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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 34 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). An estimated 75,000 people attended the first Bite and sampled culinary creations from 25 restaurants. The Bite now attracts over 400,000 people in three days and hosts over 60 restaurants, plus entertainment stages, cooking demonstrations and many other venues.

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.

 

OUR EVENTS

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 400,000 people in 3 days! The Bite, held at Seattle Center, hosts over 60 restaurants/specialty food product companies, 5 stages with live music, 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, LLC.

Oktoberfest Northwest debuted in 2004 and hosts "Washington's Largest Munich-Style Festhalle & Biergarten." The 3-day festival features entertainment for the whole family: non-stop traditional and contemporary German music on two stages, the Official Hammershlagen® Tournament of Champions and other German festival games, authentic German cuisine and beers, 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!

MEET THE TEAM

        Jody May
         PRESIDENT

                                Brett Gorrell
                              V.P. MARKETING                                         & SPONSORSHIP

 

Ryan Schroeder
DIRECTOR of event operations

SHELBY DE LAPPE
EVENT OPERATIONS/ VENDOR MANAGER

                     Trudi webster
                    Media Director/Culinary LIAISON                                 

barrett park      Accounting/OFFICE MANAGER
 

TESTIMONIALS

READ MORE TESTIMONIALS HERE >

  • "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