Wining and Dining by Bike
I like to support good causes and enjoy tasty rest breaks while riding my bike, and fortunately those things come together in a few upcoming food, wine and beer events around the region.
Alley Cat Poker Run Bike Wine Tour — This Saturday, July 20, help the folks at the Barrel Thief Wine & Whiskey Bar in Fremont celebrate their reopening by doing a wine tasting by bike.
Starting at noon, visit five stops in Wallingford and Fremont, tasting wine (and getting a free slice of pizza), and accumulate playing cards at each location. The best poker hand brought each hour from 2 to 5 pm at the last site will win a gift certificate. Starts at Wine World, then goes to City Cellars, Tutta Bella, Fremont Wines and The Barrel Thief.
It’s free, and you don’t have to bike too far between each site. No word whether you have to take the alleys.
The Aptalis CF Cycle for Life — On Sunday, July 28, head out to Redhook Brewery in Woodinville for a fundraising ride to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Choose from 20 or 65-mile rides, then head into the brewery for the Post Pedal Party, featuring, of course, excellent local beer.
PT Pedal Picnic — If you’re in PT (Port Townsend) on Sunday, July 28, join the Pedal Picnic. It starts at noon at the ReCyclery and the ride heads out to H.J. Carroll Park. There will even be a support wagon to haul your picnic supplies out to the park.
Spoke & Food — On Tuesday, July 30, raise some bucks for Bike Works by biking to dinner during this 4th annual event. Restaurants in 20 neighborhoods will contribute 20 percent of your check to Bike Works.
At some of the restaurants, local breweries are getting into the game too, and 100 percent of sales from a particular local draft beer will go to the event. (For instance, Julia’s in Wallingford will be pouring Peddler Brewing Co.’s Caramel ESB.) Last year’s event raised nearly $5,000.
Edible Pedal — Here’s early warning of an event not to be missed. Twenty-five farms on the Olympic Peninsula between Quilcene and Port Townsend will be open for touring on Sept. 14-15, and you can go by bike and participate in camping, a pig roast and more. It’s a fundraiser for the county extension service’s intern program.