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First Annual Gig Harbor Food & Wine Festival 
Aug. 9, 2010 10:37 am 
Updated: Sep. 15, 2010 6:13 pm
Nate and I had a great opportunity to go check out the best of Gig Harbor eats, drinks, and chefs at the Gig Harbor Food & Wine Festival. This was the inaugural event of the Food & Wine Festival, and it was great for their first run! Tickets were $75 each and the event sold out at 500 people. There were a variety of classes, local restaurants, and wine vendors that offered lots of great tastes throughout the day.

{event held at} Harbor History Museum | 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor
{event hours} 12pm – 6pm
{cost} $75 each | well worth it for those who made a day of the classes and tastings
{parking} One of the first “plus” items to this event was that they had various locations for guests to park at. There was an ongoing shuttle that started at 11:30am and ran until the end of the event. The bus driving was great! She even handed out her card to those getting off at the event in case we wanted to her come pick us up directly! This also seemed like a prime location for residents of Gig Harbor, many seemed to be walking from the neighborhoods surrounding the Harbor History Museum.

{she said} I was thrilled when I heard about the opportunity to cover this event in my blog! I’m an avid eats and drinks lover (if you can’t tell from my blog, tweets, and Facebook posts) and try to make as many food/drink related events as I can. Since this was the first Food & Wine Festival in Gig Harbor, I was expecting the usual – lots of great food and wine to try. There was a bonus – GREAT classes to sit in on and a chance to meet Chef Fabio Viviani (Owner and Executive Chef of Firenze Osteria Italian Restaurant and Martini Bar and Top Chef Season 5 contestant) and Chef Craig Haslebacher (Chef of The Lodge at Mallard’s Landing and this year, beat out Iron Chef Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America). 
As usual, a lot of my “tasting notes” are included with the pictures below and yes, you will be hungry afterwards (let me know when you want to check out Anthony’s!). I wanted to point out some things that stood out, take note to attend the event next year! 
{eats} Anthony’s Restaurant | appetizer | Fresh Ahi Tuna Crips
{drinks} Dry Soda | modern alternative refreshment | kumquat
{class} Beer and Pizza: A Match Made in Heaven | Blue Cannon Pizza & 7 Seas Brewing Company 
{her rating} 4: loved it | there can be a few tweaks that can be made (as with any event, nothing is perfect – there is always room for improvement). There was a focus on local restaurants, which didn’t bring out as many as I would have liked to seen. There were a ton of great wineries and wine bars, with that amount of wine flowing – a few more restaurants to try from would be great for those who might have to drive home. There were some very educational and fun classes being offered, perhaps more marketing around these would be great. People can really plan their day – what classes to sit in on, when to get their favorite cookbook signed, when to fit in the tasting. Guests can really take advantage of the 6 hours this event is going on and make their $75 ticket worth it! I’m looking forward to the event next year – seeing these food & wine events grow is always fun (and tasty!).

{he said and his ratings} This being the first ever Gig Harbor Food and Wine Festival, they really stepped up to the challenge, including the not so pleasant weather! All the vendors, volunteers and guest chefs were very friendly. As always, I was excited to get to the main tent to try all the samples the vendors had in store for us. I was a little sick earlier in the day, so I lost my palette for wine, but that didn’t take anything away from me tasting some good bites. There are a few vendors who stood out in my mind:

*Anthony’s: Fresh Ahi, I could NOT get enough of this and neither could Jen! I think we can all admit that a vendor who is prepared to be busy and has enough in stock is always much appreciated!! :) A definite 5!

*Chamber’s Bay: Pulled pork sandwich...finally some food that covers more than 1/4 of my hand!! Full of flavor and a good tasting slaw to match...this one gets a 4 - I’d go back for another.

*Bella Bella (cupcakes): The chocolate salted caramel cupcake was...the...bomb! Jen took pictures of me going for 4th helpings?!!! I’m not going to lie, I would consider driving to the Kitsap Peninsula for this, but thankfully Trophy Cupcakes are in our backyard! Another 5!!

To see more photos, check out my full blog post!
Fresh Ahi Tuna Crisp
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Pulled Pork Slider
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Cupcakes from Bella Bella
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Nate and I w/Fabio from Top Chef, Season 5
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Mrs. C 
Aug. 9, 2010 4:58 pm
Your blog today was enjoyable on so many levels! Food, certainly, but also location. love areas around the Sound, the San Juans... even when the weather is questioable! My sister lives on Orcas, and I wonder about attending next year? Maybe!
Sep. 15, 2010 6:13 pm
Wow, what a great event. Just discovered your blog - gorgeous pics and great story. Thanks!
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