Giveaway: Black Cat Bash costume dance party fundraiser on October 21

The Black Cat Bash returns October 21st for its fourth year! This incredibly fun event is a benefit for the Seattle Humane Society. NOW is your chance to get tickets (and early-bird priced tickets are available through Friday!) You can also enter to win a pair of tickets below. I suggest buying a pair of tickets, then if you win a pair you can gift or sell your tickets to friends! After all, it’s a great cause.

It’s the weekend before the main Halloween party weekend, so it gives all of us costume enthusiasts a great reason to get dressed up a few times during the month. Perfect way to add some fun (and good exercise on the dance floor) as the weather turns chilly and we find ourselves inside more. Plus, friends with kids will have a much easier time finding a sitter on October 21!

If you love pop & 80s/90s/00s/today guilty pleasures like I do, the music (by DJ Baby Van Beezly) will get you moving on the dance floor all night long. Kitty Valentine (my friend Kate) started these parties to help raise money for a great cause and to offer a fun dance experience for those of us looking for alternatives outside the electronic music scene. Shindig Events (my favorite Seattle party planner) is also a part of this event to help add special extra touches to the experience. This is Black Cat Bash’s 4th year and the second year at Studio Seven.

Want to enter to win a pair of tickets? Here’s how:

  1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” to the Black Cat Bash Facebook event page.
  2. Post a comment and tag a friend on my Facebook giveaway post.

That’s it!

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Giveaway ends Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:59pm. Winner will be notified via Facebook.

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Pocket Potpourri: Tattoos, Acrobats, Pike Place Market & Crisis Text Line

Another August Pocket Potpourri!
Here are a few things that have come to my attention lately that I wanted to be sure to share with you.
Got ink?
The Seattle Tattoo Expo returns August 18-20! Over 200 invite-only tattoo artists will be at Seattle Center during the expo. Enjoy live music and burlesque (including a performance by one of my favorites, Ruby Mimosa!), a beer garden, “Drawing Heads and Hands” workshop, and more. SeattleTattooExpo.com

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Circus arts in action!
 
Don’t miss SANCA (School of Acrobatic & New Circus Arts)’s Staff Show “Summer on the Cirque Riviera” August 18-20 at Broadway Performance Hall. “Catch some rays poolside with buff babes and saucy sailors, but beware of pool sharks! Or just relax and beat the heat with a glass of wine, or perhaps something stronger at Cirkuski Kafić where you may even catch a glimpse of the Green Fairy.” Tickets here.
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Enjoy the tastes of Pike Place
 
Pike Place Market celebrates their 110th anniversary this week and their popular “Sunset Supper” event is this Friday! Celebrate Pike Place Market’s 110th birthday with the party of the summer, Sunset Supper, featuring Seattle’s top chefs, artisan purveyors, breweries and Washington’s favorite wineries and distilleries. This delicious event benefits the Pike Place Market Foundation which supports the Pike Place Senior Center, Food Bank, and so much more. Tickets here.
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Crisis Text Line
 
If you are in crisis or know someone who is, text 741741 for free to talk with a Crisis Counselor 24/7. Save this number in your phone now so you can use it if you find yourself in a time of crisis or want to pass it along to someone else. Learn more.

Red, White & Brew – Wine & Beer event this Thursday at Seattle Center!

Seattle Magazine’s “Red, White & Brew” event returns to Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center this Thursday! The beneficiary for this delicious event is one of my favorite non-profits, Northwest Harvest.

About the event:

Seattle magazine’s tasting event of the summer: Red, White and Brew! Sample from local wineries, breweries and restaurants under the sun at Seattle Center.

Now in its sixth year, the event honors the winning wineries showcased in Seattle magazine’s Washington Wine Awards selected by a panel of the top local sommeliers and wine professionals. NEW this year, Red, White & Brew will also feature the winners from Seattle magazine’s inaugural Beer Awards.

Check out their video from 2016:

Enjoy sips from 60+ wineries and breweries and bites from local restaurants.

Event Partner: Washington State Wine
Presenting Sponsor: AMLI
Sponsors: Tulalip Resort Casino, Celebrity Cruises, Room & Board
Beneficiary: Northwest Harvest

Planning on attending? RSVP and invite friends to their FB event page! Hope to see you there.

P.S. Be sure to swing by the Pike Brewing booth and try their awesome beers! Love those guys!

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Disclosure: Red, White & Brew provided me with two tickets to this event, but my decision to share this preview post is my own, as are my opinions. As always, I only post about events/experiences I think you, dear reader, would be interested in!  – Keridwyn

