Issaquah company dishes up Bite of Seattle

July 17, 2012

Diners can sample cuisines from across the Pacific Northwest and around the globe as Issaquah-based Festivals Inc. presents Bite of Seattle from July 20-22.

The event on the Seattle Center grounds includes 38 restaurant booths. Each participant offers signature items and a healthier Hope Heart Right Bite.

Bite of Seattle runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 20-21 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 22. Admission to the event is free. Find menus and more information about the Bite of Seattle at www.comcastbiteofseattle.com

The event includes a free showing of “It Happened at the World’s Fair” July 20 — a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Seattle’s 1962 Century 21 Exposition.

Festivals Inc. settled in Issaquah in January 2009 after stints in Mercer Island and Bellevue.

The company  also produces Taste of Tacoma each June. In the same building, sister company Lifestyle Events Inc. produces Coffee Fest, a popular trade show for the coffee industry.

Cook up recipe video for Bite of Seattle contest

June 5, 2012

Cooks — and, perhaps, aspiring chefs and future television personalities — can compete to perform live at the Comcast Bite of Seattle.

Issaquah-based Festivals Inc. — producers of Bite of Seattle — invite cooks to enter the Bite Cooks! @ Home, a video contest. Entrants submit a short video to the Bite of Seattle website, showing off cooking and chatting skills as they prepare a dish to fit the event theme, “Fresh Northwest.”

The winner is then tapped to join Seattle’s best chefs onstage during the Bite of Seattle and receives a prize package, in addition to the chance to star in a live demonstration.

The contest is accepting entries until June 30. Entrants must submit videos of singles or duos preparing original recipes. Recipes should be easy to prepare within 20 minutes.

Entrants should then post videos to the Bite of Seattle website, www.comcastbiteofseattle.com, for the public to select a favorite video. The winner will then be chosen by a panel of Bite of Seattle judges, including chef Thierry Rautureau.

The event website includes the complete contest rules.

Bite of Seattle returns to the Seattle Center grounds July 20-22.

Issaquah company cooks up Bite of Seattle

July 12, 2011

The birthday celebration for the Bite of Seattle is super-sized to reflect a festival much, much larger than the gathering around Green Lake 30 summers ago.

So, for hungry festivalgoers trekking to Seattle Center on opening day July 15, organizers plan to hand out 1,000 cupcakes.

In a downtown Issaquah office building along East Sunset Way, the company behind the largest food festival in the Puget Sound region is planning celebratory cupcakes and other touches to mark the 30th event.

The company, Festivals Inc., settled in Issaquah in January 2009 after stints in Mercer Island and Bellevue.

Festivals Inc. also produces Taste of Tacoma each June. In the same building, sister company Lifestyle Events Inc. produces Coffee Fest, a popular trade show for the coffee industry.

Jody May, Festivals Inc. president, said the original concept for a picnic in the park evolved into a celebration encompassing more than 60 restaurants and, in a good year, more than 400,000 attendees.

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