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Sep.
24th

Cider Swig 2014: First hard cider festival of its kind Saturday in Gig Harbor

A sparkling glass of Alpenfire Pirates Plank Hard Cider. Dean J. Koepfler / File photo 2011
A glass of Alpenfire Pirates Plank Hard Cider. Dean J. Koepfler/File photo 2011

Beer seems to get all the attention in early fall, a consequence of all those Oktoberfest celebrations and seasonal beer releases.

But not this fall. Another kind of adult beverage is finally getting its due: hard cider.

The inaugural Cider Swig will be held Saturday at Sehmel Homestead Park in Gig Harbor.

The festival is a fundraiser for the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and features a dozen Northwest cideries serving 50 hard ciders (that’s alcoholic ciders, for those keeping track). Apple ciders comprise the bulk of the menu, but pear ciders also will be served. See a list below of ciders. Read more »

Sep.
19th

Opening Saturday: Pacific Brewing and Malting in downtown Tacoma

Photo courtesy of Pacific Brewing and Malting.
Photo courtesy of Pacific Brewing and Malting.

Here’s some great brew news: Pacific Brewing and Malting will open at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Tacoma. “After what feels like an eternity we are finally ready to open our doors to the public this Saturday,” wrote Pacific Brewing co-owner and head brewer Steve Navarro in an email.

After months of permit delays, everything’s been signed off and the brew is ready to flow. Read more »

Sep.
16th

Dining calendar: Made in Tacoma; cookbook author Michele Morris and a whiskey dinner

Bacon-wrapped scallops from Hudson Slater, chef of Maxwell's Speakeasy + Lounge. Slater will prepare a dinner Sept. 24 to celebrate the release of "A Taste of Washington" from food writer Michele Morris. File photo August 2014. Drew Perine/Staff photographer
Bacon-wrapped scallops from Hudson Slater, chef of Maxwell’s Speakeasy + Lounge. Slater will prepare a dinner Sept. 24 to celebrate the release of “A Taste of Washington” from food writer Michele Morris. File photo August 2014. Drew Perine/Staff photographer

Right about now, fall food events start seriously heating up. Here’s a look at this week’s dining events, with more to come during a busy October. Read more »

Sep.
12th

Fair dining: Feasting on pork sandwiches and ribs

BBQ Pete's "bandits" grill slabs of pork ribs at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Peter Haley/Staff photographer
BBQ Pete’s “bandits” grill slabs of pork ribs at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

My Washington State Fair grazing has included just about every category: Deep-fried desserts, burgers piled with onions, stuff smothered in cheese, other stuff covered in bacon and even a tour of food-on-a-stick. One year, even healthy food got a turn.

But there was still one category of fair food I had yet to tackle: pork.

Ribs and pulled pork sandwiches, to be exact. Last week, I spent two days eating my way through the fair to find the tastiest standouts in the fair’s porky realm.

I found pork sandwiches in an array of flavors and styles, and I stopped by a few booths that were smoking ribs using the slow-and-low method over wood smoke.

Here’s a tip. Whether coincidence or not, the booths with pulled pork and ribs also happened to provide some of the best covered seating for fair dining.

Here’s where you should head if you’ve got a hankering for pork at the fair, which operates through Sept. 21 in Puyallup. Read more »

Sep.
9th

Moveable Feast: Food truck meetup Saturday at Cheney Stadium

Cheney Stadium filled quickly at the 2012 Moveable Feast. This year's Moveable Feast will be Sept. 13 at Cheney Stadium.
Cheney Stadium filled quickly at the 2012 Moveable Feast. This year’s Moveable Feast will be Sept. 13, 2014 at Cheney Stadium.

The list of mobile restaurants at this Saturday’s third Moveable Feast is smaller than it has been the last two years, but the lineup has something unexpected: A bigger South Sound truck presence.

Sixteen of 20 restaurants expected at the Cheney Stadium food truck meetup this weekend are based in Pierce County. Read more »

Sep.
5th

Gut busting: Opening weekend dining at the Washington State Fair

 

Pictured here, fried pickles from the Totally Fried booth at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. The fair runs Sept. 5-21, 2014.
Pictured here, fried pickles from the Totally Fried booth at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. The fair runs Sept. 5-21, 2014.

Bacon, artichokes, candy bars,cookie dough, lemonade and even corn. Just about anything and everything can be dipped in batter and dunked into a deep fryer at the Washington State Fair. I know because I just spent the day in Full Glutton Mode.

I went searching for grub guaranteed to get you a lecture from your mother or doctor. I’m talking food covered in gravy and cheese; bacon that’s been deep fried inside waffle batter; blobs of peanut butter encased in puffy fried dough. And, yes, I even found the Fleischkuechle booth (I’ll tell you how to pronounce that in a moment). Let’s call this The Tour of Food That Will Kill You Slowly. Check back next week for more fair food features. Read more »

Sep.
3rd

October beer festivals: South Sound IPA Festival and Yachtoberfest

Brew alert. There are now two beer festivals planned for Tacoma in October.

The Washington Beer Commission sent an email to brewers advising them to save Oct. 18 for the South Sound IPA Festival at Union Station. According to the email, the festival will have two sessions – at noon and 5:30 p.m. – with 24 Washington brewers attending.

And if you haven’t heard already, there’s another beer festival in Tacoma Oct. 4. Yachtoberfest will be a fundraiser for the Tacoma Waterfront Association. More than a dozen brewers will serve. More details on both beer festivals below. Read more »