12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival Returns

Chow down at Capitol Hill’s annual foodie block party.

By Allison Williams August 10, 2011

The sign says “Walk,” but your tummy will say “Ooof, can’t move.”

Ever looked at 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill and seen just one long smorgasbord? That’s exactly what it becomes from noon–6pm on Sunday, August 14.

It’s the second annual 12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival, and more than 32 food and retail vendors plan to open their doors or set up tents on 12th Avenue between Madison and Pike Streets. Last year’s spread got us salivating, but this year’s menu looks equally appetizing; participating food spots include Skillet, The Local Vine, Barrio, Caffe Vita, Boom Noodle, Ambassel, La Spiga, High 5 Pie, Bluebird, Poquitos, Caffe Pettirosso, Cafe Presse, Zobel, Plum, and Tavern Law.

But what will be worth the trek up Capitol Hill on Sunday? Here’s what’s on tap:

-The Local Vine will dish up $5 housemade sausages cured by chef Andy Dekle, and a selection of summery wines (including bubblies!) for another $5 each. Since they’ll be serving out of their store, not a tent, it’s the perfect place to people-watch through the shop’s open windows.

-Boom Noodle will take your Lincoln in exchange for their five-spice pork bun or the Boom edamame puree with Japanese eggplant, cucumber, and sweet potato chips.

-Pettirosso is planning a mouthwatering selection of baked goods—like cream cheese brownies and raspberry bars—as well as snack-sized Caprese sandwiches and lavender lemonade.

-Tavern Law is flying by the seat of its pants, serving ice cream they won’t create until the day before the fest. It will all depend on what inspires the chefs on Saturday night, so we have our fingers crossed for tequila-flavored gelato.

That should be enough for the first course—we’re in.

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