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Boba Fest Is Returning to the U District

Plus, Capitol Hill gets a new comedy hangout spot, and more news of the week

An assortment of pins that say “Boba Fest.”
Pins from the 2022 Boba Fest
Alabastro Photography for The U District Partnership
Harry Cheadle is the editor of Eater Seattle.

With spring in Seattle comes cherry blossoms, rain — and bubble tea? Yup, Boba Fest, the almost-but-not-quite-infringing-on-Star-Wars-copyright bubble tea festival is coming back to the University District for a second year on April 29.

According to the Boba Fest website the U District has more than 30 places that serve boba, making it the hub for the tapioca pearl drink. You might say that every week is Boba Fest week down on the Ave, but during the one-day event participating tea shops will be featuring some truly wild boba beverages, including Don’t Yell at Me’s pink lychee smoothie topped with cheese foam and Möge Tea’s brown sugar boba. There will also be a photo booth setup outside the U District light rail station.

New comedy spot has terrible name

A new comedy club and bar is coming to Capitol Hill in early May, reports The Stranger. Called Capitol Hill Comedy/Bar, it will have a snacky food menu alongside alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Owners Dane Hesseldahl and Jes Anderson will be booking a lot of comics and hosting open mics, but they also want to create a place where comedians can hang out, chill, vibe, and come up with other synonyms.

James Beard Foundation brings its young food-lover event to Seattle

The JBF’s Greens event series, which sounds like it involves weed but doesn’t, is coming to Seattle on May 23. Specifically, it will be coming to Rachel Yang’s Fremont/Wallingford joint Joule, where Yang will be assembling a custom menu of 24 shared plates. Tickets are $100, and the event is for people under 40. More information can be found here.

Heritage Distilling goes big

Gig Harbor–based Heritage Distilling Company, which went public late last year via an SPAC, announced this week that it was partnering with the e-commerce platform Speakeasy to expand its distribution network from eight to 34 states. This marks a fairly big step forward for the brand, which was founded in 2011 and operates several tasting rooms as well as the Tribal Beverage Network, which works with tribal communities to set up distillery operations.


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