A Midsummer Night's Drink

Where to Eat and Drink This Solstice Weekend

At least three pigs will give their lives this weekend in the name of solstitial revelry. Worth it.

By Caroline Ferguson June 18, 2014

To help wash down those three little pigs. Photo via Shutterstock.

This weekend brings the year's longest days and shortest nights. Spend them thusly.

Fremont Solstice Fair Beer Gardens
Ahh, the Fremont Solstice Fair. This 43-year-old celebration of De Libertas Quirkas (and, um, nudity) returns this weekend, with three Chamber of Commerce-sponsored beer gardens to keep the Redhook and Bud flowing through an impressive concert lineup. The Main Stage garden will be open to Solstice Concert Series ticketholders only on Friday and Saturday from 5–11, during sets from the likes of Tacocat, Campfire OK, and Blue Scholars (tickets are available online). The smaller Waterfront Stage garden will be open on Saturday from 11–8 and on Sunday from noon–6, with free live music throughout. Lest you find yourself without a plastic cup of IPA at any given moment, there will also be another garden in the center of the fair, open from noon–8 on Saturday and noon–6 on Sunday.

Agrodolce Solstice Specials
Maria Hines’s parade-side southern Italian restaurant will extend its hours on Friday and Saturday until 11:30pm. Agrodolce will a lineup of Solstice specials on the restaurant and patio, including a $9 Fremont Fantasy lamb burger with a pint of collaborator Fremont Brewing’s summer ale, as well as a $4 Mini Magical strawberry gelato cone with rainbow sprinkles and pizelle. The patio will be tented in the likely event that we don’t see 16 hours of Sicilian-level sunshine.

Fresh Bistro Pig Roast
This eco-conscious West Seattle spot will be serving up a whole roasted pig at 6:30, accompanied by an array of Northwest-inspired sides—butternut caprese, baked Jonagold apple rings, and pork belly baked beans will all be on the menu. All-you-can-eat pork will be $18 per guest, but be sure to call ahead for a reservation. Psst—this one’s a quick five-minute drive from Solstice Park, which seems apropos for a 9pm sunset viewing. 

Lecosho Pig Roast
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this veritable porcine temple will also offer a roasted pig from 3–9 on Sunday. Theirs will accompany a raw bar, $5 small plates and drinks, and a live performance from the Afro-Funk "fucked-up musical alchemists" Unsinkable Heavies. Sounds promising (or at the very least intriguing).

Vif Wine Tasting (oh, and a pig roast)
Just far enough from the festival madness, this north Fremont wine bar will be a quieter spot to sip away your Solstice. The staff will offer $8 flights of 5–6 wines on Friday from 5–9. Oh, and they'll start roasting a pig at 4pm (for good measure, presumably).
There will also be miniature bottles of wine and packed lunches available outside Vif starting at 11am on parade day, a brilliant business strategy if ever we saw one.


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