Truckaroo: Washington’s Food Truck Event

Mark your calendars to join us at the Washington State Food Truck Association’s annual Truckaroo event, on June 16th from 11am to 4pm. Their mission is to celebrate the uniqueness of street food while incorporating local ingredients, to promote the interests of small business owners, and to raise funds for the association’s legislative efforts. The Washington State Food Truck Assoc. advocates for all mobile food vendors and hopes to continue its local and state-level policy work. Their work demonstrates how street food can bring communities together.

Truckaroo will take place at the Bates Technical College- South Campus. Bates offers one of the only culinary food truck education programs in the state. This acclaimed program is run by a previous student, Chef Richard Houle. It consists of 40-credits and covers everything from sanitation and food safety basics to cost control, food truck menu development  and creating a business plan.

The Washington State Food Truck Association will also partner with USO Northwest to continue to support our military service members and their families. The partnership provides programs and services designed to meet the individual needs of today’s military. The USO operates two of its own food trucks as well, mainly for special events that are aimed to provide support to those who need it the most.

The whole family can enjoy food trucks, trailers, carts and pop-ups, locally made beverages, and traditional street entertainment on campus, and kids enter for free. The food vendors also offer a military discount. Advance tickets can be purchased for $5 through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/truckaroo-tickets-44078769787.

They need sponsors, local artisans, street entertainers, demos, and volunteers to make this event possible.  If you’d like to participate or find more details, visit the website here:   https://www.wafoodtrucks.org/truckaroo    Twitter: @wafoodtrucks

 

18th Annual Taste of the Market

A fundraiser centered around local restaurants and chefs is sure to draw a big crowd. The 18th annual Taste of the Market in Olympia is, sure to draw hundreds of people eager to taste all kinds of delicious food.

Taste of the Market will take place Tuesday, August 15 at 5:30 pm. The host of the event, Friends of Olympia Farmers Market (FOFM), seeks to benefit several different areas each year through Taste of the Market. President of the FOFM Board J.T. Treacy Kreger lists the benefits from fundraising: “Capital Improvements for the Olympia Farmer’s Market, educational scholarships to support scholars interested in learning about all aspects of local organic, farming and food production, promote healthy, locally produced food and goods, and support the local sustainable agriculture community.”

FOFM has contributed to and started up several scholarships to provide education to students interested in organic and local farming. “This last year we supported three Market scholars in their learning efforts; from expanding their business education to getting their teaching certificate to educate our youth in the area of organic gardening and farming,” Kreger says. “Our successes means we have been able to help support the Olympia Farmer’s Market and the community.”

Ticket sales, business, and those directly involved in FOFM help reach these goals throughout each year. As for what the Taste of the Market entails, Kreger says, “Attending the event allows you to enjoy a smorgasbord of the finest cuisine from dozens of local restaurants, market vendors, wineries, breweries, and coffee roasters; enjoy live music, win prizes, and visit with friends.”

Thirty local food vendors or restaurants will be present, according to Kreger. Last year’s event was sold out, and this year, with more tickets available, he projects it to be sold out as well.

“This is one of the largest social events in Olympia,” he says. “We do not ask for money because we get great sponsor support and that pays for the cost of the event. So, almost 100% of the ticket price goes to support the Friends mission. Olympians love the Market, it’s the Jewel of Olympia.”

Taste of the Market

Olympia Farmers Market, 700 Capitol Way North, Olympia

Tuesday, August 15 at 5:30 pm

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amazing smells at 222 market

Opened this past November, 222 Market features local and regional artisans in a European market-style setting. Husband-and-wife owners Gray and Joy Graham say they opened the business to add vitality to downtown Olympia with a fun and inviting marketplace of local and sustainable foods.

As you walk into the quaint but bustling building, you immediately smell fresh bread in the air. The longstanding Bread Peddler bakeshop and café is a great meeting spot and a place to enjoy breakfast and lunch.

Next door, fresh coffee is brewing and pleasantly paired with crepes. The Creperie offers buckwheat crepes made in the tradition of Brittany, France, and from locally sourced ingredients. The refined yet down-to-earth setting makes The Creperie a favorite on our list.

If you smell something sweet, it may be coming from Sofie’s Scoops, where owners Sofie and Chris set out to make gelato the best way they could, from fresh and local ingredients. Gelato in a waffle cone is our favorite.

Meat lovers will appreciate the smell of bone broth upon arrival at the Broth Bar by Salt Fire and Time. For those in need of “healing nutritional support,” says its website, this is a place for “a positive and delicious experience of daily wellness in the form of traditional foods….” With housemade floral kombucha on tap, this is a one-stop shop for wellness on the go.

Pantry at the Market is the place to stop in for a snack or grab items for home. All foods sold in the Pantry are sourced for their locality and their sustainable practices—and of course their flavors!

Stop and smell the flowers, literally, at Fleurae, where owners Carissa and Iana have established a floral design and gift shop. Their beautiful space is packed with fresh flowers, bouquets to go, handmade wreaths, candles, antique pillows and local artisan gifts.

At Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar, the bounty of the local tides is celebrated and sold. Says owner Austin Navarre: “We are providing food that is fresh, local and sustainable” with a menu that changes daily.

Blind Pig Spirits craft distillery offers in-house distilled alcohols from Washington-grown products. Local owners Lesa, Ray, and Fred set out to make a splash in the distillery community by offering small-batch spirits, with quality ingredients. They know that fermentation doesn’t have the best scent, but don’t worry, they say—it’s all part of the process. The in-house distillery features a tasting room, production and bottling facility, and retail sales of its products and branded merchandise.

To experience all the sights and smells of 222 Market, visit 222 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA, 98501

www.222market.com

Semiahmoo Resort

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Newly renovated Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa is located on the pristine shores of Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor, where tide pools and estuaries provide a sanctuary for Pacific Northwest wildlife. As you drive along the finger-like spit toward the resort, you smell the salt air and take in the water views on both sides.

Foodies will love Semiahmoo’s Pierside Kitchen. Upon entering you will notice the weathered wood siding and ceilings and expansive show kitchen. Unique elements such as old-world cannery-inspired dishes, artisanal North Coast–inspired sculptures, and a custom-built, dual-sided glass-inset fireplace all contribute to the rustic yet elevated coastal vibe.

Pierside Kitchen features fresh, seasonally inspired cuisine. Culinary director Eric Truglas, an Epicurean World Master chef, takes menu inspiration from the local region’s freshest bounty available in abundance at the resort’s seaside environs. World-class service and amazing views complement the creative culinary offerings.

This escape destination offers a wide array of activities for families, both in and around the property. Kids and parents both can unplug from electronics and enjoy nature. Semiahmoo offers beachcombing, volleyball, pools and an on-site movie theater. Assistant general manager Ousmane Diop says, “Families come here to celebrate and forget all their worries in life.”

Speaking of leaving your troubles behind, when parents need a little “me time,” the full-service spa at Semiahmoo has you covered. Manager Joan Southon says, “We delight in bringing our guests the highest level of salon and spa services. This is your place to relax and enjoy.”

For a getaway that is family-friendly yet luxurious, with world-class food, spa and amenities, not to mention breathtaking views and surroundings, book your stay at semiahmoo.com.

LEAH GROUT

9565 Semiahmoo Parkway
Blaine, WA 98230
360-318-2000
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