Good things come in threes—at least they do this summer at Washington’s Snoqualmie Casino. Want proof? How about two 80-proof events and a fine wine tasting, coming up in July and August. Which are you attending? Your options are as follows:
a) VodkaRocks!: How true. As the local vodka industry gathers momentum and clout, top regional producers (BroVo, Crater Lake) are joined by household names (Belvedere, Absolut, Grey Goose) to celebrate the spirit alongside raucous Seattle bands Hell’s Belles and Heart by Heart. Brands compete for your attention not only with their transparent distillates, but also with throw-back carnival contests (hula-hoop, putt-putt golf, goldfish races), themed parties, an Airstream lounge, juice bar and a photo booth. Gear up for a ruckus.
Sunday, July 7 || 4:30pm || Mountain View Plaza, Snoqualmie Casino, Wash. || Tickets: $19
b) Bootlegger’s Ball: There really are too few excuses to throw a ball these days. But Snoqualmie finds good reason in the myriad spirits available locally. If VodkaRocks leaves you wanting a bit more variety, here’s your fix: spirits ranging the color and flavor spectrums line up alongside complimentary appetizers and live music by The Gords – whose three members, miraculously, all share the first name Gord. Ticket includes ten mini-pours from the likes of 2Bar Spirits, Parliament Distillery, Project V and Rain City Spirits.
Saturday, July 13 || 6-9pm || Mountain View Plaza, Snoqualmie Casino, Wash. || Tickets: $30
c) Toast of the Cascades: Local wineries aren’t going to let distilleries have all the fun. Get classed up for an evening of wine and jazz with wineries Zero One, Alexandria Nicole, A to Z, Seven Falls, and more – over twenty in all. As the late afternoon heat cools into night, let the music of Grammy winners David Sanborn and Bob James waft over you as you watch the stars come out.
Saturday, August 24 || 7pm || Mountain View Plaza, Snoqualmie Casino, Wash. || Tickets start at $57.10
d) All the above.