What do you do in Walla Walla when the temperatures soar to over one hundred during the first week of June? Well, if it is a Monday, we go to the Port of Walla Walla Incubators for Walla Walla Food Truck Night! Usually it is crucial to get there right at 5:00 PM to avoid standing in long lines waiting for food and hoping to find a seat in the shade. This week it was 101* at that hour, the parking lots were still pretty empty and there were no lines at any of the food trucks. We also had friends ‘saving seats’ at Burwood Brewery, so we were fairly certain of eating in the shade.
When it is so hot it is hard for me to choose food. We walked the line of trucks, debating the merits of each before making our decision: Wing & a Prayer BBQ ribs for Hubby, 1/4 chicken for me and Mediterranean Cuisine salads paired with Burwood’s beers. It was slow enough that Mediterranean Cuisine made me a special salad without olives; I thank them profusely! Our beer choices were Pennypacker, an altbier style lager, that complemented the barbecue beautifully and an IPA for my Hubby to pair with the hot evening weather. We drank lots of water too as staying hydrated can be tough on such hot days. As we were leaving lines were beginning to form.
I had enough left over chicken to make myself a salad for dinner (solo, so perfect amount) the next night and share a bit with my very spoiled ten year-old cat, Dragon.
Happy to have a hot evening without cooking this week as we prepare for WWCC’s newest Enology & Vit grads to party in our backyard this coming weekend! The following weekend (16-18) is Celebrate Walla Walla, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon. Locati Cellars is participating with our small production of 2014 Kelly Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. It won gold in the Seattle Wine Awards this year.
At the same time the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival will take place (18-19th)! Sample delicious Walla Walla Sweet Onion recipes, purchase onions fresh and in things like mustards, compete to eat a fresh sweet onion in record time and then go wine tasting. How can you beat a weekend such as this? It isn’t looking like it will be as hot that weekend; what more incentive do you need? Make your plans, come visit me in the tasting room and bring home your onions! If you bring home lots, dehydrate them.
Cheers, stay cool!