Is there anything nicer than picnicking with friends on a summer evening and sipping local wine while melodious songs float through the air? There is: doing all of these things and then petting an adorable pig.
Welcome to “Tasting Flight,” the adults-only fundraiser for Woodland Park Zoo that offers samples from the best wineries in the Northwest and opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the Zoo’s most beloved animal ambassadors.
The Event, In a Nutshell
“Tasting Flight” will run for two nights: Thursday, July 27th and Friday, July 28th.
More than 40 different wineries from around the Pacific Northwest will pour samples at tables set up around the Zoo’s picturesque North Meadow. Attendees can seek out samples from their favorite wineries while enjoying music hosted by KEXP DJs Morgan and John Richards and meeting animal ambassadors.
Those with general admission tickets can buy dinner at a nearby food truck and enjoy the beauty of the evening from a picnic blanket in the meadow, while VIP ticketholders can sate their hunger at an included buffet. Everyone can explore select Zoo exhibits that will remain open throughout the party.
What You’ll Be Drinking
Unless you take a lot of road trips, it can be hard to track down bottles from the many great wineries scattered throughout the Pacific Northwest. Because “Tasting Flight” will feature over 40 wineries curated by the celebrated wine club Seattle Uncorked, it presents a great opportunity for wine aficionados to try the various bounties produced by local land.
Some of the wineries that will be in attendance include Eye of the Needle Winery, Red Earth Wines, Foxy Roxy Wines and Elephant Seven Winery. Intrigued? See the complete list of wineries that will be in attendance.
What You’ll Be Supporting
One of the best things about “Tasting Flight” is that it isn’t just about having a great time and drinking great wine – it’s also about supporting the work the Woodland Park Zoo does all year long. Some recent projects include:
- The Community Access Program, which in 2016 welcomed a record 81,300 guests from underserved communities in King County. That’s enough to fill 1,130 school busses and a 33% increase over the past five years.
- Supporting conservation worldwide by doing things like funding anti-poaching patrols in Malaysia’s tiger forests. The Zoo’s recent investment helped apprehend 18 poachers and protect hundreds of thousands of acres with a powerful message—this forest is being watched.
- Expanded community engagement of local teenagers through the Seattle Youth Climate Action Network program (Seattle Youth CAN). Now over 300 teens are learning climate science, communication and advocacy.
Coming to “Tasting Flight” is an easy way to support worthwhile endeavors, from animal care programs to wildlife conservation to hands-on learning for all. If you care about wildlife in our community and around the world, visit the Zoo and raise a glass – or two – at “Tasting Flight.”