Look forward to a ton of food festivals this weekends in Ethnic Seattle's next roundup of Top Things To Do!
By Rashi Bhogal
July 14, 2016
FOOD & DRINK
The Bite of Seattle
This year’s food festival in Seattle Center will feature over 60 restaurants and specialty food companies from all over the city. The event will play host to a variety of food ranging from delicious ethnic cuisine to all-American favorites and no plate will be over $10. Specialty foods such as Blue Elephant and Yinzi’s Kitchen will have their most popular items on the menu such as elephant ears and he nan noodles. NuFlours will also be there with a selection of their yummy gluten-free pastries. Other restaurants to check out: Pho Cyclo Cafe and their pork or chicken noodle bowls and skewers. Try alligator on a stick from New Orleans Cookery or fried chicken and fries from Simply Soulful. There are also plenty of beer gardens and stages to keep everyone entertained: The beer gardens will feature hoppy IPAs and ales such as Black Raven Trixter and the Diamond Knot blonde ale; they will also have a selection of wines along with craft cocktails. Music wise, check out one of the five performance stages, great for music lovers of smooth jazz, classic rock, andtop 40 hits. Seattle Center, Free admission, Saturday from noon to 8, Sunday from noon to 6.
Fri & Sat, July 15 & 16
Annual Pig Roast Party at Danny Woo Garden
“Uncle Bob”, who built the Danny Woo Community Garden used to host annual pig roasts for family, friends, and community members in his own backyard. In 1975, after the garden was finished, Uncle Bob decided to construct a roasting pit in the center of the community space and ever since then friends and neighbors have been getting together for the Annual Pig Roast Party. The event has a homey vibe to it as friends, family, and members of Chinatown and the International District come together and gather around the locally grown pig to share their stories, experiences, and food over a fire. Everything starts on Friday when the pig is mounted onto the spit. Over the next 14 hours the volunteers will take shifts rotating the pig over and the following day the celebration comes to a close by noon. Food and drinks will be available for volunteers and attendees alike but the lunch on Saturday is a potluck so be sure to bring something to share with everyone. Danny Woo Garden, Free (but potluck, y’all), Friday at 6, Saturday at noon
Sat, July 16
East Precinct Community Picnic
“Picnics in the Precincts” is a fun, lively event held annually that gives an opportunity for the business and residential community to come together and celebrate with local police. Meet officers from Seattle Police Department’s special units, such as the recruiting team and crime prevention unit. Picnics in the Precincts is also a great way to become involved in community issues and make a positive change. The picnic will have booths hosted by various agencies and groups that aim to prevent crime prevention. There will also be free food and ice cream, live music, as well as other entertainment and prizes. Powell Barnett Park, Free, 1–4
Sat & Sun, July 16 & 17
This annual Chinatown food festival is certainly one of the largest celebration of Asian cuisine in the Pacific Northwest. Centered in the historic Chinatown-International District, it attracts more than 30,000people each year. And this year will feature a lineup of over 14 hours of cultural performances ranging from a spirited Chinese lion and dragon dance to a mesmerizing Japanese taiko drumming performance. Sponsors have also brought back the annual $3 dollar food walk which showcases over 40 restaurants offering, well of course, three-dollar bites. The festival brings the streets to life with its outdoor Asian market, historical walking tours, and other fun cultural activities for everyone. Chinatown-International District, Free, All weekend
CULTURE & COMMUNITY
Sat & Sun, July 16 & 17
Bon Odori Festival
The Bon Odori is a traditional summer festival held at the Betsuin Buddhist Temple and an official Seafair event. The festival’s goal is to honor ancestors who have passed away by remembering and appreciating them through celebration, song, and dance. Attendees are known to dress in traditional garb such as kimonos, yukata, or happi coats. Visitors are also allowed to participate in the various performances and dances. This year’s festival will offer Japanese food booths, beer gardens, and traditional drinks as well. There will also be Taiko and martial art performances and craft exhibits and demonstrations and artists will be performing traditional Japanese music such as gagaku and shomyo → Get excited for taiko drumming and martial art performances, in addition to craft exhibits, demonstrations, and artists, who will be performing traditional Japanese music.