Taste Washington: Dates for 2018 Announced

 

Dates Announced for 2018 Taste Washington Festival, Kicking Off Washington State Wine Month

Seattle’s premier wine and food festival, Taste Washington returns March 22-25, 2018

SEATTLE (August 1) – Coming off its biggest year ever, Taste Washington will be back for another four-day festival March 22-25, 2018. The announcement comes as we raise a glass to Washington State Wine Month, a month-long celebration featuring wine promotions and special offers at participating retailers, hotels, restaurants and tasting rooms across the state.

This past March, the 20th anniversary celebration drew more than 7,000 attendees – a festival record. The Grand Tasting poured over 675 wines, served bites from 65 restaurants – honoring Capital Grille as 2017 Best Bite award – and shucked 9,600 oysters! Planning for 2018 has begun and will include popular events including the Grand Tasting, educational seminars led by industry leaders, the Red and White Party, Taste Washington on the Farm, and the New Vintage. Tickets to the 21st annual Taste Washington will go on sale December 1, 2017 at www.tastewashington.org.

Taste Washington is produced by Visit Seattle in partnership with Washington State Wine. Follow us onTwitterInstagram and Facebook and visit www.tastewashington.org. for ongoing updates.

Throughout the month of August, follow the Washington State Wine Month live Tagboard site atwww.WAWineMonth.com, to track the hashtag #WAWineMonth for offers and special promotions. Help us celebrate the renowned wine of Washington State and the partners who make it such a dynamic, exciting industry.

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 Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and the festival is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.

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 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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Main Street Drivers: Chauffeur Service Comes to Seattle

Main Street Drivers Expands Wine Tour Chauffeur Service to Seattle

Affordable “Your Car + Our Driver” concept perfect for Woodinville and Walla Walla wine tours, Seattle nights out and last-minute safe driving needs

NEW YORK – Feb. 9, 2017Main Street Drivers (www.mainstreetdrivers.com), which provides professional drivers to chauffeur clients in their own vehicles around to personalized destinations, announced an expansion of its services to the Western Washington region, with a focus on the greater Seattle area and suburbs, including the popular wine destinations of Seattle Urban Wineries and Woodinville Wine Country. The driving service is available to book immediately, and advance reservations are encouraged for popular timeframes like the upcoming Spring Release Weekend and the increased tourism season as the weather turns nicer.

 In addition to providing a safe driving option, Main Street Drivers is a more affordable option than renting a car or limo service, with rates staring at $35 an hour, plus a 20% service/gratuity charge. All drivers are insured, vetted and have gone through a comprehensive background check, and many are well-versed in the local wine culture, able to make recommendations on wineries to visit and help plan the most efficient and enjoyable tasting afternoon based on individual preferences.

 “I’m so proud to extend Main Street Drivers’ services into the greater Seattle area to provide unparalleled customer service and a responsible, affordable way to enjoy the amazing wineries and other tasting destinations near Seattle,” said James Hirtenstein, Owner and Founder of Main Street Drivers. “We pride ourselves on our reputation established with our East Coast services and the numerous repeat customers we serve. Knowing how popular the Walla Walla and Woodinville wine regions are, it was a natural decision to expand to the Pacific Northwest and bring our innovative services to locals and tourists alike.”

 Main Street Drivers began offering its services on the east end of Long Island, with a specific focus in the Hamptons, in 2011, and has been awarded the “Best Car/Limo Service Readers’ Choice Gold Award” by Long Island publication Dan’s Papers every year since. With the addition of drivers available in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and, now, the Seattle area, this unique service is the perfect fit for a variety of occasions such as:

·         Brewery, winery, and spirit distillery tours

·         Executive travel

·         Nights on the town (party-hopping, concerts, sporting events, etc.)

·         General travel about town

·         Culinary and beverage events

·         Designated drivers for one-way pick-ups

·         Weddings and rehearsal dinners

·         General vehicle transport (to and from the airport and for pets, family member carpooling, senior transportation, cleaning service professionals, etc.)

Reservations can easily be made via the web site at www.mainstreetdrivers.com or by calling 888-327-4460. Follow along on social media for additional information via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MainStreetDrivers) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mainstreetdrivers/).

 

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 ABOUT MAIN STREET DRIVERS

Main Street Drivers is an award-winning transportation service that has perfected the “your car + our driver” concept and can create a package for each and every client need. We offer professional drivers to our clientele as an alternative to hiring an expensive car service and have been operating accident-free since our launch on the east end of Long Island, New York in 2011. With a focus on luxury transportation and experiences, MSD now operates in the wine states of New York, Oregon and Washington, with a specific focus on the wine regions of the Finger Lakes and North Fork in New York, the Willamette Valley in Oregon, the Walla Walla Valley in Washington, and now, most recently, MSD is pleased to announce its official launch in the greater Seattle area and suburbs of Western Washington, including the wine destinations of Seattle Urban Wineries and Woodinville Wine Country. Visit www.mainstreetdrivers.com to learn more and make a reservation.

