5 Great Winter Food Events Around the Puget Sound
This post written by guest blogger—Eileen Lambert
Winter in Seattle –the very thought of it makes you want to scour your sweater and scarf collection, and grab your nearest hand knitted coffee cozy before heading out the door. But, before you do, did you remember to have breakfast?
Fear not –if your stomach is rumbling as you read this at your desk –quick, grab your nearest nourishment, then take a look at some of Seattle’s most tastebud tantalizing food events this winter you won’t want to miss.
Dine Around Seattle—Nov 1-29 (Sun–Thurs only)
On the tail of Seattle Restaurant Week, which runs two weeks in October, comes its sister of sorts – Dine Around Seattle, ‘Seattle’s wildly popular, bi-annual promotion where 30 fine-dining restaurants’ in its 11th year. It is hosted by the Seattle Good Business Network, encouraging diners to support Seattle’s finest independent local restaurants.
Offering 3 dinner courses for $30, as opposed to SRW’s 3 for 30 –this restaurant promotion is not as expansive as SRW, but it does offer a differing array of establishments to dine at (37 are listed). There are even some 3 for $15 lunch spots listed, if you want to save even further.
Some exclusions apply, such as – Not available Sunday brunch. Beverages, tax and gratuity are additional. Reservations recommended. Excludes Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 22nd
Dishcrawl (Seattle and Bellevue)—Nov 7 & 13
After a several month hiatus, San Francisco based Dishcrawl is back in the Seattle area, with a new expansion into the Eastside with an inaugural Bellevue event on Nov. 13th.
Dishcrawl is just as the name implies – a crawl of dining establishments in a geographical area, with the names kept secret until 48 hours of the event – when an email revealing their names is sent to those registered. The events typically happen monthly or quarterly.
Seattle’s sold-out event happened Nov 7th in Capitol Hill, but you can still get in on the Bellevue Dishcrawl Kickoff on Tuesday, Nov 13 which has a few tickets left. Tickets -$39
YuleFest—Nov 17 & 18
A beloved Ballard institution, the Nordic Heritage Museum, shares a wealth of Nordic Christmas traditions through its annual Yulefest, with an array of hand-crafted gifts, Scandinavian entertainment ( fiddlers, singers, and folk dancers), and Nordic treats, both handcrafts and of the edible variety – open-face Scandinavian sandwiches at the Nordic Café; krumkake and lefse in the Kaffestuga; and, in the Bodega, glögg and a selection of Nordic beers.
If you like what you’ve tasted, make sure to stop by Goodies to Go where Nordic sweets are available for take-home purchase. The younger ones will enjoy special Nordic crafts and the chance to get their photo taken with Santa. Support the museum and seasonal events like these, by purchasing Yulefest Raffle tickets for $2 each, for your chance to embark on a Nordic adventure with two round-trip tickets aboard Icelandair.
Suggested donation for Yulefest is $3 for adults, $1 for kids 6-11, and kids under 6 are admitted free. Limited parking is available for a suggested donation of $2.
Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
St. Nicks –Woodinville—Nov. 30 – December 2
Winter in Woodinville isn’t complete without a visit to St. Nick’s. Celebrating the festive allure of wine country, Friday events include a free Community Tree Lighting from 5:30 -6:30 p.m. at Chateau Ste. Michelle with live holiday music, hot cider, and more.
Following that, a 21 and over Saint Nick’s at Night Wine Tasting from 7 – 9:30 PM will add to the holiday cheer. Enjoy over 40 Woodinville wineries showcasing their wines along with savory and sweet bites at the Chateau Ste. Michelle ballroom to usher in this new Winter in Woodinville kick-off event.
Throughout the weekend, Saint Nick’s Winery Open House –Sat and Sun, Dec 1 and 2nd from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. invites you to more than 45 wineries this annual holiday tasting. Ticket admission include a commemorative glass and tasting book, tote bag, holiday swag, and shopping coupons to use at participating wineries.
Fill yourself with cheer, but ‘Fill the Barrels’ with hope at local participating wineries and businesses from November 30 –Dec 16th Bring your non perishable food items to help those in need via charity partner Northshore YMCA.
YWCA Home Sweet Homes—Thursday, December 6 -6 – 9 p.m.
A benefit for YWCA programs and services in East King County, feast your eyes on a showcase of gingerbread houses donated by local pastry chefs and inspired by theme, Bedtime Stories. This festive fundraiser will also include silent and live auctions, dinner, dessert dash, raffle and more. You don’t want to miss this magical evening whose event theme promises sweet dreams to all in attendance.
Tickets -$100 -$125, or a table for 10 for $1,000.
The Pickering Barn
1730 10th Ave N.W. Issaquah, WA 98027
What other food events are you looking forward to? Share foodies!
Eileen Lambert—A Gourmand Gal, and second generation Latina (Cuban-Colombian) savoring Seattle through Ethical Eats and Local Libations, as her blog, The Latina Locavore tagline reads. She’s also known as: a Syrah sipper. Farm feaster. Crepe connoisseur. Thrifty 30something.