The 6th Annual "An Incredible Feast" on August 22, 2010! Conceived by local celebrity chef Tamara Murphy, this event is one of Seattle's premier food events and showcases an astounding variety of local flavors, all prepared using fresh farm ingredients.
Held outdoors in a farmers market setting, guests can sample over 30 gourmet dishes, enjoy excellent local (Salmon Safe certified) wines and beers, and meet the chefs and farmers behind the food. The event also features country-fair-style games with fabulous prizes, live music and an astounding dessert auction. All proceeds from the event support the Good Farmer Fund (emergency relief for local farmers in need) and the NFMA's educational programing (helping consumers learn about the benefits of supporting local, sustainable farms).
Special note: in the spirit of sustainability and care for the environment, guests are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own plate and fork to use at the event. All ticketholders who bring their own plate and fork will be entered in a drawing to win a Farmers Market gift basket valued at $100!
TICKETS are available now at brownpapertickets.com. You can also buy tickets with check or cash at the info booth at any one of our farmers markets ($80 each or $150 per couple/pair, 21 and over only).
A sampling of dishes from past "Feasts" include: Wild Coho Salmon with Moroccan Olive-Harissa Tapenade; Chantrelles, Huckleberries and Moscovy Duck Breast with Sherry Syrup; Red Beet Salad with Point Reyes Blue Cheese and Lemon Mint Vinaigrette; Corn Gaspacho with Escabeche of Carrots; Grilled Peach Salad with Goat Cheese and Truffle Vinaigrette; Schuh Farms Green Beans and "Big Ugly" Carrot Shiraae Salad; Heirloom Tomato Salad with Watercress and Fried Shallots..
This year's Feast will again be held at the University District Market site under one enormous event tent, complete with chandeliers to light up the farmer and chef tables. The U-District market is the oldest and largest 'farmer-only' market in Washington state, celebrating 17 years of operation in 2010. This market is 'home' to thousands of shoppers each year, including many of Seattle's best-known chefs and foodies.
Our stellar line-up of awesome farmers for the 2010 Feast:
Alm Hill Gardens, Bluebird Grain Farms, Cascadia Mushrooms, Dog Mountain Farm, Foraged & Found Edibles, Full Circle, Growing Things, Hayton Farms, Kittitas Valley Greenhouse, Let Us Farm, Local Roots Farm, Loki Fish Co., Nash's Organic Produce, Nature's Last Stand, Olsen Farms, Pipitone Farms, Port Madison Farm, Rama Farm, Rents Due Ranch, River Farm, Rockridge Orchards, Schuh Farms, Sea Breeze Farm, Skagit River Ranch, Stoney Plains Organic Farm, Taylor Shellfish Farms, Tiny's Organic, Tonnemaker Family Orchard, Whistling Train, Willie Greens Organic Farm
All of these farmers sell at one or more of our farmers markets, bringing an astounding variety of sustainable, fresh-from-the-farm fruits, berries, vegetables, cheeses, grains, eggs, meats, seafood and more.
This year's jaw-dropping line-up of local chefs:
Julie Andres, La Medusa - Craig Serbousek, Crow and Betty - Renee Erickson, Boat Street Café - Seth Caswell, Emmer & Rye - Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants - Angie Roberts, Boka - Dustin Ronspies, Art of the Table - Amy McRay, Eva - Carlos Caula, Carmelita - Zephyr Paquette, Elliott Bay Café - Autumn Martin, Theo Chocolate and Hot Cakes - Dalis Chea, Herban Feast and Fresh Bistro - Kyle McCarthy, Marjorie - Lisa Nakamura, Allium - Philippe Thomelin, Olivar - Don Curtiss, Volterra - Jeremy McLachlan, Salty's - Greg Johnson, Chefandfather.com - Rachel Yang & Seif Chirchi, Joule - Adam Hoffman, Rover's - Robin Leventhal, CRAVE - Anthony Polizzi, Steel Head Diner - Russ Flint, Rain Shadow Meats - Daisley Gordon, Campagne - Matt Dillon, Sitka & Spruce - Dylan Giordan, Serafina and Cicchetti - Meredith Molli, La Boucherie - The Harvest Vine - Half Pint
This fundraiser was conceived by Chef Tamara Murphy and is organized by Chef Tamara and the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance. Tamara’s inspiration for this event comes from her personal experience of cooking with local farm and sea products. She says: “Good dishes can only come from good food…Chefs get all the glory for their creations, but it is vitally important to acknowledge the local farmers who are the backbone of these culinary successes. Citywide farmers markets have made us rethink what tastes good and the value of local, seasonal, sustainably-grown food."
With farmland continuing to disappear across the nation (due to development and urban sprawl), it is more vital than ever to support and protect our local farmers, farmland, and the markets where small family farms earn the full dollar value of their products. Our health, our environment, our local economies cannot thrive without healthy, sustainable systems of food and agriculture.
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