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What do you get when you mix the Whatcom Farm Tour with spirit tasting and a picnic?

Eight local businesses and over a dozen local farms have teamed up with Sustainable Connections to offer a weekend long event in Whatcom County, the Whatcom Food Fest, from Friday evening through Sunday.
Eight local businesses and over a dozen local farms have teamed up with Sustainable Connections to offer a weekend long event in Whatcom County, the Whatcom Food Fest, from Friday evening through Sunday. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

September is Eat Local Month in Whatcom County, and what better way to celebrate than with a weekend of unparallelled Pacific Northwest cuisine and libations during the new Whatcom Food Fest?

Six distinct events are encompassed in the three-day showcase from Friday through Sunday and include farm-to-table foods with spirits tasting and hors d’oeuvres at BelleWood Acres Distillery and Crave Catering, beer and food pairings at Boundary Bay Brewery, a brunch at Goat Mountain Pizza, a wine, cheese and chocolate tasting at Vartanyan Estate Winery with Evolve Truffles and Twin Sisters Creamery, and a fried chicken picnic with ACME Farms + Kitchen.

On Friday, BelleWood Acres and Crave Catering will host an evening of Cocktail Nosh and Spirits Tasting at 6:30 p.m. at their Lynden location (6140 Guide Meridian). The event features a tour by BelleWood distiller John Belisle and an hors d’oeuvres pairing by award-winning Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering.

You can pay homage to the area’s past and current agriculture industry with the annual Whatcom County Farm Tour on Saturday and Sunday. The event, now in its 10th year, is expanding to two days and is spread out over 13 local growers of varying sizes and sectors. This includes dairy farms, such as Appel Farms in Ferndale; berry farms, such as Boxx Berry Farm in Ferndale; and Triple Wren Farms in Ferndale, which grows flowers, blueberries, pumpkins and honey. Purchasing a Farm Tour VIP badge for $10 gets you discounts on farm products at every stop, but the event is free and self-guided from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The other event Saturday is a beer and food pairing at Boundary Bay Brewery starting at 5 p.m. Five light dishes will be prepared and paired with Boundary Bay Beer by the catering team and served in the Mountain Room. Tickets are $25 and are only available through 5 p.m. Friday.

Sunday’s events with an 8 a.m. brunch hosted by Goat Mountain Pizza. Chef Charlie will emphasize local farms and their ingredients with his dishes, which include fried egg and crispy chicken sandwiches with shiitake gravy and House-made sausage and egg breakfast sandwiches on a house-baker roll.

From 3-6 p.m. Sunday enjoy a glass of wine or a tasting and pair it with local cheeses from Twin Sisters Creamery or chocolate truffles from Evolve Chocolate Truffles, all made by local women. The event is brought to you by Vartanyan Estate Winery at 1628 Huntley Road, and tickets are $10 but must be bought before 5 p.m. Friday.

Wrapping up the weekend is a picnic from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at The Creek at Clayton Meadow, 4090 Y Road. ACME Farms + Kitchen is hosting the event, and Chef Andrew will make his “secret recipe” fried chicken paired with buttermilk maple coleslaw, watermelon with chili-lemon salt, biscuits and honey butter, peach hand pies and lemonade mixed with iced tea.

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