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A weekend spent in the Skagit Valley provides an array of options for exploring your culinary senses. Bring a hearty appetite and save room in the car for goodies to take home.
Skagit Valley’s deep and fertile alluvial soils are rated by USDA as among the best in the world. The Skagit Valley farmers grow the barley varietals, Skagit Valley Malting takes these new varieties to bring out taste and flavor, and then all 13 of the Skagit Valley Breweries use the malt to make tasty craft beer.
The Skagit Farm to Pint Ale Trail Tour includes a map and passport to collect stamps. Once you have collected all your stamps, you are awarded a pint glass at the last brewery you visit. Pick up a passport at the breweries, Skagit Visitor Info Centers, and a select number of lodging establishments that offer “Bed & Brew” packages.
Skagit Valley is also home to Skagit Farm to Pint Roadshow, Skagit Valley College Brewing Academy, Fields of Barley, and five Brewery Festivals: Bier on the Pier (First weekend of October), Brew on the Slough (Third weekend of October) Brew Fest on the Skagit (Second Saturday of August), and the Skagit Wine & Beer Festival (November). Not surprising that we ranked #10 in the USA on the “Hidden Beer Gems in the USA” list!
The Bow-Edison Food trail is a community-oriented project with three requirements to being on the map.
1. It’s for food businesses only.
2. The restaurants and stores on the map are required to procure from farms on the map.
3. The participating farms and businesses are required to actively promote the other participants on the map.
Surrounded by the majestic North Cascades, the Skagit River, crystal clear lakes, neighboring the San Juan Islands, Deception Pass, nestled in historic communities like La Conner and Edison, an agricultural cornucopia and a scenic rural country side setting, the Skagit Valley wine region is a perfect destination. The Skagit River hosts wineries along its banks established from Rockport to Conway. These are family-owned wineries where people love grapes and fruit, love to make high quality wine and want to share them with the community.
The Skagit Valley is a unique wine region, capitalizing on the rich agricultural fruit products grown locally, access to premium Washington vineyards, and varietals grown in near perfect conditions in the valley. The Skagit Valley is an ideal growing location for a number of Germanic grape varietals like Siegerrebe, and Agria, as well as popular red wines such as Pinot Noir. The Skagit Valley has a similar climate and growing conditions as some of the popular European wine growing regions.
We invite you to visit our boutique wineries, taste the local award winning wines, and enjoy the beautiful Skagit Valley.
Agriculture is the #1 industry in Skagit County with 93,000 acres of active farmlands. The Skagit Maritime Valley is home to 90 different crops from blueberries, raspberries, strawberries to specialty potatoes, jonagold apples, and green peas. The Valley has numerous dairy & cheese farms along with ranches offering homegrown ranch meat. Fisheries is also an important industry in Skagit County. Our bountiful Salish Sea is famous for Wild Salmon, Halibut, Dungeness Crab, and Oysters.
Whether you are stopping at a farmer’s stand, visiting a working farm, or dining in one of our local restaurants, the bounty of the Skagit Valley will make your taste buds come alive. Savor the Skagit Valley!
Explore a Skagit Valley Farmer’s Market for fresh food and family fun. Taste the best of Skagit Valley’s farm produce in relaxing small town environments.
The Valley’s markets feature fresh picked organic and local produce, meats, eggs, herbs, cut flowers, bedding plants and nursery stock, locally made cheese, organic bread, honey, handmade soaps and skin care products, jewelry, coffee and ready to eat foods.