Love Whisky? The Whisky Extravaganza comes to Seattle for one night only on November 9.

Whiskey lovers: mark your calendars and get your tickets now for The Whisky Extravaganza coming to The Rainer Club in downtown Seattle Friday, November 9, 2018.

This Friday night tasting  will showcase “the world’s most prestigious whisky brands, including Highland Park, The Glenrothes, Glenfiddich and Brown Forman.” Attendees will also enjoy a delectable stationed dinner which includes menu items such as risotto, pasta bolognese, vegan pumpkin panna cotta, and a wide range of other dishes (see the main site for Seattle’s full menu).

Also included in your ticket, should you wish to attend, is a master class with award-winning author and whisky expert Lew Bryson and Glass Revolution’s Raj Sabharwal. If this interests you, be sure to sign up for the masterclass after purchasing your tickets.

Tickets here.

What’s your favorite whisky? Let me know in the comments below!

New to whisky tasting? Here’s advice the #whiskyextravaganza shared in a recent tweet with a beginner’s guide to tasting.

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Images via The #WhiskyExtravaganza website.

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Love cider? The BIG Cider Summit Seattle features 150+ ciders – Sept 7 & 8.

Calling all fellow cider lovers! South Lake Union is the place to be this Friday & Saturday, September 7 & 8, 2018, for a special Cider Summit Seattle event.

This year, ticket buyers will have twice the amount of tasting tickets than they had last year, which gives you a chance to try even more delicious ciders (50+ producers will be pouring 150+ ciders, cider cocktails, and apple spirits). 75% of the producers are from the Northwest and the event will also feature some international ciders to sip. This is the event if you love cider – you’re sure to leave with some new favorites and knowledge about this wonderful drink.

You’ll also be able to enjoy bites from sponsor Capitol Cider (locally owned gluten-free restaurant on Capitol Hill).

This event is both Friday and Saturday and you can attend both days with one ticket! General admission tickets include 16 tasting tickets and VIP tickets include 24 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase. Details and tickets here.

Already going? RSVP on the Facebook event page here and invite friends!

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Support University District Food Bank by drinking wine and beer on July 27!

If you don’t regularly worry where your next meal is coming from, I encourage you to support a local food bank and help others in need. One great way to do this is through an upcoming experience, Seattle magazine’s tasting event Red, White & Brew” 2018 at Seattle Center on Friday, July 27! Proceeds of this event, produced in partnership with Washington State Wine,  will go to University District Food Bank.

I’ll be taking my mom to this delicious tasting event, where we will enjoy sips of wine and beer from over SIXTY award-winning wineries and breweries (scroll down for a list!) and bites from a variety of local restaurants.

Tickets here. 

Pro-tips for this event:

  • Eat a little something before. The bites are usually just that – you’ll want some food in your belly so you can enjoy the right amount of sips. I usually bring some nuts or a bar in case I need it (this is, after all, a drink event, not a food event).
  • Have your phone charged (hashtag #RWBSea). Snap photos of the wines and beers you love the most so you can find them later (not all events allow for sales onsite)
  • Bring a water bottle! Some of these events have great water sponsors, but when they don’t, you’ll be glad you have some with you.
  • Bring a bag or purse to keep flyers and any swag you might pick up
  • It’s ok to spit (or pour out). These events are about enjoying and discovering great wines and beer. You don’t have to drink the entirety of what’s in your glass. You’ll enjoy the experience more if you pace yourself and delight in the tasting experience
  • When talking with a pourer, you can position yourself a bit to the side to allow them to continue to pour to others while they talk with you. Be courteous to other attendees while you learn.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll likely be standing and walking a lot – seating is rare at these types of events
  • Treat a friend! Tasting is more fun with a pal. Since this is for a good cause, get a ticket for you and a friend as a way of saying thank you while giving back.

About the event (in their own words):

Join us at 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 seventh 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. Red, White & Brew will also feature the winners from Seattle magazine’s second annual Beer Awards.

*PLUS! Proceeds from the event will go to University District Food Bank. Want even more ways to contribute? Bring a nonperishable food item or make a donation to enter to win the Red, White & Brew prize package with all proceeds going to University District Food Bank!

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PARTICIPATING WINERIES
Abeja
Ambassador Wines of Washington
Andrew Will Winery
Avennia
Betz Family Winery
Canvasback
DeLille Cellars
DenHoed Wine Estates 
Dusted Valley
EFESTE
Forgeron Cellars
Guardian Cellars
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Kerloo Cellars
Kevin White Winery
Lauren Ashton Cellars
Long Shadows Vintners
Northstar
PepperBridge Winery & Amavi Cellars
Savage Grace Wines
Syncline Winery
Tenet Wines
The Walls
Tranche
Treveri Cellars
Two Vintners
Upchurch Vineyard
Woodward Canyon

PARTICIPATING BREWERIES
Chainline Brewing Company
Elliott Bay Brewing Co. 
Fremont Brewing
Icicle Brewing Company
Matchless Brewing
Pike Brewing Company
Redhook Brewery
Seapine Brewing Company
Silver City Brewery
Stoup Brewing
Sumerian Brewing Co.
Two Beers Brewing Co.
Urban Family Brewing
Wander Brewing

Wine, Theatre, Movies & Dance: 4 Seattle events this week you’ll want to check out

Here’s a list of a few special May events in Seattle-area that will pique your interest:

WINE & CIDERS & BEERS, OH MY!

