What's Happening at Slow Food Whidbey Island...
Sept 20, 2018
Raffle at the Sausage Making Event below
The Port Angeles Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival is happening from Oct 5th to Oct. 7th. They have offered Slow Food Whidbey Island a raffle basket of goodies to celebrate the event. Included will be two free tickets to the Festival Crab Dinner which kicks off the Port Angeles Crab & Seafood Festival weekend on Friday October 5! This old fashioned Crab dinner is the highlight of the Festival and will be offered from 12:00 noon until 10:00 pm in the Kitsap Bank Crab Central Tent in the Red Lion parking lot, rain or shine. Be sure to come to the Sausage event to enter this raffle. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will be donated to Whidbey Island Grown. Check out the dinner at www.crabfestival.org/friday-night-crab-dinner. The tickets alone are a $52.00 value.
Harvest Festival at SW Tilth – September 23rd
South Whidbey Tilth is holding a Harvest Festival at their Farmers Market on Sunday, September 23rd from 11 am to 2 pm. It will feature music by the Cranberry Bog Bluegrass Band and Harvest Field Games.
There will be an Apple Pie Contest and Apple Pie Raffle. Bring two of the same pie, one for tasting and one for the raffle. The winner will get a portion of the proceeds from the raffle. To register contact email@example.com
There will be a cider press on site for free cider pressing. Bring jugs and apples for pressing on site for free cider. The press will be cleaned between each pressing.
The market is located at 2812 Thompson Road on SR 525 between Bayview and Freeland.
Go to www.southwhidbeytilth.org for more information
Sausage Making Demo & Potluck – October 4, 2018
George Petrich will be demonstrating how to make Brats for Oktoberfest! The event will be held at Deer Lagoon Grange in Langley on Thursday, October 4th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. This is proving to be a very popular event and will soon be sold out. Please RSVP if you’d like to attend
George will show us how to do everything from A to Z to create our own sausage at home from quality ground meat. He will provide samples to try during the demo and recipes to take home. George attended Seattle Culinary Academy and worked at the fabulous Herbfarm in Woodinville followed by a job with Link Lab Artisan Meats in Seattle where he learned the sausage business.
Following the demonstration, we will have a potluck dinner. Beer and Cider will be available for purchase. So put on your aprons and start cooking to make this the best Slow Food event ever! And don’t forget the raffle for the Crab and Seafood Festival dinner described above. This event is open to all! You must RSVP with Kathy Floyd at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $15 for Slow Food Whidbey Island members and $20.00 for non-members.
Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival – October 5th to Oct. 7th
The festival celebrates not only the aquaculture, agriculture and maritime traditions of the breathtaking Olympic Peninsula, but brings food, art, music, Native American activities, and children’s events into one spectacular 3-day event for everyone! It’s located on the gorgeous Port Angeles waterfront next to Olympic National Park.
Featuring 14 restaurants, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, Chowder Cook-Off, the Grab-A-Crab Derby, local wine and beer, craft and merchant vendors, live music, a fantastic crab dinner and many more events. Rain or shine, this is the “party” of the season and, admission, as always, is FREE! For more information go to www.crabfestival.org
“Give What You Can Day” on November 27, 2018
If you missed the last “Give What You Can” day on September 15th, never fear. There will be one more chance on November 27th. Keep an eye out for the email reminder as the date comes closer.
Member Appreciation Party – December 11, 2018
Once again we will be having our Member Appreciation Party at Comforts Winery. This is a “Members Only” event and is free to our members. More information will come available as the date approaches.
One of our readers had a comment after reading about the “Preserve the Harvest” event. Thanks so much for this information Deon!
“I know that many of you have lots of tomatoes to can. I blanched and peeled my tomatoes as standard procedure for most of my life, but I WAS throwing out the skins. About three years ago, I had a big pile of skins and didn’t really want to throw them out. I put them in the blender and processed until it was a paste and canned it. I processed it in the canner with the regular tomato cans. The paste from the skins had more flavor than the regular canned tomatoes.” - Deon
IN THE NEWS
New Board Member for 2018
We are pleased to announce the addition of Bob Finke to the Slow Food Whidbey Island Board of Directors. Bob comes from a long background in finance and will be a wonderful addition to our board. Bob has been a member of Slow Food since January of 2016 and has become known as the “Grand Poobah” of the Events Committee as he has helped out on almost every event! Welcome Aboard Bob!
Viewing Opportunity of NOURISH
Slow Food Whidbey island showed the film “Deeply Rooted” at a Seed Swap at the Coupeville library back in the sping. This film is about John Coykendall's life's work and saving the seeds in stories of a bygone era. It was also shown on KCTS.
There is an exciting new series being produced for PBS Digital Studios, called "Nourish." The web-only program is hosted by rocket scientist, amateur food culture explorer and whole hog BBQ pit master, Dr. Howard Conyers. The latest episode features John Coykendall, talking homegrown tomatoes. Future episodes take viewers searching for lost and found varieties of rice, a Gullah Geechee family homecoming, reclaimed sugar cane and the great cornbread debate. You can find this on Facebook or YouTube at
Join the Slow Food Whidbey Island Board of Directors (BOD)
We have several openings for the 2019 Board of Directors.
Some of the spots are for “Members at Large” and are not officer positions. Some of the perks of being on the BOD Include free attendance at all events and some truly magnificent gourmet potluck meals at each board meeting. We generally meet about 10 times per year in the evenings.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Bob Boehm at email@example.com. We would be pleased to have you attend one of our meetings before making a commitment.
