Sunset Magazine’s annual Celebration Weekend is thirteen years old. In all that time, we have never attended, even though it is only a few miles away. It always sounded interesting, but it just never worked out. Since we had no plans this weekend, we decided to finally check it out. The event includes home and garden exhibits, demonstrations and vendors, cooking demonstrations, a “glam” camping exhibit, test kitchen tours, garden tours and everything imaginable related to Western Living.
We didn’t see any of that. Larry recently joined the Sunset wine club, using the excuse that we need to add more “lifestyle” wines to our collection. Not that we need another wine club membership, but we do have a large collection of more expensive wines. We were latecomers to the club, and hadn't joined in time to get all the regular benefits of membership. But it did allow us to enjoy the members only lounge, where we tasted quite a few wines at no charge. We also took a seminar/tasting program on Washington state wines. So I thought I’d be writing about wine today. Not so.
There were definitely thousands of people in attendance on such a beautiful, warm day, but Sunset has their system well organized and under control. The shuttle system was efficient for parking and the venue is spaced so that it never seemed overcrowded like often happens at craft shows or art and wine festivals. I am thrilled that warm weather has finally arrived and this is a great way to spend the weekend if you love food and wine, like we do. I’ll share some of our favorite finds in subsequent posts.