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Seattle Met’s Cowabunga! Descends on South Lake Union

America’s largest festival of beef is seared with chef competitions, demos, and tastings celebrating all things meat. Get tickets now!

Presented by Cowabunga September 21, 2017

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Cowabunga will bring together farmers and ranchers from across the Pacific Northwest, paired with 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 Seattle Theatre Group!

See below for the beef-tastic schedule of events and head to Cowabungausa.com for your tickets!

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

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, and a mechanical bull!


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

Come one, come all for the grand tastings to delight all beef lovers...and cheese, yogurt, and ice cream lovers. 17 of the state's finest beef producers will be offering tastings of their choice meat. Local chefs from Jack's BBQ, ChefSteps, Wood Shop BBQ, Li'l Woody’s, and Hurry Curry will be giving out samples, giving you tips for making the best BBQ, grilling the perfect steak, and how to know your cuts of beef....plus a whole lot more! Don't miss the Ellenos yogurt bar with more fixins than you can imagine and a La Panzanella & Beechers cheese tasting that will amaze and delight. 3 hours of tastings and tickets will sell out fast. Don't make a miss-steak!



Saturday 11/12: 7:30 –10:30 PM (VIPs at 7 PM)

Location: 300 Boren Ave. N Entrance on Fairview

It’s the year of the steak-house, and Saturday night’s marquee event will encompass America’s favorite dining experience! Guests will enjoy the best beef bites and an evening of extravagance. Featuring America’s Classic Dessert Competition and 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 11/13: 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! Get ready to eat the breakfast of a lifetime with tastings from 10 local restaurants and chefs including Derby’s Thomas Dodd and choukette’s Elizabeth Bastoni. Brunch on, in our breakfast-in-bed photo booth, get active with jumbo lawn games, and enjoy live music throughout the day! As part of our family funday, Sunday tickets also get you into all the tastings, demos, including a calf roping demo, and competitions happening in the Big Tent and Little Calf Tent!


Participating Chefs & Restaurants: 

Maslow’s by FareStart, Thomas Dodd of Derby, Matt Davis of Wood Shop BBQ, Jack Timmons of Jack’s BBQ, Brent Richford of Taqueria Nueve (PDX), Grant Crilly of ChefSteps, Stuart Lane of Spinasse, Justin Cline of Full Tilt, Morgan Mueller of the Butcher’s Table, Gabe Spiel of Tankard & Tun, Elizabeth Bastoni of choukette, Stan Ross of Metropolitan Grill, Gabriel Chavez of Chavez, Kevin Moulder of Cubes Baking Company, Nohra Belaid of Ines Patisserie, Bo and Tom Saxbe of Cheese Wizards, Mark Schroder of Opus Co., Hurry Curry, Salt & Straw, Appel Farms, Ghostfish, Standard Brewing, Pike Brewing Company, Tess Thomas of Emma’s BBQ, Li’l Woody’s, 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.