Idiot’s Guide to the Ballard Seafood Fest
The 2012 Ballard SeafoodFest kicks off on July 14th at 11am in Seattle. I’ve been waiting all year for this. Who doesn’t love a good street fair? Fresh salmon and accordion players will be this year’s highlights. You may never want to leave.
Grumpy Vikings, lutefisk enthusiasts (there is an eating contest), boisterous accordian players (yes, accordian players), hungry scavengers and families of every shape and size will be roaming the streets all weekend long. Musical acts will take to the main stage throughout the day, while street performers will be roaming about and setting up in designated areas.
Oh and a few dogs in costume will be running around. It’s not a party without them.
Like crab cakes, deep-fried candy bars and spicy Cajun food? What about salmon BBQ?
No you say? Well more for me then. I plan on eating a whole lot of fish (no lutefisk though thank you) and finally chowing down on a deep-fried snickers.
The festival runs from Saturday, July 14 11am-9pm through Sunday, July 15th 11am-7pm, rain or shine.
If you can find NW Market Street in Ballard then you can find SeafoodFest. The streets are blocked off to cars from 20th Avenue NW to 24th Avenue NW. Portions of Ballard Avenue NW and Leary Avenue will also be closed off. Take the bus if you can. Bikes are also welcome. Parking is available you just might be circling for a while looking for a spot.
There are so many ways to experience this annual street festival, but in case you need a little extra help, here is an easy guide to follow.
- Shop for hand blown glass and a new tutu for your toddler before you get a neck adjustment at the tent next door.
- Grab your fill of BBQ salmon then make your way down the food vendor aisles sampling some of your typical and not so typical street fair food.
- Let the kids do a little dancing by the main stage while you pop into the wine garden for a quick sip.
- Bounce down a really, really tall slide in the Kids Zone and keep little bodies busy at the Kid’s Fun Center.
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written by Keryn Means