Dining Notebook

  • Tue Jul 3rd, 2012 6:24pm

Farm Days at Pike Place this summer

The Pike Place Market is the state’s only daily farmers market, and summertime provides extra selling space for farmers – they can also sell outdoors on Pike Place from Pine to Virginia streets.

Farm Days at the Pike Place Market are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 20-Sept. 30. Tents line the cobblestones, with farmers offering the freshest, most nutritious and delicious local and organic produce, honey and value-added farm products like jams and wines.

Look for farms like Marshland Orchards Farm from Snohomish County, Tiny’s Organics of Wenatchee, Alvarez Farm from Mabton, Growing Washington of Everson, Martin Family Orchards from central Washington, Sidhu Farm of Puyallup, Magana Farm from Sunnyside, Full Circle Farm from Carnation, Hayton Berry Farm from Mt. Vernon, Silver Springs Creamery from Lynden, Grandview Mushrooms of Arlington, and many more.

Wilridge Winery of Seattle and Finn River Farm and Cidery are at Pike Place Market on weekends selling and doing tastings.

For more information, go to www.pikeplacemarket.org.

Cocktail festival in August

The 2012 NW Distillery &Cocktail Festival will celebrates the burgeoning spirit industry by showcasing the craft distillers of Washington in a two-day event filled with spirit tastings, cocktail competitions and drink seminars, Aug. 8-9 at Herban Feast’s Sodo Park, 3200 First Ave. S, Seattle.

The event starts shaking Aug. 8 with a full day of cocktail workshops, featuring professional tasting, mixology and distilling classes.

Seminars will be followed in the evening by a cocktail competition, including professional judging and people’s choice awards. Seattle’s top bartenders will compete for the title of best cocktail and most accomplished mixologist.

Tickets for each event are available at http://nwcocktail.com/drink.

The Grand Tasting starts 7 p.m. Aug. 9. Craft distillers of Washington will display their creations and make them available to the public for tasting.

Local chefs will pair small dinner and dessert bites to complement regional spirits and cocktails. Local bartenders and mixologists will demonstrate how the best of their trade has marked Seattle as a mecca for craft cocktail connoisseurs.

The art of craft distilling is enjoying a golden age in Washington. The craft-distillery law passed in 2008 sparked a fire for regional artisanal spirits, and small distillers have jumped to open tasting rooms and sell allotted amounts of liquor directly to spirit enthusiasts. The legislation supports local agriculture, as Washingtonian craft distillers are required to use 51 percent state-sourced ingredients.