16th Annual Taste Washington: Seattle’s Premier Wine and Food Weekend is Back


Photo credit to: Kristen Marie Photography

The 16th annual Taste Washington is back and bigger than ever! This weekend, guests will be able to experience over 225 Washington wineries pouring their favorite wines and more than 65 Northwest restaurants serving specially-prepared bites throughout two days.  Along with the sensational local wine selection, over 60 local restaurants will be represented this weekend to pair with your Washington wine.

WHO:
Visit Seattle, the Washington State Wine Commission and hundreds of wineries, restaurants and related exhibitors from throughout Washington State.

WHAT:
Key elements of this year’s event include:

  • Wine and food seminars feature renowned experts from across the nation leading in-depth explorations of Washington wine, cider and beer
  • The popular vineyards section will continue to feature growers pouring wines made from their grapes by wineries across the state, allowing consumers to discover a true sense of place
  • Chef Stage demonstrations welcomes new culinary talents to the stage including Pastry Chef Kim Mahar of Seattle Restaurant RN74, celebrity Chef Antonia Lofaso, Chef Sam Crannell of Queen Anne’s Lloyd Martin and Chef Brian Clevenger of Tavolata, Chef Bobby Moore of Barking Frog, Chef Jason Wilson of Crush and Chef Perry Mascitti of Tulalip Resort Casino
  • Taste Washington Hotel Packages are offered at 15 downtown Seattle hotels encouraging visitors to drink, eat, learn and stay in Seattle
  • New – VIP ticket holders will receive a swag bag and private access to the VIP Barrel Room presented by Tulalip Resort Casino
  • New – Woodinville Wine Country will host a tasting lounge for all ticket holders to sample limited release wines, meet top winemakers, and enter to win prizes for events and getaways in Woodinville Wine Country

General admission and VIP tickets are still available

Visit www.tastewashington.org to learn more about ticket purchases, wine and food exhibitors, seminars, hotel packages or to download the Taste Washington event program.

Photo credit to: Kristen Marie Photography

WHEN:
Saturday, March 23, 2013, and Sunday, March 24, 2013; general admission 2-5 p.m.; VIP 1-5 p.m.

WHERE:
CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle

WHY:
Now in its 16th year, Taste Washington is the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event and the Premier showcase of Washington State wines. This year’s event will attract more than 3,000 people, and feature some 750 wines and an estimated 200,000 wine pours.

Photo credit to: Kristen Marie Photography

About Taste Washington:Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 200 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 2013 Taste Washington sponsors include Premier Sponsors: Viking, QFC, Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, El Gaucho & AQUA by El Gaucho, Tulalip Resort Casino, Seattle Met, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, Magnum Sponsors: Medaglia D’Oro, TalkingRain, Riedel and Patron Sponsors: Woodinville Wine Country, SuperGraphics, South Seattle Community College, AM 770 The Truth, Fremont Studios and Wilcox Farms. This year’s Event Featuresinclude Anheuser Busch and Stella Artois. Held annually in the spring, Taste Washington attracts more than 3,000 wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visitwww.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 the Washington State Wine Commission:
The Washington State Wine Commission represents every licensed winery and every wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, the Commission 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 – the Commission is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. For more information on the Washington State Wine Commission and the Washington State wine industry, please visit www.washingtonwine.org.

Written by Charles

Charles Koh founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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