Bite of Seattle 2024 @ Seattle Center

Seattle’s food fest 🤤

📸: Bite of Seattle

📆 Friday, July 19th – Sunday, July 21st
⏰ Friday + Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm | Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm
🎟 Free to attend
📍 Seattle Center: 305 Harrison St, Seattle

Each year, Seattle-area foodies unite for a fest on the Seattle Center’s lawns. Now one of the oldest culinary events in Seattle, Bite of Seattle (also known as “The Bite”) dates back to 1982 when the owner of the local restaurant Barnaby’s came up with the idea. The event allows attendees to enjoy an assortment of cooking in one location. While munching, they can also visit the fest’s arts and crafts market to grab local handmade goods. Then, score a spot on the lawn for some live music. 

In the over 40 years since its start, Bite of Seattle reports that it’s grown from an estimated 75,000 visitors to a high point of around 425,000. The family-friendly event, this year under new management by FoodieLand, is free to enter—and with over 250+ vendors, you might want to do a lap to see all the options before you get in line. According to Seattle Center, which partners with FoodieLand to put on the event, this year the fest will reintroduce sample-sized portions, cooking demos, and more:

“Moving forward, attendees can expect an expanded selection of vendors and the return of in-person cash and card payments—no app to download or digital-only platform. Further reintroductions include sample-sized portions at an affordable price range and cherished pre-pandemic traditions and activities: cooking demos by professional chefs, cook-off competitions, and The Alley’s experience—a featured festival activity where attendees can purchase a fixed sampler plate of multiple bites from various vendors for one flat fee.”

You can find a complete listing of vendors online, but if you want to get your tastebuds wet, here are a few I’ve got my eyes on 👀 

🐔 Theary Cambodian Foods: Grab a Khmer beef screwer, chicken/beef meatballs, coconut chicken wings, or pretty much anything else they have.

🥧 Kaleenka Piroshky: These yummy stuffed pies are full of savory flavor.

🫕 Raclette Cheese House: Cheese + prosciutto + crossaint = enough said. 

🍉 Sugar Mama Sugarcane: Fresh squeezed sugar cane juice, watermelon, pineapple, even hibiscus. 

🌮 Birrieria Michi: Grab birria tacos, fries, quesadillas, and/or ramen. 

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.