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The Seattle Food & Wine Experience is coming up Feb. 28 at Seattle Center, and the organizers are giving away a pair of tickets to our readers.

What can you expect? 

For the wine part of the experience, the posted list of participants includes DeLille Cellars, Erath, McCrea, and 100+ more, with breweries to boot. Around 20 eateries are signed up, from Maximus/Minimus (out of hibernation for the day) and Frost Doughnuts to Artisanal and Campagne and — yes, seriously, check out what these folks have been doing – the Tulalip Casino’s restaurant, Tulalip Bay. Kathy Casey will give a signed cookbook to the first 300 guests.

Tickets are $49 apiece (with a portion going to the non-profit Beecher’s Flagship Foundation), which gets you unlimited samples of food and non-alcoholic beverages, and 50 tasting tickets for alcoholic drinks (at 1-3 tickets per taste). Interested in a chance to get in for free? Just leave a comment here telling me what you like (or, if you prefer, what you don’t like) to see at food festivals. We’ll pick the winner using a random number generator at 9 p.m. PST on Feb. 2.

Updated 2/2 to announce that our random number generator has picked comment #19, Dave, as our winner! Congratulations! 

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As you know, there ain’t no such thing as one. But we do have some other attractive freebies coming up:

1. Celebrate the opening of Street Bean Espresso (2702 Third Ave.) with free drip coffee all day on Wednesday, Nov. 18. You might want to kick in some cash anyway, though, as the non-profit Belltown cafe, a partnership with New Horizons Ministry, is aimed at giving street kids job skills and steady work as baristas. Organizers said the cafe got its start through community help, with cash donations, with the owner of the Kroll Map Co. offering a year’s free rent in part of his building, architects and builders donating the remodel, and a carpenter and one of the employees building the tables. All this, and free Wi-Fi.

2. Pike Street Fish Fry (925 E. Pike), under new management, will have “Free Fry Friday” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, giving away free boats of fries and selling $2 pints of Fat Tire and Mothership. They plan to continue the tradition the third Friday of every month. 

3. On Wednesdays, Grand Cru Wine Bar in Bellevue (1020 108th Ave. N.E.) is offering a free two-course dinner (a choice of selected starters and entrees) starting at 5 p.m. every Wednesday. The only catch (and it isn’t much of one); an 18 percent tip will be added to the entire bill, including the amount the free food would have cost.

4. And, through November, the Dahlia Lounge (2001 Fourth Ave.) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with daily giveaways. There are free prizes (e.g., a dozen free donuts one day, or a free duck entree the next), for the first 20 people at the lounge and the bakery each day to say “Happy 20th Anniversary Dahlia.” And, there are “golden tickets” distributed daily for fabulous prizes like a taco feed at your place, cooked by Douglas himself. I know, when it’s someone else’s birthday, are they supposed to be giving us presents? You can give back by contributing to Food Lifeline, one of Douglas’s longtime causes. Bring in a bag of food to donate with a $10 value, and — here go the presents again — they’ll take $10 off your tab. Full list of daily giveaways here.

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Got a taste for lamb? We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the Oct. 25 American Lamb Jam, a gathering of 15 chefs and 15 wineries pairing “creative preparations of lusty lamb dishes” with award-winning wines. The roster includes Buty, DeLille Cellars, McCrea Cellars, ART, Flying Fish, Lola, and more. 

The restaurants didn’t simultaneously go nuts for lamb, of course. It’s part of the American Lamb Board’s Seattle blitz, a determined campaign to get people eating and talking about what’s been described as an underappreciated meat. I feel like I’ve appreciated it quite a bit around town, but it does strike me that while plenty of small Washington farms raise lamb, we don’t hear about them the way we know about, say, Billy’s tomatoes or Skagit River’s beef and pork.

So, want to win a pair of tickets to a night of lamb-centric wining and dining? Leave a comment here telling me what other foods grown or raised in Washington deserve more attention. We’ll close comments at midnight PST on Oct. 2, and use a random number generator to pick a winner.

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