SEATTLE – Washington State Wine Month may be wineding down, but don’t put those wine glasses away before toasting to your ultimate spring plan – Taste Washington. The nation’s largest, single-region wine and food festival and a winner of USA Today’s 10-Best Wine Festivals returns March 28-31, 2019.
Entering its 22nd year, Taste Washington has everything you need to shake off any winter doldrums – fantastic food created by the nation’s hottest chefs, highly acclaimed Washington wines, and top-notch winemakers. Other highly curated sensory events include the Sunday Brunch, Taste Washington on the Farm, and The New Vintage.
“Taste Washington represents the best of what makes this region so unique – a creative culture that celebrates the amazing wine, food and music,” Senior Vice President & CMO of Visit Seattle Ali Daniels said. “It’s the perfect time to visit Seattle and taste what makes Washington so delicious.”
Planning is already underway to make the 22nd Taste Washington the best yet, so now is the time to:
Last year’s celebration drew a record-breaking 8,000 attendees over the four-day festival and many of the events sold out early.
Always pushing the envelope, last year’s events included a star-studded lineup of world-renowned chefs including Diego Galicia and Rico Torres of Mixtli, Gregory Gourdet of Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Sheldon Simeon of Tin Roof, Brooke Williamson of Hudson House, Thomas Griese of RN74, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi of Shiro’s Sushi, Stuart Lane of Spinasse and Artusi, Melissa Miranda of Musang, Shota Nakajima of Adana, Jeffrey Vance of No Anchor, Aaron Willis of Ciudad and Kevin Yuan of Baron’s Xi’an Kitchen & Bar. Chef Eduardo Jordan – the two-time 2018 James Beard Award winner for best new restaurant JuneBaby and best northwest chef – capped off the festivities with demonstrations at the Alaska Mileage Plan Chef’s Stage and in the Lexus Experience.
Highlights in 2018 also included The New Vintage and Sunday Brunch. At The New Vintage celebrity chefs offered bites alongside newly released Washington rosés and a first-ever live musical performance at the event by synth-pop duo Man Made Time from Los Angeles. The new Sunday Brunch featured both Executive Chef and Founder Josh Henderson and Chef Daniel Cox of Quality Athletics serving up pairings alongside a live performance by Seattle-based singer/songwriter Kris Orlowski.
The always popular Red & White Party hosted at AQUA by El Gaucho featured 30 wineries pouring highly awarded and exclusive wine club wines. Taste Washington on the Farm allowed attendees to explore beyond downtown to experience the people – and places – that make up the fabric of Seattle’s food culture.
As in years past, the weekend culminated in the two-day Grand Tasting. In 2018, guests enjoyed samples of more than 700 wines, bites from 65 national and regional celebrity chefs and more than 10,000 hand-shucked oysters.
“Taste Washington is our pinnacle event, and the best opportunity to celebrate Washington’s world-class wine industry and local food purveyors,” President of Washington State Wine Steve Warner said. “We couldn’t be more excited for the 22nd anniversary of this great festival.”
About Taste Washington:
Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring nearly 240 Washington State wineries and more than 65 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and it is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.
About Visit Seattle:
Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Nearly 40 million annual visitors spend $7 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates 74,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $718 million in annual state and local tax revenue. For more information, go to 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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