Don’t miss these Seattle events! Here Lies Love, Veg Out & more!

As I prepare to take my 14-year-old niece to her first Cirque Du Soleil show (Luzia in Marymoor Park now through May 21 – review coming soon!), I wanted to stop by the blog for a quick hello to let you know of some great events coming up soon.

GIVEAWAYS: Lady Rizo April 19 & Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival April 29
If you haven’t had a chance to enter yet, scroll back through SeattlePockets to enter giveaways for Lady Rizo at The Triple Door on April 19 and the Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival on April 29. Word is the tickets for the afternoon Cheese & Meat fest are sold out and tickets for the evening session are nearly sold out.

 

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Veg Out Seattle April 13
One of my favorite event planners, Kelli with Shindig Events, is hosting “Veg Out” – a super awesome vegetarian event on April 13. You’ll get to try some of the latest & greatest veggie foods from some of the best proprietors and chefs in Seattle and beyond. This event is at Canvas and is 21+ (stick around for the after party!) This event will donate to Whole Kids Foundation, who support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. You know when Shindig Events is involved, it’s going to be fun.

Here Lies Love April 7 – May 28
I’ve been looking forward to this production since I first heard about it! Here Lies Love plays The Seattle Repertory Theatre April 7 – May 28, with music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. The theatre will turn into a 360-degree immersive spectacle experience. You can choose standing tickets and be a part of the dance party or sit and watch. Brandon and I have tickets for April 21 (standing/dancing tickets of COURSE)! About the show: “Seattle Rep’s Bagley Wright Theatre transforms into a wild dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Lovetraces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. Two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers helms David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Fatboy Slim’s one-of-a-kind “poperetta” about the Filipina “Steel Butterfly” and the power of the people.”
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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. 

Love wine? Taste Washington returns for an incredible 20th year (May 23-26)

If you love wine and want to indulge in some of the best wine events in the country, this is YOUR WEEK!

This year, Taste Washington is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and this year will prove to be its biggest and best year yet! The event brings together over 300 (!) wineries and over 70 restaurants. This truly is an incredible food event as well as a wine event that will educate and delight you.
Taste Washington isn’t just one day of fun: this experience is split into four days of diverse events with something for everyone:
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The VIP Red & White Party  – this VIP event on Thursday will be held at the swanky AQUA by El Gaucho and will feature wines you can’t experience at any other Taste event! Dress in red and white and bring a date or a friend! So fancy!

Taste on the Farm – Want to get out of the city? These curated experiences during the day on Friday in Orting and Carnation combine a farmer, a chef, and Washington winemakers. Tour the property and learn from the chef and winemakers as you enjoy lunch made from products straight from the farm, paired perfectly with Washington wines.

Taste & Savor Tours – Love a tour but want to stay in Seattle? Join the Savor Seattle Taste Washington tour in Pike Place Market on Saturday and Sunday mornings!
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The New Vintage – Friday night, discover your new favorite wine, chat with celeb chefs, and dance the night away. Wine tasting and dancing make for a great pairing. This event will take place at the Four Seasons! A great reason to dress up. Treat a friend for their (early or late) birthday gift!

For those seeking an even deeper educational experience, attend a seminar on Saturday or Sunday.

Don’t miss the BIGGEST event of them all: The Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday! With 235 wineries and bites from 65 restaurants, you’ll want to plan your tasting in advance of who you want to prioritize.

As you plan for your events, don’t forget:

-Charge your phone in advance (snap photos of labels of your favorites so you remember later)
-Bring a water bottle in your bag and stay hydrated!
-It’s ok to spit! You’ll want to truly enjoy the experience and pace yourself
– Take a car service there and back. These aren’t the type of events to drive to!

Enjoy Taste Washington! Tickets do tend to sell out, so snag yours now!

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Photos via Taste Washington Facebook Page

GIVEAWAY: Seattle Wine & Food Experience

February is my birthday month and one of the ways I’m celebrating is by heading to Seattle Wine & Food Experience with a friend!
This three day celebration of wine (and, you guessed it, food) is a fun social event where you’ll be able to delight your taste buds while you enjoy delicious sips and bites. Still not sure what to get your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? This is a great gift!
There are three events to choose from (or pick up a weekend pass and enjoy them all). Friday is “Pop! Bubbles & Seafood” at McCaw Hall in Seattle Center, Saturday
is “Comfort: Seattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews” at Fremont Foundry, and Sunday is The Grand Tasting at McCaw Hall.
Be sure to bring a bottle of water with you (hydration is key!) and a charged cellphone (snap photos of favorite wine labels and restaurants to remember them later).
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Here are 5 reasons to go to each event:


POP! Bubbles & Seafood: Friday, February 24, 2016 at McCaw Hall

1.     Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Cava, Cremant, and more than 40 kinds of bubbles to sample