GIVEAWAY: Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival on April 29

Brie. Gouda. Havarti. BRING IT ON. I’m giddy with excitement for the Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival!
The Seattle Cheese and Meat Festival is in town one day only on April 29 with two times to choose from. This festival will be at McCaw Hall (I was recently there for Pop! Bubbles and Seafood—this is a great venue for tasting events!)
Proceeds from this event will go directly to Food Lifeline, which helps provide 90K meals a day to local food assistance programs and is working to create a sustainable approach to ending hunger in Western Washington.
So YES: delicious bites (and sips! What would a cheese event be without wine?!) for a great cause. Plus you can also purchase some of your favorite bites before you leave the event.
Local purveyors include: Salumi, Fancy Ass Olives, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Odin Brewing, Pastrome, Tamer’s Beef Jerky, Masquerade Wine, Smith Brothers Farms, French Cider, Ferndale, Silver Springs Creamery, Twin Sisters Creamery, Friday Harbor House of Jerky, Mollusk, Darigold (a co-op of local dairy producers), The Farmstead, Honest Biscuits, Blue Mountain Affinage Company, Full Circle Farm, and more!
“The festival gives attendees the ability to learn about new cheeses, meats, and pairings while tasting the product itself. The vast array of food they taste gives attendees sense of that next charcuterie board build,” Festival said Dave Bain, Cheese and Meat Festival Producer. “It also allows mom and pop shops to showcase their homemade recipes.”
This event is 21+. Tickets at cheeseandmeatfestival.com/seattle.
Want to win a pair of tickets? Comment on this blog post then enter the giveaway here.
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Image via Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival Facebook. 
Disclaimer: This event provided me two tickets to attend this event, however all opinions are my own. 

GIVEAWAY: Seattle Met Bride & Groom’s ROCKED event April 8

Calling all brides and grooms to be AND their friends!

Seattle Met Bride & Groom is throwing an “intimate and immersive” bridal show & party! ROCKED will be held on April 8 at the Canvas Event Space.

Check out some of Seattle’s best wedding vendors in action (food, music, lighting, and beyond) and you get ideas for the big day!

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A few highlights:

Get inspired by four Seattle wedding designers that will be creating vignettes to inspire brides and grooms for their big day! Vignettes include a ceremony space, an outdoor lounge, a reception space, and a groom’s room.

This event’s fashion show will be done in a nontraditional manner: models will rotate through small stages throughout the event so that brides and grooms can get up close to see what they’re wearing and all the fun hair and makeup details

This event partners with Brides for a Cause, a nonprofit organization that collects and resells wedding dresses to support local and national women’s focused charities. This is the organization I got my wedding dress from! Drink tickets and raffle tickets will benefit them and their mission, with raffle prizes you can use on your wedding day.

Want to enter to win two tickets to Rocked? Enter via our giveaway app here: http://gvwy.io/9dey39m.

Buy tickets here.

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Giveaway ends 3/25/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

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Giveaway: Seattle Chocolates + how you can help feed the hungry

Join Seattle Chocolate Company in the fight against hunger! Did you know purchasing Seattle Chocolates will help generate donations to local food banks? It’s true!  Purchase a Seattle Chocolate holiday bar or jcoco chocolate bar now through December 31 and Seattle Chocolates will donate a serving of fresh food to a food bank!
You can also share a photo of their chocolate on Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #chocolategives and Seattle Chocolate will donate a serving of food.  With our help, Seattle Chocolate Company hopes to donate 500,000 servings of food this holiday season.
You can find Seattle Chocolates at local retailers including QFC and (one of my favorite places for stocking stuffers) Bartell Drugs or online.
Be sure to check out their holiday flavors this year. They feature beautiful wrappers and delicious flavors, including my favorites: Holiday Cheer Egg Nog and Candy Cane Crunch.
Their jcoco flavors are fun for people who like adventurous, off the beaten path chocolate flavors, including black fig pistachio, edamame sea salt, cayenne veracruz orange, agave quinoa sesame, and more. Perfect stocking stuffers or a gift on its own.
Giveaway!
Want to win a box of Seattle Chocolate Company holiday bars and jcoco chocolates?

Enter via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or all three here.

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Images via @seattlechoc on Instagram

Giveaway: Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Tasting & Awards returns October 6 and it’s going to be DELICIOUS

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended (571 entries!)—congrats to Nicole L, who was chosen using random.org. Here’s a special offer for all: use promo code pockets2016 to purchase up to 2 VIP tickets at the general admission price. Offer valid while supplies last. Hope to see you there!

Paseo. My Sweet Li’l Cakes. Rumba. Capitol Cider. Café Campagne. Shug’s Soda Fountain. Dot’s Butcher & Deli. Barrio. Ciudad. Naka. Chihuly Garden and Glass’ Collections Café. RN74. Bluebird Ice Cream. What do all these restaurants have in common? They are just some of the 35+ restaurants that will be serving up delicious bites at the Seattle Weekly’s 8th annual Voracious Tasting & Awards.

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My stomach is already growling, thinking about one of my favorite food events of the year. Mark your calendar for October 6 and get your tickets now, because this event is as popular as it is tasty.

For drinks, I’m excited to try Heritage Distillery’s brown sugar bourbon and wine from Beresan Winery and Wildridge Winery. There will be craft cocktails, wine, and beer poured, but the star of this show is the food. The event is presented by the Washington State Beef Commission, so be sure to bring your carnivore friends. Love to take food photos? Enter their #SWbestbeefbite contest now to enter to win tickets to the event. (Keep reading to find out how to enter to win tickets through Seattle Pockets.)

I’m particularly fond of the fact that this year’s event benefits the Pike Place Market Foundation, which supports housing and services for low-income Seattleites. They feed the hungry, care for the sick, educate kids, and find homes for those without. But of course they can’t do it without our support and this is one way to support them, while treating yourself and a friend or date to a huge foodtastic event. This is the same organization that I raised money for in past years as part of the Carole Brunettes during their Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. Love the work they do!

Ready to enter to win tickets?

Enter to win via Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. Use the giveaway form here.

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Images via @seattleweekly on Instagram