The first-ever Cherry Blossom Festival in U District begins this Friday

Each spring, the University of Washington’s flowering cherry trees draw thousands of visitors, and this year the 90-year-old Yoshino variety trees are getting their own festival. Organized by The U District Partnership, the Cherry Blossom Festival takes place March 25 through April 10 and features food, drink and retail specialties, a cherry blossom run and the waterfront Cantina Bloom Garden.

Festival-inspired dishes include Kai’s Thai Street Food & Bar‘s pink cherry blossom noodle soup, cherry chevre cake from Oasis Tea Zoneand BB.Q chicken‘s Cherry Bucket Combo with Korean Fried Chicken and cherry soda. Drink specialties include cherry blossom mocha at Cafe Allegro, Cedar Restaurant‘s cherry-mango lassi and plenty of cherry-infused drinks in the U District’s bars and restaurants, like the vodka-up Cherry Blossom Cocktail at Cafe Agua Verde.

Skagit Valley Road Show raises money for a local farm incubator viva farms

The non-profit Viva Farms, a bilingual (Spanish and English) agricultural incubator, is hosting the fourth annual Skagit Farm to Pint Roadshow, a beer and bounty celebration of local farmers, in April. Breweries around the Skagit Valley offer local cider and beer made from Skagit Valley malt. There’s also a cornhole tournament, trivia events, and more. All proceeds from the event benefit Viva Farms and their work to provide training, education and access for budding farmers.

Recent Capitol Hill closures include Dacha Diner and The Canterbury

Last week, the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reported on the upcoming closures of Dacha Diner and longtime bar The Canterbury Ale House. Since 2018, Dacha has been serving hearty Eastern European and Jewish fare like borscht, matzo ball soup, and sandwiches. Citing health reasons and a co-owner moving to a technical career, Dacha called for the closure with March 27 as the last day. Most of the Dacha staff will transfer to the sister restaurant The independent pizzeria in the Madison Valley.

Medieval Canterbury closes after 46 years on 15th Avenue. Neighborhood favorite The Canterbury is set to be transformed into a new restaurant under new ownership at a date to be determined. The last day of the Bierstube is March 27th.

Family owned Coffeehouse by Grumpy D closes next week

Grumpy D’s Will Cafe is located in the Ballard/Crown Hill area close forever 27th of March. The simple, welcoming café opened in 2011 and regularly hosts live music and open mic nights. Husband and wife owners Dan (“Grumpy D”) and Marta Kurtz were told in 2018 that the property would be expanded into an apartment complex, but as planning stalled, they stayed in operation. Dan passed away in July 2020, and while Marta debated finding a new location, she shared my ballard“They are all too expensive or too far away and [we] would have to start all over again.”

Vanishing Seattle reported that the final day of Grumpy D will feature live music from the Silver Tongue Devils.

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