|Lobster salad from Purple Cafe and Wine Bar at SWFE - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
The first thing you want to do when you get to an all-day food/wine festival sounds like the most mundane: GET A TABLE. It's easy to get sidetracked by a booth full of delectable sweet or savory bites, or a favorite winery pouring your most favorite-est wine in the whole wide universe -- but stay the course, make a beeline for whatever seating is available and stake that claim like it's Pure Gold. Having a group of people, you can head out in teams of two or more for sample-gathering, while at least one person holds down the fort. This Hunter-Gatherer method for food festivals is ideal -- not only do you have a place to sit, you can actually take a moment to savor your samplings without fear of dropping your plate or glass.
|Sitting near breakfast goodness was a wise thing at the beginning of the event - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
Our group of four nabbed a table towards the far end of the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, conveniently near the Top Pot Doughnuts booth. We could get a coffee, a mini doughnut, and leisurely settle in to peruse the event brochure to organize our plan of attack. It was also conveniently near Kaspars Northwest potato hash station, the Area 51 flying saucer-sized skillets working away to crisp up enough potato hash to feed an army. A savory pile of crisped potato and veggie hash covered with milk gravy is the perfect counterpart to balance the sugary sweetness of a doughnut and an Ovaltine mocha (Top Pot, you so naughty).
|A sampler's delight -- so many different things to try - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Be it sweet, savory or somewhere in between - pile it on the sample plate! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Bites of all sizes at SWFE - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Sweet treats, including beer and champagne gelato and truffled macarons - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Good food, good friends, good times - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Sipping my way to discover new favorites - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|VIP - Very Important Palate. Lamb tortellini by Restaurant Zoe - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|VIP bites - makes you feel special just looking at it! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|