“Savor” the San Juans: Festivities Promise a Month of Culinary & Cultural Delights

San Juan Islands, WA—As summer fades, fall’s Savor the San Juans events just keep growing. Harvest dinners on a farm bursting with ripe fruits and vegetables, wine or cider tastings in the vineyard or orchard, lunch at a shellfish farm or salmon hatchery, and more will pack the calendar this October, making it a great month to savor more than just a weekend visit to the “Gourmet Archipelago.”

A month-long movable feast for the senses in the San Juan Islands, the 6th annual “Savor the San Juans” pulls together all the elements of a memorable post-summer vacation getaway, including harvest festivals, music events, Artstock & art walks, a film festival and specials at the islands’ finest lodgings and restaurants.

Local food and winemaker’s dinners, Oktoberfests, dining out specials of “3 Courses/$30 or $35,” farm tours and cooking demos, are just a few of the culinary components. The Great Island Grown Festival kicks off the month on San Juan Island, with the Friday Harbor Farm Parade, October 5th. The Brickworks Plaza (Farmers Market site) heats up after the parade as six of San Juan Island’s finest chefs go head to head to create their best chili from local products. Friday Harbor art galleries stay open late that night with special events and island artists display their colorful wares in booths as part of Artstock, a celebration of diverse island visual artists.

On October 6th, the San Juan Preservation Trust and the San Juan County Land Bank will host an easy Farm & Forks cycling tour of protected agricultural lands and farm stand tastings, in the heart of San Juan Valley. Also around the island later in the month– theater performances and the first annual Friday Harbor Film Festival entitled, “Stories from the Pacific Rim” www.fhff.org, will keep visitors entertained. The new festival features over 29 documentary films including award-winning first run films with powerful ties to the Pacific Northwest. Many directors and producers will be present to introduce films, give workshops and answer questions. A two hour Kidz Cinema will feature films of children who are making a difference in their communities.

On Orcas and Lopez Islands, the cornucopia of culinary and cultural choices, includes a “Going Whole Hog” harvest event at Christina Orchid’s Red Rabbit Farm on October 6th, a salmon lunch and tour of Long Live the Kings’ Orcas Island Glenwood Springs salmon hatchery on October 13th, “Lopez on the Halfshell,” a Sweetwater Shellfish Farm tour and lunch on October 4, Lopez sheepdog demonstrations at Saddleback Farm, and Lopez Island Homegrown Watercolor Weekend on October 11th and 12th.

Lodging specials and packages for outdoor activities on all three islands are important ingredients of “Savor the San Juans” and can be browsed online. Check out the special “Savor” page of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau website at www.VisitSanJuans.com/savor for links to major events, participating restaurants, lodgings, transportation and activity specials. The Savor web page and online calendar http://bit.ly/phE3do will be updated almost daily as events and specials are added.

Links to major events:
The Great Island Grown Festival – Celebrating Farms & Food, Oct. 1-13, Lopez/Orcas/San Juan Islands (see below)
OktoberfestFriday Harbor/San Juan Island, Oct. 5
Friday Harbor Film FestivalOct. 11-13, San Juan Island
Oktoberfest, Lopez Island, Oct. 12
Farmers’ Markets on Orcas & San Juan Islands, Saturdays
San Juan Vineyards Harvest Festival, San Juan Island, Oct. 12
Historic Friday Harbor Guided Walking ToursFriday Harbor/San Juan Island, Saturdays
The Great Island Grown Festival ~ Celebrating Farms & Food.
On Lopez Island
Lopez on the Halfshell, Lopez Island, Oct. 4
Running of the Sheep: Sheepdog Demonstrations Extraordinaire , Lopez Island, Oct. 5 & Oct. 12
Home Grown Watercolor Weekend, Lopez Island, Oct. 11-12
On Orcas Island
Going Whole Hog at Red Rabbit Farm, Orcas Island, Oct. 6
In Friday Harbor/San Juan Island
Friday Harbor Fall Farm ParadeFriday Harbor/San Juan Island, Oct. 5
Brickworks  Island Harvest Chili Cook-offFriday Harbor/San Juan Island, Oct. 5
Farms & Forks: A Bike & Gastronomic TourFriday Harbor/San Juan Island, Oct. 6
Tour the Fields, Taste the Feast, San Juan Island, Oct. 11
‘Savor’ Cultural Offerings all islands
From artist studios and gallery exhibits, to theatre, film and music, October is a great month to savor the cultural offerings in the San Juans.
Orcas Horns, Orcas Center, Orcas Island, Oct. 5,
Enchanted Forest Cabaret, Orcas Center, Orcas Island, Oct. 10-19
Friday Harbor Film FestivalFriday Harbor/San Juan Island, Oct. 11-13,
Artstock, Friday Harbor/San Juan Island, Oct. 5

Written by 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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