 

Seattle Wine & Food Experience: Three Events in One

Three Days. One Great Tasting Weekend.
Seattle Wine and Food Experience Brings Culinary Exploration to your Palate

February 2, 2017(Seattle, WA) – So much to taste and now more time to taste it! This year “the experience” as its known, brings three days of deliciousness to the Seattle community. Be sure to tell your friends and get your tickets early to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) weekend of events on February 24 – 26. The newly-expanded weekend features three events: POP! Bubbles & Seafood, Comfort (NEW) and the Grand Tasting. A total indulgence for foodies, the weekend includes 300+ vendors from Seattle’s best chefs (ranging from gastro pubs to fine dining establishments), distillers, local cider and brew masters with more than 600 wines throughout the weekend. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this could be the perfect gift for all the wine and food lovers in your life.

Up to date happenings at each event:

POP! Bubbles & Seafood: Friday, February 24, 2016 at McCaw Hall, 6-9pm * More than 40 kinds of bubbles to sip; paired perfectly with seafood. * World-class seafood from 20 of Seattle’s best chefs. Check out the divine menu here.

* Oyster bars from Hama Hama, Salted Sea Seafood and Raw Bar and Taylor Shellfish.

* Saber-Off Competition featuring emcee and Chef in the Hat Thierry Rautureau and returning champion Leslie Kelly of All Recipes. Watch last year’s video here.

* The Callebaut Belgian Chocolate Lounge featuring bites from Seattle’s top pastry chefs. See the list of chefs here. * Dozens of Reserve Red wines from exquisite wineries

* The S.Pellegrino and Glass Vodka ice luge is a must!

COMFORT: Seattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews: Saturday, February 25, 2016 at Fremont Foundry, 5 – 8pm

* Comfort is the newest and coziest addition to the Experience with so much fun, it’s just crazy!

* Mac & cheese, burgers, doughnut wall, fried chicken and many more comfort foods. Check it out here.

* More than 50 craft beers, ciders, bubbly and more to quench your thirst.

* Do-it-Yourself Bars: Hot Toddy, Bloody Mary, S’mores Bar, French Fry Potato Bar and more. OMG.

* Rock out with your friends to tunes by DJ Branden Landon and take photos in the Shutterbus.

* Wear comfortable clothes…perhaps elastic waistband?

THE GRAND TASTING – Sunday, February 26, 2016 at McCaw Exhibition Hall 1-5pm * More than 500 wines, plus distilleries, beer and cider, Oh Yes! Here is the list.

* Fare from 25 local chefs and 25 specialty food makers. Check out what they are serving up here. * Explore the Celebrity Modern Luxury Lounge for a chance to win a cruise! * Yakima Valley Craft Food and Beverage Experience. Yakima is bringing it this year with chefs, wineries, breweries and more. * The Savor Experience from SLO CAL. Learn about the Central Coast of California, taste wine, craft beer and more.

* The Sweet Suite–Indulge to your hearts content. Some of you may never leave this area.

* The “Pearls” of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates with wines from Canon 13, Intrinsic, Mamma Mia and more.

* Taste from Nicky Farms exotic meats, Rain Shadow Meats Butchery Block, Sustainable Alaska Seafood and American Lamb.

* Buy your favorite wine, beer, cider and spirits from participating vendors all benefitting Les Dames d’Escoffier. Don’t forget to check your purchases at the QFC Wine Valet while you enjoy the event! * Check out the video from last years Grand Tasting here.

Seattle magazine’s Seattle Wine and Food Experience brings the city’s vibrant culinary and beverage scene to life. The Weekend Pass ($220) is the best deal for that special foodie in your life. For more details on the events including pricing packages, visit seattlewineandfoodexperience.com. Don’t delay, this event is guaranteed to sell out!

About Seattle magazine For more than 50 years, Seattle magazine has chronicled the life and dynamic changes of one of the most innovative, forward-thinking cities in the United States. With a readership of more than 191,000 and a circulation of 46,000, it’s the most subscribed-to city magazine in Washington State, connecting locals and newcomers to the best local food, travel, wine, beer, spirits, design, arts, culture, people, businesses and tech the region offers. Seattle magazine is published by Minneapolis-based Tiger Oak Publications which also publishes Seattle Business, Seattle Bride and custom publications locally as well as dozens of other titles across the country. Learn more at seattlemag.com and at tigeroak.com.

About Les Dames d’Escofier Seattle

The event benefits Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle, a 501c3 non-profit organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy, and philanthropy. Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle 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.

