Updated: Save These Dates On Your Culinary Calendar

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Leslie Kelly
Chef Renee Erickson

Summer is officially over, but before giving into the autumn blues, get a load of all these cool events coming right up. Here are a few delicious dates you’re going to want to lock down on your calendar:

SIP for SIFF is Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Chihuly Boathouse on Lake Union. This fundraiser features food from Lark, Matt's in the Market, MistralKitchen, Sky City at the Space Needle, AQUA by El Gaucho and Volterra, served alongside wines from Billy O, Dunham and Sparkman Cellars. This year, they've shaken things up a bit and added a bartending competition showcasing the skills of mixologists from Canon (Go Jamie Boudreau... whose fave movie is Casablanca!) Kill Bill fan Elmer Dulla from Bar Sajor, Vessel (Jim Romdall who "like every other boy born within a few years of me" loves Star Wars) and Dan'l Mershon from MistralKitchen, who digs the Fellini-esque quality of Terry Gilliam's Brazil. (Don't you wish every bartender and chef revealed their favorite flicks? Might make deciding on where to drink/dine a little easier.) Tickets are $175.

Piketoberfest Beer, Sausage and Charcuterie Festival is set for September 29 at Pike Brewing Company. It’s a local harvest celebration featuring German styles beer from The Pike and Reuben's Brews in Seattle, and Alpine Brewery from Oroville, along with genuine Bavarian Oktoberfest Märzen from Brauerei Aying, Alech Schlenkerla Rauchbier, Benediktner Weissbier, and Kostritze Schwartzbier, all from Bavaria along with Bitburger Pils from the Rhineland. Which will be just the thing to  drink with sausages from various spots known for their fine links including Uli’s, Bavarian Meats and Brave Horse Tavern. Ja! Tickets are $35. To purchase, call: 206.812.6604.

There’s a truly incredible lineup of chefs and farmers for this year’s Incredible Feast, on October 6 at Swanson’s Nursery, a tasting that benefits the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance’s Good Farmer Fund. Chef Tamara Murphy has assembled an all-star group that includes Charles Walpole from Blind Pig Bistro, Café Juanita’s Holly Smith, the ever-busy Renee Erickson, Eric Tanaka from Tom Douglas Restaurants, Marche’s Daisley Gordon, Kären Jurgensen from the Seattle Culinary Academy and more, who will use the stellar locally grown/raised ingredients to create all sorts of memorable mouthfuls. Tickets are $100. (Tickets to this event have SOLD OUT.)

This year’s Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival will be held on Saturday, October 12 at the Seattle Design Center. There will be two sessions between noon to 3 p.m. and then the second, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the doors. Admission includes all cheese tastes and three drink tickets. In addition to 20 cheesemakers the festival will also feature several artisan food producers, breweries, wineries and cideries, all from Washington State. This is a 21 and over only event.

Tickets are now on sale for the super-fun 20something wine tasting Nov. 23 at the Fremont Studios. No, you don't have to be 20something to attend this fete, and yes, it might seem a bit early to mention it, but tickets sell quickly, so get 'em while you can. They're $55, which is a screaming deal considering the producers who come and pour and the food that served and the cra cra fun party that it is. Go!

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