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Ballard SeafoodFest 2010

15 Jul

Welcome to the Ballard SeafoodFest

To be honest, I hardly ever go to Ballard. Maybe once or twice a year and it’s always because someone invites me to an event there. I have no clue as to why I don’t go more often because it’s practically guaranteed that I have a great time whether I’m at a raucous bar or a nice restaurant. Well this year things have changed! I finally took the initiative and went to the 36th annual Ballard SeafoodFest. I just knew this was going to be the perfect event for me as I am a lover of (almost) all things edible from the sea.

My ultimate goal for the SeafoodFest was to find a prawn dish and if that wasn’t possible, its smaller counterpart, the shrimp, would have to suffice. Things got off to a great start because I found street parking a block away! Upon arrival, the seafood theme was in full swing. A huge silver statue of a salmon stretched about 30 feet long and stood 10 feet tall complete with kids and grown men trying to climb in and out of its mouth. The main road had all of the standard street fair booths where local merchants sold a variety of products and/or services as well as activities for kids (i.e. Blowup slide, bubbles, etc) and even watering stations for the dogs. If this wasn’t “fun for all ages” I’m not sure what is. By the time I completed the first block I was ready for some food! Just my luck I was only one left turn away.

In a quest to find my beloved prawns, I meticulously reviewed the menus at each stand that had actual food. Most of the booths had some sort of fish sandwich or seafood dish but not many with prawns. My disappointment began to set in about half way down the block but I kept going despite being smashed on both sides by people in 80 degree heat. My persistence paid off in the form of a spicy bbq shrimp kabob. It was just what I was looking for. A nice, simple, and yes hot (they weren’t joking when they said it was spicy) shrimp skewer from Shrimply Delicious. Satisfied with my find, I was ready to take on the rest of the fest. At the end of the food block was a concert stage and some much needed shade trees so I was able to cool off while listening to a little music. The next street over had more arts & crafts booths as well as a beer and wine garden. Back on the main thoroughfare businesses with stores on the street were taking full advantage of the crowds by placing tables and racks on the street to lure customers in. Since I wasn’t really in the shopping mood I was able to save my money for one final shot down the food block. On my first pass I saw some sort of blackened fish (turned out to be salmon) grilling at Ballard Brothers so this time I jumped in the long line. I’m not the biggest salmon fan so this was just my speed with Cajun seasoning covering the entire fillet and a nice heap of salad (see pictures below).

After leaving the fest I felt full, tanned, and happy. I was successful in my search for a prawn dish and I tried (and enjoyed) a cajun style salmon which I’d never had before. I did have a slight yearning for a few more nontraditional or unique seafood preparations but I realize that this was a street fair where mass appeal wins. I’ll definitely keep this in mind for next year.

Rated: Cool

Great for: Outdoor Festival | Free Events

Reminds me of: Sara Bareilles

Ballard Brothers on the grill

Seasoned to perfection!

Upcoming Outdoor Festivals (check out the calendar for even more events):

  • July 16-18 | Bite of Seattle
  • July 16-18 | Kirkland Uncorked
  • August 13-15 | Taste of Edmonds


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