Now that Seattle’s rains are solidly socking us in for the next five months (sorry newbies), it’s a good time to think of the glorious August, September and maybe even October ahead. Summer good times on the Hill this year will mean a double helping of a new event that successfully debuted alongside Cal Anderson last year and helped show that — at least for now — 11th Ave makes for a not-so-bad Capitol HIll festival street.
Organizers have announced that The Seattle Street Food Festival will return for a second year on Capitol Hill as the event expands to two days and adds what should be a fun new component to add the August celebration of mobile food — and, now, shopping.
“Our aim last year was to test the concept and thankfully, it was a huge success,” event producer Ryan Reiter tells CHS. “Now as we move to two days, it should cut down on the congestion and offer a healthier food festival experience.”
The 2013 debut of the event on 11th Ave was a bit of a victim of its own success. Hugely crowded, 11th Ave was choked with patrons and long lines as the event was squeezed into a few hours on a single day. 2014 should be a different story with the festival spreading across two days on Friday, August 8th and Saturday, August 9th. Friday’s hours will offer a nighttime experience with the festival running from 5 to 10 PM. Saturday will get going at 11 AM and run until 11 PM, according to organizers. Reiter said while the festival will again be free to enter, you’ll again be able to purchase “VIP” badges that will allow you to skip the lines
There will also be more to do this year. Reiter is partnering with Kristen Rask and Lindsey Ross to create an Urban Craft Uprising Village during the two-day festival. Reiter calls the shopping village to be sited on the Bobby Morris playfield “a great new opportunity for local small businesses to be highlighted at our food festival.” Rask and Ross are looking for around 100 vendors to participate. You can let them know you’re interested by signing up here.
Reiter says organizers are also looking for neighborhood talent to provide entertainment.
“We will also be looking at highlighting local community groups for programs for kid’s arts and crafts to happen hours and acoustic musical performances inside the market area,” Reiter said.
Despite the challenges encountered in making 2013 work, the first street food fest opened eyes of organizers seeking to create similar events on the Hill. Seattle Pride will warm 11th Ave up with a street festival of its own alongside Cal Anderson in June.
For more information, visit seattlestfoodfest.com.