I love to point out things that are happening in my old stomping grounds of the Northwest. One of the more interesting cultural events that really speaks to an icon of the area is the Wenatchee Salmon Festival. The festival runs September 28 to October 1 this year. Salmon is big in the Northwest. Big business, big in the cultural/historical sense, and big in the dining sense.
The red meated silvery fish are a big part part of the rich heritage of the region. And even though many of the biggest salmon runs have been decimated by dams and pollution, the salmon is still revered and, well, eaten. And I’ll tell you, if you’ve never had salmon at Ivar’s, well, you don’t know what you’re missing.
The Wenatchee festival is having its 16th anniversary this year with live entertainment (the Jude Bowerman Band), and a live reptile demonstration with Reptile Man Scott Petersen (what reptiles have to do with salmon is beyond me, but hey, that shouldn’t dissuade you from going.