Seattle’s First Cheese And Meat Festival Arrives In April is, of course, primarily about craft beer.  Of course, you can’t have craft beer without food and what are two types of foods that go great with craft beer?  Cheese and meat.  In addition to being a huge fan of great craft beer, I’ve always appreciated the artistry surrounding the practices of both cheese-making and charcuterie.

Coming up on Saturday, April 29th, McCaw Hall will host Seattle’s first ever Cheese and Meat Festival as a way to celebrate the fine arts of cheese-making and charcuterie.  The Cheese and Meat Festival has also partnered with Food Lifeline for the inaugural Seattle event and proceeds from the Cheese and Meat Festival ticket sales will go directly to Food Lifeline.

Here is the full press release from the Cheese and Meat Festival and Food Lifeline:

March 9, 2017 – The first festival showcasing cheese and meat (charcuterie) arrives in Seattle on Saturday, April 29th, 2017. With the recent boom in artisan shops across the Pacific Northwest the Cheese and Meat festival will exhibit both international and local cheese and meat in an experiential tasting format.

The festival will take place at the beautiful setting of the McCaw Hall. Attendees will wander the grounds at their leisure, enjoying bite-sized morsels of cheese and meat paired with wine, beer, cider, and delectable accompaniments. This is an exciting time in Seattle! The abundance of artisan shops and restaurants thoughtfully pairing fantastic cheese and charcuterie products has never been greater.

“The festival gives attendees the ability to learn about new cheeses, meats and pairings while tasting the product itself. The vast array of food they taste gives attendees sense of that next charcuterie board build,” Festival said Dave Bain, Cheese and Meat Festival Producer. “It also allows mom and pop shops to showcase their homemade recipes, and gain marketing exposure they would not be able to afford before.”  

Proceeds from the Cheese and Meat Festival will go towards educating and aiding its patrons and surrounding community. The festival creates a support program to offer low-income or at risk mothers a seminar focused on healthy living, and generating engagement with local vendors.

Have you had a cheese or meat that was so good you wanted to buy it directly from the restaurant’s stock? Never fear, the Cheese and Meat festival will have an on-site store to allow attendees to buy the product they’ve fallen in love with, on their way out the door.

The festival will consist of two tasting sessions. The afternoon tasting will take place from 3:00pm – 5:00pm and the evening tasting will take place from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Seminars are scheduled between each tasting, featuring cheese and meat creations, pairings, and unique offerings. Tickets are on sale NOW at for just $55 before tax and service fees. This event is a 21+ event – no minors.

Additionally, the Cheese and Meat Festival is proud to partner with Food Lifeline for the inaugural Seattle event.  Proceeds from Cheese and Meat Festival ticket sales will go directly to Food Lifeline.

Event Details:

When: April 29th, 2017

Where: McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St. Seattle, WA)

Events: Evening Tasting 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Afternoon Tasting 3:00pm – 5:00pm

*Tickets ON SALE: February 1st at 9:00AM

Tickets Cost: $55

Tickets Available: Online at

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**The festival takes place in Victoria, and Vancouver BC – Canada. Both festivals sold out very quickly. We advise attendees to purchase in advance to ensure entry

About Food Lifeline
Every year, nearly 40% of our country’s food ends up in landfills, while millions go hungry. Food Lifeline has a solution for both problems. We rescue millions of pounds of this surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants. We then deliver this healthy and nutritious food to 275 food banks, shelters and meal programs across Western Washington. Thanks to your support, we provide 90,000 meals to our hungry neighbors every day. That’s why we say “Hunger Doesn’t Have to Happen.”

Tickets are on sale now, and separate tickets are required for each session.  As noted above, there are also seminars scheduled between each session, in case you wanted to learn more about cheese and meat pairings and the unique offerings you’ll see at the festival.

Here is the preliminary list of companies set to participate in the festival:

  • Fancy Ass Olives
  • Wild Ridge Winery
  • West Coast Smoking Oyster
  • Finnriver Farm and Cidery
  • Odin Brewing Company
  • Pastrome
  • Tamer’s Beef Jerky
  • Masquerade Wine
  • Beauchamp Imports
  • Smith Brothers Farms
  • French Cider
  • Ferndale
  • Silver Springs Creamery
  • Twin Sister Creamery
  • Friday Harbor House of Jerky
  • Mollusk
  • Darigold
  • The Farmstead
  • Honest Biscuits
  • Blue Mountain Affinage
  • Venturi-Schulze
  • Full Circle
  • Salumi

Although this event is not until April 29th, don’t wait too long to get your tickets as I suspect they will go fast.  Come on out on  April 29th to enjoy the plethora of great cheese and charcuterie offerings, all while helping out Food Lifeline.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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