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Dirty Dogs, Full Tilt Among Local Food Favorites at Day In Day Out Festival
Weeks after Seattle’s new music festival Day In Day Out was announced, the food and drinks lineup has come into focus. Among some of the local favorites are Capitol Hill street food vendor Dirty Dogs, ice cream chain Full Tilt, cheesesteak purveyor the Original Philly’s, and fried seafood operation the Fishbox. The vendors also include newer pop-up Ice on Mars, which specializes in funky sci-fi-themed flavors like Martian Sunrise (with tangerine juice, green cardamom, and edible glitter), as well as Just Poke, falafel specialist Truly Mediterranean, and Kent-based Filipino food truck Big Boys Kainan. Day In Day Out — from the Capitol Hill Block Party organizers — launches over Labor Day weekend at the Fisher Green Pavilion in Seattle Center, and will feature performances from Chvrches, Kaytranada, Strfkr, and others; in addition to the food trucks, there will be an indoor-outdoor beer garden at the pavilion itself. All attendees will be asked to present proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results within 48 hours in order to enter the festival.
It Appears QFC Is Leaning Into Its ‘Bar Inside a Grocery Store’ Effort
After opening its small pub Q20 at Kirkland Urban in 2020 with 16 beer taps, it looks like supermarket chain QFC is now planning one for its U Village location. The company recently applied for a liquor license for the store under the same name (as first reported by Capitol Hill Seattle), although it’s unclear on when the timeline for opening would be. Large grocery stores with full-on bars have been trending for several years across the U.S., with franchises such as Whole Foods instituting them at many locations as a way to draw in more shoppers and have them stick around to spend more money. In addition to its Kirkland Urban Pun, QFC opened up the Cork & Tap at Bellevue Village in 2014. Whether the grocer is willing to devote more resources toward addressing continuing hazard pay for workers, which its parent company Kroger continues to push back on, is another question.
Pike Place Market Celebrates 50 Years Since It Was Saved
One of Seattle’s most recognizable landmarks was almost demolished about half a century ago for an “urban renewal” project. But in 1971, the Friends of the Market organization helped preserve the iconic space through an initiative that established a 7-acre historic district around the Market and a commission to protect the buildings. The Market is now recognizing the 50-year anniversary of that effort with a months-long celebration, including the return of Sunset Supper on August 20, with food and drink offerings from local restaurants, including Cafe Campagne, JarrBar, and Communion. Tickets to the public have already sold out, but there are still a limited number available for Market Community members. Meanwhile, a Pike Place Market documentary will air on KOMO 4 in October, with more events planned around the premiere.