The Opening Weekend of our season-long Reindeer Festival was the perfect way to jump into holiday cheer! We had a host of family activities over Opening Weekend! Little ones were never short on things to do. Saturday and Sunday morning we had the best craft workshop!
Saturday night was our annual Holiday Party, a night of socializing, shopping, toasting the upcoming holiday season with wine and cider, and taking camel and reindeer selfies - usually after a glass or two ;) Check out our slideshow of party photos at the bottom of the post.
This year was even better because we were lucky to be able to partner with Whole Foods Market to throw a benefit event for the Ballard Food Bank. After our Summer Nights at Swansons events, which helped support both Ballard Food Bank and Whole Kids Foundation, it was a little like a reunion!
On Saturday evening, September 12th, Swansons Nursery hosted Ladies' Night Out, a fabulous annual event with wine, food, live music, and displays of local artisans. Over 200 guests enjoyed the lovely ambience of a Seattle summer evening, excited to see proceeds from the event benefit Teen Feed.
24 farmers, 24 chefs, 1 winery, 2 breweries, and 275 ravenous guests: this year's Incredible Feast was quite a party. We're still dreaming of the fabulous food and entertaining company (we met so many great people) so we thought we'd share some of the highlights - including a recipe from the feast itself!
On August 28th, at our Autumn Project Preview Event, each and every guest was entered into a drawing for a Swansons Autumn Garden Makeover. Our lucky winner - we'll call her Joy - was elated to hear that she would receive not only $1000 in Swansons plants and products, but help from start to finish: from an initial site visit to design consultation to prep, planting, and advice about care and maintenance.
As most Seattle foodies know, our chefs and local farmers generally have a symbiotic relationship. Chefs haunt our neighborhood farmers markets in the early hours of the morning to snap up the freshest produce, they search out the most flavorful artisanal cheeses the region has to offer; sometimes chefs even grows their own herbs and veggies on a restaurant rooftop or patio.