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Melrose Market Street Festival or Urban Picnic?

How about both?

By Christopher Werner September 9, 2010

Pig out at Seattle Chefs Collaborative’s Urban Picnic and the Melrose Market Street Festival and you’ll feel the same way: happily stuffed.

Listen up, nosh nerds: This weekend you’ve got two big events happening the same day. Here’s how you’re going to hit up both.

The Melrose Market Street Festival starts at 10am and holds court until 8pm, which really simplifies matters. You’ll have lunch at Seattle Chefs Collaborative’s annual Urban Picnic, and dinner at Melrose.

Picnic is packing in the big names, so make this your main repast of the day. There at the Rainier Square Rooftop Courtyard you’ll find the likes of Lark ’s John Sundstrom, Seth Caswell of Emmer & Rye, Rachel Yang of Joule, Ethan Stowell, and Canlis ’s Jason Franey.

The picnic is held noon-4pm; take your time sampling the fare. Each chef is using ingredients per Renewing America’s Food Traditions’s list of endangered viands—needless to say, these won’t be your everyday eatables.

When you make your way up the Hill, raise a glass in the beer garden. Like the SCC shindig, which boosts the Quillisascut Farm School scholarship fund, beer bucks will benefit a local mainstay: Seattle Tilth. Then raise a glass to grillmaster Matthew Dillon. The Sitka and Spruce guy is putting on what’s sure to be a delicious BBQ spread. He’s cooking till the goods are gone (organizers guesstimate that’ll be around 5pm), but in case you miss out know the rest of the market’s gastro gang are shilling, as will the Molly Moon ice cream truck.

Tickets for Urban Picnic are $60 (a drop from last year ’s $99 price tag) and can be obtained via Brown Paper Tickets.

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