Heading to Bumbershoot, Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival at the Seattle Center this Labor Day weekend? Wondering what you’re going to eat? Well before you pack your backpack full of vegan snacks (which you’re allowed to do) maybe check out a list that I’ve compiled for you as well as the lovely folks over at Bumbershoot.
Bumbershoot’s Food and Drink list. They have clearly marked this list with a [V] for Vegan options and [GF] for Gluten-free options.
I’ve minimized it here for you, cutting out all the non-vegan options.
◦ 99 Potatoes – Burgers, sweet potato fries, curly fries [V, GF] – Mural Roadway
◦ Ballard Brothers – Salmon, salads, burgers, fries [V] – Next 50 Plaza
◦ Big City Burritos – Veggie and meat burritos [V, GF] – Fisher Rooftop
◦ Kaleenka – Russian piroshky [V, GF] – Mural Roadway
◦ La Jitana – Lebanese chicken, lamb, falafel [V, GF] – Bagley Roadway
◦ Pel’Meni – Russian-style dumplings [V] – Fisher Green
I have personally eaten at Big City Burrito more times than I can count. It is 7$ for an all veggie burrito, 1$ to add guacamole and if you ask for it to be vegan they will give you extra of everything else to compensate for the cheese and sour cream. They don’t have a storefront so the only time you can enjoy their ‘extra big’ burritos is at a festival!
There are other options listed on the Bumbershoot Food and Drink list that are vegetarian or some you could easily veganize like for example;
◦ Corn Roasters – Roasted corn – Mural Roadway
Just order it without butter!
You might want to consider that these places were probably contacted by Bumbershoot asking if they have vegan or gluten free options and they choose not to take the time to consider. So although some of the other items on the list have veggie options, they may or may not be vegan, so watch out! Support the stands that understand what veganism is and who want your business, follow that [V]!
Perhaps you are new to Seattle, visiting, or just not up to date on what places are available within walking distance of the Seattle Center. Plus some times you need a break from Bumbershoot and leaving to sit down at a restaurant can be the perfect break from the festival and the crowd.
So here are some places near by for you to consider:
Plum Market; Located right inside the Armory (formally the center house) the food court at the Seattle Center. Plum Market is an all vegan establishment owned by the same owners of Plum Bistro on Capital Hill. Offering prepared salads, pasta and veggies, build your own sandwiches and panini’s, fresh juices, and baked goods.
Bamboo Gardens: Located at 364 Roy St just a block out of the Seattle Center about a 5-minute walk (.3 miles from the international fountain, which is basically the center of the Seattle Center). Bamboo Gardens is a 99% vegan establishment, the sign says vegetarian but really everything on the menu is vegan, except the fortune cookie. I’d recommend this over everything else; go get yourself some delicious vegan Chinese cuisine. Plus you don’t have to eat the cookie, to read the fortune!
Veggie Grill: Located at 446 Terry Ave N not extremely close but if you are down for about a 20 min walk (1 mile from fountain). Veggie Grill is an all vegan chain restaurant offering soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and desserts.
Bang Bang Café: located at 2460 Western Ave in Belltown is probably the equal distance it would take to walk to Veggie Grill but in the opposite direction. Bang Bang serves meat but has a selection of vegan food.
5 point Café: Located at 415 Cedar St about a 10 minute walk (.4 miles from the fountain). The 5 Point serves meat but has a few vegan options, known for their breakfast curry tofu scramble ‘no huevos’ rancheros, as well as having soyrizo and vegan bacon available to accommodate the traditional menu items and last but not least they offer vegan pie by the slice!
Zeeks Pizza: located just across the street from the 5 point café, it’s not a vegan pizza place but they do have a veggie pizza called the tree hugger that you can get without cheese. Dine in or get it to go and you and your friends could split a pizza in the grass while continuing to listen to your favorite bands.
Also if you just need a snack and want to hit a grocery store Metropolitan Market is right on Mercer St out side of the Seattle Center. QFC is also on Mercer and you’re about a mile away from a Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market. Get creative with your Bumbershoot appetite!
Let me also offer some words of wisdom for you all. The beer garden is expensive, so leaving to have a drink at a restaurant is often cheaper. Also you might like to take note that entering bumbershoot they do not search your bag, but they will when you enter the main stage, so put those reusable water bottles to use! I would not recommend going to the grocery store to get a drink, there are bike cops with nothing better to do but patrol the perimeter of Bumbershoot, so whatever you do, do it with caution!
And if you don’t want to take my advice take it from the Dalai Lama and his Instructions for Life;
"Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly”
Happy Bumbershoot Seattle! Be kind to your fellow Bumbershooters, everyone is there to have a good time!