2017 Insider's Guide to The Bite!
Groupon Bite of Seattle® is the ultimate local food festival!
The Bite, celebrating its 36th anniversary, is the original and largest food festival in the Greater Seattle Area. With over 60 restaurants, 15 food trucks, 30+ other specialty food vendors, and 70+ handcraft and general vendors, you’re bound to find something to enjoy. From ethnic cuisines to vegan options, we offer it all.
This blog is your ULTIMATE guide to The Bite! (keep reading...)
There are THREE things to keep in mind in order to experience The Bite like a true foodie:
- COME HUNGRY😋 because there will be LOTS of food to try, and of course, you've got to save room for dessert!
- BRING FRIENDS 👫 and family to split plates with in order to maximize the amount of food you try.
- PLAN AHEAD✍️ to maximize your experience. With over 100 food & handcraft vendors and attractions, you should check out all we have to offer before you arrive next weekend.
As for planning ahead, you’re on the right track by reading the 2017 Insider’s Guide to The Bite of Seattle®!
FREE Bite Movie Night 2017: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
`Every year the fans vote on a movie for our FREE Bite Movie Night and this year, the fans chose Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!
The movie will be shown at 8:30 PM on Friday July 21st and don’t worry, the beer garden will be open late! Now here are some inside tips for this movie night. Arrive early to stake out a good spot for the movie, we recommend bringing a blanket or jacket to sit on!
If you arrive early, we’ll be passing out some FREE goodies such as Ferris Bueller style sunglasses and vouchers for FREE Milk and Cookies. Yes, you read that correctly! Midnight Cookie Co. will be at The Bite for the movie night selling milk and cookies!
Take advantage of ‘Just a Bite’ so you can try it all
One of The Bite’s best deals is the ‘Just a Bite’ option. All restaurants and food trucks will have a sign on their booths with their featured ‘Just a Bite’ entrée. For $3.75 or less, you can snag a smaller entrée item (so you don’t have to pick just one)!
We’ve all been there, when you eat the first thing you see at a food festival and after seeing all the options, you wish you could have tried something else too! Look on our website at the FULL LIST of restaurants and food trucks on your way, then tackle The Bite like a true foodie. Don’t worry if you can’t decide between your top 3, we have your back with the ‘Just a Bite’ options.
Escape the Heat & Grab a Cold One!
The Bite has multiple venues for you to escape the summer sun & grab a cold one. 🍺We have three Beer Gardens pouring local craft beers, House Wine, and Heritage Distilling Co.’s craft spirit cocktails. So kick back and enjoy a Cucumber Refresher or a Schofferhofer Grapefruit. See our full beer, wine, and spirit cocktail lineup HERE!
We also have the Craft Beer & Cider Tasting presented by Delta Air Lines along with The Wine Bar inside the Fisher Pavilion. You’ll never have to argue over going to the Wine Bar or the Craft Beer & Cider Tasting because we put them in the SAME location! This way everyone wins.
Plus, check out the NEW Bite Cooks! Lounge for an exclusive Rooftop Bar & a PRIME Insta pic location. 📷
A ticket to the lounge includes two drink vouchers for beverages of choice, samples from local celeb chefs, a view of The Bite Cooks! stage and The Fisher Stage, and additional refreshments. This is the BEST WAY to enjoy the festival and escape the crowds! BUY TICKETS HERE!
Watch LIVE Mystery Ingredient Cook-offs!
Have you become a self-proclaimed chef through cooking videos on Facebook? Do you love watching cook-off shows with mystery ingredients? Come to The Bite Cooks! stage where you’ll find live cooking demos and cook-offs every hour from 12:00-7:00 PM Friday/Saturday and 12:00-6:00 PM on Sunday.
We’re excited to bring to the stage amazing Seattle-grown Celeb Chefs! Chef Joel Gamoran grew up in Seattle and is now the National Chef for Sur La Table and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Joel is a Tastemaker for the online cooking network Tastemade (see the video below)! He will be taking the stage at 7PM on Saturday evening and we’re very thrilled to have him.
