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Seattle Wine and Food Experience – a whirlwind of wine, beer, spirits and culinary talent

Experience more than 100 wineries from around the globe plus local food, beer, cider and craft spirits at the fifth annual Seattle Wine and Food Experience, Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.”The Seattle Wine and Food Experience offers a wide range of food and beverage from the West Coast and abroad,” said Jamie Peha, owner of Peha Promotions and producer of the Seattle Wine and Food Experience. “This event offers the consumer a well-rounded tasting and educational experience with the opportunity to compare wines from different regions, spend time tasting through regional brews and ciders and learn about the spirits world. Plus, more than 20 chefs will be serving gourmet bites featuring local products including Washington beef and potatoes, Oregon lamb and seafood. Olive oil, artisan cheese, chocolate and other specialty food vendors will also be sampling their products.”

The excitement of the Snoqualmie Casino’s gaming experience, gourmet food offerings and handcrafted drinks will be front and center at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience. Stop by Snoqualmie Casino’s Luxe Lounge to “play” a hand or two at one of the classic gaming tables, enjoy a premium wine or craft beer and taste some of the signature dishes from their award-winning restaurants – Terra Vista, 12 Moons Asian Bistro and Sno Deli. Relax in the comfort of the 3,200 square foot lounge as live music plays throughout the day.

Featured “Experiences” at the 2013 event include:

Snoqualmie Casino Luxe Lounge – Enjoy delicious dishes from 12 Moons Asian Bistro, Terra Vista and Sno Deli and live music while you relax in comfort at the Luxe Lounge. Featured drinks include wine from Spring Valley Vineyard (their flagship red wine, Uriah, has twice made Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list), Georgetown Brewing Company’s Manny’s Pale Ale and an Asian inspired lychee beverage from 12 Moons Restaurant’s signature menu.

Featured Wine Region: Oregon – The Oregon Wine Board brings more than 30 state producers pouring a multitude of wines including a not-to-be-missed array of gorgeous white wines like Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot gris and Pinot blanc.

Sip Northwest Distillery Square – Taste the latest creations from the region’s hottest craft distillers and learn how grains and botanicals become whiskey, vodka and gin.Tim’s Cascade Snacks Beer and Cider Exhibit – Taste the bounty of the Northwest’s cider apples and hops in the Tim’s Cascade Snacks Beer and Cider Exhibit.

Washington Beef Bistro with Chateau Ste. Michelle – Compare mid-west corn-fed beef versus northwest corn-fed beef from Double R Ranch at the Washington Beef Commission table and determine which you prefer. The Beef Bistro also features The Barking Frog, The Capital Grille and Andaluca preparing delicious beef dishes along with award winning Chateau Ste. Michelle wine.

Chef in the Vineyard – Meet Culinary Director John Sarich, sample his creative beef bites using Certified Angus Beef and taste through a wonderful selection of Washington’s best wines from Columbia Crest, Red Diamond, 14 Hands and Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Cooking With Stella Artois and Diane’s Market Kitchen – Join Chef Diane LaVonne as she demonstrates the versatility of cooking with Stella Artois and sample the delicious results! Get lucky and take home a Stella Artois chalice.

Fonté Coffee Bar – One of the city’s homegrown coffee roasters, the Fonté Coffee Lounge offers guests a quick pick-me-up during the event.Wine From Around the Globe – Guests experience a tasting of international wines. Learn about the varieties of grapes grown and styles of winemaking in regions throughout Europe, Israel and beyond. Of course domestic wines are featured with more than 25 Washington wineries and a selection of California brands in the house.

BevMo! Tasting Room – Now with five locations in Washington and soon to be eight, BevMo! invites you to sample through a selection of wine and beer. While you are there, pick up your red BevMo! wine bag.

Chef Prepared Gourmet Bites – Featuring: 12 Moons Asian Bistro, Allium, Andaluca, Arnies, Barking Frog, The Capital Grille, Chateau Ste. Michelle (with culinary director John Sarich), Cicchetti Kitchen & Bar, Coho Café, Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar, Far-Eats, The Hunt Club, Kaspars Special Events & Catering, Local 360, Macrina Bakery & Café, Portals Restaurant at Suncadia, Purple Café & Wine Bar, Racha Thai, Ray’s Boathouse, Serafina Osteria, Sno Deli, Terra Vista and Trellis Restaurant.

Tickets for this year’s event are on sale now at seattlewineandfoodexperience.com. Early bird tickets are $49 through January 15 and $55 thereafter. Ticket price includes access to all areas of the event. No one under 21 will be admitted and ID is required.