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.
There 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!