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August Happenings

August is usually a busy month - make sure to take time to check out these fun acitivities and events to round it out!

Pogacha

Food is so good at Pogacha, yet their handcrafted cocktails must also be discussed. Using fresh, local ingredients and local spirits, they make delicious drinks like Smoked Cherry Old Fashion with Redemption Bourbon, Pink Lady with Gray Whale Gin, and Cold Brew Martini featuring Whidbey Island Cadee Vodka. New dinner specials are on their way that include a bottle of wine-watch for those. And more good news: they have partnered with Door Dash for delivery outside of Mercer Island and that allows them to sell wine or liquor, so you can order from their cocktail and wine lists!

Pogacha is located at 2707 78th Ave SE on Mercer Island. Dinner is offered daily 4-9 p.m., lunch Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and brunch Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 425-455-5670. www.pogacha.com


Dunham Cellars

Dunham Cellars announces their 13th Annual Dunham Days! Weekend August 19th-21st in Walla Walla. Every third weekend in August they invite everyone to join in as they celebrate the best in life (wine, art, food, and music). Friday night kicks off the weekend with two bands, food trucks, art, and car displays, with ticket sales supporting local suicide prevention program Reach Out Walla Walla. On Saturday, the festivities continue with more live music, food trucks, and special tastings in the tasting room and conclude on Sunday with a wine country brunch. See website for details and ticket information. Don't miss it!

Dunham Cellars is located at 150 E Boeing Avenue in Walla Walla. Friday, August 19, hours are 4-10 p.m., $10 cover includes tax, no outside food or drink, ID required. Saturday, August 20, hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., no cover charge, reservation recommended for tasting, $10 per person, includes tax. Sunday, August 21, 10 a.m. Wine country brunch catered by Haute Stuff Catering, $30 per person includes tax. www.dunhamcellars.com/DunhamDays


Whistlin' Jack's Lodge

Getting away is fun, but lately it's a necessity. We're inundated with more than we can take in; stepping back is imperative. Whistlin' Jack's offers exactly what you need: renovated main lodge/cabins, hot tubs, a scenic riverside location, and full-service restaurant with a menu that surpasses expectations. Hopefully you won't want to be online, but Wi-Fi is available if you must. There are no TVs in rooms/cabins. Read, hike, swim, let your brain rest. Open year round, it's a great place to bring people together for private events and they are booking now for 2023. Make the Lodge yours this year.

Whistlin' Jack's Lodge is located at 20800 WA-410 in Naches, Washington, in the central Cascades. Email or call to plan your next event. Call or make lodging reservations online. 509-658-2433. www.whistlinjacks.com


Copperworks Distilling Co.

Want to be part of making spirits, but prefer to avoid the hard work? Here's your chance! Copperworks makes a plum gin that uses a whole pound of Italian prune plums per bottle. (This is where you come in.) If you live in the Seattle area and have ripe, unbroken, pest and chemical free Italian plum prunes, Copperworks will buy your fruit and donate $1 per pound to a foodbank of your choice. This year's plums will soak in their Small Batch gin for nine months and be blended with New Oak Cask Finished Gin. Be part of the 2023 batch!

Contact Copperworks at PlumGin@CopperworksDistilling.com to arrange fruit drop-off or to learn about our pick-up options. Copperworks Distilling Co. is located at 1250 Alaskan Way on Seattle's waterfront. Head down to taste Plum Gin in their tasting room, Monday-Thursday noon-6 p.m., Friday-Saturday noon-7 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. 206-504-7604. copperworksdistilling.com


A Bit of Taste

Olive oil has never been so exciting! The online ordering system is back online and the new location in Snohomish will open on August 31. Olive oil Flavor of the Month is Conbrancosa from Portugal. Medium intensity, bright green apple, with a pepper finish. It pairs wonderfully with the balsamic Flavor of the Month: Dark Strawberry. Ripe strawberry and smooth aged balsamic; perfect in marinades, dressings, glazes, on cheese plates, over vanilla ice cream.Ha Mix the two together and both the olive oil's intensity and strawberry's sweetness mellow. Order today and make your August meals pop!

Arugula panzanella salad with strawberry balsamic

A Bit of Taste products can be ordered online for delivery or pick up at: www.abitoftaste.com/s/shop. The new location will open August 31 at 1301 First Street in Snohomish (there is even a small parking area!). 206-420-2989. www.abitoftaste.com


21st Annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival

If it takes more than the festival name to grab you, you're not a true Northwesterner! Who can resist a waterfront festival with sweet Dungeness crab? Or the 15,000-square-foot Crab Central tent for just-caught whole crab dinners with fresh corn and coleslaw? Local and regional restaurants offer an expansive menu of more than 60 items including Alaska scallops, halibut fish and chips, BBQ, and other non-seafood items. More? A live oyster bar; Northwest beer, wine, cocktails; live music on 3 stages; family-friendly activities. Admission is free. Nine tons of fresh whole Dungeness crab were sold in 2019. Don't miss this!

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival's 21st annual event takes place over three days-Friday-Sunday October 7-9. Hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It all takes place at the Port Angeles City Pier right on the downtown waterfront. www.crabfestival.org


Café to Café Grand Tour of the Pacific Northwest

Love scenic rides and great food? Café to Café was meant for you. Sign up to get a list of 15 restaurants and head to each between March and September 30, enjoying beautiful scenery along the way. Sure, Café to Café was created for motorcycle riders, but there is no reason (except for those off-road suggestions) you and your car can't join in the fun. Once registered, you'll get a packet with all the details. Riding/driving to all the beautiful areas can get you a handsome certificate, and dining at the locations gets you bonus points! Eating to win - brilliant!

For all the details and to sign up, go to Café to Café Grand Tour: Ride to eat, eat to ride! (soundrider.com)

August 2022


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