Seattle Wine & Food Experience

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This was my 1st year in attendance at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) and I now can’t believe I hadn’t been to this before! The value received for a ticket in the door far surpasses the price. It was so much fun to compare wines from our region with those internationally. I loved the hanging out in the QFC lounge and sipping on French champagne (redundant, yes; also fun to say) just as much as I enjoyed my stroll down the Washington Wine aisle.

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SWFE was the perfect example of variety in our taste-driven city. As Seattle builds a name for itself as a “foodie mecca”, it’s events like these that help people realize our title is well deserved.

For me, the food was what really stood out. It was really hard, but I have counted down my favorite bites of the day:

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5. Prawn Salad with roasted corn vinaigrette and avocado mousse from Purple Café & Wine Bar

4. Andaluca‘s Barolo braised beef ragout with root vegetable gnocci (Chef Sarah is ah-mazing)

3. Yukon gold potato hash with house corned chicken, rosemary and wintergreens from Kaspars Special Events & Catering

2. BOKA Restaurant + Bar‘s Joplin-style braised Double R Ranch beef brisket with Kerri’s slaw atopTall Grass Bakery hominy bread

And for my favorite dish of the day…

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1. Ray’s Boathouse smoked salmon bites with pineapple avocado chutney. THAT was a party in my mouth. I may have went back for 2nd’s.

A ticket into SWFE is really a ticket around the world for your taste buds. I love living in a city that has so much offer to locals and tourists alike. If you’re in Seattle for SWFE 2015, I definitely suggest doing yourself a favor and grabbing a ticket!

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Snoqualmie Ice Cream is now serving up boozy floats & shakes! (Omg).

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My friend Juli and I at Columbia‘s booth.

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