Another Contest – Win a Pair of VIP Tickets to Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market!

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Pike Place Market is at the top of the list of Seattle icons, food or otherwise. It’s the oldest farmer’s market in the country, and was the first of its kind to connect producers (farmers) directly with eaters (you and me). Just wandering down the Market is a lovely assault on your senses. The bustling tourists, buckets upon buckets of brilliant flowers, the smells of produce stacked in perfect rows, and of course – the flying fish.

What a lot of people don’t know is that the Market also houses the Pike Place Market Foundation – a not-for-profit organization supporting Market-based services, including a child care and preschool, a medical clinic, a senior center, and the downtown food bank. Very cool.

Arcade Lights at Pike Place MarketThere are events going on at the Market practically on a daily basis, but by far, my favorite is Arcade Lights. It’s an evening of food and drinks in the Market featuring local restaurants and food producers. The biannual event is coming up – April 19th! Your ticket gets you a stack of tasting tokens to use at the over 60 independent food trucks, specialty shops, restaurants, wineries, and breweries on display. It’s the quintessential introduction to Seattle cuisine, at the quintessential Seattle food hot spot. The best part? It benefits the Foundation.

How can you score these tickets? You can buy them for about $30, OR, you can win a pair here! Exciting! Just leave a comment on this post or on the Seattle Palate facebook page, telling us what your favorite thing to eat at the Pike Place Market is. If you’ve never been to the Market, then guess :) On April 2nd, we’ll draw one lucky winner randomly from everyone who comments, and they get the pair of tickets. Easy peasy. Word to the wise: you can purchase tickets that night at the door, but it gets CROWDED, and advance ticket purchasers get in a half hour early. I highly recommend getting there when the doors open.

The complete list of vendors is here. But all you really need to know is that if the waffle truck is there, GET THE WAFFLES. Hope to see you there!

Here are the Details:
When: Friday April 19, 2013.
6:30 advance ticket holders, 7:00 everyone else

Where: Pike Place Market North Arcade
Pike Place & Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101

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Comments: 44

  1. Tikvah March 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm Reply

    This one is soooooooo hard! I love those little donuts. I know it is ridiculous considering all the tasty delights available – fruit, seafood, desserts – but I am obsessed with those donuts!

  2. Lisa Stapert March 23, 2013 at 8:47 am Reply

    I love the pastries!! So delicious. :)

  3. Mary March 23, 2013 at 8:49 am Reply

    Beecher’s Mac and Cheese !

  4. kristina March 23, 2013 at 8:50 am Reply

    The mac n cheese at beechers is delicious!

  5. Rosemary Castro March 23, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    I am new to this area and coming from the SW, I have to say the clam chowder is to die for!

  6. annie olsen March 23, 2013 at 8:56 am Reply

    I love the little Donuts!!!! This is one of the many reasons why my family and I go to Pikes Place. I also like to get the hot roasted cashews. They are hot and salty.

  7. Cho March 23, 2013 at 8:59 am Reply

    Piroshky Piroshky!

  8. Leah B March 23, 2013 at 9:12 am Reply

    I love going to the deli and getting samples of great local meats – there are some unexpectedly delicious things you can find when you let them guide you!

  9. kelsey v March 23, 2013 at 9:13 am Reply

    I must say the little donuts are amazing! Along with the artichokes and crab mmmm :-)

  10. Anita March 23, 2013 at 9:15 am Reply

    In my first visit to Seattle I fell in love with the pastries at Piroshky Piroshky and also the fresh blueberries and peaches at the market!! just recently relocated to Seattle from Florida!!!

  11. Shuston Smith March 23, 2013 at 9:34 am Reply

    Would absolutely LOVE to win Tickets! Pike Place is the best!
    <3 Shuston

  12. Shuston Smith March 23, 2013 at 9:37 am Reply

    Favorite thing to eat at Pike Place is any pastry from The Three Girls Bakery!!!

  13. LeeAnn March 23, 2013 at 10:06 am Reply

    Macaroni and cheese!!!!

  14. Anne Marcus March 23, 2013 at 10:18 am Reply

    I love Britt’s Pickles! Their sauerkraut is delicious and the pickle brine makes a mean bloody Mary!

