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CHS Pics | The Seattle Street Food Festival comes to Capitol Hill

IMG_8671Ryan Reiter has some ambitious plans for Capitol Hill. His first venture definitely drew a crowd.

The first Capitol Hill episode of the Seattle Street Food Festival squeezed onto 11th Ave Saturday night under muggy, grey skies, with some bodacious lines — and featuring some of the best street food and street food-inspired providers in the city.

CHS first told you about Reiter’s plans for the Cal Anderson-abutting festival earlier this year as we detailed his ambitions to continue the family business with a Fremont Market sibling “European style Sunday market” here on Capitol Hill.

Meanwhile, along with plenty of Capitol Hill faces — you can see the 2013 roster here — there were some other notable debuts on the night. Locals — and the CHS photo guy — were probably most enthused about the launch of the new vegan-powered Plum Burgers truck.


Plenty more pictures, below.


Little Uncle broke out the popcicles

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18 thoughts on “CHS Pics | The Seattle Street Food Festival comes to Capitol Hill

  1. The “Now Make Me A Sandwich” truck was a real bummer. I can’t believe someone thought that was a good idea for a food truck name. Misogynist garbage that shouldn’t be allowed back next year.

    • Any chance you explain the gendered back story of the name?

      I enjoyed the sandwich there (but thought it was a bit greasy), but completely missed what you’re referring to.

      • See the link below that “a” posted below. It’s an insult that misogynist men say to women to try to shut them up, treat them as servants, to tell them their place is in the kitchen. It’s seen a huge revival on the Internet to attack women online. There’s zero chance the truck owner didn’t know this. It’s the only way the phrase is used.

  2. Misogynist garbage that shouldn’t be allowed back next year… (eye roll) People… try not to be such knee-jerk liberals. Some of us can take ourselves more seriously than uptight conservatives sometimes, I swear!

    If we’re going to ban people from the Hill for displaying poor taste, there wouldn’t be many “hipsters” left… or lesbian haircuts… just don’t get a sandwich there if you don’t like it.

    Now go fix me a turkey pot pie… Daddy had a hard day at work!

    • I agree! I guess I’m ill-informed about what is politically correct and what is not, because I didn’t even know what the catch-phrase means, and I doubt many others do either….including the owners of the food truck…..who would certainly not use that name if they knew what it means, because that could be bad for business.

    • There is a big different between poor taste and using a remark that is actually currently used as an attack against people.

      • Yes, A remark that is so dated and stupid that it has no power anymore. It’s funny precisely because it is so powerless anymore.

        God forbid they should give you the sandwich in a “brown bag”… Would all hell break loose?

      • Hey “Jim”, do you really think it’s okay for you to say what hurts women and what doesn’t?

        Go try to tell your female boss to “go make me a sandwich” and see how funny it is.

        Women make less money compared to men than in any other large us city. People like you are perpetuating it by being OK with degrading women’s places in society.

  3. Great event but I have come to the conclusion the food truck food in Seattle is overpriced and Meh. I am going to assume it has something to do with their setups on the trucks and the lack of decent fire. Just going to stick with the proper great restaurants in town.

  4. If the limit for the number of people that would have made it an enjoyable event was 2,000 then there were 4,000 people there.

  5. We went around 5:30 thinking it would be less crowded at that time. It was so packed that after we squeezed our way through we promptly left without getting anything. The line set up seemed vague and not well organized. I’ve heard a LOT of complaints about the VIP line setup, too. If they do this again (which I hope they do), I think they should only have trucks/booths on one side of the street and stretch in out the full length of the park rather than pack it all into two blocks. That would give people enough space to navigate and at the same time leave room for proper lines.

    • I agree. Though I thought they should shut down Pine and do it there next year. It definitely needs to be on a wider street. The crowds made it nearly impossible to pass through. And the lines were poorly executed.

  6. Miserably long lines. Especially when you are talking about wanting to sample from multiple vendors – the whole point of such an event. Gave up after two trucks.

    Proof once again that white hipsters like to wait in line for things.

  7. Agree with everyone above. The lines were ridiculous. I was hoping to be able o sample lots of trucks. But I manage to get to one before giving up completely. The street was too small for the amount of people so either make it a longer went or change the location. The line setup itself was a mess, no one really seemed I know where most lines were beginning or ending.

  8. As the organizer, I want to Thank you all for the opportunity to host this first year festival and allowing us to try the festival out in your community.

    We began this festival as an opportunity to spotlight the emerging chef-preneurs in one of Seattle’s best neighborhoods, and that will always be our focus. As a result, this event, generates far more revenue for the vendors than it ever will for us as an organization. We keep the entry costs at break-even and work to provide as much support to vendors to ensure the opportunity for them to create the capital they need to grow.

    Overall, our goal was to make this festival a family-friendly, free to the public street festival and test the experiment. See what happens and then go back to the drawing board and tweak to make those changes.

    There is always room for improvements and we actively listen to both praise and constructive criticism. First year, new street, new layout and nobody knew what to expect as far as crowds. For a portion of the day, we expected it to rain.

    Next year is already in the works and think the following laundry list would help to alleviate the frustration of long lines, dense crowds and smiling faces.

    – More days, so less crowds.
    – Private event on one of the days gated and limited amount of tickets
    – Food vendors on one side, easier room and to move and experience.
    – One more block long
    – Activate the park more, more seating and family-friendly activities.

    Thank you again and look forward to next year! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, feedback and ideas. I will always respond and listen.

    Ryan Reiter
    Founder and Festival Director

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