building community
one event at a time.

Local specialty event production


About us

a little bit of history...

Festivals Inc. has been a regional leader in the event industry for over 37 years. The company has created, consulted and produced events around the country since its inception in 1982, experiencing incredible growth since that time. It all began when our CFO, Alan Silverman, created and produced the Bite of Seattle® (still the company’s flagship event).

25,000 people were expected to attend the first Bite held at Green Lake Park, in July 1982, however an estimated 75,000 people attended the two-day event, and sampled culinary creations from 25 restaurants. The Bite now attracts over 375,000 people in three days and hosts over 200 food and specialty vendors, plus outdoor entertainment stages, live cooking demonstrations featuring local chefs, NEW Gladiator of the Grill World Qualifier BBQ competition, and, the featured attraction, The Alley six course ‘multi-bite’ experience with proceeds benefiting Food Lifeline, Free Bite movie night, MUNCHIES @ The Mural, and, many other attractions.

What started with the Bite of Seattle® has branched out to over 30 events that the staff of Festivals Inc. has created, consulted and managed. With a full-time staff of six and a network of experienced contractors that spans the region, Festivals Inc. has had a hand in many of the major events in the Seattle area (see full list here) and has played a valuable role in shaping Washington State’s festival and event landscape.

In 2008, we began to bring our combined expertise to other events with the launch of our new company, New Growth Event Solutions. If you need assistance on any event, from a private party to a city-wide festival, call on us for everything from operational support to sponsorship to promotion.


Alan Silverman, a native of New York City has a background including over 50 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry. With the Bite of Seattle® thriving, Alan then realized the business opportunities within the fast-growing coffee and tea industry, and created and produced Coffee Fest, the largest and first Coffee and Tea trade show in the U.S.A. In 1992, Coffee Seattle was born with the vision, drive and passion for the industry that built the foundation for what is still today, the leading trade show for coffee and tea.

Alan was instrumental in forming ASSET (A Seattle/King County Special Events Team), with the goal to support and communicate the value of sports and special events to the City of Seattle, the media, and broader community.

On Thursday, April 4, 2019, Alan Silverman, was inducted into the Washington Festival and Events Association Hall of Fame for his contribution to the festivals and special events industry.

Alan Silverman, Founder of the Bite of Seattle ®

Alan Silverman, Founder of the Bite of Seattle®


Festivals Inc. is committed to creating and producing top notch community events that celebrate regional food and entertainment while also supporting local charities through partnerships and creative collaboration. Full list of events: past, present & future HERE.


bite of seattle®

The Bite of Seattle® is the flagship event of Festivals Inc. and a local tradition for many each year. Created in 1982 by Festivals Inc. CFO and local restaurateur, Alan Silverman, The Bite of Seattle® now attracts over 375,000 people in 3 days! The Bite, held at Seattle Center, hosts over 60 restaurants/specialty food product companies, over 80 live bands, The Bite Cooks! stage showcasing chef demonstrations and cook-offs, The Alley benefiting Food Lifeline, local Craft Beer & Cider Tasting, free Bite Movie Night and much more.

taste of tacoma®

The Taste of Tacoma® was started in 1986 by Festivals Inc. CFO and local restaurateur, Alan Silverman, after the Tacoma Restaurant Association requested he create an event for the Tacoma community just as he had done with the Bite of Seattle®, which he launched successfully in 1982. The principals in which he created the event over 30 years ago still holds true today; promote the local food, beverage, and restaurant industry while offering the public a chance to taste a wide variety of foods at affordable prices - all of this in a magnificent setting like beautiful Point Defiance Park. 


Oktoberfest Northwest debuted in 2004 and hosts "Washington's Largest Munich-Style Celebration." The 3-day festival features entertainment for the whole family: non-stop traditional music in the Munich Festhalle, NEW 80s bands on Friday & Saturday nights, the Official Hammershlagen® Tournament of Champions and other festival games, authentic German cuisine and beers in steins, a Sports Haus to catch the big games, and kids' activities including a Root Beer Garden, face painting, pumpkin decorating and more! Also enjoy Wiener Dog Races and the Stein Dash 5K on Sunday!




