Your guide to the 2011 SeafoodFest

This weekend is the 37th annual Ballard SeafoodFest and thousands of people are expected to descend on downtown Ballard for the big event.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The kick-off BBQ which benefits the Fishermen’s Memorial is on Friday evening. More information is here.
  • The SeafoodFest kicks off Saturday morning at 11 a.m. and runs until 9 p.m., Sunday goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • These streets will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Saturday until 11 p.m. on Sunday: NW Market St between 20th and 24th Ave NW; 22nd Ave NW between Ballard Ave NW and NW 58th St; Ballard Ave NW between NW Market and NW Vernon Place; Leary Ave NW between NW Market and 20th Avenue NW.

    As always, Stan Boreson, the King of Scandihoovian humor, kicks off the musical entertainment on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on the main stage, at the intersection of 22nd Ave NW and Ballard Ave. If you miss him on Saturday, he also plays on Sunday at the same time. The main stage lineup can be found here. Family stage entertainment can be found here.

    The “Kids Zone” is back this year on 22nd Ave NW just in front of the library. New this year is “The Big Purple Slide.” From the SeafoodFest website, “You’ll climb up to great heights, then zip back to ground level in a fast and thrilling trip.”

    La Señoritas drill team is sponsoring the beer garden near the main stage, serving up Ballard’s own Maritime Pacific. The Salmon Bay Eagles Wine Garden is a quieter venue up Ballard Ave.

    Warren Aakervik will once again oversee the infamous alder-smoked salmon barbecue. For $10 you get a generous portion of salmon, coleslaw, garlic bread and a beverage.

    It isn’t a true Ballard event without a little lutefisk. The always-popular lutefisk eating contest will be at Bergen Place Park on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

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