Ideally, I’d write a blog post and expand upon each of these, but with time ticking away, I feel I should at least make sure I let everyone know about these upcoming food-related events. If you go, take a few photos and send them to me (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I’ll post them. I promise to do the same with the events I go to. If you know of more events, I’ll add ’em:
Saturday, September 18: Taste of Lynwood
The Taste of Lynwood celebrates the Bainbridge Island neighborhood. From noon to 8 p.m., the neighborhood will host food, live music and family activities.
Sunday, Sept. 19:
KCCA Harvest Meal/Local Food chef Showoff
Foods from Kitsap farms are prepared by local chef and served buffet style. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bremer Student Center at Olympic College If you’re going, you should probably get tickets now. The Buy Local Food in Kitsap blog has more on the event at buylocalfoodinkitsap.org.
Saturday, Sept. 25: Kitsap
This all day event features music, brats (and other food) and, of course, beer from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of the Kitsap Mall. Local ands will play all day, and there’ll be contests including a best dressed and beer stein races. Area breweries and brewpubs include Bremerton’s Der Blokken, Shelton’s Grove Street Brewing, Silverdale’s Hale’s, Kingston’s Hood Canal Brewery, Hoodsport Winery, Silver City, Port Townsend Brewing and the recently opened Valholl Brewing of Poulsbo and Wildfire Cider of Port Townsend.
The event supports the Central Kitsap Food Bank, and attendees are asked to bring canned or boxed food to donate.
Satruday, Sept. 25: Gig Harbor
The annual chowder cookoff starts at 11 a.m. at the Gig Harbor Farmers Market. Gig Harbor restaurants compete for the prize. The contest is judged, but people at the market also get a chance to taste. If you want to know more about it, a Gig Harbor Life reporter wrote about last year’s event.
Sunday, Sept. 26: Friends of the
Farms’ Harvest Fair
You can meet with local farmers, eat local foods, learn to make apple cider and hear music, ride a pony or see some sheep shearing or enter to win a turkey at this annual harvest fair. The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Johnson Farm The event also includes food contests: a biggest zucchini contest and a best pie contest (and that just makes me swoon). More information about entering the contests, shuttle information and more is available on the link above. The Harvest Fair is run by Friends of the Farms, an island group preserving and enhancing farmland.
Saturday, Sept. 26: Artisan Food
If you want to head to Seattle, Pike Place Market hosts a festival with local food makers and music. A few Kitsap food makers are on the list of exhibitors, including Carter’s Chocolates, Pink Peony Chocolates and CB’s Nuts. (Apologies if I missed any locals. Please let me know if I did.)
Oct. 1-3: Bainbridge Wine
I don’t feel too guilty about not writing about this one because the Cheers to You Blog has this one covered. In addition to wine, the weekend also highlights local foods. That Friday, Pegasus will host an oyster and wine pairing and Doc’s Marina Grill will have red wines and sliders. On Saturday, Kitsap Tours is offering a tour of the farmers market with a chef and a lunch at harbour pub. That night, Hitchcock and Four Swallows will pair food with wines. This event hits the pocketbook a little heavier than other events, so check the site for ticket prices and pick your favorite.
Oct. 2 (though they say the date is subject to change):
Bremerton’s Main Stream Association is again hosting an Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. downtown with Oompah music, German food and a beer garden.
Oct. 2-3: Washington State Seafood
Oyster shucking contests, food booths and entertainment will be at the Port of Shelton Fairgrounds. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $5 and children under 6 are free.