The Seattle Street Food Festival, the Northwest newest bite of Seattle showcases more than 50 trucks, carts, stands, and other vendors, is back this year on August 8-9th in Cal Anderson Park.

In short, the picnic is a separate, ticketed component of the free to the public event, and a collaboration between the festival and local chefs, foragers, mixologists and so much more. The setting, an alfresco style lounge dropped in the middle of Cal Anderson Park for an unforgettable night of amazing dishes and beverages.

Last year, roughly a dozen notable chefs from around town (generally of the brick-and-mortar variety) will be preparing their own take on street food and serving it up as night falls in Cal Anderson Park. 

One ticket allowed patrons to sample plates like Charles Walpole’s ceviche with watermelon and toasted grains, or Joshua Henderson’s Southeast Asian-inspired crispy wings and chicken feet (!) with toasted garlic, spicy fermented cabbage with cilantro, and nuoc cham. Plus, you know, a lot of wine and beer. 

2013 Chef Line-Up:

  • Charles Walpole, Blind Pig Bistro
  • Mike Easton, Il Corvo
  • Jason Stoneburner, Stoneburner and Bastille
  • Matthew Lewis, Where Ya At Matt and Roux
  • Manu Alfau, of the forthcoming La Bodega
  • Wiley Frank, Little Uncle
  • Carrie Mashaney, Spinasse chef, incoming Aragona doyenne, and Rising Star at large
  • Kim Mahar, RN74 pastry maven
  • Maxime Bilet, Modernist Cuisine coauthor
  • Brian Clevenger, Tavolata
  • Kevin Burzell, Kedai Makan
  • Joshua Henderson, Skillet, Westward, Hollywood Tavern, Huxley Wallace et al. 

Last year, attendees and judges, including behatted chef Thierry Rautureau voted for the best dishes (categories are best signature dish, most creative, and most innovative). The winning chefs get a portion of ticket proceeds (as much as $15,000 in total) to donate to their favorite charities. 

And the first 100 people to buy tickets also get the lowdown on how to attend the industry afterparty—a pig roast thrown by James Beard nominees, Ethan Stowell (Staple and Fancy, How to Cook a Wolf) and Jason Franey (Canlis). 

The popup picnic ticket also gets you line-skipping VIF (Very Important Foodie) privileges at the festival. The Seattle Street Food Festival now runs two days in Cal Anderson Park and the picnic happens from 8 to 10 on Saturday, August 9th.


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