Summer is oficially here, the sun is shining and the weekends are getting busy. Here are some things to do this week.

1. Eat cherries and strawberries.

National Rainier Cherry Day is July 11th.  The exceptional sweetness of a Northwest cherry is credited to its rare microclimate and rich volcanic soil, with harvesting that doesn’t happen until its discerning growers determine the cherries have reached their peak sweetness.  More information here.

Shuksan Strawberries are here. The Shuksan, known for its floral fragrance, deep-red color throughout, and sweet-tart flavor, is now available at several Metropolitan Markets and Whole Foods Markets, as well as at area farmers markets. Anthony’s has a strawberry shortcake on the menu made with these berries.

2. Indulge. The chocolate lovers dream. All the chocolate you can eat for $25 at The Seattle Chocolate Salon on Sunday July 11th.

3.  Enjoy Bastille celebrations.  Chefs demos, music and French celebration at the  Bastille Day festival held at Seattle Center. Also, don’t forget  Campagne ‘s Bastille day celebration on Wednesday in Pike Place Market and Le Pichet ‘s Bastille celebration at 6 pm.  Update: one more Bastille event to enjoy : http://www.theadventureschool.com/blog/bastille-day-fete-2010/

4.  Add a little spice to your weekend.  El Gaucho presents burlesque on July 9th.

5. Party with live music.  The annual Ponti Patio party will be held on July 11th.

Written by franticfoodie

I am Keren Brown (note: Keren with 2 E's). I love living in Seattle, I think the weather here is fabulous and spend my days writing, organizing and planning food events. Read about Seattle food events, recipes or just immerse in the food obsession. Check out my other blog in the Seattle PI http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/franticfoodie/

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