Unleash the lederhosen - it’s autumn in Seattle! From exalted eateries to harvest-inspired festivities, it’s time to roll out the Oktoberfest barrel, gas up the Trucktoberfest, raise a pint to PIKEtoberfest, and savor the Pacific Northwest’s bounty.
Here, Foodable TV spotlights Seattle’s most tantalizing tastes of fall.
Herbfarm | Woodinville
The Herbfarm in Woodinville enjoys international acclaim for their elaborate multi-course, wine-paired, theme-inspired dinners. Chef Chris Weber and crew spares no expense showcasing the cornucopia of the Pacific Northwest’s delights with imaginative autumn menus, tendering themes like Knife, Fork, Smoke, An Indian Summer, A Mycologist’s Dream, and Harvest Table.
Drilling down into just one of these nine-course knock-outs leaves you reeling. Knife, Fork, Smoke, for example, reconsiders primal pungency through flame, ember, and smoke, employing ‘half-forgotten,’ old-time cooking techniques throughout.
Guests wonder over ambitious bites such as Grilled Bannock Bread with Devil’s Club Powder, Fire-roasted Cod, Quacked Pepper (Guernica Pepper roasted in coals stuffed with Marjoram-Duck Sausage), Plancha-seared Wagyu Beef Zabuton with Charred Asian Pear & Leek, Fermented Cauliflower and Basil Sauce, or Ice Cream of Milk sizzled with Red-hot Applewood Embers and Wild Blackberry-Lavender Bavarian.
To assemble A Mycologist’s Dream, the Herbfarm engages a Master Wild Food Forager to journey hundreds of miles in search of mushrooms found deep in mountain woods. The Herbfarm employs two Sommeliers dedicated to selecting pours from the restaurant’s prodigious wine cellar to accompany each meal, but guests may also opt for beer or non-alcoholic pairings. Hard to imagine this world-renown restaurant sprouted from humble beginnings as an herb farm in the 1970‘s, selling chives.
Trellis Restaurant | Kirkland Heathman Hotel
You might call autumn Chef Brian Scheehser’s sweet spot. Proffering ‘innovative, agrarian cuisine’ at Trellis Restaurant in Kirkland’s Heathman Hotel, Chef Brian sources the produce from his own eighteen-acre farm in Woodinville.
A series of creative seasonal menus and daily specials showcase this embarrassment of farm-to-table riches, from Winter Squash and Sweet Corn soups to Roasted Root Vegetables, Winter Squash Ravioli, and Apple Pie.
Kirkland Oktoberfest | Sept 25-27
Kirkland’s Oktoberfest in downtown Marina Park barrels through three days of traditional German food, beer garden, games, and music, plus a popular Wiener Dog Race. Guests can oom pa pa in the München-style Biergarten Festhalle, stein-hoist and keg-roll in the SportHaus und Kraft Bier Keller, slaver over bratwurst and sauerkraut in the Sausagehaus, and stroll along the Willkommen Platz overlooking Lake Washington.
Kirkland Oktoberfest benefits Kirkland Off-Leash Group, Imagine Housing, Sibling House and Eastside Timebank.
Trucktoberfest | October 3-4
Seattle welcomes the Mobile Food Rodeo 1st Annual Trucktoberfest on October 3- 4th at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Touted as ‘a new Northwest festival tradition,’ the event pairs over sixty gourmet mobile eateries, more than thirty craft breweries, live music, and lawn games.
Hungry attendees chomp on eats from trendy food trucks, including Meat on a Mission, Gai Box, and Buns on Wheels, while slaking their thirst with a bevy of brews, among them 10 Barrels Brewing, Schofferhofer, and Dog’s Head.
For fun, participants vie for Mr. & Miss Oktoberfest, frolic at lawn games, and groove to the likes of Thunderpussy, Alpha Tango Alpha, and Sisters on the Elysian Brewing Music Stage. Trucktoberfest benefits Special Olympics of Washington.
PIKEtoberfest | Pike Place Market | October 4
Extolled as ‘A Beer, Charcuterie and Harvest Festival,’ PIKEtoberfest pays homage to the original ‘mother of all’ Munich Oktoberfest, but with a decidedly Northwest flair.
The event pits local brewers like Pike Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Silver City, Stoup, Sumerian Brewing Co.,Twin Rivers Brewing and Triplehorn Brewing against German craft beers selected by Merchant Du Vin, NBG Imports and Click Distributing, not to mention a crisp chaser of selected Tieton Cider Works.
Patrons also get to compare local craft brewers, spirits and wines with imported German counterparts while noshing on a prolific plenitude of offerings provided by Bavarian Meats, Brave Horse Tavern, Britt’s Pickles, Field Roast, Grand Central Bakery, Honest Biscuits, Knutzen Farms, Macrina Bakery, Oly Kraut, The Pike Pub, Uli’s Sausage, Willapa Hills Cheese, and others.
PIKEtoberfest benefits The Pike Place Market Foundation which dispenses medical services, low income housing, child care and other social services to people in need. The Pike Place Market ranks among the most livable and diverse neighborhoods in the nation, thanks in part to The Market Foundation.
So before Indian Summer fades and folks fumble to retrieve rain gear and fleece, the Seattle food and wine industry offers consumers a chance to bask in fall’s singular seasonal delights with celebratory flair and flavor.