The Comcast Bite of Seattle is one of Seattle’s most popular summer festivals. Each July, the Bite brings in over 50 restaurants, over 30 food companies, and thousands of visitors ready to eat. Whether you want to try something simple like flavored popcorn or something more upscale, the Bite of Seattle has it all.
The main focus of this festival is food. Come ready to eat!
Why You Should Go
- Lots of food to try!
- The Alley by Tom Douglas—for $10, get an amazing multi-course meal and help feed the hungry in Western Washington at the same time.
- Beer and wine gardens and a wine tasting.
- Plenty of live entertainment.
- Tip: Look for booths that offer smaller sized, cheaper portions so you don’t fill up on one plate from one place. The real joy of the Bite is sampling more food!
Food at the Bite
Food is the main reason people head to the Bite of Seattle. There are restaurants and food vendors of all kinds here. This includes local and chain restaurants, food companies, and top chefs. While the Bite started out highlighting “bites,” smaller portions so visitors could enjoy a little bit of everything, the trend has gone more toward full plates at each food booth. Still, there are many places that offer smaller portions. For the full experience, focus on smaller portions so you have more room to try a variety of foods.
The range of food at the festival is broad. Expect basics like burgers and pizza, as well as plenty of ethnic fare from bahn mi to bulgogi.
One of the most notable features of the festival is The Alley hosted by Seattle star chef Tom Douglas. The Alley is open all three days of the festival and features a different menu each day—all of which deliver a multiple-course meal for around $10 with dishes from some of Seattle’s best restaurants. Even better, proceeds go to local charity Food Lifeline.
Restaurants and food booths at the Bite offer two types of plates: Featured Items and Right Bites. Right Bites are healthier items.
To wash it all down, there is also a great variety of beverages. A beer and wine garden provides a good place to kick back and relax with a drink. For one fee, a wine tasting event held in the Alki Courtyard gives you five wine tastes with more available for an additional fee.
Of course, there are plenty of desserts and novelty items, too!
Events and Entertainment
There are six stages at the Bite of Seattle, as well as a Comedy Club. The stages are located throughout the Seattle Center grounds and feature a wide variety of performers. Worldbeat, rock, R&B, jazz, blues, and more ensure that everyone can relax with a plate of food and listen to some music. One of the stages is specifically for kids.
Other events rotate in and out each year. There are many competitions large and small to join in, including a BBQ contest. Look for brands handing out free samples, too. It’s often not hard to find free bottled water and a snack or two along the way.
Directions and Parking
Since this event is located at Seattle Center, there are many options to get here. Many Metro bus routes stop nearby. The Monorail runs between Seattle Center and Westlake. Of course, you can arrive by car as well. Lots of people come out for this event so parking can be tricky, but there are many parking lots all around Seattle Center and in downtown Seattle, too, which is a short walk or bus ride away.