Along with the Northwest Folklife Festival in May and Bumbershoot in September, the Bite of Seattle is part of the triumvirate of community events at Seattle Center. The Bite hits the good folks of Seattle in July and it’s the city’s crowning achievement of food, gluttony, excess, and awesomeness. The Bite has always been one of my favorite events, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve grown to appreciate it even more.
The beauty of nostalgia has deepened the colors for me when it comes to the Bite. When I was younger my family would always go and I loved it! In my mind, Seattle Center was this huge massive grounds, there were food vendors everywhere, it wasn’t anywhere near as crowded as it is now, and we would be there until the sun would set. It’s a little different now, mostly in that it’s super crowded and there are really only about four dozen food vendors there
The vibe at the Bite has definitely changed in recent years. Is that bad? No, if anything it’s different, and the glow of my memory only enhances my appreciation of the event. It’s a chance for many to wear their ‘Bite outfit’ they’ve been saving all summer. It’s a chance to walk around with friends and feel important. And you can eat till your more full than you could imagine.
My favorite thing to eat when I was younger were the Filet Mignon sandwiches from Metropolitan Grill. I loved those things. These were one of the things I most looked forward to as I got out of school. Sadly, The Met no longer participates in the Bite, but scores of other great places offer new discoveries.