Food & Wine: Seattle Wine & Food Experience

by Shona Milne on February 2, 2014

TASTE THE EXPERIENCE AT SEATTLE’S PREMIER FOOD AND WINE EVENT
More than a tasting, guests “experience” a world of food and beverage at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience February 23

SEATTLE – The city’s premier food and wine event, the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE), is back for a sixth year Sunday, February 23, 2014 (12-5 pm VIP, 1-5 pm General Admission) at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Throughout the gastronomical event guests will learn about and taste a wide offering of quality products through “experiences” and event features.

“What makes Seattle Wine and Food Experience unique in the marketplace are the ‘experiences’ that guests encounter, ” said Jamie Peha, president of Peha Promotions, TableTalk Northwest and producer of SWFE. “Guests have the opportunity to educate themselves about beverage and culinary products from the Northwest and beyond, talk to producers and taste samples from a variety regions and growing industries.”

Featured “Experiences” to date at the 2014 event include:
Featured Wine Region: Woodinville Wine Country – Taste wine from Washington’s up-and-coming destination wine region with more than 30 of Woodinville’s wineries (and all of Washington’s AVAs) including Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Lauren Ashton Cellars, Patterson Cellars and many more.

The QFC Advantage Lounge – In this lounge environment complete with leather sofas, guests will enjoy bites from Murray’s Cheese, Boar’s Head Meats and Simple Truth Crackers and sips of luxury wine brands including Chateau Ste. Michelle Single Vineyard Designates, Spring Valley Vineyard, Col Solare and Northstar Winery. You know it’s going to be good!

Northwest, California and International Wines – Get taste of wine regions from the Northwest and beyond with sips from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California and international wineries (including Italy, France, Argentina, Spain and Portugal). With more than 800 wines available to try from the world’s top producers your palate is in for quite a tour.

SIP Northwest Distillery Row – Take a run at Sip Northwest Distillery Row featuring many of the region’s hottest craft spirits makers as well as global brands. Sip through their latest creations and learn how grains and botanicals become whiskey, vodka and gin.

Tim’s Cascade Snacks Beer and Cider Exhibit – Local favorite Tim’s Cascade Snacks will be serving up its famous salty chips and popcorn that pair great with regional ciders and brews. Discover the new developments in the world of these craft beverages.

Les Dames d’Escoffier Alley – This year’s beneficiary Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle, brings together it’s talented membership for a special experience at SWFE. Get a taste of the beverages, food and specialty products from talented members of Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle including Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill, Gelatiamo, Gnocci Bar, Kaspar’s Special Events & Catering, Macrina Bakery, McCrea Cellars and Serafina Osteria & Enoteca. Les Dames d’Escoffier raises funds for scholarships for women in the culinary, beverage and hospitality industries, and also supports community-outreach programs and sustainable-agriculture projects based in Washington state.

Washington Beef Butcher Block – Washington Beef presents a unique opportunity to “Crave, Cut & Create” your way to a perfect beef meal. Experience and savor beef’s flavor when prepared with care and paired with complimentary flavor profiles in dishes from Andaluca, bin on the lake, BOKA Restaurant + Bar and The Georgian.

Top Pot Doughnut and Coffee Bar – Grab a sweet treat at the event and revive your palate, with a stop at the Top Pot Doughnut and Coffee Bar. Try a hand-forged doughnut and cup of Top Pot Coffee. For an added bonus, grab a sample cocktail from Sun Liquor Distillery.

Chef Prepared Gourmet Bites – Guests can savor the incredible creations from more 25 of Seattle’s most accomplished chefs representing a global range of cuisines. Featured restaurants include Andaluca, Anthony’s Pier 66 & Bell Street Diner, bin on the lake, BOKA Restaurant + Bar, The Capital Grille, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill, Dirty Oscar’s Annex, Far-Eats, The Georgian, Gnocci Bar, Gracie’s/Hotel Deluxe, The Hollywood Tavern, The Hunt Club, Kaspar’s Special Events & Catering, La Bodega, Macrina Bakery, Miyabi 45th, Purple Café & Wine Bar, Racha Thai, Ray’s Boathouse, Serafina Osteria & Enoteca, Tai Foong USA, Tilikum Place Café, Trellis Restaurant and Volterra.

Chef in the Vineyard with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates – Meet Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Culinary Director John Sarich, sample creative bites and taste through a wonderful selection of Washington’s best wines from 14 Hands, Anew, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, Michelle and O Wines. Seek out their displays in local QFCs for a special ticket discount.

Event Feature: Stella Artois – With more than 600 years of Belgium brewing experience, Stella Artois is best known for its detailed method for pulling a pint and their “special” Stella Artois chalice. Enjoy a sip of Stella Artois and its other world class brands including Cidre, Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Brun and Leffe Blond.

Northwest Travel Magazine – Test your palate with a blind comparative tasting of the same varietal from different AVAs. Northwest Travel contributor Cole Danehower will be hosting this fun and interactive experience.

Tickets for this year’s event are on sale now at seattlewineandfoodexperience.com. General Admission tickets are $55. New this year is an optional VIP ticket is available to guests for $65 and includes one hour early entry, custom event tote bag, wine glass and tasting plate, plus, an opportunity to win a variety of prizes including a wine trip weekend for two to Woodinville Wine Country, tickets to July’s Wine Rocks event and more. Ticket prices include access to all areas of the event. No one under 21 will be admitted and ID is required.

About Seattle Wine and Food Experience
The Seattle Wine and Food Experience is the premier showcase for wine, food and spirits in the Northwest. SWFE sponsors include: Woodinville Wine Country (featured wine region), QFC (retail sponsor), Seattle magazine, Tim’s Cascade Snacks, Click 98.9, Warm 106.9, Bill the Butcher, Idaho Wine Commission, Washington Beef Commission, Top Pot Doughnuts and Coffee, Acqua Panna, San Pellegrino, Washington’s Best Grains, Washington Potato Commission, Sip Northwest Magazine, Northwest Travel Magazine, Great Northwest Wine, Seattle Weekly, The Seattle Times and TableTalk Northwest.

Media Contact:

Jamie Peha, 206-661-8243
General Information:
Elizabeth Tveit
swfeinfo@gmail.com

Twitter: @seattlewinefood
Facebook: facebook.com/seattlewineandfoodexperience

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