Seattle Food and Wine Tours
Savour a city dedicated to the finest local produce
Don’t let Seattle’s rainy days put you off from visiting. The city’s lush surroundings are a price worth paying for, and the resulting avalanche of fresh produce gives the place a culinary scene with a unique community feel. Aside from that, Seattle is served up alongside iconic views and a family of distinctive and diverse neighbourhoods. Elliott Bay offers classic ocean views in contrast with a skyline of pointed skyscrapers, while the looming presence of Mt Rainier dominates the eastern horizon.
Few places typify a city’s foodie scene like the local market, and in Seattle’s case that rule applies and then some. Over one hundred years old, Pike Place Market acts as the pantry for a restaurant scene dedicated to making the most of Northwest produce. It’s a way of life here to know where your food has come from, and everyone in the local food industry is clued up as a result. This is a city of educated palates after all, with a bunch of chefs constantly pushing the boundaries of modern cuisine with wacky ideas and locally sourced ingredients.
One such ingredient is the mighty Geoduck, an edible saltwater clam that’s one of the largest shellfish in the world and can live over a hundred years. Popular throughout Washington State, the Geoduck is renowned for its strange and, admittedly, unappetising shape. But don’t let its appearance put you off. Inside that bizarre exterior is a mollusc much loved, tasting somewhere between clam and abalone, though crisper in texture than both. Besides, it’s not every day that you eat something older than yourself!
There are a number of seafood restaurants where you can try the native Geoduck, including Chandler’s Crabhouse, which offers an Asian take on local delicacies, and the renowned Taylor Shellfish Farms Oyster Bars, which farms its own seafood and cooks it all to perfection.
But Seattle isn’t all about the savoury. The city has long catered for those with a sweet tooth and is fast becoming renowned for its artisanal chocolate. Don’t just take our word for it, take the President’s! Local legend says that Mr Obama fell head over heels for a local chocolatier’s finest while visiting the city - So much so that he’s stocked up the White House with a selection of smoked salt caramels.
Washington State also happens to be awash with fertile valleys dedicated to wine production. 50,000 acres of vineyards make it the second largest wine producer in the USA, and some of that can be found just 30 minutes from Seattle’s city center. In the renowned Woodinville wine country foodies can enjoy walks and tastings in more than 100 wineries. Currently more than 80 grape varieties are nurtured in Washington state, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Merlot.
It’s no overstatement to say that Seattle is a place where any foodie will feel at home. Fantastic local produce, a thriving market scene, experimental chefs willing to blend cultures and flavours into sumptuous seafood dishes. Washed down with some of America’s finest wine in the shadow of Mt Rainier, this city will widen your eyes and leave you open-mouthed - just don’t forget to chew!