Stuff your face with Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, and ham at the venerable Swedish Cultural Center, which has awesome midcentury architecture and an equally awesome Lake Union view. $9 guests, $7 members, $5 age 5-12.
Party by the Gum Wall with food vendors, beer gardens, live entertainment, craft vendors, art installations, and more.
Featuring food trucks, a slider-grilling contest, a beer and margarita garden, live music, and an outdoor movie, the SLUBP is sponsored by Vulcan and benefits Cornish. Be warned: Slider-sampling tickets sell out in advance. Free admission, $20 slider-sampling.
It’s a free screening of Pink Floyd's 1972 "Live at Pompeii” concert with lots of absinthe available for purchase to go with. Whoa.
It's ons of food trucks, booths, carts, and a spirits/beer garden in Cal Anderson Park. If you're willing to pay $25 extra and self-identify as a “Very Important Foodie,” you can get a VIF Pass and reduce your wait to 5 to 10 minutes in each line versus 45 minutes (!), but you'll have to live with yourself after. Also: a $125 "pop-up picnic" with chefs including Mike Easton (Il Corvo), Charles Walpole (Blind Pig Bistro), and Maxime Bilet (Modernist Cuisine). And: an Urban Craft Uprising Village. Free admission, $25-$65 "Very Important Foodie" pass, $125-$165 picnic.
Miyabi 45th's awesome Mutsuko Soma and Good Fish author and also-great-person Becky Selengut square off in an Iron Chef–style cook-off, live at the U-District farmers market. FREE.
Imbibe a variety of premium agave-based spirits (tequila, mezcal, sotol), eat snacks, listen to live music, and feel good knowing that your enjoyment supports the Benevolent Guild of Seattle. $45-$125.
Meet up with Seattle's badass roller-derby team after the bout for drinking (with specials like shots of Fireball for $5 and Rainier tallboys for $3) and snacks ($4.50 to $8.50).
Squeaky Wheels, a nonprofit supporting bicycling on lovely Bainbridge, invites you to ride a bike around the island, then eat pie and hear Mud Junket live. $5-$32.
Hot Cakes celebrates National S’mores Day all weekend long, with s’mores cookies, s’mores milkshakes, s’mores molten cake, and, yes, classic s’mores made with homemade graham crackers and marshmallows and cold-smoked chocolate. On Sunday: roasted to-order sidewalk s’mores from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
La Brea Bakery products are distributed in more than 6,000 stores nationwide; parent company Aryzta is the third largest baking company in the world. “Break bread” with the corporate bakery giant: downtown: University Street Station & Westlake Station – Thursday, August 7, 8:45 a.m.; on Capitol Hill: Broadway East, between E Roy St. & E Mercer St. – Friday, August 8, 5:00 p.m.; in PhinneyWood: N 85th Street between Greenwood Ave. N & 1st Ave. NW – Saturday, August 9, 12:00 p.m. and in West Seatt... more »
The Coravin is a device that extracts wine from a bottle without removing the cork using argon and a needle; the Barrel Thief uses it. See it demo’d by the founder of the company, try wines—including Château Carbonnieux Blanc, Château Nenin, Signorello Estate, and Washington wineries Betz and Col Solare—for free, ditto appetizers, and maybe win a Coravin in a raffle. FREE.
Daniela Mastroberadino, winemaker of Terredora wines, visits the Georgetown Via Tribunali for a five-course dinner with paired wines, with all the wines available for take-away as well for $20 to $32 a bottle. Reservations required. $68.
Chefs, vintners, brewers, and roasters from dozens of local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and coffee roasters assemble on the cobblestones for the annual Sunset Supper at the Market. Food and drink abound. There is also live music! It's all a fundraiser for the very worthy Market Foundation, which includes the Pike Market Medical Clinic, Senior Center, Child Care & Preschool, and the Downtown Food Bank. From $125.
Old Bellevue’s historic Main Street is paved with local food, wine, beer, spirits, entertainment, and more for this street fair, with all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue via the Detlef Schrempf Foundation. $15-$40.
Unlimited sampling of more than 25 craft beers, with a blindfolded beer-identification contest, plus a plate of barbecue and slaw included. Benefits the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Puget Sound fundraiser. $25/adv, $30/door.
Get some cocktail education at Golden Beetle. June 21 is "Mad Men" ($50) with the history and making-of classics like the Manhattan, Martini, French 75, Negroni, and more. July 12 and 19 is a two–part bitters class, including how to make your own. And August 16 is all about sangria ($50).
Every Tuesday evening this summer at Tap House Grill in Bellevue, you may "drink beer, talk beer, and experience beer with the beer makers themselves... an all-star lineup with some of the Northwest's best brewers!" Check the website for said all-star lineup.
This year's Providence O'Christmas Trees Signature Cocktail Contest at the fancy Columbia Tower Club features Bombay Sapphire, "Seattle's best mixologists," appetizers, and DJ Leslie. The winning cocktail will be served at Providence O'Christmas Trees Gala Dinner & Auction on December 3. $25, RSVP required.
Road trip! Head to Snoqualmie Ice Cream's sustainable farm in Snohomish for ice cream (of course), barbecue, Top Pot doughnuts/coffee, interactive gardening sessions (hottt!), the petting of alpacas and miniature donkeys, and live music. It'll be fun for the whole family, as they say. Free admission, $1 "bites" of ice cream, barbecue, etc..
Dine at the source at three on-the-farm dinners in Carnation, hosted by and benefiting Sno-Valley Tilth, which promotes local, sustainable farming. June 21 is chef Garrett Brown of Garage with William Church Winery at Local Roots Farm; July 19 is chef Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce, etc., with Fidélitas Wines at Oxbow Farm; and August 23 is chef JJ Proville of Il Corvo with Desert Wind Winery at Stuart Landing Farm. $95.
Seattle Coffee Gear says: “During this laid back coffee tasting, Mike from Velton’s Coffee will be brewing several single origin coffees, sampling them one at a time and then discussing what makes each coffee unique – processing, varietals, body, flavor and mouthful."
"TASTE THE GREATEST BEERS YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF"—hundreds of them, from a dozen-plus countries, with food trucks and bands, too. If you love beer, be here. $25.
On 30 acres of rolling green meadows on Vashon Island, "the smartest dogs in the world work with their handlers to move young sheep through a series of tricky farm tasks... The sheep aren't always convinced that's what they want to do, and that's when it gets exciting." Handlers compete for cash prizes and awards, and there's lots of local food, spirits, wine, and beer, plus kids' activities and sheep-shearing demonstrations. Everyone who's ever been to this says it is just great. $8.
Join the very knowledgeable Lexi (one name only, like Cher) from the Old Ballard Liquor Co. at the very stylish Swedish Club for a workshop all about aquavit—its history, production, regional styles, flavor profiles, food-pairing, cocktail-making, and more—with, of course, tastings. The great Murray Stenson says it's "one of the best classes I've taken in 37 years of bartending." Prior signup only, no walk-ins. Varsågod! $75.