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!