jerry’s mobile scooping booth, Forte Chocolates, Rusty’s Famous Cheesecake including an amazing bacon, salted caramel cheesecake and more! Think Willy Wonka (and yes, it was just as tasty as it sounds!)
South Seattle College’s Culinary & Pastry Arts Programs partnered with Graceland Fruit to celebrate National Cheery Month. They created several dishes to utilize and showcase Graceland’s Dried Montmorency Cherries including Duck Confit Sliders with NW Wine Academy Well Read Cheery Ketchup on a Brioche Bun and Crème Fraiche Mousse with Cherry Conserve.
All of the food is sample size and good for “tasting” throughout the event. Some of the notables tastes included Duke's Chowder House which served Blackened Fish Tacos (see pic) , David's & Co., Chihuly Collection's Cafe, Macrina Bakery, Racha and more!
Wine really is the star of the show though at #SWFE with over 60+ wineries showcased. The event is set up wine wise according to region from Washington, California, Oregon and an International section. There was also a Beer/Cider area as well as an all-new Distillery Walk, along the back wall this year.
Overall for those wine lover’s out there, it’s a great way to enjoy some delicious wines & find new ones to love! #cheers