Summer in Washington is in full swing, and abundance is the name of the game – farmers markets are overflowing with delicious produce, fishers are bringing back the freshest seafood, and food and farm events are bringing folks together to celebrate, learn, and enjoy. We’ve rounded up some of the most exciting events of the season – and find more at eatlocalfirst.org. Turn it into a little getaway to explore a new region of this beautiful state, or plan a staycation to enjoy your own backyard!
Where: Seattle area
What: Street Cheese Cheese and Beer pairing
Where to get dinner: Mamnoon Restaurant
Where to stay: Graduate Seattle
After years of dreaming of owning their own business, Tailor and Courtney opened Street Cheese, a mobile cheese shop offering platters, education, and pairings at local establishments around Seattle. These two “curd nerds” have a wealth of cheesy knowledge and a desire to educate the public about all the best ways to eat, pair, and buy cheese. With a focus on local, Street Cheese loves to feature ingredients sourced right here in Washington as well as work with local breweries, cideries, and more to proffer their platters and teach the cheese-hungry masses.
Street Cheese hosts classes and “happenings” regularly so be sure to check out their events page on their website. Their next event is a Cheese and Beer pairing event at Burke-Gilman Brewing so mark your calendars!
Where: Northwest Washington
What: Field Day at Cloud Mountain Farm Center
Where to get dinner: Rifugio’s Country Cuisine
Where to stay: The Inn at Lynden
On Sunday September 25th, Cloud Mountain Farm Center will hold their second Field Day of the year, asking “What will it take to build an organic fruit market west of the Cascades, and what’s on the horizon for organic management across orchards and vineyards?” Cloud Mountain will host regional experts, new growers, processors, buyers, and more for a field day exploring varieties, training systems, marketing, and production. Whether you’re thinking about your first acre or expanding existing ground, join local orchardists and researchers for tours, talks & conversation. No cost, but RSVP is required. Register here.
Where: Central Washington (Tri-Cities)
What: Badger Mountain Vineyard Dine in the Vines
Where to get dinner: This is dinner!
Where to stay: The Lodge at Columbia Point
As Washington’s first organic vineyard, Badger Mountain Vineyard is truly a special place to visit. Join winemaker Steve Rothwell and assistant winemaker Irving Mendoza for their Dine in the Vines event on August 20th. The event will offer a 5-course dinner and wine pairing enjoyed among the grapevines. Chef Jessie Ayala has prepared a delicious menu for you and your friends to enjoy. Tickets are $125 each. Learn more on their event webpage.
Where: The Olympic Peninsula
What: Orchard Bathing at Finnrvier
Where to get dinner: Finnriver, of course! Come back later in the day after a day of exploring the Peninsula
Where to stay: Palace Hotel Port Townsend
Have you been feeling a little stressed or overwhelmed lately? Just looking to connect with nature? Enjoy the gentle rustling wind through apple trees? Then head to Finnriver Farm & Cidery for their monthly Orchard Bathing Walks. Visitors to the farm enjoy a nourishing, contemplative walk, during which they enjoy the progress of apple and pear trees as they move through their cycle of life, as well as meet the other wild inhabitants of the farm. These Orchard Baths are a gentle welcome into the practice of mindfulness, presence, and appreciation of this beautiful space. Orchard Bathing Walk dates are August 28, October 2nd, and October 30.
There are so many ways to explore the food and farming scene of this incredible state – find more events at eatlocalfirst.org!