Culinary celebrations, art fest and more

For the entire month of October, the San Juan Islands host the annual “Savor the San Juans,” a self proclaimed medley of food, art and culture.

Varied events are on the agenda throughout the month as part of the festivities, taking place at all sorts of different restaurants, art galleries and farms.

Restaurants around the islands will also offer dinner specials, “3 courses $30/$35,” and the Chili Fest heats things up on the 6th. Two winemaker dinners are set to be offered at Coho Restaurant. Patrick Taylor presents his Tuscan inspired Northwest wines paired with an autumnal Mediterraneanstyle
dinner at “Cana’s Feast” on Oct. 12. San Juan Vineyard’s own Chris Primus combines his wines with a fall harvest-inspired menu prepared by Chef Bill Messick on Oct. 26. Finally, Bluff Restaurant Chef Kyle Nicholson will offer a True Fall Harvest cooking class focused on the local seasonal harvest on Oct. 27.

The good times aren’t limited to food. Farmers markets, art exhibits and even theater performances are part of the lineup. The sixth annual Artstock, a fall festival celebrating the area’s artistic culture, takes place Oct. 6-7. Artstock features open art studios and galleries lined with work that showcases the talent of local artists from around the area. That same weekend also features the San Juan Island Oktoberfest, which has live music, costumes, dancing and, of course, more food. The evening will commence with family fun and games, followed by dinner and entertainment for the rest of the night. Beer and wine connoisseurs have plenty to be excited about as this event will have extensive collections of high quality beverages. Every Saturday also features Historic Friday Harbor guided walking tours and farmers markets on Orcas Island and San Juan Island.

A number of inns and the hotels throughout the islands have specials throughout the month. For more information about specials on lodging, dining and more, visit www.VisitSanJuans.com/savor

"Artstock features open art studios and galleries lined with work that showcases the talent of local artists from around the area."