What/when/where: Seattle’s first festival dedicated to charcuterie and cheese, The Cheese and Meat Festival, flings open its doors at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.) on Saturday, April 29. Tickets are still available for the 7-9 p.m. tasting; note the 3-5 p.m. tasting has sold out.
What to expect: You’ll be greeted with a charcuterie board and tasting glass upon entry to course your way through the hall for two decadent hours! Sample cheese and charcuterie paired with wine, beer, cider, along with other snacks and condiments. Select participants include: Salumi, Sunny Pine Farm, Jellyfish Brewing, Mollusk (brewery), Lost Peacock Creamery, Uli's Famous Sausage, Honest Biscuits, Finn River Cidery, Coral Wines, Friday Harbor House of Jerky, vegan artisan sausage from Field Roast Grain Meat Co., and dozens more!
Why: The abundance of regional artisan shops and restaurants thoughtfully pairing fantastic cheese and charcuterie has never been greater. The Cheese and Meat Festival brings together these artisans for one special day, offering an engaging, experiential format under one roof.
Who’s behind the festivities: Producer Dave Bain’s recent sold-out Meat and Cheese Festivals in Victoria, and Vancouver BC, Canada, compelled him to bring the event to Seattle this year. “The festival gives attendees the ability to learn about and taste new cheeses and meats. Attendees enjoy the experience of building their board with their favorites,” Bain says. “It also allows mom-and-pop shops to showcase their artisan products and gain marketing exposure they couldn’t otherwise afford.”
· Admission: $55 plus tax and service fees. Ages 21 and over only, please
· Tickets still available for the April 29, 7-9 p.m. tasting at www.cheeseandmeatfestival.com; advance purchase highly recommended (limited door tickets will be available).Note, the earlier 3- 5 p.m. tasting has sold out.
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Festival shop on-site: Taste it, love it, take it home! The Cheese and Meat festival features an on-site store, with most exhibitor items for sale and priced between $5 and $10!
Beneficiary: Food Lifeline - Proceeds from Seattle’s inaugural Cheese and Meat Festival ticket sales will go directly to Food Lifeline. Every year, nearly 40% of our country’s food ends up in landfills, while millions go hungry. Food Lifeline has a solution for both problems. It rescues millions of pounds of this surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants. It then delivers this healthy and nutritious food to 275 food banks, shelters and meal programs across Western Washington. Thanks to your support, Food Lifeline provides 90,000 meals to our hungry neighbors every day. http://www.foodlifeline.org