The Seattle Wine and Food Experience came onto the stage in 2008 and was immediately lauded as one of Western Washington’s premier culinary events. But, SWFE has only gotten bigger, better and more immersive every year since then. Not only is there more food (purveyors of snacks, desserts, coffees and more have been added over the years), and more wine (wineries from California and Idaho have been introduced in recent years), but we’ve also seen the addition of distilleries, breweries, cideries, and educational components. SWFE continues to outdo itself every year.
Last year’s SWFE promted the KOMO News “Seattle Refined” blog to write:
A fun aspect about the event is that each component of the title plays a part; there is a heavy influence of Seattle-area hospitabilty businesses. Wine is flowing freely. Food is a few steps away in any direction.
Experiences are abundant between cooking demos, a distillery row, or regional areas focusing on wine from places like Woodinville, Washington, Idaho, or Oregon. After spending a few hours walking up and down the aisles, elbowing through the crowds, and doing the dance of eating, drinking, and walking all at the same time, I’ve survived and am happily stuffed on wine and food.
In keeping with the tradition of constant improvement, in 2015 we introduced a new opening night event, Pop! Bubbles and Seafood, which expanded the Seattle Wine and Food Experience to a full weekend of culinary activity. Our fans responded with great enthusiasm, so in 2016 we are moving it to a new location, the luxurious McCaw Hall. It’s sure to be an amazing Seattle evening sipping bubbles and enjoying yummy seafood bites.
Event planners are busy bringing back all of your favorites in preparation for the Seattle Wine and Food Experience Grand Tasting with more than 190 wine brands, craft brewers, cider makers, distillers and chefs. Gourmet bites from artisan restaurants, farmers and food purveyors highlight the Northwest’s diversity of flavors. Event planners are also lining up a few new twists and experiences for this culinary immersion. Looking back to the 2015 event, we’ll tempt your taste buds and encourage you to call your friends to save the date. See you February 20-21, 2016.