On Thursday, May 17, Sip Northwest Magazine is hosting a fabulous libation event at a one-of-a-kind venue, The Seattle Sanctuary, a revitalized 100-year-old church in the heart of downtown Seattle. Sample from more than 40 drink producers and Seattle’s top restaurants serving delicious local cuisine as featured in the new spring issue. Brandon and I are making this a date night – I’m excited to discover some new favorite spirits, wines, and ciders at this event! Tickets are going fast.

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DOCUMENTARY

The Seattle screening of the documentary “Mary Janes: The Women of Weed” has a one-night-only screening in Seattle. Tickets are limited for this screening at Seattle Art Museum on Tuesday, May 15.  Synopsis: Women are changing the face of today’s fastest growing industry – cannabis. Join filmmaker Windy Borman as she explores the movement to end marijuana prohibition, her own relationship to the plant, and the stereotypes surrounding it. Through a series of empowering and educational interviews with a broad diversity of women leading the industry today (including Melissa Etheridge), Windy’s own assumptions are transformed as she discovers cannabis liberation intersects with the most urgent social justice issues of our time. She learns how this green revolution has big effects on environmental sustainability, ending the War on Drugs and the Prison-Industrial Complex, and the destructive domination of Big Pharma.

Watch the trailer:

MUSICAL

The beloved musical HAIRSPRAY plays Village Theatre in Issaquah now through July 1 (then travels to Everett July 6-29). Seattle Pockets’ review is coming soon, but don’t wait! Tickets are on sale now for one of the best musicals of all time and Village’s production is so good it has our reviewer wanting to go back for a second time!

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DANCE

Century Ballroom is hosting a special “Disco Prom” with Disco, Motown and Soul music! Come dressed in the “prom” theme (prom from ANY decade) and dance to music spun by DJ Dana Dub! There is a Hustle lesson before the dance.  Facebook event page here.

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Seattle Brunch Run is April 7 – benefits Northwest Harvest!

Tickets are available now for Seattle magazine’s Brunch Run on April 7! This event is for ages 21+ and benefits the awesome non-profit Northwest Harvest.

In their own words:

“We take brunch seriously here in Seattle… so grab your friends and run, walk, or stroll your way to brunch heaven on Saturday, April 7 at Seattle magazine’s BRUNCH RUN! Start with a run on a beautiful 5k course through Magnuson Park along Lake Washington. At the finish line awaits more than 15 local restaurants serving up brunch bites plus a boozy brunch garden complete with Bloody Marys, Mimosa bar, cold beer and more!

Tickets to Seattle magazine’s Brunch Run include…

>> All inclusive brunch bites from more than 15 local brunch restaurants

>> Beautiful 5k race course through Magnuson Park along Lake Washington

>> Two tickets to the Boozy Brunch Garden featuring Bloody Marys, Mimosa bar, cold beer and more! Additional tickets for sale – proceeds go to event beneficiary Northwest Harvest.

>> Awesome Brunch Run t-shirt

>> A super fun day with friends, food, and your four legged friends!

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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Support the Girl Scouts with their “Cookies and Cocktails” event on March 1

Join the Girl Scouts of Western Washington “Around the Campfire” this year, as they serve another round of delicious cookie-inspired bites and cocktails in celebration of Girl Scout Cookie season and 90 years of Girl Scout Camp!

Gather around a larger-than-life campfire made entirely out of cookie boxes as you mix, mingle, and enjoy sweet and savory bites made with Girl Scout Cookies created by local chefs.

Dance your heart out, get your photo taken in an airstream trailer, and sip on cookie-inspired cocktails from local bartenders. This is one awesome cookie party! 21+

March 1 from 6-10pm at the Seattle Design Center. Tickets on sale here.

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Giveaway: Seattle Wine & Food Experience Grand Tasting in February

One of the most delicious and delightful weekends of the year returns February 22 – 24! The Seattle Wine & Food Experience will have you enjoying delicious bites and sips from incredible wineries, restaurants, food purveyors, and more. This tasty weekend offers three events: Comfort, Pop! Bubbles & Seafood, and The Grand Tasting! Here’s what The Stranger’s Julianne Bell had to say: “This annual extravaganza of all things edible and drinkable is an ode to gluttony in three parts. First up is Comfort, a festival of “feel-good foods and crafty brews,” complete with bars for French fries, Bloody Marys, hot toddies, and milk and cookies. Next, POP! Bubbles and Seafoodcapitalizes on the felicitous pairing of bubbles and bivalves with a celebrity shucking contest and over 30 sparkling wines from around the world. Finally, the Grand Tasting will showcase local and regional wines, beer, cider, spirits, and tastes from big-name Seattle chefs, with plenty of opportunities to watch demonstrations and meet artisan food producers.”

Want to enter to win 2 General Admission tickets to The Grand Tasting? OF COURSE YOU DO!

Enter to win on the giveaway form here: http://gvwy.io/9dey39m. 

(Hint, since you’re already here on the post, comment here to get entries in the giveaway, then visit the giveaway form).

What booth are you most excited to visit during the Grand Tasting?!

Learn more about this weekend of amazing events on the Seattle Wine & Food Experience on their website.

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