Bellingham SeaFeast Festival
After a successful maiden voyage in 2016, SeaFeast is returning to Bellingham September 22 and 23 for two days of games, live music, and of course, good eats. The festival celebrates the history and tastes of the Salish Sea, and admission is free.
The feasting begins Friday with a “sea-feed” downtown, where attendees can purchase a ticket to eat their fill of Dungeness crab, salmon, and oysters, alongside local craft beer and wines. Food trucks will be serving up everything from pizza to Mexican and Asian cuisine — so come hungry.
Things get competitive on Saturday. The “Skill of the Grill” competition will return to Zuanich Point Park, pitting chefs against one another to claim the title of Grand Grillmaster. The competition features amateur and professional divisions, and guests will have an opportunity to taste the results.
If salmon isn’t your thing, check out the “Shuck & Slurp” competition, in which pairs of competitors race to shuck and eat the most oysters in two minutes. Last year, city councilman Michael Lilliquist downed 22 oysters to claim victory.
After filling up on food, you’ll want to stick around for one of the festival’s most popular events — a real United States Coast Guard helicopter rescue in the waters of Bellingham Bay.
The festival is full of events, so check out the full schedule at BellinghamSeaFeast.com.
Zuanich Point Park 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham