When it comes to planning social events and weekend activities my experience has been that Bellinghamsters are notorious procrastinators. Don’t think so? Then why, for example, do I get a barrage of phone calls on December 30 asking me what’s going on for New Years Eve? Yup, I’ve learned that when you live in the City of Subdued Excitement you definitely have to go with the flow.
So my guess is that many of you don’t have any significant plans for next weekend and if that’s the case, here’s an idea. Go to Seattle on April 5 and 6 and experience Taste Washington, one of biggest wine and food events in the state. This really is one of those, “you’ve got to see it to believe it” sort of things – even if you have only a remote interest in wines.
Saturday’s events include a variety of seminars featuring a number of wine industry professionals and culinary experts. Most of these seminars offer the chance to taste some wines and generally cost anywhere from $40 to $65.
But Sunday is when things really take off. The grand tasting will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Qwest Field Event Center and costs $85. For an extra $40, you earn VIP status and get access to the tasting two hours earlier.
I know, $85 seems pretty pricey for a four hour wine tasting event, but trust me, it’s worth every penny. For starters, over 200 of Washington’s finest wineries will be on hand to pour up to 600 different wines. Then throw in some of the region’s top restaurants, who serve up substantial food samples strategically placed between the wine tasting stations. Together they’ll provide you with a food and wine tasting experience that is nothing short of orgasmic.
So come on, Bellinghamsters. Put down that cup of coffee, let the gardening go for another weekend and head down to Seattle. You’ll find all the information you need, including details on purchasing tickets at www.tastewashington.org.