Press Release


January 26, 2021

Media Contacts:

Kau’ilani Robinson, Visit Seattle
(206) 251-8920 | [email protected]

Averyl (Dunn) Mooney, Washington State Wine Commission
(206) 295-5763 | [email protected]

Taste Washington 2021 Shifts to Safe Celebrations in Lieu of In-Person Events 

The annual event features take-out and stay-in activations in support of local wineries and restaurants

SEATTLE – While in-person events will not take place at Taste Washington this year, it is more important than ever to support our local wine and food communities. On February 8, organizers of Taste Washington will announce an innovative line-up of take-out options, stay-in activations and hotel wine packages in lieu of in-person events.

Held annually every March, Taste Washington has a 24-year tradition of being one of the nation’s most celebrated wine and food festivals. This year, Taste Washington will turn into a statewide month-long celebration featuring new and unique ways to keep its spirit alive.

“For safety reasons and to comply with statewide regulations, we made the decision not to produce an in-person festival that attracts thousands of people indoors. However, we are looking forward to bringing Taste Washington events back for 2022,” Senior Vice President & CMO of Visit Seattle Ali Daniels said. “This year, we are focused on finding new ways to highlight everything that makes our state so delicious while letting safety lead the way.”

March is also Wine Month, lending itself as the perfect pairing to safely enjoy Taste Washington 2021. Taste Washington organizers are working with Washington’s highly acclaimed wineries and restaurants to offer wine deals, take-out meal packages, recipes, and hotel wine packages throughout the month of March.

“Washington wines stand on a global stage and this year, Taste Washington 2021 delivers creative, new ways for people to support local and enjoy them,” said Steve Warner, President of the Washington State Wine Commission. “We know Washington wines pair well with just about everything – and if last year taught us anything, it’s that we can shift and adjust successfully, too. Our wineries have worked to stay connected throughout the year and we look forward to celebrating together, even if we’re apart.”

All of the details will be formally announced on the Taste Washington website on February 8.

Media Resources:

About Taste Washington:
The Washington State Wine Commission launched Taste Washington in 1998 and it is now produced by Visit Seattle. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Visit Seattle:
Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Visit

About Washington State Wine Commission:
The Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) represents every licensed winery and wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, WSWC provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry through assessments based on grape and wine sales, WSWC is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987. To learn more, visit





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