The third edition of the Culinary Adventure Map was recently released by the Olympic Culinary Loop. Nearly doubling in size from its original 27 locations to 53, it highlights some of the Olympic Peninsula's top farm to table culinary providers. In addition to food and beverage producers, there are restaurants and lodgings in the mix. I recently went on a 220-mile road trip using the new Culinary Adventure Map, enjoying numerous stops along the way -- from Port Townsend's Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar to Hama Hama Seafood Company on the Hood Canal in Lilliwaup. Six of them are featured here.
The Olympic Culinary Loop celebrates Olympic Coast Cuisine, which reflects the diverse microclimates, coastal proximity and Native American heritage of the Olympic Peninsula. The bounty of the four-county region includes locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, berries, honey, seafood and locally raised poultry, beef, pork and lamb -- along with handcrafted wines, ciders and artisan spirits. The maps are available at visitor information centers on the Olympic Peninsula and a printable version may be found on the Olympic Culinary Loop website. The website also includes culinary activities and events through the year, from January's Strange Brewfest in Port Townsend to Grayland's Cranberry Festival in October. A new mobile app will be available at the end of April 2014.