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As a Seattle native I am often asked my favorite place in Seattle.

Hands down, the Pike Place Market! Of course, I have so many memories of going there my whole life, but I also have a special tie to the market – my birthday is on the same day as the Market’s. Each year I try and make it down there on that day to celebrate with my friend Rachel the Pig – who also shares my birthday 🙂

Visits to the Market are not complete without many tastings of the incredible, varied food purveyors available. You know what a food lover I am, so as part of my birthday ritual (or any time I visit the Market, really!) I take a self guided food tour. Which is why I am so excited to tell you about this great event next week!

Me and my mom, in our “mom & daughter outfits”, visiting Rachel at the Pike Place Market.

Arcade Lights, is a festival celebrating local craft beer, wine and food, all created with the best ingredients the Northwest has to offer.

Located in the Market’s North Arcade, the event brings together all the right elements for a hearty fall harvest celebration—robust drink, savory and sweet treats, live entertainment and a cozy venue. And all at night by the lights of the Arcade! Who gets to visit the Market at night! What magic!

There are nearly 70 businesses lined up to offer tastings and small plates of delicious sweet and savory treats, wine, beer and other delicious drinks like Rachel’s Ginger Beer, Dry Soda and Finnriver Cider at the three hour event.

This event is a great opportunity for you to try something new AND meet the artisans and purveyors in person, as well as for the small food businesses to present their products to an eager audience.

Many of my favorites will be there, including local cheese-maker, and Market resident, Mt. Townsend Creamery.

“Mt. Townsend Creamery is founded on the belief that Pacific Northwest dairy is a regional treasure.  Our cheese is a direct product of our landscape so it’s cheese with a sense of place.” Says Julia Powers of Mt. Townsend Creamery.

“We feel that making great cheese is a way to bring the community closer to its roots and its food.  Participation in Arcade Lights is another way in which we are able to share our passion for artisan cheesemaking in a community environment – to be part of the Pike Place Market family of merchants that shares this same belief is simply a beautiful bonus.”

Mt. Townsend will be serving a “dinner & dessert ” plate at the event:

“Representing dinner, our award winning Seastack will be paired with a swath of local pickled figs and black pepper cracker. On the same plate with this savory delight will be dessert and will feature our Fromage Blanc served on a nigella shortbread with a lace of local honey and a zest of lemon.”

Here’s a small taste of more of the deliciousness in store at Arcade Lights:

Sweet: Pink’s Ice Cream, Alaska Silk Pie Co., The Yellow Leaf Cupcake, Chocolopolis, Whidbey Island Ice Cream, Sweet Iron Waffles, Johnboy Caramels.

Savory: Mt. Townsend Creamery, Hama Hama Oysters, Pampeana Empanadas, Saffron Spice, Honest Biscuits, Uli’s Sausage, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.

Wine: Piccola Cellars, Efeste, Bunchgrass Winery, Naches Heights Vineyard, Vortex Cellars, Sinclair Estate Vineyards, Convergence Zone Cellars, Washington Wine and Beverage, Walter Dacon Wines.

Beer: Iron Horse Brewery, Odin Brewing Co., Fremont Brewing, Naked City Brewery, Fish Brewing Co., Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, Northwest Brewing Company.

Arcade Lights Details:

Date: October 12, 7-10 pm (tickets can be picked up starting at 6:30 pm)

Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 at the door (a limited number of tickets will be available at the door)

Online purchase: http://arcadelights.brownpapertickets.com/

Complete list of vendors (to be updated weekly): http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/news_events/arcadelights

**Included in the ticket price: 10 tokens to be redeemed for food and beverages, keepsake glass and cloth napkin. Additional tokens may be purchased at the event for $2.50 each. For guests 21 and over only.

Proceeds from this semi-annual event go to benefit the Market Foundation. The Foundation supports the Market’s preschool, clinic, senior center and food bank, which collectively serve more than 10,000 homeless, low-income and elderly residents of downtown Seattle each year.

I do hope you will join me at this event to support this great organization and some of our most wonderful local small food producers!