Salmon grilling contest, tours and more await guests at SeaFeast

Advance tickets are on sale for the second annual SeaFeast in downtown Bellingham and Squalicum Harbor, September 22 to 23.

On Friday, SeaFeast kicks off at 5 p.m. with SeaFeed at the Square, a seafood dinner at Depot Market Square, located at 1100 Railroad Avenue. Taylor Shellfish Farms, Drayton Harbor Oyster Co., Bornstein Seafoods and Crave Catering will contribute food for the event. A limited number of tickets are available for the dinner and cost $50 until noon on Friday, September 22, at Remaining tickets sold at the door will cost $60.

“Organizers anticipate topping last year’s 6,000-plus attendance bolstered by new foodie activities, including ticketed ‘SeaFeed at the Square,’ and ‘Taste the Sea: A Sustainable Seafood Experience,’” according to a September 1 press release.

Other events throughout the weekend require tickets, including harbor boat rides and participation in the people’s choice International Salmon BBQ Grilling Championships on Saturday.

On Saturday, September 23 at the Squalicum Boathouse, located at 2600 Harbor Loop Drive, Haggen Northwest Fresh will present “Taste the Sea: A Sustainable Seafood Experience.” During the event, top chefs from Ocean Beauty Seafoods and Haggen Market Street Catering will cook up premium, sustainable seafood and chicken for sampling. Food experts will also talk about safety, purchasing, preparing and seasoning seafood, including salmon, cod and shellfish.

See chef presentations at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Through September 22, tickets cost $10, or $5 for individuals age 12 and under and can be purchased online.

Folks looking to get out on the water can choose from eight different excursions on Bellingham Bay. Tours of the downtown waterfront area depart from Zuanich Point Park. Tickets cost $10 until 11:30 p.m. on September 22.

Finally, taste grilled salmon during Saturday’s International Salmon BBQ Grilling Championships for $1.

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