Bite of Seattle
321 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
Price: Free Admission to festival grounds (cost varies on individual food selections)
Dates: July 20 and 21 – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., July 22 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Seattle is known for many things: Microsoft, Boeing and the Space Needle come immediately to mind. But in the past 10 years, Seattle has also been making waves in the food scene. It could be the local produce that line our farmer’s markets in the summer or the fresh shellfish harvested from our inlets and ocean shores. Or perhaps it’s the heritage meats that grace so many of the area’s kitchens that make Seattle a destination for food lovers.
But long before Seattle foodies were checking on the pedigree of their chicken and heirloom tomatoes, the Bite of Seattle was serving up fare to thousands of visitors from the region each July on the Seattle Center grounds.
Sample restaurants from around the city in one great location
Travelling throughout the city to try and sample all of Seattle’s great food would be next to impossible. But fortunately, during the Bite of Seattle, the restaurants all come to you. Lined up throughout the beautiful grounds of the Seattle Center, you’ll find a variety of food offerings representing cuisine from just about every nationality imaginable. Lamb sliders, roasted duck tacos, Hawaiian fried noodles and the classic lamb gyros come to mind.
Here are just a few restaurants (and wineries) that you can look forward to: Ballard Brothers Seafood & Burgers (cajun blackened wild salmon sandwich), Bambuza (soba noodles), Carlos Catering (lollipop fried chicken), Famous Dave’s BBQ (BBQ pork sandwich), Green Leaf Vietnamese (fresh spring rolls) and wines from Waterbrook, Silverlake, Scarborough, Orca and others.
Good food for you and others
Sure, you can find your fair share of junk food at the Bite of Seattle. After all, the day would not be complete without fried cheese on a stick. But the Bite of Seattle also offers you a chance at a multi-course meal of samples coming from some of the best restaurants and chefs Seattle has. Stop by The Alley, hosted by Seattle icon Tom Douglas, and you’ll be treated to some savory – and sweet – dishes prepared by the likes of Palace Kitchen, Dahlia Bakery and Local 360, just to name a few. The trip through The Alley is $10 and well worth every penny as it benefits Food Lifeline, the local hunger relief organization.
More than just eating
After you’ve sampled the food, you may want to see how the pros in the kitchen come up with their creations. The Bite of Seattle offers up The Bite Cooks! with chef Thierry Ratureau – chef of the famed Rover’s restaurant along with his new French venture Luc. You also may know Chef Ratureau as the ‘Chef in the Hat.’ This year, The Bite Cooks! moves outdoors to the rooftop of Fisher Pavilion. Bask in the sun as you watch top area chefs reveal some secrets that make their beloved dishes come alive. And no cooking demonstration would be complete without a head-to-head competition. The Bite Cook-off! promises to be exciting and entertaining. And best of all, the audience gets to be the judge and crown the winner.
The Bite of Seattle is an annual event that brings in thousands of food fans to the Seattle Center every summer. Bring your appetite (and your sunscreen) and make your way through the Center grounds as you sample some of the tastiest bites Seattle has managed to bring together in one place.
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Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.