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Jun 17, 2009 05:15 PM

Seattle's Tastings, Events and Festivals coming up?

Clueless in Seattle
We are new to town and are looking for things to do on both our birthdays, Father's day and Anniversary this month. Like tasting menus, events, and wine tasting dinners, cooking classes or even, Tours, Cruises and Festivals. I found something for about $50 persons for tasting multiple JB award winning restaurants , what is that? Also what is this Beer feast all about?

Also info on this “Belltown food tour”

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  1. As far as beer festivals in the Seattle area, the Father's Day festival is, in my opinion, the best one. All the local breweries are there, along with a bunch of quality out of towners. It's standard beer festival format except they allow kids and have kids activities, more info on their website.

    1. there's a chocolate event mid-july, google Seattle chocolate salon

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      1. re: babette feasts

        That looks *fabulous*, and it's also this weekend (7/12). By any chance, did you go last year, and if so, how was it?

        1. re: jsmthng

          Did not go last year, heard about it on another site. It looks like there are a few local chocolatiers of note, a few that may be more small web-only business, a few out of town.

          1. re: babette feasts

            Thanks! I did end up going this year, and it seems like there were quite a few regional(ish) chocolatiers (for this area, as opposed to, like, the SF chocolate salon having SF-ish chocolatiers) -- a few places in Seattle I hadn't known, a few groups from Montana, etc. Was well-attended but not too crowded, with more than enough chocolate to satisfy me; almost felt like trick-or-treating. Mmm.

            1. re: jsmthng

              Something came up, so I only managed to catch the last 15 minutes, as people were packing up. Was favorably impressed, especially with the Claudio Criollo.

              1. re: babette feasts

                Two weeks later, I run into my bag of notes again...

                Claudio Criollo - my business card says "Claudio Corallo" (if it ends up important). I remember liking their ginger sphere; very pure chocolate on the outside and a nicely-textured ginger on the inside. They said something about being used in truffles at some place, maybe Crush?

                Other notes:

                * Carter's Chocolates - I hadn't heard of them (in Port Orchard, WA), but I wish I'd visited their booth earlier, because they had a large display with a beautiful spread of samples of all sorts of alcohol-flavored truffles ("WA state dessert wines, ales from Pike Brewing Company, top shelf liquors..." - also non-alcoholic truffles, of course), and I did not have the fortitude to taste all of the flavors that I wanted. (Roughly: all of them, but they were the last booth we visited, so I only tried two. Maybe three.) Also, they seemed especially friendly.

                * Amano - Tried their award-winning Madagascar 70% Dark Chocolate, and I was amazed by the amount of flavor in that small little square. It was awesome (even inspiring?), and I wish I'd had room to try their other pieces.

                * William Dean Chocolates - the strangest thing I tried was probably here, the Maytag Blue Cheese Pecan chocolate. Tasty, but unusual.

                * Crave Chocolate - from Montana, I really enjoyed the pumpkin pie spice truffle. Cute shapes.

                * Oh! Chocolate - I have an insert for their Parlour Nights - $69/person: food, chocolate, wine, and games. The next one is 8/22. -- has anyone been? (I think that brings us back to topic.)

                1. re: jsmthng

                  Thanks for the correction on the Claudio CORALLO, and the reminder to go and get some more!

      2. Thanks so farso good!! Please add more detail ASAP.

        1. Here are some festivals going on:
          Washington Brewers Festival 06/19/09 - 06/21/09
          Burien Strawberry and Arts Festival 06/20/09 - 06/21/09
          Marysville Strawberry Festival's 06/20/09 - 06/21/09
          Taste of Tacoma 06/26/09 - 06/29/09
          Strawberry Festival 06/27/09 - 06/28/09
          Seattle International Beer Fest 07/03/09 - 07/05/09
          Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon 07/12/09
          Bite of Seattle 07/17/09 - 07/19/09
          Kirkland Uncorked 07/17/09 - 07/19/09
          Raspberry Festival 07/17/09 - 07/18/09
          Strawberry Festival 07/17/09 - 07/19/09
          Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival 07/18/09 - 07/19/09
          Ballard SeafoodFest 07/25/09 - 07/26/09
          Taste of Edmonds 08/14/09 - 08/16/09
          Garlic Faire 08/15/09 - 08/16/09
          Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival 08/21/09 - 08/23/09
          Chehalis Garlic Fest 08/28/09 - 08/30/09
          Bremerton Blackberry Festival 09/05/09 - 09/07/09
          Great Wallingford Wurst Festival 09/25/09 - 09/26/09
          St. Demetrios Greek Festival 09/25/09 - 09/27/09
          Everett Sausage Festival 10/02/09 - 10/04/09
          Shelton Oyster Fest 10/03/09 - 10/04/09
          Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival 10/10/09 - 10/11/09
          Tri-Cities Wine Festival 11/06/09 - 11/07/09

          Washington Brewers Festival -
          Seattle International Beer Fest -

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          1. re: alki_chick

            Got any other ideas, reviews or suggestions??

              1. re: AMG PHD

                There is a dinner benefiting the P-Patch trust (non-profit that helps bring land and local veg access to Seattle residents, esp. low income) this Thursday, cooked by Tom Douglas.
                info at