Get ready to dig in at the Bite of Seattle, July 17-19 at Seattle Center.
As the Bite of Seattle’s website says, “You can’t spell Seattle without eat,” and the event is ready to satisfy your appetite Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 17 to 19, at Seattle Center.
More than 60 vendors offer food from around the world, snacks to desserts, healthy choices to deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, old favorites and new choices. No item or combo is more than $9, and most vendors offer “Just a Bite” options for $3.75 or less for thrifty foodies and people who want to try a little of everything.
There’s more to life than eating, of course, so the Bite has beer gardens, this year also serving craft spirits and cocktails, and a wine garden next to a stage featuring contemporary jazz, offering a flight of five Washington wine tastes for $15, including a commemorative tasting glass, or $12 during happy hour 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Bite of Seattle
Time: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 17-18; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, July 19
Cost: free admission
Location: Seattle Center, Seattle
More info: 206-684-7200 or biteofseattle.com.
Fans of craft beer and hard cider can head to Fisher Pavilion for a five-pour tasting and commemorative glass for $20, or $17 during happy hour, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Additional 5.5-ounce tastes are available for $2 each, with more than 70 beers and ciders to choose from.
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Get inspired at cooking demos by local chefs at The Bite Cooks stage, also featuring chef Cook Off competitions using mystery ingredients to create the best dish, as judged by the audience. The Alley, a selection of bites by local restaurants for $10 to benefit Food Lifeline, is a popular annual feature at the Bite, open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Entertainment on five stages throughout the weekend includes the Family Fun Zone and Entertainment Stage, and a free “Ghostbusters” movie night at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Mural Stage. Social-media fans can snap and post photos doing five assigned tasks to try for a grand prize of $1,000 in #TheBiteHunt.
The Bite is one of Seattle’s most popular events, and big crowds can mean lots of traffic. Parking rates at Seattle Center lots vary depending on demand; check seattlecenter.com/transportation/parking for more information. Other options include coming by bus, or on the Seattle Monorail from downtown Seattle, which is easy to get to via Sound Transit Link Light Rail, Seattle Streetcar or Metro bus. Seattle Center provides bike racks for bicyclists.