Twitter: @seattlewinefood Facebook: /seattlewineandfoodexperience

Instagram: /seattlewinefood Hashtag: #swfe

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Peha (206) 661-8243 / pehapr@gmail.com

Seattle Wine & Food Experience: Get Tickets for Next Weekend

Luminary Chefs, Mixologists, A Saber Kick-off and Celebrity Cruises Take the 2016 Seattle Wine and Food Experience to New Heights

Bites to tantalize your taste buds, autograph signings and opportunities to win trips pair nicely with West Coast wines and craft beverages

 The Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) reaches new heights February 20-21. More than 200 vendors including 50 chefs, 500 wines, mixologists, distillers and cider and brew masters come together for a weekend of affordable indulgence and delicious experiences.

Chef Thoa Nguyen of Chinoise Restaurants and Chef Roy Breiman of Copperleaf both winners of Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network, will serve signatures bites throughout the weekend. A new saber competition kicks off Pop! Bubbles & Seafood (Feb. 20) where attendees will turn up the volume in a friendly competition between Chef Thierry Rautureau and Sommeliers Jake Kosseff of Miller’s Guild,
Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen of RN74 and Leslie Kelly of All Recipes.

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting (Feb. 21) is best approached with a plan in hand. Between your sips gather some tips from experts, enjoy photo fun in the Click 98.9 photo booth, pose with chef and winemaker celebrities for your Instagram feed #seattlewinefood and enter to win your next getaway.

At the first stop, Dustin Haarstad, founder of Blind Tiger Cocktails and mixologist at Cannon Whiskey & Bitters Emporium in Seattle’s Capitol Hill, debuts a signature cocktail in the Celebrity Cruises Modern Luxury Lounge. Imagine yourself on board Celebrity Cruises and enter to win a 7-day Alaska cruise.

Local celebrity Tim Kennedy, yes, the guy 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. Don’t forget to enter a chance to win your one-year supply of Tim’s chips.

Check out the magic between Stella Artois and the American Lamb Board’s Brews & Ewes experience. Chefs prepare beer friendly lamb dishes to pair with IPAs, Belgian style pale ales and golden lagers. The chef and menu line-up includes:

  • The Georgian Chef Gavin Stephenson – smoked lamb meatballs with celeriac gnocchi
  • Frolic Chef Adam Stevenson – soy and ginger braised lamb with sesame sticky rice cake and lemon grass curry aioli
  • Trellis Chef Brian Scheehser – lamb pastrami on a pretzel crisp with sauerkraut and mustard
  • Uli’s Uli Lengenberg – a hand-crafted lamb sausage

New features food-wise this year include Nicky USA Wild About Game exotic meats with Chef Jonathan Sundstrom of Lark and Chef Seth Fenald of Novelty Hill/Januik Winery and Alaska Seafood sustainable seafood prepared by Chef Thoa and Leslie Mackie of Macrina Bakery.

Love to travel? Spend time grazing in the Northwest Travel Experience where you’ll find Northwest destinations from Alaska to Oregon showcasing culinary tourism.  Explore wine from the West Coast with well-marked areas for Washington, Oregon and California. In the QFC Advantage Reserve Lounge Wine Stewards are standing by to pour more than a dozen hand-selected wines including Spring Valley Vineyard’s Frederick Red Blend, Tenet The Pundit Syrah and Clos du Bois Chardonnay. Start planning your next trip to wine country at this year’s featured region showcasing the craft beverage and food scene from the Yakima Valley. Capture the flavor of this booming region and meet the personalities as you enter to win a two-night get-a-way courtesy of Yakima Valley Tourism.

“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.

Back by popular demand: Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Challenge, Northwest Wine Academy Wine School, Heritage Meats Butchery Block and the Distillery Walk.

Get the most out of this tasting weekend and attend both events with the SWFE Weekend Pass on sale at seattlewineandfoodexperience.com. This is a 21-year or over event, all admitted must have a valid I.D. No children or babes-in-arms will be admitted.

Details:

POP! Bubbles & Seafood

Where: McCaw Hall (321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109

When:                  Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hours:                  6 – 9pm

Price:                   $75 per person

 

Seattle Wine and Food Experience – Grand Tasting

Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (300 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109)

When:                  Sunday, February 21, 2016

Hours:                  VIP: 12 – 5pm / General Admission: 1 – 5pm

Price:                   WEEKEND PASS – SWFE VIP and POP!: $140

VIP: $75

General Admission: $60

About Seattle Wine and Food Experience

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience is a deluxe showcase for wine, beverage, food and lifestyle in the Northwest featuring more than 500 wines from the Northwest and beyond. For a complete list of participating vendors and the wide variety of products to sample at this years event, please visit seattlewineandfoodexperience.com.

About Les Dames d’Escofier Seattle

The event benefits Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle, a 501c3 non-profit organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy, and philanthropy. Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle 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.

Twitter: @seattlewinefood                         Facebook: /seattlewineandfoodexperience

Instagram: /seattlewinefood

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Stacie Jacob, Solterra Strategies, (805) 286-6874 / sjacob@solterrastrategies.com