  15. Teresa Fager March 23, 2013 at 10:32 am Reply

    Clam chowder!

  16. levi stringfellow March 23, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

    Hope I win

  17. Shar March 23, 2013 at 10:45 am Reply

    Oooh, I love the eats and especially the drinks at Pike Brewing Company. I can’t afford the $250 a ticket for the Prince concert at the Showbox the same night…supporting local is way more important anyway. Crossing my fingers :)

  18. Michael young March 23, 2013 at 10:46 am Reply

    Garlic salmon chowder @ Emmett Watson’s.

  19. Tonia March 23, 2013 at 10:47 am Reply

    The strawberry basil gelato at Bottega Italiana is the best! My husband and I live an hour away and we take a motorcycle ride there almost every weekend in the summer to have their gelato and walk the market. We love everything about the market. Truly a beautiful place to be!

  20. Rick Fitzpatric March 23, 2013 at 11:54 am Reply

    Live in Cincinnati and always visit the Market whenever I get to Seattle. Would love to win so that it can have an excuse to visit my daughter Lindsay and her husband who live there!

  21. Carmen Bleything March 23, 2013 at 11:56 am Reply

    I could eat Beecher’s Flagship cheese every day of the year and never get sick of it! So that’s my favorite, unless it’s cherry season…

  22. Maekaila Montero March 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm Reply

    I’m a sucker for any pastry at Le Panier, especially the macarons! However, their raspberry croissants and lemon tarts are also fantastic… so many delicious options!

  23. Lisa Simone March 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm Reply

    I love the different fresh mushrooms you can find at Pike’s Place. I recently bought a variety for a great price there and made mushroom risotto. Yum!!

  24. Iris McClead March 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm Reply

    The potato leek soup with white truffle oil served at La Buona Tavola is so amazing.

  25. Jenni Kane March 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm Reply

    How on earth has no one mentioned the Chicken from Chicken Valley? I get a bag of gizzards every time I am there, which is pretty often. I have eaten gizzards all over the world and theirs are by far the BEST! Oh yes, the crab cocktails at the most southerly seafood counter are pretty amazing too.

  26. Kate March 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm Reply

    The artisan breadzal at Beecher’s is my favorite new thing, but I could also go for some truffle oil, fancy balsamic, and fresh bread.

  27. kevin schultz March 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm Reply

    pike place bar and grill is a place where i take my friends from the east coast when they visit seattle.

  28. Yvonne March 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm Reply

    The Crumpet Shop! I’ll be moving back to Seattle this summer after being away for much too long and I can’t wait to enjoy a perfect scone again.

  29. Maggie March 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm Reply

    When I first moved to Seattle and started working near the market, I discovered Pike Place Chowder. What a fantastic lunch- classic New England chowder and a caesar salad! Even though that was 10 years ago, it’s still one of my favorite comfort meals and a must-do on each visit to the market.

  30. Kimberly March 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm Reply

    I have never been! I would love to go, the event is even on my birthday. So what better gift is there than a pair of tickets? Then after the event I could have a favorite. I’m a home grown Georgia girl, so I’m still exploring the Washington area.

  31. Amy March 25, 2013 at 11:39 am Reply

    Hum Bao at Mee Sum Pastry!

  32. Natashija March 25, 2013 at 4:48 pm Reply

    Chicken adobo its so yummy! All the yummy baked goods! Honey, veggies, fresh grown Washington fruit! The samosa, fresh squeeze lemonade, dried fruit I could go on and on. I love the market.

  33. Samantha March 27, 2013 at 10:40 am Reply

    My favorite thing to eat at Pike’s Place Market are Britt’s Pickles – Hot & Sour flavor! I die. They’re just that good! Hope I win!

  34. Seattle Palate March 28, 2013 at 9:31 am Reply

    Congrats to Maekaila Montero!! You won the drawing! Send me an email and I’ll get you your tickets.

    • Seattle Palate April 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm Reply

      Ok, never heard back from Maekaila, so redrawing…

  35. Seattle Palate April 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm Reply

    Congrats Carmen Bleything! You won the re-draw! DM me to exchange contact info for the tickets.

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