I had heard about TASTE Washington though never had a chance to visit until Visit Seattle invited me to Seattle to experience there #2DaysInSeattle They suggested a visit would be in order for me to attend this esteemed food & wine festival. Since I love food and wine I took them up on the offer and obtained a Media Pass to visit the festival on Saturday March 23.
As I mentioned I do love wine and food, this festival featured 225 Washington wineries pouring their favorite wines and more than 65 Northwest restaurants serving specially-prepared bites.
I decided that I would focus my tasting on the food alone and not partake in any sipping, swirling or drinking at this festival. There was plenty of restaurants serving up a large selection of bites, along with many other non-alcoholic beverages sampling to be had.
I tasted canapés, salads, seafood, meats, pastas, risotto, burgers and all sorts of desserts during the afternoon of walking the aisles of the event. Some of the highlights were meeting Chef David Buchanan of Tulalip Resort Casino and tasting his Dungeness Crab Salad in a cucumber wrap – tasty and stunning.
I met Pastry Chef Kim Mahar of RN74 with her delish Chevre Cheesecake with toasted almonds, and compressed apple.
One of the refreshing beverages that I sampled was the lineup of Washington produced apple juices at the Tude Juices booth. The owners explained that their juices are made with Washington grown apples, my favourites were the Fuji’tude and Gala’tude.
I love Beechers Cheese which I often try when I am at Pike Place Market on visits to Seattle so I was happy to try more cheese at this festival. The Smoked Octopus by Trace Restaurant was a treat as was the Chocolate filled Zepole from Cantinetta along with the delicious Salted Caramel Butterscotch Pudding by Yardhouse Restaurants.
Tasting and tasting ….
It seemed like there was a never ending supply of sweets every turn I made around the gigantic convention centre space, I also loved the Key Lime Pie at the Pie booth along with the Salted Caramel Peanut Waffles from Sweet Iron Waffles.
Loved my first #TasteWA experience, a huge festival with many restaurants, tasters, chefs, vintners, wineries and more. If you love food, wine and cider then make sure you visit them next year at Taste Washington.
By: Richard Wolak