You’ve got to hand it to Kirklanders. Their summer food and wine festival, Kirkland Uncorked, is serious. It lasts three days - July 17, 18 and 19 in scenic Marina Park on Lake Washington - and features everything from dog modeling to a burger brawl, where chefs bust out every foodie ingredient necessary to win bragging rights as the Eastside’s best burger.
There will be waffles. There will be pork. There most certainly better be a duck egg.
Here’s what else you need to know:
The festival, now in its ninth year, is split into two parts: a 21-and over Tasting Garden and an all-ages Street Fair. The Tasting Garden will feature wine tasting, grilling demonstrations, live music, the aforementioned Friday Burger Brawl and a Saturday Grill-Off (competitive bunch, aren’t they?). Kids are not allowed in the Tasting Garden but dogs are. More on them later.
The Street Fair is free and includes the Boat Show, Uncorked Market, the CityDog modeling contest and a Sunday Food Truck Feast. The Tasting Garden admission is $30 at the door and comes with a commemorative tasting glass and 10 wine tasting tokens to sample from among 20 Washington wineries, including CAVU Cellars, Swiftwater Cellars and Purple Star Wines.
To fill your belly before wine tasting, you’ll want to choose from among the 15 mobile food trucks. May I suggest the Peasant Food Manifesto’s Pho-renchy, a Vietnamese-style French dip sandwich, or Grilled Cheese Experience’s Bluesy Chick, house smoked chicken with blue cheese, smoked jack and caramelized onion piled on a bacon-crusted sourdough. Ahem, yes. One bite and you’ll feel empowered to try anything, even enter your dog in the modeling contest.
The best pupwalk strutter wins a chance to grace the cover of CityDog Magazine. To pre-register your dog, go to CityDog Magazine. Don’t have a dog? Grab your glass and a spot on the water where you can join paint.sip.studio in creating a lakeside masterpiece.
Don’t worry, it’s not an art contest. For hours, parking and other information, visit Kirkland Uncorked.