The Northwest Folklife Festival 2024


Carne Asada Fries from the Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. 

Memorial Day weekend is here and that means it's time for the Folklife Festival. The last time I attended this annual festival was back in 2016. This event held at Seattle Center is in its 53rd year. It celebrates the diverse tapestry of arts, cultures, and traditions from a global Pacific NW. 

There's live music, beer gardens, and lots of food booths. The food isn't cheap, so I recommend sharing bites with friends or even eating before the event and just getting a special snack. I found the prices to be higher than at theme parks. We started with a Lamb Gyro which had fries inside. The fries weren't fresh and tasted soggy. Just stick to a regular gyro. 

My son wanted fries, so we bought him some Garlic Curly Fries. You can watch them make the fries, straight from the potato. They use a machine to make the curly fries and then they're deep fried. The portions were huge, but the fries were under seasoned. We also bought some topped with Carne Asada, nacho cheese, and jalapenos. Once again, a huge portion we weren't able to finish, and the fries were just ok. My other son wanted a Korean Hot Dog, so I bought him one from Puffle Up. He only ate a quarter of this, which was disappointing since it was $14. 

For dessert, we bought a couple of Churros from a Churros Truck. This was my favorite bite of the night. I chose a Reese's cereal one and my sons shared an Oreo Churro. My son loved my Churro and ate most of mine! After eating, we let our boys play at the playground right next to the MoPop museum. They said that was their favorite part of the event! 

The NW Folklife Festival runs through Monday at Seattle Center. 


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