September 16

Feeling festive? Go for it this weekend

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This weekend is not short of festivals. The only issue you might have is choosing one.

Mole from El Camion

One of the more eclectic choices is the Mobile Food Rodeo, which takes place from 12-7 p.m., Saturday behind the Interbay Whole Foods. More than 20 trucks are expected to drive up, including Mexican favorite El Camion.

Also coming is Bigfood, which just took a turn at the Queen Anne Farmers Market. Bigfood makes unique fusion fare including items such as The Yeti, braised beef with curried fruit and slaw on grilled flatbread. Ice Cream favorite Molly Moon’s will be there, too. Entry fee for the rodeo is $7 in advance, $10 at the door. For tickets visit www.mobilefoodrodeo.com.

Also on the docket this weekend is the ultra-family friendly Fishermen’s Fall Festival. This event features all kinds of food from crab-melt sandwiches, the silver-salmon meal (salmon/corn-on-the-cob/coleslaw/garlic bread/ice cream/drink), and Scalloritos–bacon-wrapped scallops. There’s plenty of activities, too: face painting, model boat driving, trout fishing, boat making, Frisbee spin-art, Japanese drumming, salmon filet-cutting contest, a hilarious lutefisk-eating contest, tours on purse-seine boats and crabbers.

Iconic Seattle clown JP Patches

You want crabby? Converse with some of the shipmates on the crab boat The Wizard made famous by TV’s The Deadliest Catch. Also, this will be the last festival for iconic clown JP Patches. Last year, JP, who would certainly qualify for senior discounts at most restaurants, was just as sharp and funny as ever. Kids (and adults) were delighted—especially during the Simon Says game. The festival is free and goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday at the Fishermen’s Terminal. Go to www.fishermensfallfestival.orgfor more details.

Luckily, the Seattle Fiestas Patrias takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Center House at the Seattle Center. This south-of-the-border festival celebrates the independence of Central and South America by showcasing Latino culture. There will be dancing, live mariachi music, art, regional dress, sports and plenty of children’s activities.

The celebration actually begins at 11 a.m. with the South Park Parade that begins at 14th Avenue South and South Cloverdale Street and ends at the South Park Community Center at 8319 Eighth Avenue South. Center House activities run from 12-11 p.m., Saturday and 12-9 p.m., Sunday. Visit http://www.seattlefiestaspatrias.org/Seattle_Fiestas_Patrias/Seattle_Center.html for more details.

Oh yeah, though it’s not happening in Queen Anne or Magnolia, the Puyallup Fair is in full swing, too. The Western Washington State Fair is one of the largest in the country and one of the best with an assortment of family-friendly activities to choose from. It’s worth the drive to Puyallup.

Through Sept. 25, at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; general admission $9-$11; concerts, $6-$75 (888-559-3247 or tickets.thefair.com). Advance concert-ticket purchase includes admission to the fairgrounds. On Monday, gate admission is free to all active, retired and reserve military and their dependents, plus disabled veterans with a valid military ID.


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