A favorite annual event here is Savor the San Juans. This month-long October festival features wine tastings, harvest celebrations, farm tours, and more to show off local produce and farming. Mark your calendar now for this fantastic event throughout the San Juan Islands. Savor the San Juans will host parades, chili cook-offs, and even an Oktoberfest Dinner and winemaker’s dinner with Mellisoni Vineyards from Tucker House Inn’s very own Coho Restaurant. The 9th annual festival will feature a medley of food, farms, and art this year. This year’s schedule of events begins on October 1 and extends into November.
Savor the San Juans
Fall is our favorite time here on the San Juan Islands. The island takes on a bit of quiet, and magical afternoon light dapples the fields at the peak of the harvest. It’s the perfect time of year to be outdoors and exploring the beautiful nature all around the San Juan Islands. The crisp, cool air makes those firelit evenings even more magical.
Food is definitely the focus at Savor the San Juans, and Coho Restaurant will be participating! There will be two Coho Restaurant events, the Oktoberfest Beer Dinner and Mellisoni Vineyards Winemaker’s Dinner. There will be many restaurant and local food producer offerings to sample during the Savor the San Juans festival. Local seafood and meats in a garden setting are available at Backdoor Kitchen, while local gastropub fare overlooking the harbor is available at Cask & Schooner.
If food is the star of the show, then farms are the stagehands making sure everything happens behind the scenes. Savor the San Juans focuses on local food- the produce and products growing right here in the San Juan Islands! Thus, there are several activities that feature San Juan Islands farms. More information on these specific events is to come on the official website!
History and art fall under the cultural aspect of Savor the San Juans. Events include the Heritage Harvest Festival at the Orcas Island Historical Museum and the Historic Friday Harbor Guided Walking Tour. Other artistic endeavors at the Savor the San Juans event are the Know Your Farmer Photo Exhibit and Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The Roche Harbor Pioneer Cemetery Tour is another creepy favorite. Some of these fun events extend all the way into November!
Savor the San Juans wouldn’t be a complete celebration without a parade! The Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade will include floats and festivities. There will also be a Fall Festival and Haunted Hayride in true Halloween fashion. FALLfest in the Park in Friday Harbor is another favorite, along with the BAT-tacular (Almost) Full Moon Hike!
Stay at Tucker House Inn
During all these exciting festivities for Savor the San Juans, stay at Tucker House Inn. You will receive all the Friday Harbor luxuries as well as our special bed and breakfast touch. This includes a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning! For more to see and do in the San Juan Islands, download our free vacation guide. Can’t wait to see you here in October!
Photo Credits: Bite of the San Juans