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Taste208: Helping Foodies Sample the Northwest's Best

Saturday, May 12

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If you took a grand tour of the best the Northwest has to offer in food and drink, haphazardly guzzling as part of a food and drink bender, chances are you couldn't sample all the fare of Idaho and beyond.

The folks behind the Taste208 event have conspired to bring the best of Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Utah craft food and beverages together. By allowing attendees to sample from 47 vendors--including beer, wine, spirits and a smattering of local fare--organizers plan to prove the region has plenty to offer. For the inaugural event, Naomi Johnson, David Andrews and Dan Costello will provide live music to accompany the tasty endeavor.

"We'll have beer, wine, treats and food from local eateries," said organizer Jessica Price of Adrian and Sabine marketing.

Vendors will set up shop and offer their products to the intrepid tasters who enter the doors of the Riverside Hotel. A special invitation-only information session will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. After that, the Grand Tasting takes place from 6-10 p.m. Your ticket to nosh nirvana costs $25, which includes a $5 taxi credit, should you find the boozy samplings too good to say no to. The Riverside is also offering $79 rooms to promote safe driving.

"I think there's a lot of craft-produced product that people don't know about here in the valley, here in Idaho, but also in the region," said Courtney Feider of Adrian and Sabine.

Price listed dozens of vendors, including Nepalese Momo dumplings; food cart favorites Archie's Place, Calle 75 Tacos and Riceworks; Pacific Northwest beer favorites Deschutes Brewery and Sierra Nevada; local vineyards like Koenig and distillers including 44 North Vodka, which are scheduled to be part of the event.

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