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Here’s a list of upcoming events that involve Northwest-made wine, beer, and spirits! And if you’re having an event you’d like us to add to “The Grapevine,” looks for submission instructions at the bottom of the event list.
Join more than 60 Walla Walla Valley winemakers, internationally known guest winemakers, and celebrated chefs in exploring one of the world’s most renowned grape varieties – Syrah. Taste and compare wines from the Walla Walla Valley, and three other leading wine regions from around the world during a captivating winemaker panel. Participate in special tastings of rare vintage wines and intimate winemaker dinners. Mix and mingle with acclaimed winemakers and chefs. Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine.
Crave NW, presented by the City of Spokane Valley, is a unique culinary event that showcases the creative talents of visionary chefs from around the country while highlighting the flavors of the Pacific Northwest. Most of the 10+ ticketed events are walk-around tasting events with entertainment. Crave Northwest will be held June 15-18 at CenterPlace, a state-of-the-art 54,000-square-foot event facility at Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley.
Raise a glass with us on Father’s Day weekend as the Washington Beer Commission presents the 12th Annual Washington Brewer’s Festival at King County’s Marymoor Park! The Washington Brewer’s Festival is a unique all-ages beer festival where thousands of beer aficionados can sample more than 500 beers from 110 Washington breweries. In addition, the festival offers wine and cider tastings, great food trucks, live music and all-ages activities.
The Gorge Blues & Brews Festival dishes up beer, music and food on the banks of the Columbia River. What’s more, this event offers an uncommon opportunity to camp on-site at a beer festival. It is not the backcountry, but the Skamania County Fairgrounds offers a place to pitch your tent as well as offering the other necessary facilities. Enjoy a long day of beer and blues then stroll or stumble home to your bivouac. Campsites are limited and reservations are required. The lineup of breweries and musicians is always impressive at this grownups-only event.
The Taste of Tacoma Wine Tasting will transform the Rose Garden at the 32nd annual Taste of Tacoma into an upscale wine-tasting event at Point Defiance. For $15, guests will receive a commemorative Taste wine glass and five tastes. Additional tastes are available for $2 each and $8 glass pours will be available for your favorite wines. Featured wineries include Browne Family Vineyards, Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Gruet, House Wine and Ste. Chapelle. Don’t forget Happy Hour. Stop by every day of the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Happy Hour pricing on wine tasting starter packages including a Taste wine glass and five tastes for only $12. That’s $3 off regular pricing. Visitors to the Rose Garden will also enjoy the smooth sounds of the Wine & Roses Garden Stage featuring jazz performers all weekend long.
July is Oregon Craft Beer Month. Craft beer is such a big deal in Oregon that it takes an entire month to celebrate it properly. All month there will be various beer dinners, beer tastings, beer festivals and other events to showcase Oregon’s love of good beer. The whole thing wraps up at the end of the month with the Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland (July 24–28).
At the Seattle International Beer Festival you will find over 200 different beers from 16 different countries at this three-day celebration of world beers. While local beers are available, many people flock to this event to sample ultra-rare brews from across the globe—some of which are only available at this festival. In addition to hardcore beer geeks, this event attracts a younger, more enthusiastic crowd than many other beer festivals. Perhaps it is the downtown location or perhaps it is because this event always happens on the weekend surrounding the Fourth of July.
The eighth annual Fueled by Fine Wine Half-Marathon sets itself apart by exploring some of the most magnificent vineyard vistas in Oregon, as well as by working with local Dundee charities and Oregon sponsors creating an exciting event for the region while also supporting the local economy. A limited group of 1,200 lucky runners will have the opportunity to propel themselves over some of the many hills that make up Oregon’s world-class wine region. Entrants will be treated to a unique departure from a typical running course, a large portion of the event will follow unpaved vineyard trails as they wind through rows of grapes and under branches of Oregon’s prized hazelnut trees. The after-race party will offer an opportunity to sample — as well as stock the wine cellar with — some of Oregon’s best offerings, in the company of winemakers and fellow wine connoisseurs.
The streets of downtown Bremerton host the Bremerton Summer Brew Fest. To quench your summer thirst, 26 Washington breweries offer their best summer-inspired creations. Expect lighter-bodied beers than you might find at other craft beer festivals. The event takes place within easy walking distance of the Bremerton ferry terminal so Seattle-side festival-goers are encouraged to walk on the ferry for an afternoon and evening of beer-fueled merriment.
Kirkland Uncorked is a regional showcase of art, food and wine along the picturesque shores of Lake Washington at Marina Park. More than 70 wines are expected to be poured at this event, which benefits Homeward Pet Adoption Center and is a Seafair sanctioned event. Kirkland Uncorked offers a three-day menu highlighting some of the best in Washington state food and wine. In addition to the three-course menu and extensive wine list, the festival features an exciting a la cart entertainment and shopping. Some of the Northwest’s favorite bands will entertain festival-goers on the Main Stage. The all-ages Street Fair features an expansive Craft Market, the Uncorked Boat Show, and the CityDog Magazine Cover Dog Model Contest.
At Northwest Wine Fest at Schweitzer Mountain (Sandpoint, ID), more than 20 Northwest wineries will combine to pour more than 80 wines for sampling and purchase. Previously participating wineries include Airfield Estates, Arbor Crest, Boomtown by Dusted Valley, Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Colter’s Creek, Foundry, Gifford Hirlinger, Jones of Washington, Mercer Estates, Northstar, Pend d’Oreille, Ste. Chapelle, Saviah Cellars, Sawtooth, Small House, Sokol Blosser, Walla Walla Vintners and Waterbrook. Several bands are lined up for two fun-filled days of live music, barbecue, arts and crafts vendors. The wine tasting and live music runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The chairlift is open for hiking, biking and sightseeing throughout the weekend.
The Oregon Brewers Festival is recognized as one of the longest running, biggest and best beer festivals in the United States. Held in downtown Portland at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the 26th annual OBF expects to attract upward of 80,000 people to sample beers from nearly 80 different breweries. This year, the event expands to five days. It all begins rather quietly on Wednesday with a parade through the streets of Portland and the ceremonial tapping of the first keg by the city’s mayor. By Saturday, the party reaches a fevered pitch.
Experience some the Northwest’s finest wines on Woodland Park Zoo’s picturesque North Meadow with the annual Woodland Park Zoo Tasting Flight. This is an after-hours, adults-only fundraiser event for Woodland Park Zoo. Must be 21 or over and have valid ID for event entry. A general admission ticket provides 10 tastings from more than 40 wineries, but additional tasting tickets available for purchase. Full bottles from participating wineries available for purchase. Concessions also are available for purchase. There will be live music, and your ticket allows for near-encounters with animals as well as access to award-winning animal exhibits. As part of Woodland Park Zoo’s commitment to sustainable practices, including waste reduction, this is a Bring Your Own Glass event (souvenir glasses for $5 may be purchased at the event while supplies last).