The inaugural Seattle Street Food Festival, slated for August 10 in Cal Anderson Park, has an official lineup, and more details about how exactly things will go down at this massive congregation of trucks, carts, booths, and other up-and-coming food outfits—plus plenty of well-known chefs and restaurants.
Organizer Ryan Reiter, also the guy behind the Mobile Food Rodeo food truck gatherings, says the idea is to embrace all kinds of street food, from little booths like Beanfish, which makes taiyaki at the Fremont market, to heavy hitters like the snappily outfitted Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen. Reiter is still adding vendors, and says that brick-and-mortar joints like Li'l Woody's, Stumbling Goat, Po Dog, Thai Curry Simple, and Marination will also have booths or be involved in some way. Keep an eye on the website as this evolves.
The massive lineup listed below will be on hand from 5 to 11pm, creating a night market ambience as the sun goes down. Admission is free (duh, you pay for the food you buy), though starting June 30 you can get a priority line ticket for $35, or $65 premiere pass that lets you skip lines all day long.
Then there’s the pop-up picnic portion of the evening, which runs from 7 to 10. Organizer One Night Only has recruited 12 chefs (final roster forthcoming but it already includes Joshua Henderson and Matthew Lewis) for an event that’s part picnic, part showdown. Each chef will make a street food-inspired dish and ticketholders can wander around this enclosed area, sampling them all and partaking of unlimited drinks. Judges will dole out awards for best in show, best signature dish, and most innovative. Just 250 tickets are available; they're on sale here June 28 for $125 in advance, and $165 after July 11.
After the picnic, Ethan Stowell and Jason Franey are hosting an industry party until 2am. Hosted beer and cocktails will flow, and whole pigs will be roasted. Space is limited, so the first 100 people who buy tickets to the pop-up picnic will get an invite to attend and details on its whereabouts.
Check out the website on June 28 for more details and lineup updates. Reiter hopes to expand the festival to two days in 2014. Meanwhile, here is the street food that has been confirmed thus far.
THE CARTS, BOOTHS, AND STANDS
Mi Ranchito—Purveyors of Mexican corn on the cob
Tiga Dara—Indonesian food
Kilohana Shave Ice