The Washington State Liquor Control board has announced that they have chosen ten Washington Farmers’ Markets to be part of a pilot program that offers Washington wine and beer tastings at Farmers Markets in the state. The program will run from September 1, 2011 through November 1, 2012. The state liquor control board will be guiding and overseeing the program. Whether the pilot was successful will be a part of a presentation for the state Legislature in December 2012.
Here are some of the Puget Sound area markets that have been invited to join the program:
West Seattle Farmers Market
4400 S.W. Alaska St., Seattle
Magnolia Farmers Market
2550 34th Avenue West, Seattle
Everett Farmers Market, Inc.
1600 W. Marine View Drive, Everett
Vashon Farmers Market
17511 Vashon Highway South, Vashon
Proctor Farmers Market
N. 27th Street, Tacoma
Pike Place Market
Pike Place, Seattle
The WSLB says a confirmed list will be announced soon.
What does that mean at your participating farmers’ market? During the program, only one brewery, microbrewery or winery may offer samples per day. Samples must be two ounces or less, and customers can have up to a total of four ounces. Staff from the brewery, microbrewery or winery must be able to observe all tasting participants in a designated tasting area to ensure that minors and apparently intoxicated persons cannot possess or consume alcohol. There also must be food available or be next to a vender offering prepared food.
For more information, go to the state website at: http://www.liq.wa.gov.