2.     World-class seafood, including oyster bars, from 20 of Seattle’s best chefs

3.     Specialty cocktail and cider (and tunes by DJ Dubreezy)

4.     The Callebaut Belgium Chocolate Lounge featuring bites from Seattle’s top pastry chefs

5.     Dozens of Reserve Red wines from top wineries

ComfortSeattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews: Saturday, February 25, 2016 at Fremont Foundry

1.     Do-it-Yourself Bars: Hot Toddy, Bloody Mary, s’mores, fry potato bar and more

2.     Mac & cheese, burgers, fried chicken and other comfort foods

3.     More than 50 craft beers, ciders, bubbly and more to quench your thirst between tasty bites

4.     A doughnut wall!

5.     Rock out with your friends to tunes by DJ Branden Landon and take photos in the Shutterbus

The Grand Tasting: Sunday, February 26, 2016 at McCaw Exhibition Hall

1.     More than 500 wines, plus tastes from distilleries, beer and cider

2.     Fare from 25 local chefs and 25 specialty food makers

3.     The Savor Experience from San Luis Obispo County

4.     The Sweet Suite–Indulge to your hearts content

5.     Buy your favorite wine, beer, cider and spirits from the QFC product store benefitting Les Dames d’Escoffier

Tickets here.

Want to enter to win two tickets to The Seattle Wine & Food Experience Grand Tasting? Of course you do.

You can enter via Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram, here.

 

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RENT at the Paramount (Giveaway), Walla Walla Wines, my new favorite podcast & Ignite Seattle

Happy Sunday!
I have so many fun things I want to share with everyone, so here’s a miscellany of events and things I’ve enjoyed lately:
RENT
One of the most beloved musicals, RENT, is coming back to the Paramount Theatre for just a few days this month. See the musical February 21-26. You can also enter to win one of two pairs of tickets from the giveaway we are co-hosting with Swink Style Bar! Giveaway here.
About RENT: In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’sLa BohèmeRENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
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WALLA WALLA WINE
Walla Walla has an incredibly active and delicious wine community and over 50 Walla Walla wineries are in town tomorrow (Monday) for a special tasting event. Tickets available here.
About the event: Sample a selection of wines from 50 of the finest Walla Walla Valley wineries. Mingle with principals and winemakers. Experience the energy and excitement surrounding our renowned wine region. Tickets include unlimited wine samplings and light hors d’oeuvres. February 13 5:30-8pm
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NEW PODCAST
The Hilarious World of Depression” is my favorite new podcast. “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” host John Moe talks with a different comedian each episode about their experiences with depression and anxiety. I love that this podcast is working to take the stigma away from this common disease and encourage frank, genuine conversation about it! He’s a great host and the comedians he has as guests are some of my favorites.
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IGNITE SEATTLE
I went to my first Ignite Seattle event last November to see my friend Jeff Hicks who was one of the speakers. As soon as I saw that Ignite Seattle will be back February 23, I bought tickets (super affordable tickets, at that). These events tend to sell out so snag yours soon.
About Ignite Seattle:
This legendary evening of short and fascinating presentations that started in Seattle 10 years ago, has a simple goal “Enlighten us, but make it quick.” 16 passionate Seattleites are given five minutes at the microphone to inspire, inform, entertain or do all at the same time. It’s a reinvention of the very idea of a lecture, offering an exciting and provocative evening of storytelling for all ages. 
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Giveaway: I DO Sodo on February 12

I Do Sodo” is the newest wedding show in town and here is your chance to win 2 tickets! The event’s shuttle will whisk you around SODO, touring 8 venues and 100+ vendors.

 

About the event:

“I Do Sodo, Seattle’s newest wedding show returns to give couples, their friends and families an opportunity to experience stylized venues designed by top wedding planners. On Sunday, February 12, 2017, take a tour through the historic Sodo neighborhood and experience what happens when industrial is chic and elegance has an edge.

Our eight venues all possess architectural charm and unique details. The neighborhood blends metal, concrete and wood, new and old materials and modern and vintage construction. Each venue has its own history, its own tale to tell, just as you two do. The planners will assemble their team of premier wedding professionals, including caterer, florist, musician, photographer and stationer plus many more. You’ll meet and experience a variety of industry experts at each location to find the perfect fit for you and your special day. Spend the afternoon saying I Do in Sodo!”

Read on to learn how to enter to win 2 tickets.

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You can enter to win 2 tickets on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter:

On Facebook:

  1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on the I Do SODO Facebook event page.
  2. Post on the event wall “I want to win 2 tickets from seattlepockets.com!”

On Twitter:

  1. Retweet this tweet and follow @keridwyn.

On Instagram:

  1. Follow @idosodo and @keridwyn
  2. Follow directions on my Instagram post here.

Giveaway ends 2/8/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted 2/9/17.

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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