From enjoying a beer with friends (and penguins) at the zoo to learning how to make that butter-soft Brie to chowing down pie with the family, this season boasts a variety of creative culinary events. This month, take a break from your typical wine-and-cheese gatherings and dive into all the Eastside has to offer.
Brew at the Zoo (Oct. 6)
At Woodland Park Zoo’s annual beer-tasting event, you can sample everything from microbrews to ciders from over 40 different breweries while benefiting the zoo’s animals and conservation efforts. Peruse some of the exhibits while tasting domestics and imports and grabbing a bite to eat. For more information, visit zoo.org/brew.
Cascadia Cheese Festival (Oct. 8)
Hosted by Central Co-op, this seventh annual festival in Seattle promises to be food for the cheese-lover’s soul (and palate). Past festivals have featured cheese-making workshops, beer tastings, a goat-petting zoo and, of course, samplings of some of the best cheeses from cheese makers of Washington and Oregon. For more information, visit centralcoop.coop/events.
Snohomish Brewfest (Oct. 28–29)
Part of the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins, Brewfest features the best food and drink Snohomish has to offer. In the past, the event has included eats from Java Haus Café and Catering and beers from SnoTown Brewery, Whiskey Ridge Brewing and At Large Brewing, to name a few. The festivities culminate with the presentation of the “Brew Dude Award,” the people’s choice of the best beer in the house. For more information, visit snohobrewfest.com.
Fox Hollow Family Farm Fall Festival (now through Oct. 30)
Amid the vibrant setting of Issaquah in autumn, the red and orange hues of the leaves, the animals grazing and the salmon swimming up the creek, Fox Hollow Family Farm hosts its annual festival. Feast on pumpkin pie, hot apple cider and s’mores made over the bonfire. The kids will love the pony rides, hay maze, Haunted Forest and huge inflatables. Don’t forget to pick out a pumpkin to take home!
For more information and to buy tickets, visit foxhollowfamilyfarm.com.