Taste Washington: Lunch on the Farm

by Shona Milne on February 17, 2015

New Farm-to-Table Experience Added to Taste Washington Lineup

Lunch series focuses on the farmers, chefs, winemakers and artisans who make the meal

Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event, redefines the farm-to-table concept with the addition of an exciting new hands-on dining experience called Taste Washington on the Farm. This series of lunches brings wine and food lovers to local farms to meet the people who grow and produce the gourmet, artisanal products for which the Pacific Northwest is known. Lunches will take place Friday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Guests will meet farmers, get their boots dirty and enjoy a delicious menu paired with Washington State wine. Three lunch experiences are available:

Experience #1 – Cheese bliss at Kurtwood Farms on Vashon Island

Host and featured chef: Kurt Timmermeister of Kurtwood Farms, a pioneer of the artisanal cheese movement in the Northwest
Winery: Chris Camarda of Andrew Will, a Vashon Island winery that specializes in single vineyard designates and red blends and is one of the pioneers of Washington State wine
Special guests: Robin Pollard of Pollard Coffee, a Vashon Island microroaster; Laura Cherry of Dragon’s Head Cider, also on Vashon Island, home to 1,500 cider fruit trees

Experience #2 – Exploring the lush Snohomish Valley at Willie Greens Organic
Host: Jeff Miller of Willie Greens Organic, a Monroe-based family farm that produces more than 50 varieties of vegetables and berries
Featured chef: Sam Crannell of Lloyd Martin, an award-winning restaurant in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhoodWinery: Robert Ramsay of Robert Ramsay Cellars, a Woodinville-based boutique winery focusing on Rhone varieties such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre
Special guest: Dan Albert of Farmbox Greens, a year-round urban grow operation that produces tasty, highly nutritious microgreens for consumers and commercial kitchens

Experience #3 – A Deep Dive into Oyster Growing at Taylor Shellfish on Samish Bay

Host: Marcelle Taylor of Taylor Shellfish, a family-run company credited with starting the bivalve revolution in the 1980s
Featured chef: The Taylor Shellfish culinary team from their Seattle oyster bars will be on hand to shuck and serve lunch
Winery: Kevin and Julie Cedergreen of Cedergreen Cellars, a family-run winery is a family winery that was started in 2002
Special guests: Trap Landry of Britt’s Pickles, who will talk about good-for-your-gut fermented foods and the art of natural fermentation

Tickets are $165 per person and include luxury transportation by Evergreen Escapes, departing from the Washington State Convention Center at 10 a.m. and returning around 4 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://tastewashington.org/taste-washington-on-the-farm/.

Taste Washington on the Farm is part of Taste Washington weekend, a four-day extravaganza that takes place March 26-29, at various venues throughout Seattle. Other weekend activities include the signature Grand Tasting with more than 225 Washington State wineries and food from more than 70 top Pacific Northwest restaurants; a series of educational seminars on wine and cider led by the country’s top sommeliers and beverage writers; the Red & White Party, an elegant, upscale evening with Washington State’s celebrated wineries pouring special selections from large-format bottles; and The New Vintage, an upbeat event targeting the next generation of wine lovers.

To buy tickets or learn more, visit www.tastewashington.org. Taste Washington is produced by Visit Seattle in partnership with Washington State Wine.

About Taste Washington:

Taste Washington is the largest single-region wine and food event in the United States, featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and more than 70 Pacific Northwest restaurants. The 2015 Taste Washington welcoming sponsor is Alaska Airlines; the premier sponsors are Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, Muckleshoot Casino, Seattle Met and Total Wine & More; and the event feature is Stella Artois. Taste Washington attracts more than 5,000 wine and food enthusiasts to the Seattle area. The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit www.tastewashington.org.

About Visit Seattle

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit www.visitseattle.org.

About Washington State Wine:

Washington State Wine represents every licensed winery and every wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, Washington State Wine 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, Washington State Wine is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. For more information, visit www.washingtonwine.org.

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