Weaving local flavors into your event can help attendees experience and enjoy the destination even more. Happily, Seattle is known for its array of regional selections, with most hotels, venues, and restaurants offering a wealth of locally sourced bites and sips. Keep the tasty times going with these other delicious starting points.
Seattle’s seafood scene is renowned for everything from salmon to Dungeness crab. While freshly caught, local seafood and shellfish are a given on just about every menu in town, you can give your attendees a truly authentic experience with a live-action oyster-shucking station, courtesy of Taylor Shellfish Farms. Or, guide attendees to Hama Hama Oysters on the Hood Canal, where a rustic saloon dishes up fresh shellfish and cold beer, all in view of the oyster beds.
Seattle’s bevy of artisan creameries scoop up delicious flavors inspired by the city. Chainlet Molly Moon’s offers an option called Yeti that features Theo chocolate and house-made granola, while Salt & Straw partners with local brands like Ellenos Greek Yogurt to craft unique taste combinations like yogurt and matcha. At your event, let local ice cream companies like Shug’s, Bluebird, and Full Tilt roll in an ice cream truck or cart.
With more than 940 wineries, Washington is the second-largest producer of premium wine in the country. More than 40 percent of the state’s wines scored 90 points or more in Wine Spectator, the highest percentage in the nation. Host a team-bonding adventure at the state’s first winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle. Chateau’s wine experts lead participants through a tasting of five varietals, then let guests play winemaker and craft their own wine blend, which is bottled for them to take home.
In the Pacific Northwest, the hoppier the beer, the better. That’s for a good reason—Washington grows 75 percent of the nation’s hops. India pale ales (IPAs) reign supreme here, ranging in flavor from pine-infused versions to citrus-forward options. Local brewers usually have at least one IPA on tap, along with an array of other regional offerings like coffee-flavored stouts and hard ciders.
Even the younger-than-21 set can enjoy a unique Seattle beverage. Several soda companies call the city home, including DRY Soda Company, known for its lightly flavored sodas in refined options like water-melon and Rainier cherry, and Rachel’s Ginger Beer (RGB), handcrafted ginger-flavored soda in variations like caramelized pineapple and pink guava. Serve them straight, or mix them into a custom cocktail for a one-of-a-kind tipple. For another playful twist, let guests create their own custom float, with a scoop-your-own ice cream station and various soda flavors on offer. Keep the fizzy feelings going with a growler of RGB soda as a tasty takeaway.