Saturday, June 30 The Ultimate Northwest Strawberry Experience
9am – noon, Thulen Farms, Skagit Valley. The day starts with a brief orientation with fifth generation grower, Chris McKnight and Shuksan booster, Jon Rowley. Then we hit a field of Thulen Farm Shuksan strawberries to pick the reddest, sweetest, juiciest most beautiful berries you can imagine…even more beautiful than you can imagine. Tickets are $40 each and include coffee, strawberry picking, two half-flats of berries, Strawberry Social, varietal tasting and discussion. Kids under ten are free except for the berries they pick to take home.
January 31-February 2 Seafood Summit 2011: Responsibility without Borders?
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, Canada.
Saturday, December 18, 2010 & January 16, 2011 Walrus & Carpenter Picnic
6:30pm, bus departs Seattle for Taylor Shellfish The object is to provide a benchmark oyster eating experience by which all subsequent oyster experiences will be judged. A picnic on legendary Totten Inlet at low tide in the dark and cold in the middle of the winter, and, if you are lucky, an icy gust of wind off the bay to season the experience…more than a little crazy, yes? Lewis Carroll’s “Walrus & the Carpenter,” a tale about how the Walrus and Carpenter lure the oysters for a walk on the beach and then proceed to eat every one, provided some of allure for this outing. The winter temperatures are perfect for the oysters as well as the wines. Lantern light, freezing weather, plump, sweet oysters just rousted from their beds and opened on the spot, award-winning “oyster wines” drunk out of Reidel stemware, a bonfire…just the right mix of magic and madness. When the tide starts coming in, it is time for a cup of Xinh Dwelley‘s hot oyster stew before getting back on the bus. See here for pictures from 2010.
Saturday, October 9 Vashon Cider Fest Tasting
Jon will be one of the cider judges at the 3rd Annual Vashon Cider Fest Tasting at Misty Isle Farms, from 4 to 7pm. (12011 SW 220 Street, Vashon Island, WA 98070.)
Sunday, September 26
Jon will be judging ciders in advance of the 3rd Annual Vashon Cider Fest Tasting. This year’s cider tasting takes place at Misty Isle Farms on Saturday, October 9, from 4 to 7pm. (12011 SW 220 Street, Vashon Island, WA 98070.)