Although Bellingham has earned a reputation as a craft beer town, we are actually fans of all craft beverages, including wine, whiskey, cider, kombucha and cocktails. We’re also social creatures and we love to show off our local food and chefs. With this combination Bellingham and Whatcom County are filled with venues offering wine tasting, beer pairings and all kinds of libation events on a regular basis.
Here’s a list of what’s coming up. This post will be updated as additional events are announced.
Wine Tasting Events
Samson Estates Summer Jazz Series – June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, 2019
Enjoy gorgeous views of Mt. Baker while listening to live jazz and wine tasting at Samson Estates Winery, 1861 Van Dyk Rd in Everson this summer. The series features the smooth sounds of many local and promising jazz artists as well as food and beverage courtesy of Samson Estates. Each event is 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. For details visit www.samsonestates.com
Samson Estates also offers wine tasting throughout the summer, Wed. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Their picturesque tasting room is on the working farm, surrounded by 500 acres of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and currants, which are primary ingredients in their Delilah wine series. The Everson and Lynden region of Whatcom County grows 65% of the entire U.S. red-raspberry crop, providing the freshest fruit for these wines. Samson Estates also uses Yakima Valley grapes to produce Syrah, Merlot, Riesling and Chardonnay.
And be sure to try my personal favorite – hazelnut Oro. Yum!
Semiahmoo Resort, Golf, Spa Winemaker Dinner Series – June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, 2019
Winemaker Dinners at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine feature the culinary excellence of the Semiahmoo kitchen staff and the expert knowledge of Pacific Northwest winemakers. Each dinner includes champagne and appetizers upon arrival, three to five dinner courses, and a wine to pair with every course. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
The June 20 dinner features Brian Carter Cellars. Reception begins at 5:30. Five-course dinner begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are available online for $159.30 per person. Special room rates at Semiahmoo Resort are also available for the winemaker dinner attendees. For reservations call the front desk at 360-318-2000.
Hotel Bellwether Premier Wine Tasting Series – June 21, 2019
Each month the Hotel Bellwether on Bellingham Bay hosts a Premier Wine Tasting Social series to highlight select Pacific Northwest wineries.
Ticket prices are $30 per person, plus tax and include tastings from each winery as well as light appetizers. A prix fixe dinner menu is also available in the Lighthouse Grill following the tasting. Call 360-392-3100 or go to www.hotelbellwether.com to reserve your spot.
Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival – Aug. 10, 2019
A much larger event, with over 150 wines from up to 55 Pacific Northwest wineries, the 5th Annual Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival takes place Aug. 10 at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Ballroom in Bellingham. In addition to the wineries, the festival features two distilleries and one brewery from the Pacific Northwest. And for foodies: a selection of passed appetizers from Bellingham Four Points Executive Chef Bryce Lamb, as well as small plates prepared by eight Whatcom County restaurants.
Tickets are available at two prices levels: $50 general admission provides three hours of tasting in the Grand Ballroom from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., with access to all wineries, passed appetizers, and small plates, and a souvenir wine glass; $75 VIP tickets allow for an extra hour of tasting in the Ballroom beginning at 6:00 p.m. as well as exclusive access to a VIP lounge from 6:45 to 10:00 p.m. that features appetizers and hourly rotating wine pours not available in the ballroom.
For a complete list of wines and participating wineries, as well as ticket purchase information visit BellinghamNorthwestWineFestival.com.
Beer Pairing and Tasting Events
Brewers by the Bay – June 8, 2019
Bellingham Bay Rotary presents the 13th annual “Brewers by the Bay” microbrew tasting on Saturday, June 8 from 6 – 10 p.m. at Depot Market Square in downtown Bellingham. This year’s event features approximately 38 breweries, 84 different microbrews and ciders and is expected to have over 1500 people in attendance. Enjoy a night of craft beers and music featuring “Spaceband” and “Gladstone,” as well as local food vendors all while helping to support local charities. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Click here to purchase online.
Blues, Brews and BBQ at Hotel Bellwether – Thursday nights, June 13 – Sept. 12, 2019
Sit outside on the Hotel Bellwether Terrace, enjoy live music while watching the sailboats glide back to port, and feast on barbecue and craft beer at the Blues, Brews and BBQ event each Thursday evening beginning June 13. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bands play from 6 to 9 p.m. For more details see www.hotelbellwether.com/featured/blues-brews-and-bbq.
Bellingham Breweries for Community Health – June 27, 2019
Visit one of 10 breweries in Bellingham and Whatcom County on June 27, from 6 – 9 p.m. Every pint purchased during that time will benefit access to local health care at Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood. Participating locations include: Aslan Depot, Boundary Bay Brewery, Chuckanut Brewery, Gruff Brewing, Kulshan Brewing, K2, Menace Brewing, North Fork Brewery, Stones Throw Brewery, and Wander Brewing.
Bellingham Beer and Music Festival – June 29, 2019
“Radio Isn’t Dead” will be the theme for the Sixth Annual Bellingham Beer and Music Festival at the North Bellingham Golf Course tent pavilion on June 29, 2019. The Festival will run from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m, and include up to 35 different breweries pouring up to 80 different beers. Up to four different bands are also scheduled to perform. The theme of this year’s Festival is in connection with local radio station KZAX 94.9LP FM’s 3rd birthday celebration.
The Radio Isn’t Dead/Bellingham Beer and Music Festival is a 21-and-over event. The $30 ticket price includes access to all breweries and bands and a souvenir beer tasting glass. On-site food purchases from local food trucks will also be available. Attendees are asked to please leave their pet dogs at home but are encouraged to bring certified service dogs.
Please visit www.BellinghamBeerAndMusicFestival.com for complete information.
Chuckanut Brewery Oktoberfest – Sept. 14, 2019
Celebrate fall with traditional German style beers at the third annual Chuckanut Brewery Oktoberfest on Sept. 14 from 1-10 p.m. The fun will include bier garden games, face painters, German music, fun contests, great food and great beer. A very limited supply of Chuckanut Oktoberfest mugs will be available for purchase along with a selection of packaged tickets for purchase for food and drinks. Entry is $2 per person, kids are free.
The menu will include traditional German style brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, sodas, and cider. For the beer drinker Chuckanut will be offering its award winning German style Fest Bier 2019 along with other Chuckanut favorites. Bring your best yodeling voice for the Yodel contest, wear your fancy German clothes for the costume contest, strengthen your arm muscles for the liter holding contest and most of all, get ready for the Hammerschlagen contest (hitting a nail straight into a log). Winners will receive fun prizes and best of all. the audience can participate by making their vote heard too. Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen is located at at 601 W Holly St, Bellingham.
Cider Tasting Events
Lost Giants Cider Company 1 year Anniversary – June 15, 2019
Food trucks, yard games, raffles, music, special discounts and loads of ciders will be available at the Lost Giants Cider Company 1 year Anniversary Party from noon – 9 p.m. at 1200 Meador Ave. in Bellingham.
Over the past 12 months, Los Giants has produced 16 different ciders, including 3 collaborations with local breweries. Their Infusion Program has also produced 47 different influsions using a wide variety of fruits, peppers, botanicals and spices.
Whisky Walk in Barkley Village – Oct
2018 was the inaugural year for a Halloween themed Whiskey Walk in Bellingham’s Barkley Village neighborhood. It included 15 whiskeys from 12 different regional distilleries, and a haunted outdoor beer garden provided by Overflow Taps. Tickets were $30 for 6 The event is anticipated again in 2019.
I have it on my calendar!