Welcome to Events Roundup, Eater Seattle’s breakdown of upcoming local dining and drinking happenings. This is a list of everything most worthy of your time, with a focus on events taking place in the next week, as well as upcoming meals you’ll want to make reservations for soon, before they sell out.
Food fundraisers and a goth picnic make up this week’s array of events as we head toward the official start of summer.
Monday, May 20
What: In an effort to raise money for Ballard Food Bank, Lagunitas Brewing will be hosting a benefit featuring food from a number of notable local restaurants, including Brimmer & Heeltap, Delancey and the Walrus and the Carpenter. The brewery will also be donating all of its proceeds on beer sales directly to the Food Bank.
Details: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at. Lagunitas Brewing Company Taproom & Beer Sanctuary, 1550 NW 49th St. Tickets are free, but donations are encouraged.
Wednesday, May 22
What: Taste of Burien has a hefty lineup of food and drink samples from more than 20 restaurants (including the acclaimed Bakery Nouveau and bottle shop Humble Vine). The event is co-hosted by PCC Community Markets, and also happens to be in close proximity to the fried chicken destination Bok a Bok.
Details: 5 to 8 p.m. at. Merrill Gardens Banquet Room, 15020 5th Ave SW, Burien. Tickets start at $20.
Thursday, May 23
What: Aspiring chefs should check out the Book Larder in Fremont for a hands-on vegetarian cooking class taught by the store’s culinary director Amanda Coba. The menu will include crispy cauliflower with pomegranate molasses and roasted carrots with harissa and cumin, which attendees will get the chance to enjoy over dinner.
Details: 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 4252 Fremont Ave N. Tickets are $75 and the class is limited to 12 people.
Friday, May 24 – Monday May, 27
What: Though not strictly a food event, this year’s Folklife Festival at Seattle Center will feature plenty of compelling dishes, including vegetable sambusas and banana leaf tamales. Don’t forget the strawberry shortcake from Biringer Farm, which has been a Folklife staple for the past three decades.
Details: All weekend at Seattle Center. Suggested donations of $10 per person.
Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, 26
What: Those in search of last-minute Memorial Day plans can head to Brinnon, WA (on the Olympic Peninsula) for the weekend for the Annual Hood Canal Shrimpfest. Two days of food booths, belt sander races, live music. As a bonus, low tides mean licensed attendees can look forward to harvesting clams and oysters at nearby public beaches.
Details: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 251 Hjelvicks Rd, Brinnon. Gate fee is $5.
Sunday, May 26
What: In honor of World Goth Day, Gothic Pride Seattle will be hosting a Potluck Picnic at Woodland Park. It’s the first picnic of the season for the group, and all are welcome to join the crew right near Green Lake (there’s been a recent call for people to bring hummus, cold cuts, and desserts). Follow it up with some beer nearby at Latona Pub.
Details: 2 to 7 p.m. at Woodland Park. Free.