With eleven years of community and friends, snacks and pours, the Seattle Wine and Food Experience remains one of the top food and wine events in the Pacific Northwest region. This past weekend, the four-day experience included an opening Comfort bash and wrapped up with a Sunday night supper. Sandwiched between, guests made their way to Friday’s Pop! Bubbles and Seafood at a converted-church-to-event-space, and the Grand Tasting of grand tastings on Saturday, along the beautiful waters of Puget Sound.
Favorite pours of Friday’s event included the R. Stuart Bubbly and the Monitore Estate Vivacé, with a Neah Bay Rockfish Crudo from Rider and the brightly-colored Ora King lox from Salty’s leaving an impression. Fun-sized cones of hand scooped ice cream from Acme Ice Cream made for a sweet end to the evening.
Saturday’s Grand Tasting felt like nearly a full tour of the Bell Harbor International Conference Center at Pier 66, along the tourist-heavy Alaskan Way strip on the edge of the water. Spread across three levels of the space, food and drink vendors from Oregon, California, and Washington shared their regional wines and ciders, speciality liquors, non-alcoholic sips, and crafted eats. Heavily centered around major brand partner Tulalip Resort Casino, the entry floor included a tour of international dishes from the resort’s restaurants, opening to the upper level showcasing Seattle Magazine’s 100 Best Things to Eat, along with two additional rooms of small plates and welcoming faces. The VIP lounge featured a custom Caribbean-themed cocktail bar, plenty of velvety teal couches, and private culinary offerings from Tulalip’s team.
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