The Seattle Street Food Festival, the mighty inaugural gathering of more than 50 trucks, carts, stands, and other vendors, is three weeks away. And while the list of participating street good folk grows ever mightier, organizers have released more specifics on the event’s other component: the popup picnic.
In short, the picnic is a separate, ticketed component of the event, and a collaboration between the festival and local high-end popup outfit the One Night Only Project. Roughly a dozen notable chefs from around town (generally of the brick-and-mortar variety) will be preparing their own take on street food and serving it up as night falls in Cal Anderson Park. A $125 ticket gets you in to sample plates like Charles Walpole’s ceviche with watermelon and toasted grains, or Joshua Henderson’s Southeast Asian-inspired crispy wings and chicken feet (!) with toasted garlic, spicy fermented cabbage with cilantro, and nuoc cham. Plus, you know, a lot of wine and beer.
On the agenda for the popup picnic:
Charles Walpole, Blind Pig Bistro
Mike Easton, Il Corvo
Jason Stoneburner, Stoneburner and Bastille
Matthew Lewis, Where Ya At Matt and Roux
Manu Alfau, of the forthcoming La Bodega
Wiley Frank, Little Uncle
Carrie Mashaney, Spinasse chef, incoming Aragona doyenne, and Rising Star at large
Kim Mahar, RN74 pastry maven
Maxime Bilet, Modernist Cuisine coauthor
Brian Clevenger, Tavolata,
Kevin Burzell, Kedai Makan
Joshua Henderson, Skillet, Westward, Hollywood Tavern, Huxley Wallace et al.
Attendees and judges, including behatted chef Thierry Rautureau, will vote for the best dishes (categories are best signature dish, most creative, and most innovative). The winning chefs get a portion of ticket proceeds (as much as $15,000 in total) to donate to their favorite charities.
And the first 100 people to buy tickets also get the lowdown on how to attend the industry after party—a pig roast thrown by Ethan Stowell and Jason Franey at a private location that runs into the wee hours of the night with no admission for those invited.
The popup picnic ticket also gets you line-skipping privileges at the festival, know as the VIF (Very Important Foodie). The Seattle Street Food Festival runs from 5 to 11 in Cal Anderson Park and the picnic happens from 7 to 10.