Spring! Creative juices really begin flowing this time of year and the enjoyment of food and beverage begins turning up in all sorts of new and wonderful places. Here are a few upcoming events that really exemplify that spirit.
Leap Ahead of Extinction at Willows Lodge
I'm not quite sure what to call this one: A stay-cation for frog lovers? A hopping good time for wine lovers? Or maybe I should just spare you the phraseology and tell you what it is: Willow's Lodge is taking advantage of the current leap year hook to bring you a “celebration of good news for amphibians” with a four-day weekend retreat planned around the successes in conservation efforts of endangered frogs.
In addition to a multi-course dinner by Barking Frog chef Bobby Moore with wine pairings, the weekend includes a half-day wine tour around Woodinville, Lodge accommodations for three nights, a $150 spa credit and full breakfast at Barking Frog daily. And if that wasn't enough, there's eye candy as well: Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, a.k.a. the Sexiest Explorer in the World, is the weekend's special guest.
Thursday, May 31- Saturday, June 2; $2,800 per couple. More info at willowslodge.com.
Gig Harbor Beer Festival
If sampling hyper-local craft beers are your thing, the inaugural brew fest in this charming South Puget Sound town an hour from Seattle is corralling quite a fun sampling of brewers. I almost feel more relaxed and laid back just looking at the list: Valholl Brewing from Poulsbo, Everybody's Brewing from White Salmon, Wash., Hood Canal Brewery, Dick's Brewing Company from Centralia, Der Blokken Brewery from Bremerton, Port Townsend Brewing Company and more. Local restaurants will be serving up plenty of noshing options, and they nice Gig Harbor folks are planning music, raffles and other good time activities.
Saturday, May 12; $20 (21+ only). More info at gigharborbeerfestival.com
White Moustache Musical Plates tour
If you want to just play tourist for a day, Bryce Lathrop, who runs my all-time favorite Seattle food tour, has been having a great time on his musical tours, which in addition to shuttling folks all over town to experience the rich culinary life of the city, brings a local band along for the ride as well.
On his upcoming installment, Americana band The Local Strangers will be in tow, playing a little acoustic ditty at every stop, followed by a full-on plugged-in performance at the end. The full itinerary is under wraps until the day of the tour, but Lathrop lets the band take the group to where their own favorite dishes are found and says the The Local Strangers have requested that their journey focus on sustainable and organic with vegan options. Dot's in Fremont, Pel Meni Dumpling Tzar, and Tin Table are among those on the list.
Sunday, June 3rd; $60 earlybird (before May 18th) or $75. Tickets at musicalplates.eventbrite.com.