Bellingham SeaFeast 2018 is being held on September 21 and 22 this year at Squalicum Harbor and Zuanich Point Park, and the call is going out to all vendors to sign up now for a spot. The event will pull in an estimated 10,000 sea-loving visitors this year, all focused on food and Bellingham’s living maritime history. Food vendors will have until July 20 to apply, commercial vendors until July 27, education vendors until August 3, and contestants in the Salmon BBQ Championship have until August 30 to sign up.
The Bellingham SeaFeast is a non-profit festival designed to show off Bellingham’s legacy commercial fishing and maritime industries, and celebrate the economic opportunity they brought to the area. The event is also a chance for Bellingham to show off its working waterfront and renowned seafood restaurants. The festival kicks off Friday, September 21, with the welcome ceremony hosted by the Lummi Nation, City of Bellingham, and Port of Bellingham.
Two ticketed events will also be held Friday night; the SeaFeed, where guests can choose between crab or salmon, and the Friday Night Downtown, an art event where visitors can hear sea-shanties, poems, and stories, watch choral performances, and celebrate Bellingham’s maritime past. On Saturday, attendees can get tickets to Brews with a View, watch Black Hawk Dancers and local bands, enjoy boat rides, and try commercial fishing activities like knot-tying, crab cracking, or filleting. Go head-to-head with other aficionados in the “Skill-of-the-Grill” Salmon BBQ cook-off, and then watch a Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration for some kicks.
The third annual SeaFeast is shaping up to be the biggest one yet; if you’re a vendor, don’t miss your chance to reach an engaged audience, and if this event sounds like fun to you, swing by Bellingham September 21 and 22.