Bite of Seattle 2012: Food and fun around the fountain
Bite of Seattle has oodles of food, of course, but the fun is not all caloric. Music, comedy, an outdoor movie and water-diving DockDogs round out the weekend.
Seattle Times staff
Have your bites with wine and jazz, local beer, for health, for charity or 1962 Seattle World's Fair style at the Bite of Seattle at Seattle Center Friday through Sunday. Thirty-eight restaurants offer choices from Northwest seafood to barbecue, Greek, Thai, Cajun and more. Save room or start with dessert with yummy options like ice cream, strawberry shortcake, elephant ears, crepes or decadent deep-fried candy bars. Or skip the guilt with Hope Heart Right Bites like whole wheat fish tacos, garden burgers, salmon wraps and other tasty vegetarian, low-fat or reduced-calorie options made with fresh, local ingredients.
If you're overwhelmed by all the choices, let local favorite chef Tom Douglas choose for you at The Alley, with tastes from seven restaurants changing daily, for a $10 donation to Food Lifeline hunger-relief organization. Don't wait until the last minute to get in line for this popular event, since it closes two hours earlier than the Bite each day.
The Bite celebrates the addition of local craft beers and an all-Washington wine tasting with happy-hour specials on beverages in beer gardens and at Wine & Jazz, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Get inspired by Northwest chefs and bartenders creating their favorite dishes, pairings and cocktails at The Bite Cooks! demonstration stage, noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday on the Fisher Pavilion rooftop
Bite Movie Night kicks off the weekend in Seattle Center Next Fifty Celebration-style Friday with performances by Elvis impersonator and Beatles tribute band, and the Elvis movie "It Happened at the World's Fair," filmed at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Bring a blanket to relax on the lawn at Mural Amphitheater with $2 movie treat tastes and free popcorn for the first 500 people when the movie starts, or watch from the Mural Lawn beer garden with free Dick's burgers while supplies last.
Entertainment continues all weekend at the Comedy Club; Family Fun Zone; Jazz Stage; world-beat and tribute bands at Fisher Green Stage; R&B, funk and Top 40 at Fountain Lawn Stage; classic rock and tribute bands at Mural Stage and blues and Americana at Roadhouse Stage. DockDogs of all breeds compete at leaping into water for fun and prizes daily at Founders Court near the International Fountain.
Bite of Seattle is one of Seattle Center's most popular events so expect crowds and limited parking. Metro Transit offers direct shuttle service from downtown Seattle Saturday and Sunday along with all the usual bus, monorail and Seattle Streetcar options to Seattle Center.
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Time: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. The Alley hosted by Tom Douglas, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: Free admission.
Location: Seattle Center, Seattle. Seattle Center Monorail, 206-905-2600 or www.seattlemonorail.com. Parking information, including discounted rates for carpools, www.seattlecenter.com/transportation/parking/. Metro Transit Bite of Seattle shuttles leave from Third Avenue and Pike Street every 10 minutes, 10:45 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, 10:45 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday; information, 206-553-3000 or tripplanner.metrokc.gov/.
More information: www.comcastbiteofseattle.com.
Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or firstname.lastname@example.org