Bite of Seattle, July 21-23, Seattle Center

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Yum! It’s a world of food and beverages at the Bite of Seattle this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 21-23, at Seattle Center.

Taste returning favorites like Classic Catering Salmon Bake, Bai Tong Thai, New Orleans Cookery alligator-on-a-stick or Ziegler’s Bratwurst Haus, and new restaurant selections including Hawaii’s BBQ huli chicken and poke, King’s Chicken and sushi burritos from Topos.

For your sweet tooth, there’s new strawberry, banana and s’mores puffle cups, vegan soft serve and waffle ice cream, and old favorites deep-fried Oreos, strawberry shortcake, scones with jam and elephant ears. None of the dishes or combo plates in the 60 or so food booths are over $10, with “Just A Bite” selections at $3.75 or less by each restaurant.

Bite of Seattle

Time: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21-23.

Cost: Free admission.

Craft Beer and Cider Tasting: 3 p.m. to close Friday, 11 a.m. to close Saturday-Sunday; Happy Hour specials 3-5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; $25 tasting package of five beer or cider 5.5 ounce pours, additional tastes $2 each.

The Bite Cooks! Lounge: 2-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday; 1-4 p.m. and 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday; 1-4 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday; $35-$50, advance tickets available.

More info: 425-295-3262 or biteofseattle.com/

Seattle Center transportation/directions: seattlecenter.com/transportation/.

Cheer the Bite at beer gardens with local brews, wine and craft spirits, and Craft Beer Tasting at the Fisher Pavilion. The Wine Bar, also in Fisher Pavilion, has local wine by the glass and three-pour tasting flights.

Taste bites from five different restaurants daily with a $15 donation for a good cause at The Alley benefiting Food Lifeline. The popular feature runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, or while supplies last.

Get inspired to create your own culinary masterpieces at daily “Bite Cooks!” chef cooking demos and competitions on the Fisher Pavilion roof, hosted by “Chef in the Hat” Thierry Rautureau. Cooking-demo recipe cards are available to whip up each dish later in your own kitchen.

A new Bite feature this year, The Bite Cooks! Lounge VIP experience rooftop bar adjacent to the chef demo stage, includes meet-and-greet and samples from celebrity chefs for ages 21 and older only in two sessions daily. Ticket prices for the Lounge are $35-$50, with $5 from each ticket benefiting Food Lifeline.

Continuous free entertainment on four stages all weekend is at Fountain Lawn, Mural and Fisher stages outdoors, and the Family Fun Stage for all ages with local bands, dance groups, karaoke and The Reptile Man, indoors at Seattle Center Armory.

On Friday evening, grab some food, a blanket and a spot on the grass at Mural Amphitheater for Bite Movie Night’s 8:30 p.m. showing of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

The popular Bite draws huge crowds, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead for transportation options. The Seattle Monorail departs every 10 minutes for the short trip between downtown Seattle and Seattle Center and is easy to get to via Sound Transit Link Light Rail, Seattle Streetcar or Metro bus. Seattle Center’s website has complete information about transportation and parking options.

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