        Jody May

                                Brett Gorrell
                              V.P. MARKETING                                         & SPONSORSHIP


Ryan Schroeder
DIRECTOR of event operations


                     Trudi webster
                    Media Director/Culinary LIAISON                                 

barrett park      Accounting/OFFICE MANAGER



  • "Working with Festivals Inc. on the Bite of Seattle® has been one of the best sponsorship experiences I have had..."
    — Groupon
  • "Not only does the staff at Festivals Inc. show complete dedication to the execution of a flawless event, but they have a great time in doing so."
    — Unilever Best Foods
  • “There is no doubt that Festivals Inc. is the by far the most organized and best event producer in the Seattle area.“
    — Stan Moffit, The Frankfurter (Food Vendor 35 years)
  • "We had a really good time working these events! We can’t wait to be back next year!"
    — Seattle Seahawks
  • “Your tireless support, your drive to do more and your steadfast commitment to our mission are so inspiring. We love Festivals Inc.”
    — Linda Nageotte, President & CEO Food Lifeline (Charity of Bite of Seattle®)

Contact Us

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PHONE: 425.295.3262

Our Office:
320 East Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA, 98027
United States



About Festivals Inc.

With over 30 years of experience, Festivals Inc. has become one of the leading event production companies in the Pacific Northwest. Best known for their production of the Bite of Seattle®, Taste of Tacoma® and Oktoberfest Northwest, Festivals Inc. has produced and managed over 100 successful events which have entertained over 20 million people in the Northwest alone. Our non-stop attention to detail and often-praised customer service sets us apart from others in the business. We are a small company with a large vision, building on years of experience to continue to create, produce and manage top-of-the-line events. We are a company of six specializing in sponsorship, event operations, vendor relations, event management and marketing/media.


About Festivals Inc. Internship Program

2019 DATES
Internship Duration:                  May 6 - August 9

Each year, Festivals Inc. visits the Washington State University (WSU) Pullman Campus to interview current WSU students for the summer Festivals Inc. Internship Program. 

The full-time internship program is open to all current WSU students studying any major, and in some cases, open to students studying relevant industry specific courses at other colleges in the Seattle area.  The internship offers hands-on experience in the Festivals Inc. office, and onsite at Bite of Seattle® & Taste of Tacoma®.  Interns work closely with Seattle area chefs & restaurants, vendors, employees and volunteers in office and onsite at the Bite of Seattle® and Taste of Tacoma®. 

ALL internship positions are compensated, performance-based, with a stipend awarded at the end of internship ($1,800-$2,500).

Past interns of the Festivals Inc. Internship Program have used their extensive hands-on experience during their internship to secure work in the fields of PR, event management, human resources, marketing/media, and operations management.  

2017 Interns at Bite of Seattle®

2017 Interns at Bite of Seattle®

I gained more hands on experience than I thought possible. I was doing meaningful work that was important to the company, I learned valuable skills that are applicable in any situation, and I had fun while doing it!
— Shelby De Lappe, 2017 Intern & Current Operations Manager, Festivals Inc.


Special Event Coordinator/PR Assistant (2) positions

Candidates should have a strong interest in event planning, hospitality, event operations and possess outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Individual must be a self-starter, extremely organized, proactive and able to work well under pressure. Must be proficient in Word, Excel and Outlook. Work experience in food and beverage or other high-pressure environments is a plus. 

* Human Resources/Accounting Assistant (1) position
Candidates should have a strong interest in Human Resources or Accounting and have the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment. Individual must be able to discretely handle sensitive and confidential situations, projects and documents. Be able to work independently, is detail orientated, extremely organized, proactive and able to work well under pressure. Must be proficient in Word, Excel and Outlook previous bookkeeping and/or cashier experience is preferred

* Event Operations Assistant (1) position
Candidates should have a strong interest in event management and operations, and have strong communication, organizational, and team working skills, an ability to make good decisions under pressure, and a good familiarity with office word processing, spread sheet, and publishing programs.  Work experience in food and beverage or other high-pressure environments is a plus.  


Human Resources/Accounting - Mitchell
Special Event Coordinator/PR Assistant - Sara
Special Event Coordinator/PR Assistant - Tiffany
Event Operations Assistant - Michael