DJ Shaun O’Neale the Winner from MasterChef Season 7 on FOX is performing from 3-5 PM on Sunday. How often do you see a Las Vegas DJ who also won a season of MasterChef? Probably never, so don't miss his performance! We’ll have demos ranging from Thai cooking to German Schnitzel! Check out the chef lineup to make sure you don’t miss anything!
Try Seattle’s Gourmet Restaurants, but skip the Gourmet Prices
Get the best bang for your buck at The Alley benefiting Food Lifeline! Visit The Alley and get gourmet food without the gourmet price! For $15 you receive 5 mini-entrees from upscale Seattle restaurants on a sampler plate. And it gets even better, a portion of all proceeds from The Alley benefit the organization Food Lifeline—a hunger relief organization that currently provides 90,000 meals every single day to those in need in Western Washington. Full lineup HERE.
Featured Handcraft/Local Vendors
Meghan's Mehndi Henna
Too afraid to get under the needle? We won’t judge you! Get some temporary henna, it is definitely in style this summer and the nice weather is perfect to show off your cool new designs.
Townie shades is another local business that makes sunglasses with the Seattle skyline, so if you want to rep your city, this is a great booth to visit!
TW Coffee Artist
Artist Tammie Wales creates beautiful artwork using real coffee like the photos from above. Yes, the photos above are created from painting with coffee!
Churro Dog, Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheese Burger, Conewich, and more!
NEW ORLEANS COOKERY
The famous Alligator-on-a-Stick
FOGO DE CHAO
Sirloin Steak or Chicken Breast wrapped in bacon
Featured Food Trucks
MAC & CHEESE WHAAAAAAAAT
The name says it all. You can get Various Assortments of Mac & Cheese Bowls including Bacon, Tator Tot, Lobster & Deep Fried. And yes, it is as delicious as it sounds!
A fusion of Korean and Mexican food, and one of Seattle’s favorite food trucks.
CHARLIE'S BUNS N STUFF
This food truck was believe it or not, named after the owner’s beloved little Yorkshire Terrier, Charlie. You’ll find some of the best burgers in town at this female-owned (#GirlPower) food truck & restaurant!
Sorry summer bod, it's dessert time because #TreatYoSelf
For those craving something sweet, check out some featured desserts below, but find the FULL DESSERT LIST HERE.
Because who doesn't want a fish shaped waffle dessert with ice cream?!? Helloooo there, Sweet Fish 🍦
It's not just a clever name, but some amazing treats to eat! Did we mention Whipped Raw only serves gluten free, dairy free, soy free and free of anything artificial food! Their primary product is CocoWhip™, which is the world’s first Vegan & Bio-Fermented Coconut Soft Serve meal in a cup. #VeganWin 👇
Puffle Up is a traveling Seattle-area vendor serving up Hong Kong's most popular street snack! (see below courtesy of Puffle Up 😍 )
Maybe one of the coolest attractions of them all is the Cinetransformer! Dunkirk is screening their movie in a semi-truck that converts into a portable movie theater with a 15-foot screen and 87 stadium-style ButtKicker interactive seats (that's what they're called, we're not making that name up)! The Cinetransformer will be at The Bite ONLY on Friday, July 21st from 11am – 7pm.
Nathan’s Famous display will have FREE Nathan’s hot dog samples and Coney Island style fun and games! So basically an arcade for adults! #winning
Get to know a different side of AARP! Don’t miss out on the virtual reality demo and walk away with a FREE AARP-branded Google Cardboard. You can turn your smartphone into a virtual reality device with a piece of cardboard, go pick one up! #genius
So maybe you aren't an olive oil connoisseur, don't worry! Head to Filippo Berio and be won over by their deliciousness AND enter the Following Filippo sweepstakes, where you and a guest could WIN an all-expenses paid trip to the Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany, Italy!
Parking in downtown with such large crowds can be difficult. We suggest using public transportation or grabbing an Uber or Lyft! Now that you have all the inside knowledge, get ready for The Bite because it is only ONE WEEK AWAY (July 21-23)!
Don’t forget #foodies:
1) Come Hungry 2) Bring Friends 3) Plan Ahead