Thursday – Sunday
Festa Italiana at Pioneer Square, all weekend!
The 4th annual Montavilla Brewfest takes place Saturday, noon-9 in the parking lot behind Thatchers (where you can order your hamburger with pepperoni!) (7915 SE Washington). In Montavilla, of course. Music, barbecue, and over 40 beers. The Beer Here has more details.
Saturday – Sunday
I hope to make it to the seminar Faeries in Your Backyard: Q&A on Northwest Absinthe with Gwydion Stone (founder of Wormwood Society and developer of Marteau Absinthe Superieure) & Rich Phillips (Integrity Spirits).
For a recent exploration of the NW’s nascent interest in absinthe, read Gastronautical Gastronomicon‘s absinthe mania. Modern Drunkard has a good history of absinthe in the article Return of the Green Faerie.
Entry is $10 each day (or $16 for both days) and includes 3 taster tickets. You can buy more tasters for a reasonable price. I think it was $1 last year. Click here for a list of participating distillers, and the spirits they will be sampling. I’m looking forward to the Saffron Vodka from Sub Rosa, and the aged pear brandy from Brandy Peak.