Taste Washington’s 21st birthday is upon us and while there may not be a big birthday cake to unveil, there are plenty of flavors to satisfy any sweet tooth. Rather than just keeping your eyes peeled throughout the festival, we’re offering a ‘cheat sheet’ to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to balance out all the savory with some of the best and satisfying sweet treats Washington has to offer.
Ice Cream and Some Other Frozen Delights
It may not be summer time yet, but that’s not a reason not to enjoy some ice cream or other frozen treats. Don’t miss your chance to sample some of the most intriguing ice cream flavor combinations from Bluebird Ice Cream or Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream at the Grand Tasting. Snoqualmie Organic Ice Cream will also be featuring their all-natural ice cream at The New Vintage Friday night. Shug’s Soda Fountain will be serving up some small-batch ice cream cones in a wide variety of delicious flavors at the Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday. And Seattle Pops will return to Taste Washington with their unique popsicles inspired by the traditional Mexican paleta, which come in two varieties: fruit-based and milk-based (and are vegan and gluten-free!).
A Great Tawny Port.
Who said dessert has to be food-related? Try Laurelhurst Cellars’ 2009 Tawny Port dessert wine, the only one being served across the Grand Tasting floor. It’s actually a great pair for chocolate too, so you can really indulge your sweet side.
Alexandra’s Macarons will be sharing some seasonal favorite flavors from her food truck throughout The New Vintage and the Grand Tasting. And let’s face it, who doesn’t like to pop a little bite of cookie goodness into their mouth from time to time?
Try a few of these great fruit-based wines being served during the Grand Tasting. Samson Estates is serving both a Delilah Blackberry and Raspberry Fruit wine. Two Winey Bitches will be featuring True Blue Blueberry Fruit Wine, Pity Party Cherry and their Jailhouse Peach Not So Dry Fruit Wine. And Eaglemount Winery will be featuring pours of their Hard Cider Fruit Wine
Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate
It’s long been known that chocolate and wine, especially a great Washington red, go hand in hand. Don’t miss the chance to sample from multiple handcrafted chocolate makers at the Grand Tasting, including Theo Chocolate, Dolcetta Artisan Sweets, Evolve Chocolate, Chococurb, Intrigue Chocolate, jcoco chocolate, and indi chocolate. Each have distinct flavors, but also deliver a perfect bite to satiate your sweet tooth. We say, try them all.
Close to Cake
Okay, we couldn’t throw a birthday celebration without something at least close to cake. Look out for delicious celebratory Oreo cake balls at dianne’s Delights or try some creamy cheesecake from Rusty’s Famous Cheesecake just to toast the celebratory year.
Overall, if you’re a sweets lover, don’t despair. Taste Washington has your fix for that little ‘sweet bite’ covered across all events. Now, don’t forget to pick up your tickets and enjoy the festival.