WHIDBEY ISALND GROWN (WIG) WEEK Sept. 28th to Oct. 7th
WIG Week is rapidly approaching and there are some great events planned!
They have added some new events to their WIG Week schedule. Go to the WIG website for more events & descriptions at https://whidbeyislandgrown.com/event. Slow Food Whidbey Island is a supporting member of WIG. New events are being added every day.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
· Cider Festival at Pacific Rim Institute from 11am to 4 pm: Oystercatcher restaurant in Coupeville will be in attendance at the Cider Festival and will be baking a new bread specially for the occasion called Cider Oat Porridge Bread. Find out more at http://pacificriminstitute.org/website
· Product Sample Day at Goosefoot from 10 to 2 . Sample delicious sweet and savory food items made on Whidbey Island
· Anthes Ferments in Langley is hosting Roof Top Dance Party with DJ Victor Ramo
· Mini Self-Guided Farm Tour of Ebey’s Reserve from 10am to 4pm: Visit 8 different farms including Eckholm Farm, Lavender Wind Farm, Bell’s Farm, Sherman’s Pioneer Farm, Willowood Farm, Prairie Bottom Farm, Rosehip Farm, and Kettle’s Edge Farm. The Coupeville Farmers Market will be distributing Junior Ranger booklets and Reserve Farm Tour Map
· Christopher’s Restaurant will be partnering with Bell’s Farm for the Farm Tour of Ebey’s Reserve.
· Sherman’s Pioneer Farm from 10 -4 pm. They are celebrating WIG week with trolley rides, pumpkins, squash, a haunted barn, human foozeball, games and the Catapult.
· Prairie Bottom Farm is partnering with Seaside and Sylvan home furnishings as well as Maya Farm and Jenny Bean Coffee.
· Kettles Edge Farm There will be a cooking demo by vegetarian blogger Traci York of Vanilla and Bean at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
· Lavender Wind Farm in Coupeville will demo semi-hardwood cuttings for rooting lavender.
· Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve will provide Junior Ranger booklets for kids to learn about agriculture in the Reserve.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
· Harvest Faire at Green Bank Farm from noon to 5:00pm. The event will showcase home-grown produce, flowers, arts, and crafts from local farmers and vendors. Plus enjoy food trucks, antique cars, wine, live music, storytelling and more, all on the pastoral grounds of 1904 Greenbank Farm–one of the last remaining heritage farms on the island. So grab a friend and head to the farm to welcome the arrival of autumn. They promise an unforgettable experience! Brought to you by the merchants of Greenbank Farm and the Port of Coupeville in partnership with Whidbey Island Grown. Website: www.portoc.org
· Orchard Kitchen and Foxtail Farm Dinner from 5 to 7 pm. . Chef Vincent Nattress of Orchard Kitchen and farmer Stephen Williams of Foxtail Farm are teaming up to offer a special dinner for WIG week. Website: https://www.orchardkitchen.com/ and http://www.foxtailfarmorganics.com/
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018
· Bayleaf from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in Coupeville welcomes three amazing female artists to their shop. Come meet the talented, Whidbey inspired entrepreneurs - they'll be offering demos, discussion and handcrafted items for purchase. Lexi Ochoa/Forage - Mishal Rowley/Mishal Rowley Design - Hannah Dunn / Hannah Dunn ART. Don't miss the face to face opportunity, stock up for the coming holiday season and treat yourself to a local treasure. Website: www.bayleaf.us
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018
· Slow Food Sausage Making Demo from 5:30 to 8:00pm at Deer Lagoon Grange with Chef George Petrich. We will be raffling off a Crab Fest basket with 2 tickets for the big Crab and Seafood festival in Port Angeles plus other crab paraphernalia. All proceeds from the raffle with go to Whidbey Island Grown.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2018
· Harvest Winemaker Dinner at Spoiled Dog Winery from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The dinner will be held in the vineyard garden and offers an incredible 4-course meal created by Blue Dog Catering.
· Apple Day at Bayview Farm and Garden Web: https://www.bayviewfarmandgarden.com
· Progressive Tour of Maxwelton Valley from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visit the Organic Farm School, Spoiled Dog Winery, Venture Out Nursery and Whidbey Island Distillery. They will stamp “passports” of participants which will be entered in drawings for donated goods.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2018
· Grape picking at Spoiled Dog Winery from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. http://www.spoileddogwinery.com
· South Whidbey Tilth will celebrate its last market day for 2018 from 11 am to 2 pm. Special activities include clogging by the Whidbey Island Cloggers, a magic show by Hahna Luna of Fairy Magic with a live bearded dragon, tours of the new Mary Alice Kois Permaculture Food Forest and a native plant sale. Vendors will be selling fall fruits and vegetables. Watch for details on South Whidbey Tilth Farmers’ Market Facebook page and website at www.southwhidbeytilth.org
OTHER WIG WEEK EVENTS INCLUDE:
· Bayview Farmers Market and Coupeville Farmers Market on both Saturdays featuring Whidbey Island Grown members
· The Braeburn in Langley will be featuring root vegetables from Deep Harvest Farm and Willowood Farm plus Oystercatcher breads and cage free eggs from the island all week.
· Sweet Mona’s of Langley will be featuring European-style sipping chocolate made from 72% dark chocolate. PLUS, mention Whidbey Island Grown and get a FREE 2 piece Island Caramel sampler all week.
· China City of Freeland will be featuring cocktails with spirits from Whidbey Island Distillery, Cadee and Whidbey Island wineries all week.
And as always, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram plus check out our website at http://www.slowfoodwhidbeyisland.org/ We have added a new section to our website which will archive old issues of the newsletter and have also posted it on Instagram.