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  • Northwest Tequila Fest Returns for its Fourth Annual Celebration, April 22-23! 04.13.16

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    Northwest Tequila Fest, the largest tequila and mezcal tasting event in the Pacific Northwest, is returning for a two-day event April 22-23 at the Fremont Foundry in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood!

    The fourth annual event will feature 140 tequilas, mezcals, and sotols, as well as beer and cocktails, food from Seattle area restaurants and live mariachi music. There will be additional festivities including:

    Educational agave seminars from renowned tequila experts Carlos Camarena of el Tesoro tequila and Clayton Szczech of Experience Tequila.
    •An onsite retail shop for festival-goers to purchase their favorite agave spirits represented at the event, with proceeds going to The Benevolent Guild of Seattle.
    Seattle-area bartenders presenting their best agave cocktails to a panel of judges.

    Participants include producers large and small, such as crowd favorites Don Pilar, Casa Noble, and Wahaka Mezcal; newcomers Suerte, Orendain, and Mezcal Amaras; and industry standards including Patron, Don Julio and Tres Generaciones.

    Tickets for the festival are being sold in three levels, ranging from $49 to $99 with VIP access and 1-2 day admission. Get your tickets here.

    For those that want to ensure they’re doing their part on Earth Day (April 22), Northwest Tequila Fest will be doing ITS part to reduce waste by providing water stations instead of water bottles, all-glass drinkware, compostable dinnerware, and recyclable beer cans instead of bottles.

    A portion of all ticket sales benefit The Benevolent Guild of Seattle, a non-profit group committed to assisting children’s charities and support groups in the Puget Sound area. Additionally, proceeds from sales of the festival’s retail area, in which all festival products will be sold, will also benefit The Benevolent Guild.

    Learn more about the festivities at www.nwtequilafest.com.

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  • Bastille Bash is tomorrow July 13th! 07.12.13



    Bonjour! Madison Valley’s 2nd annual Bastille Bash is this Saturday, July 13 from 3-8 p.m.! They are decking out East Madison with French flags, banners and all things red, white and blue and getting ready to enjoy la vie en rose.

    Festivities will take place up and down East Madison Street from 27th to 30th Avenues. Guests will enjoy Bastille Day celebrations, indulge in French inspired food from Madison Valley restaurants, taste sips from Northwest wineries, breweries and distilleries, be entertained by live music, street performers and live chef and gardening demos, and kids activities.

    View menus, entertainment schedules, maps and more online to plan your afternoon and ensure you don’t miss a thing, then follow their Facebook page to receive instant updates.

    Highlights include: Spirits Garden in Rover’s courtyard, eight live music and dance acts, bites and sips from more than 30 food and beverage partners, a chef demo stage featuring Cormac Mahoney of Madison Park Conservatory, Jason Wilson of Crush, Jim Drohman of Le Pichet and Cafe Presse, and John Platt of St. Cloud, and the chance to win a weekend in Paris by France Homestyle!

    Beneficiary: Proceeds from Bastille Bash support the Children’s Response Center.

    Tickets: The event is FREE to attend and tickets for food and beverages will be sold at the event on 29th Avenue. Food is priced at $2.50, $5.00, $7.50 per bite and tickets can be purchased in $10 increments. The Wine Passport includes tastings of wine, beer and spirits from each of the purveyors for $20 per person, including your own wine glass.

    With all the fun festivities in store, the local media has been buzzing. Here are some highlights of recent articles and radio interviews to get all the Bastille Bash scoop:

    The Stranger Suggests you hightail it to Bastille Bash to catch a glimpse of their Marie Antoinette impersonator!
    – They love Bastille Bash’s Francophilia and retail offerings over at Seattle Met Magazine.
    Seattle Magazine says Bastille Bash is a MUST for this weekend.
    Daily Candy can’t wait to enjoy the Spirits Garden at Rover’s and how the neighborhood is reminiscent of a bucolic village in Provence.
    KIRO Radio’s “Let’s Eat” hosts had a blast chatting up Nat Stratton-Clarke, one of the event creators and planners, about the amazing chef talent for the demos and enjoying French culture in Seattle.
    – Neighborhood paper the Madison Park Times is excited Bastille Bash is back for a second year!
    Chat With Women radio network host Holly Brown, of The Brown Lounge, chatted with Nat about all of the delicious French food and wine offered at Bastille Bash, eating local, and how to cook simple French food at home.
    The Seattle Times highlighted Bastille Bash in their Sunday NW Arts & Life section as a must attend event this week!
    – The moms over at Red Tricycle gave Bastille Bash the thumbs up for their kid friendly activities like art classes at Thrive, and event proceeds that benefit the Children’s Response Center.

    Bastille Bash Food Partners:
    Cafe Flora
    Crush
    Dry Soda
    Essential Baking
    Harbor Point Coffee
    Harvest Vine
    Ines Patisserie
    Jae’s Asian Bistro & Sushi
    Luc
    Pagliacci
    Perrier
    Rover’s
    Seattle Salads
    The Spoon Project
    Voila! Bistrot

    Wineries:
    Balboa Winery
    Beresan Winery
    Facelli Winery
    Forgeron Cellars
    Hestia Cellars
    Kiona Vineyards & Winery
    OS Winery
    Patterson Cellars
    Pomum Cellars
    Swiftwater Cellars
    Walla Walla Vintners
    William Church Winery

    Breweries:
    Fremont Brewing
    Mac & Jack’s Brewery
    Ninkasi Brewing

    Distilleries:
    BroVo Spirits
    El Zacatecano
    Project V
    Sidetrack Distillery

    Kids Activities:
    Thrive Art School – French inspired art workshops. Ages 5-9; $45. Register in advance on their website.
    Genius, A Baby Academy – Free French themed activities for parents and kids.

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