Now that the Seahawks are done (even if it is a bit earlier than we we’d hoped this year) it’s time for us city dwellers to venture out from our winter dens and devote ourselves to our other loves. Valentine’s Day is in February after all…which is not too far away…FYI. Fortunately, there’s an exciting round-up of events to choose from, so whether you’re looking for a cozy date night or the perfect place to meet that starry-eyed special someone, the month of romance has plenty to offer.

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Pike Chocofest – February 12

They say the way to a food lover’s heart is through their stomach. The perfect pre-Valentine’s day night out, Pike Chocofest has us falling in love with beer, chocolate and unlimited savory bites. And with over 65 local breweries, distilleries, wineries, cheese makers, bakers and chocolatiers in attendance, there is no shortage of treats to entice your taste buds. Best of all, the night benefits Puget Soundkeeper, whose mission is to protect and preserve our beautiful Puget Sound waters.

Valentine’s Day Wine & Cocktail Hour at Volunteer Park Conservatory – February 14

Transport yourself far away from the hubbub of the city as you wander among soaring plants under a brilliant, glimmering starlit glass roof. For singles and couples alike, Valentine’s Day at the Volunteer Park Conservatory is one of Seattle’s most romantic traditions. Enjoy fine wine and cocktails courtesy of The Hardware Distillery and Grand Vin Wine Merchants as well as swoon-worthy jazz fusion tunes performed by the Evan Captain Trio.

Noir City – February 16-22

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The curtain rises. The lights go dim. With a flicker and crackle, grayscale credits are thrown onto the screen. Noir City at the Egyptian is all about paying homage to the classics. Whether you’re a hardcore film buff or want a romantic night out of the house, this film festival is as unforgettable as the featured classics gracing its screen.

Northwest Flower & Garden Show – February 22-26

Thousands of flowers blooming in the middle of February? It couldn’t be anywhere near Seattle, could it? Well that’s just exactly what the Northwest Flower & Garden Show promises! This year’s theme being “Taste of Spring,” you can expect plenty of colorful flora and educational seminars on growing a healthy garden. Don’t miss the new-for-2017 Tasting Corner, which features local craft foods and beverages.

Seattle Wine & Food Experience – February 24-26

Billed as “a weekend of affordable indulgence,” the three day Seattle Wine and Food Experience is an edible event like no other. Nosh on everything from fresh Chelsea Farms oysters to cozy comfort foods. The finale is a “Grand Tasting,” a chance for epicureans to try local and regional beers, ciders and spirits, alongside culinary pairings presented by the chefs and sommeliers themselves.

After a month of checking out Seattle’s robust lineup of culinary events with your friends or loved ones, you are sure to find both your stomach and your heart full. As you wander the city’s streets between events, take time to soak in the stunning scenery of the city. With bright city lights and beautiful snow-capped mountains, it’s hard not to fall in love with Seattle all over again.

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Clipper Recommends:

  • A Valentine’s concert presented by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra is about as romantic as it gets. Earn some major brownie points from your sweetheart at their February 10th performance.
  • After a stroll through Pike Place Market, head to nearby Unexpected Productions theater and enjoy Comedy of Love: A Valentine’s Day Improv. Whether you’re flying solo or looking for the perfect treat for a Valentine’s date, this show is perfect for anyone who loves to laugh.

 

Feature Photo: Tara McNeil