Welcome to Events Roundup, Eater Seattle’s breakdown of upcoming local dining and drinking happenings. This is a list of everything most worthy of your time, with a focus on events taking place in the next week, as well as upcoming meals you’ll want to make reservations for soon, before they sell out.
It should be a boozy week, with a collaboration at Latona Pub at the tail-end of Beer Week, Seattle World Whiskey Day on the Eastside, and a panel of female wine experts among the highlights. But don’t forget about the taco truck showdown coming to South Lake Union.
Monday, May 13
What: The Atlas Obscura Society of Seattle is hosting a cacao tasting event at Intrigue Chocolate and Coffee House downtown. Attendees get to sip a variety of chocolate beverages while learning about the history of cacao from Chef Aaron Barthel and his partner, Karl Mueller. Those looking to take some chocolate home with them get an additional 10 percent off their purchase.
Details: 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Intrigue Chocolate and Coffee House, 1520 15th Avenue. Tickets are $40.
Tuesday, May 14
What: A panel of female wine experts (including the founder of local Kendall Farms) will be gathering downtown to talk about everything from winemaking to management and distribution. Attendees can engage with the speakers while enjoying heavy appetizers and wine tastings — both of which are included in the ticket price.
Details: 6 to 8 p.m. at One Eighty, 999 3rd Avenue. Tickets are $35.
Friday, May 17
What: Continuing into the final days of Seattle Beer Week, Latona Pub in Green Lake will be hosting The Return of the Hopnificent 6, a collaboration among a number of noteworthy breweries, including Breakside, Fort George, and Ecliptic, and Pike Brewing (which will be serving its malty Morning After Pale Ale, full of Citra hops). Whitewood Cider will also be pouring drinks for those looking for something on the sweeter side.
Details: 7 to 9 p.m. at Latona Pub, 6423 Latona Ave NE.
Saturday, May 18
What: All afternoon on Saturday, Seattleites can stroll around Green Lake and snack on small bites. Dozens of restaurants — including Rosita’s Mexican Grill and Lunchbox Lab — will be passing out samples, coupons and more. Also, don’t miss out on the all-day beer garden, featuring live music.
Details: Starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Green Lake Village registration booth, 417 NE 72nd St. Tickets are $15 and $10 for children.
Saturday, May 18
What: Explore a number of the Northwest’s craft whiskey makers at the 2nd Annual Seattle World Whiskey Day on the Eastside. A number of regional craft distilleries — including the award-winning Westland Distillery — will be sampling ryes, whiskies and bourbon. Patrons will be drinking for a good cause, as the event benefits Havens Community Connections — a nonprofit that helps women who’ve been subject to domestic violence.
Details: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Redmond’s Downtown Park, 16119 Redmond Way. Tasting tickets start at $35.
Saturday, May 18
What: This weekend’s Taco Libre Truck Showdown in South Lake Union is one of the city’s largest food truck celebrations. The festival will feature 25 trucks, each serving a taco dish for under $5, in addition to live music, luchador wrestling, and margarita and beer tastings. Past winners have included the highly-acclaimed Marination, Buddha Bruddah, and Off the Rez. Bonus: To see what other hot tacos are around town, there’s always the Eater Seattle list of 16 Tacos to Try Now.
Details: 3 to 10 p.m. at the South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Avenue North. Tickets range from $10 to $35.