Crave NW Food & Drink Celebration, Spokane Valley

Chef Adam Hegsted is the culinary and creative force behind Crave NW

Crave NW is a unique culinary event that will showcase the creative talents of visionary chefs from around the Northwest. The event will feature a wide variety of local, regional and international flavors from fresh seafood and ranch-raised meats to farm-to-table produce and inventive desserts. Culinary highlights for the June event include a Grand Tasting Tent, Global Street Foods Carnivale, Seafood Bash, Fire & Smoke Fare and a Father’s Day Brunch. In addition to artisan food samplings, Crave NW offers wine, craft beer and specialty cocktail tastings, with an emphasis on Northwest producers and ingredients. A distinguished group of award-winning brewmasters, coffee roasters, winemakers, distillers and mixologists will present a bountiful array of liquid refreshments. Innovative social and educational experiences provide attendees an opportunity to interact directly with chefs and exhibitors, including seminars, hands-on classes, wine pairings, cocktail tours and chef-hosted parties.

The culinary and creative force behind Crave NW is Spokane chef and restaurateur Adam Hegsted. Chef-owner of The Wandering Table, The Gilded Unicorn, Yards Bruncheon and Eat Good Café in Spokane, Hegsted was a recent Northwest region semifinalist for the prestigious 2016 James Beard Best Chef Award.

“This has been a dream of mine for some time, and now is the time to do it,” Hegsted says. “We have some great things going on right now in our region, and Crave NW will help us get to the next level.”

Crave NW will be held June 15 to 18, 2017, at CenterPlace Regional Event Center, a 54,000-square-foot event facility at Mirabeau Meadows Park in Spokane Valley, Washington. For tickets and a complete listing of Crave NW’s participating chefs, vendors, exhibitors and sponsors, visit For information about staying in the Spokane area, go to