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08.07.14

Emerson-Garfield Farmers' Market

FARMERS MARKET WEEK

If you don't already frequent your local farmers market, this week is a good chance to go check out the bounty. It's the 15th-annual Farmers Market Week as recognized by the Washington State Farmers Market Association and the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

The occasion is meant to celebrate the farmers, food and staff that make the markets happen and encourage people to invite friends and family to shop with them. Several markets plan to include special events at their markets this week.

The Emerson-Garfield Farmers' Market (Fridays, 3-7 pm) is hosting its first cooking demonstration. From 4-6 pm, Adam Hegsted, chef/owner of Yards Bruncheon and the Wandering Table, will be showing how to make a few no-cook recipes using ingredients from the market, including a summer beet salad and a summer watermelon, peach and heirloom tomato salad featured by the WSFMA. Hegsted is also throwing in an overview of kitchen safety and basic knife skills.

At the South Perry Farmers Market (Thursdays, 3-7 pm), local singer/songwriter Liz Rognes is lined up for live music and an art activity will be available for kids. You might also notice a few familiar faces walking the market. Local elected officials will be getting a tour with the purpose of seeing the impact of the markets on the community.

While not all of the markets have something additional planned, the farmers and their produce will be out at the other markets like usual: Spokane (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm), West Central (Tuesdays, 3-6 pm), Millwood (Wednesdays, 3-7 pm) and Liberty Lake (Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm).

JO MILLER

KENDALL YARDS WINE TASTING

The outdoor space next to Central Food in Kendall Yards, aptly named The Nest, has a beautiful view overlooking the Spokane River and downtown. Concerts, movie nights and outdoor yoga have been hosted at the Nest and tonight at 5:30 pm is a wine tasting put on by the Spokane Winery Association. You can chat with the winemakers and taste from more than 30 wines from local wineries alongside light hors d'oeuvres. Tickets cost $40 per ticket or $75 for two tickets and are available at spokanewineries.net.

JO MILLER


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Wines by the Yards

The Nest at Kendall Yards | 1335 W. Summit Pkwy.

An evening of wine tasting and food next to the Spokane River, hosted by the Spokane Winery Association and featuring 30-plus wines, with light hors d'oeuvres. | Thur, Aug. 7, at 5:30 pm | $40/person; $75/pair | spokanewineries.net.eventmore...

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National Farmers Market Week with Chef Adam Hegsted

Emerson-Garfield Farmers Market | 806 W. Knox Ave.

In conjunction with National Farmers Market Week, the market hosts Chef Adam Hegsted for a "no-cooking" demo using local ingredients to create two fresh salads. | Fri, Aug. 8, from 4-6 pm | Free | 720-7350more...

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Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival

Schweitzer Mountain | Sandpoint

Annual festival featuring free kids music, hosted huckleberry hikes, a huckleberry pancake breakfast, crafts and activities, wine tasting and more. | Fri, Aug. 8 | Free admission. | 208-263-9555more...

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50/Fifty

16208 E. Indiana
facebook.com/50fiftyspokane

The name provides a clue as to what's going on inside this restaurant.

The restaurant, which opened in early July at the former Hooters location in Spokane Valley, features a burger inventory ($10-$11) with ground, blended-meat patties like half beef and half lamb, half bacon and half beef, and half chicken and half turkey.

Perhaps the most peculiar fusion, the "jealous" peanut butter burger's beef-bacon patty is slathered with peanut butter and strawberry jelly and topped with bacon strips on a brioche bun. The Thanksgiving feast burger only has turkey in the patty, but the toppings are quite a mixture. The mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, brown gravy and Swiss cheese stacked on this mountainous burger makes for a jumble of flavors, like tossing Thanksgiving into a food processor. But instead of coming out as indigestible slop, it gives the burger a warm, gooey and enjoyable layer.

The full bar boasts 50 brews on tap and sits in the middle of the room, joining the restaurant and the Even Stevens Casino (formerly Owl Club Casino), where you can play poker, blackjack and Spanish 21 at the gaming tables and gaze at the 40-plus televisions throughout the building.

If you want grub while gaming, menus from 50/Fifty and Egg It On — the breakfast restaurant next door, opened by the same owners in May — are available in the casino during the restaurants' hours and after 10 pm, until the casino closes around 2 am more...

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BEER: Inland Northwest Ale Trail

inlandnwaletrail.com

Leading beer enthusiasts to local craft brews since the fall of 2013, the Inland Northwest Ale Trail is going big-time. The cooperative effort of the region's craft breweries will almost double its featured breweries, adding 11 to its current 16 and expanding the geographical scope of the program as far west as Yakima.

The new map encourages tasting a variety of local brews, offering a 32 oz. growler prize for collecting 12 stamps from different breweries. The revamp of the Ale Trail comes in the middle of a regional brewery boom that has seen new tourist opportunities, thanks to visitors who come to the area for beer tastings.

To kick off the updated map — which can be found at participating breweries, Ale Trail sponsor locations, the Spokane Visitor Center and many local hotels — there are opportunities to taste new beers, win prizes and meet brewery reps at area bars. The events are scheduled for Black Diamond (Aug. 7), Post Street Ale House (Aug. 12), the Lantern Tap House (Aug. 16), Pints Ale House (Aug. 21) and Capone's Pub & Grill (Aug. 28).

Heather Brandt of Iron Goat Brewing emphasizes that the Ale Trail seeks to bring awareness to the quality of beer being produced in the Inland Northwest. "Ninety-nine percent-plus of the ingredients used in all of our brews come from right here in the Inland Northwest," says Brandt. "It doesn't get more local than that." more...

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