Hello art and music loving friends. As you know, this weekend is not only the last big hurrah of the summer and the national holiday recognizing the economic and social contributions of workers. Oh no. That is not all. It is time for Seattle’s own three-day, music and art extravaganza known as Bumbershoot. This festival has changed for the better and for the worse over the past 40 some odd years and these past few years it has been super mega awesome (remember Vegan Black Metal Chef last year?) Smaller with more interesting acts, tons of comedy, great speakers, and the better food than the Bite of Seattle (by far), Bumbershoot is a steal of deal for 3 days of pure festival fun. Yes, pure festival fun. And you don’t have to leave your values at the gates.
READ ME: this is very important. Most of the information below was provided by the food vendors to the Bumbershoot crew (Thanks One Reel!). I didn’t personally speak with the food vendors, review their ingredient lists, or investigate the accuracy of their list of vegan options. So you know the drill: Please ask, and ask again.* Your safest bet will be to eat at Plumb, which just opened today (in the newly revamped Seattle Center Armory), since it is 100% vegan and verifiably delicious. Here are some other ideas: (Download .PDF version).
Vegan Options at Food Stands Around the Bumbershoot Grounds:
99 Potatoes (American) – Mural Roadway E
Veggie burger, Ginger maté limeade made with organic vegan fair-trade sugar, Freshly-cut curly fries, Freshly-cut sweet potato fries. Follow on twitter at @99_Potatoes.
Bahn Thai (Thai) – Mural Roadway E
They did not specify which items were vegan, just that they would have some. Last year they had great Vegan Pad Thai and knew what vegan was when I asked if it had egg or fish sauce. Yay!
Bambuza Vietnam Bistro (Vietnamese) – Mural Roadway
Soba Noodles with garden vegetables.
Big City Burritos (Mexican) – Fisher Rooftop
Veggie burritos (hold the cheese and sour cream).
Corn Roasters (American) -Mural Roadway E
Roasted corn. Hold the butter.
Kaleenka (Russian) Mural Roadway E
Green Cossack, potatoes with dill sauce. (Really, really check on this one, I don’t even know what is in dill sauce generally, but it sounds like it could be dairy-ish to me. Check. Check.)
La Jitana (Mediterranean) Bagley Roadway and Harrison St
Falafel, Tabouli, Hummus, and Stuffed Grape leaves (dolmas).
Pho Cyclo Café (Asian) – Harrison St
Tofu spring rolls with peanut sauce, tofu Vietnamese sandwich (Banh Mi), fried banana with coconut milk.
Thai Heaven (Thai) – Key Roadway
Veggie Pad Thai. I’d make sure there is no egg.
Vegan Options at The Armory (Center House totally re-done!):
Big Food (American) – The Armory
Side Salad (pineapple, cucumber, jicama, red pepper and mango with mixed greens, tossed in a tamarind vinaigrette).
Kabab (Mediterranean) – The Armory
Vegetarian Falafel Plate; Vegetarian Special Plate; Falafel Sandwich; Lentil Soup, Tabouli, Baba Ganouj and Dolmas.
Bean Sprouts (Kid food) – The Armory
Pasta with marinara, Mediterranean veggie and hummus wrap, soup, snacks.
Plumb Market (Caribbean American Latin) – The Armory
EVERYTHING IS VEGAN – They just opened today (Friday) so give ‘em a bit of a break too.
POP Gourmet Popcorn (Snack) – The Armory
Obvious flavors like Salt and Vinegar, Dill Pickle, and Mumbai Delight. Ask at the counter to make sure there is no butter or honey.
Other Vegan Related Stuff:
Along with tons of t-shirts, jewelry, and art, the Indie Market has Big Skinny Wallets. If Bliss of Blissful Wonders brings his vegan line again, there will be the WORLDS BEST vegan truffles there too. Last year they were on the bottom shelf. And last year I got these rad socks that say TOFU from the Sock Monster booth. Hopefully they still have them.
OK, that is a ton. Trust me. Seattle rules at this type of stuff. And with more people putting their $ where their values are and opting out of animal exploitation on a daily basis, my guess is that vegan options will continue to grow and grow and grow (wee hoo!). I am headed to Bumbershoot again for sure this year, so if I learn anything new, I’ll update this post and share on twitter. Please add anything you learn below too!
*I honestly fully intended to do a more official list, with some background and conversation with the food vendors, but alas, the list wasn’t available until I was on vacation. I just returned this very morning (yes, at 6:30 am!). Next year I promise not to go on vacation right before Bumbershoot and provide a more accurate and thorough list. Promises, promises.