The Northwest Flower & Garden Show embraces its theme for 2017, “Taste of Spring,” with the introduction of the “Tasting Corner,” with over 37 local merchants offering enticing samples of specialty gourmet food and beverage offerings throughout the five-day festival.

Located in the show’s bustling Marketplace, the “Tasting Corner” showcases products from across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. From pickled peppers to floral elixirs for adventurous mixologists, you’ll find an eclectic line-up of items for sampling and for sale.

The sights and scents of the season will fill the Convention Center during the event’s five-day run with over 20 idea-generating blooming gardens, shopping for new and one-of-a-kind products from 350 vendors in the Marketplace, garden and food trends in 110 free “how-to” seminars and much more.

Tasting Corner Participants

A sampling of “Tasting Corner” vendors includes:

Tom Douglas’ Rub with Love will be offered with a whole range of fresh, handcrafted, versatile rubs and sauces that add a spicy kick to just about any meat, fish or vegetable; also featured are BBQ & teriyaki sauces for your grilling pleasure. Douglas—an award-winning Seattle executive chef, restaurateur, author and radio host—will also be speaking with his wife during “The Learning Curve: An Interview with Tom Douglas and Jackie Cross on Prosser Farm” on Saturday, February 25, at 11:45 am in the Rainier Room.

Seattle’s Belle Epicurean, where Paris meets the Pacific Northwest, brings luscious treats such as brioche buns, twice baked croissants, baking mixes, and more. You’ll experience a unique opportunity to experience the magic of Paris and the joy of fantastic French cuisine.

You can taste the love in every jar of Bonnie B’s Peppers of Des Moines, WA. You’ll savor the flavor of the pickled peppers with crunchy organic Hungarian wax peppers in garlicky, herbed oil and vinegar, organic Hungarian wax peppers in a sweet and tangy red sauce, and the zesty Momma’s Mustard Relish.

Floral Elixir, from Seattle, WA, handcrafts all natural botanical drink mixers for creating adventurous cocktails or sodas using real flowers for a lightly sweet and tart balance with rich, vibrant flavors and a beautiful aroma. Perfect for home mixologists, cocktail aficionados, floral enthusiasts and those with an adventurous palate.

Indi Chocolate, Seattle, sources cacao beans from across the world and hand crafts their chocolate in small batches to bring you the greatest flavors in dark chocolate. They create unique cacao-based products including dark chocolate with crystallized ginger or dried cherries, teas, spice rubs, and body care products made from cocoa butter.

Island Treats, from Mercer Island, include delicious and mouth watering toffee, chocolate salted caramels, marshmallows, and various seasonal treats. They use local sources for their dairy and sea salt, and use the highest quality chocolate in their delectable tidbits which include toasted almond toffee, coconut macadamia nut toffee, peanut butter bites and much more.

Serendipity Artisan Blends, from Seattle, are handcrafted artisan dry dip mixes and grill seasonings that include gluten free and no MSG mixes. You can make quick party dips for vegetables or breads, marinate meats for tasty grills, and make your meals appetizing with an easy and convenient dash of seasoning.

The Art of Crunch, Tacoma, elevates artisan biscotti from the ordinary to the exceptional–unique in that they both crunch and melt in your mouth with an intensely rich flavor with more than 10 delightful flavors to savor. The After Dark collection, which includes handmade Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate, is a dessert biscotti also meant to be paired with wines.

Additional “Tasting Corner” vendors include:

  • Kumbucha Town, LLC
  • Luva Cakes
  • Mrs. Pickles
  • Nil Organic Tea
  • Nuflours
  • Purdy Organics
  • Rill Foods
  • River Valley Cheese
  • Rive Wave Foods
  • Seattle Fudge
  • Seredipity Artisan blends
  • Seven Red Tagines
  • Sweet Momma Brown’s
  • The Shrubbery, LLC
  • Tickettyboo Hot Chocolate