Arts & Culture

Guide to Bite of Seattle 2012

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The Comcast Bite of Seattle takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20-22 at Seattle Center. Spend the weekend sampling, savoring and sipping from the area’s best and most loved! Plus, this year’s Bite joins in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair with a FREE showing of “It Happened at the World’s Fair” on Friday night, July 20. There will be special performances, prizes and fun during this family-friendly Friday night activity. The action starts at 6:00pm with Beatles’ tribute band British Export, and continues with “The Illusion of Elvis,” headliner Danny Vernon. At 8:30pm, the Bite will show the movie “It Happened at the World’s Fair”, starring Elvis Presley. The movie was filmed at the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle! Bring a blanket (or hang out in the beer garden if your 21+) and settle in for a great night under the stars.

On Saturday, join The Bite Cooks! outdoors on the Fisher Pavilion Rooftop! And what better way to celebrate than with delicious prizes? Each hour of the Bite Cooks!, host Chef Thierry Rautureau will give away a gift card from a Seattle-area restaurant. And even if you don’t win a gift card, all the delicious recipes will be available for you to take and recreate at home.

This year, the Bite has partnered with The Hope Heart Institute for the Hope Heart Right Bite competition, in which all participating restaurants at the Bite are being challenged to create a healthy option at every booth. The Hope Heart Institute is a non-profit organization based in Bellevue that focuses on cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention, as well as community outreach and research. Hope Heart Right Bite dishes will be judged in a separate category, and one restaurant will receive the prestigious award of “Best Right Bite.”

Swirl, sip and savor almost 40 wines at Wine & Jazz at the Bite. Purchase a tasting package or buy a bottle (or two) to take home. Plus, the Bite will be pouring local craft beers. Stop by any of the beer gardens and enjoy tasty brews from Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, Emerald City Beer Company, Skagit River Brewery, Fremont Brewing Company, Harmon Brewery & Restaurant and Dick’s Brewing Co. Special happy hour pricing from 11:00am – 2:00pm every day of the Bite, too.

Of course there are also over 50 Seattle area restaurants and over 30 food product companies participating in the event. The Alley, hosted by local Chef and restauranteur Tom Douglas, benefits Food Lifeline. You can enjoy tastes from both iconic Seattle restaurants and exciting up-and-comers and give back to the community, all at the same time! You’ll receive a multi-course meal of tastes from a selection of the area’s best restaurants. Proceeds benefit Food Lifeline, the local hunger relief organization efficiently serving the Western Washington area by using 95% of revenue to directly feed hungry people. Tickets to The Alley are $10/person.

Getting to the Seattle Center:

On Saturday and Sunday for the Bite, Metro Transit will operate direct shuttles between downtown Seattle from the bus stop northbound on 3rd Avenue at Pike Street. It will stop at the Seattle Center on 5th Avenue North near Broad Street. When leaving the Seattle Center, the shuttles will board at the stop southbound on 5th Avenue North near Broad Street. These will be the only stops. The shuttles will operate every 10 minutes from 10:45am to 9:30pm on Saturday, and 10:45am to 8:30pm on Sunday. Fares are $2.25 per person.

If you want to cycle your way to the Bite, Seattle Center has bike racks to lock and park your bikes during the event.

Cost for parking is $15/vehicle.

For more information, check out the Bite of Seattle website at http://www.comcastbiteofseattle.com.

Seattle Center is located at:
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

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