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Best Fall Food Festivals Around the Sound

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The Northwest has bountiful supplies of apples in the fall, along with lots of other fruits and vegetables. Plus, we know our coffee, tea and chocolate. Come celebrate the best of the Northwest at one of these food festivals.

2012 Garlic Festival
Saturday, September 15
10:00am – 6:00pm
Northwest Organic Farms
17713 NW 61st Avenue
Ridgefield, WA 98642
360.573.4868
http://www.northwestorganicfarms.com

The 8th Annual Garlic Festival is an all day event that features live bluegrass music, tomato and garlic tastings, fresh fruits and vegetables, craft and art vendors, activities for the kids and a whole lot of fun. Other plans include street tacos, burgers, brats, grilled cheese, home-style tomato sandwiches and apple hand pies. Take a crafting class for garlic braids. Just pick up a braid kit and join in the fun! FREE for the whole family.

Coffee Fest Seattle
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 21, 22 and 23
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.coffeefest.com

If it looks like coffee, smells like coffee, goes well with coffee or is coffee you will find it at Coffee Fest. Everything under the sun that would be found in an upscale coffee shop on either side of the counter, including the counter, would be found on the exhibition floor at Coffee Fest. Plus learn skills, receive education and experience new products, alongside great networking. The America’s Best Coffeehouse Competition and America’s Best Espresso Competition will debut at Coffee Fest Seattle 2012 along with the always exciting Latte Art World Championship Open. Register to attend online.

Northwest Chocolate Festival
Saturday and Sunday
September 29 and 30
10:00am – 6:00pm
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.nwchocolate.com

Two days of pure chocolate magic and decadence! Featuring craft chocolate artisans from around the country in our city for the tasting and talks. Hands-on workshops, demonstrations in chocolate, lectures and slideshows. Be a chocolatier for a weekend at the best festival for chocolate lovers in the world!

Apple Festival
Saturday and Sunday
September 29 and 30
9:00am- 5:30pm Saturday
9:00am – 4:00pm Sunday
Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm
9402 Rich Road SE
Olympia, WA 98501
360.491.7328
http://www.lattinscider.com

Enjoy a day in the country with Bluegrass music amid the sweet aroma of apples. Sample our fresh-picked, crunchy apples and take some home at a great low price. Find your way through the new year-round Maze. Kids can bob for apples, and visit the farm animals. Savor apple crisp, caramel apples, apple butter, apple cake, baked apples, apple pie by the slice and amazing apple fritters and cider. Bring your friends, family and cameras. Attendance is free. Parking is $3/vehicle.

Northwest Tea Festival
Saturday and Sunday
October 6 and 7
Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.nwteafestival.com

The NW Tea Festival is the premier festival in the Northwest celebrating the world’s favorite beverage. With world-renowned presenters, tea tasting, shopping, and more, both new devotees and long-time fans can explore the wonder of tea. You’ll experience tea samples from around the world, cooking-with-tea demonstrations, hands-on classes about brewing, tasting, and selecting teas, as well as choosing the right tea for every meal. Tea authors will read from their books and sign copies. Plus, shop from tea and teaware vendors! Tickets available online.

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