This fall, the Olympic Peninsula welcomes you to come share their bounty and be a culinary adventurer. Discover the locally grown, fresh caught and lovingly foraged foods that inspire local chefs to create Olympic coastal cuisine. Taste handcrafted area wines, microbrews and artisanal ciders. Stop by their farms or farmers markets to take home some inspiration for dinner or have a meal at one of their delicious local eateries.
The road trip is half the fun; you’ll explore scenic back country roads and enjoy leaf peeping at its best. Go sample autumn’s abundance during the four upcoming flavorful events on the Olympic Peninsula.
OysterFest, Shelton, October 5-6
The 38th Annual OysterFest features oysters, wines, microbrews, music, and more. A large food pavilion showcases nearly 100 unique items on the menu, while four different stages offer entertainment for all ages. OysterFest is home to the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships. If you’re a bivalve fan, you won’t want to miss this party. Learn more at oysterfest.org.
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, Port Angeles, October 11-13
This popular event is in its 18th year of celebrating the region’s diverse bounty—the seafood, the rich maritime and cultural traditions, and the breathtaking coastal environment. Last year, the festival served up eight tons of fresh-caught local Dungeness crab, along with music, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities. Learn more at crabfestival.org.
Olympic Peninsula Apple & Cider Festival, Chimacum, October 11-13
Celebrating the traditions and culture of growing apples and fermenting cider, enjoy a truly authentic Pacific Northwest tree-to-glass weekend experience. Indulge in the tastes, smells and history of the area during a weekend of feasting and celebrating, grounded in the flavor of the season and the culture of the region. Learn more at thunderbullproductions.com/appleandcider.html.
Harvest Wine & Cider Tour, Olympic Peninsula Wineries & Cideries, November 9-10
Nine artisan wineries and cideries invite you to sip and savor your way along the Olympic Peninsula. Open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days, the area’s finest winemakers will pair locally made wines with harvest-inspired appetizers made with many locally sourced ingredients. Learn more at olympicpeninsulawineries.org/winery-events/passport-wine-tour.
With the summer crowds gone, find fall savings at many area hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts and lodges. Many RV parks and camp sites are still open and have more availability. Find lodging options at olympicpeninsula.org/lodging.