Charity Events, Food & Drink

Cowabunga will bring together farmers and ranchers from across the Pacific Northwest, accompanied by Seattle Met’s food editor’s top-pick restaurants, chefs, distillers, brewers, winemakers, and beef lovin’ readers for a weekend of celebrating America’s favorite livestock.

In partnership with Amazon, Visit Seattle, and Washington Beef Farmers & Ranchers, Cowabunga will take over South Lake Union for day tastings, demos, chef competitions, evening marquee events, and a family-friendly Sunday Brunch, all in support of Seattle Theatre Group.

Schedule of Events:

Burger Bash

Friday 11/10: 6:30 – 9:30 PM (VIPs at 5:30 PM – Negroni Social)

Location: Troy Block – 300 Boren Ave. N Entrance on Fairview

It’s patty time! A showcase of the city’s best-between-a-bun, Seattle’s chefs will serve up sliders stacked with Snake River Farms Wagyu and battle it out for 2017’s Best Burger title. Featuring live stand-up the ultimate fry bar.


Cowabunga—Day Tastings, Workshops, Demos, and Chef Competitions

Saturday 11/11: 12 – 3 PM (VIPs at 11:30 AM)

Sunday 11/12: 11 AM – 2 PM (VIPs at 10:30 AM)


The Big Tent presented by Washington Beef Farmers & Ranchers

Location: 410 Terry Ave. N

Featuring the best beef bites from around the region, Washington State Wines, seasonal brews, live chef demos, DIY rubs and marinades, and Saturday’s No Cow Left Behind Competition.


The Little Calf Tent

Location: 550 Terry Ave. N

Ice cream, cheese, yogurt, chocolate, and udderly delicious delights, paired with Washington wines, plus Ellenos Parfait Bar, gooey grilled cheese bites, and Sunday’s I-Scream Scoop Competition.



Saturday 11/11: 7:30 –10:30 PM (VIPs at 7 PM)

Location: Troy Block – 300 Boren Ave. N Entrance on Harrison

It’s the year of the steak house, and Saturday night’s marquee event will encompass America’s favorite dining experience! Guests will enjoy an evening of extravagance complete with the best beef bites, a dessert competition of reinvented American classics, and live music. The grand finale: a late-night burlesque show brought to you by House of Gorejess.


Cowabunga — Family-Friendly Day  

Sunday Brunch + The Big Tent & The Little Calf Tent (Day 2)

Sunday 11/12: 11 AM – 2 PM (VIPs at 10:30 AM)

Location: Troy Block – 300 Boren Ave.

A one-of-a-kind family funday and celebration of the city’s best brunch, featuring a breakfast-in-bed photo booth, lawn games, live music, and access to all the tastings, demos, and competitions happening in the Big Tent and Little Calf Tent!


Participating Chefs & Restaurants: 

Thomas Sheehan of Red Cow, Margaryta Karagodina of JuneBaby, Stuart Lane of Spinasse, Thomas Dodd of Derby, Matt Davis of Wood Shop BBQ, Jack Timmons of Jack’s BBQ, Brent Richford of Taqueria Nueve (PDX), Cory Alfano of Li’l Woody’s,  Grant Crilly of ChefSteps, David Orozco of Asadero, Justin Cline of Full Tilt, Gabe Spiel and Gary Marx of Tankard & Tun (and Pike Brewing Co.), Elizabeth Bastoni of choukette, Stan Ross of Metropolitan Grill, Gabriel Chavez of Chavez, Kevin Moulder of Cubes Baking Company, Maslow’s by FareStart, Bo and Tom Saxbe of Cheese Wizards, Mark Schroder of Opus Co., Hurry Curry, Salt & Straw, Tess Thomas of Emma’s BBQ, and more.


Cowabunga is generously supported by our founding partners:

Amazon, Visit Seattle, Washington State Beef Commission, Fournier Group, Whole Foods Market, William Grant & Sons, Brown Forman, Campari, Young’s Market, Country Natural Beef, Oregon Country Beef, Agri Beef, Painted Hills Natural Beef, Washington State Wines, Auction of Washington Wines, ZICO, Dairy Farmers of Washington, Lagunitas, Pelican Brewing Co., House of Gorejess, La Panzanella, Beechers, Big Green Egg, and SilverFire Stoves.



Price Range
$20 - $150
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Nov 10, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM;
Nov 11, 2017 from 12:00 PM to10:30 PM;
Nov 12, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM