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Taste Edmonds: Upscale Festival Fun for Every Age

For the past 35 years, Taste Edmonds has drawn visitors from around the state and around the world to this beautiful coastal community.

There’s no better time to visit Seattle NorthCountry than during this 3-day festival, hailed as one of the top 100 festivals in all of North America. Sitting right on the Salish Sea, just about 20 miles north of Seattle, Edmonds boasts calm, sandy beaches and an upscale beach-town vibe that can’t be beat. During the festival, a storm of events and food, music and beer descends on the Civic Center Playfield (310 6th Ave N, Edmonds) and transforms this sleepy seaside city into a party town from Friday to Sunday.

This year, Taste Edmonds is delivering big in a very Pacific Northwest way. They are partnering with Urban Craft Uprising to curate an entire street of arts and crafts vendors. These are the impulse buys that go well beyond the common souvenir you’ll find most places. For the lover of art, and for those who appreciate the skill and quality of unique, completely handmade crafts, this avenue of awesome was designed for you. This is definitely a “bring an extra suitcase” kind of shopping opportunity, where you’ll find everything from artisan sweets to hand-forged jewelry. Expect to stumble upon both beauty and comedy here, where the artists aren’t afraid to get quirky, and humor is often showcased alongside talent.


For those more interested in dancing than shopping, Taste Edmonds has your days and nights covered. Rock ‘n Roll with Freddy Pink to get you shaking, world-class blues with Stacy Jones to get you swaying, and Hit Explosion to keep you singing along to old favorites. While the music is playing, the fun never stops... and the music is always playing.


For families travelling with younger children, Taste Edmonds promises hours of kid-friendly fun with the expanded kid-zone play area. The kids stage features animal and reptile shows, talent shows, and even a martial arts exhibition. Fun rides and free bouncy houses work up big appetites. Fortunately, Taste Edmonds has that covered as well. After all, it isn’t called Taste Edmonds for nothing.


Food vendors abound, with offerings to please any palate. From global delicacies to local delights, you’re sure to find the right dish for every member of your family. Local Edmonds favorites Kafe Neo will be there to satisfy cravings for Mediterranean fare, perfect for a hot, August day. And, of course, even the pickiest young eater can always be satisfied with a slice of Romio’s Pizza. Grab a bite, grab a beverage, refuel and keep going.


Perhaps the most surprising element of Taste Edmonds is the cost. Admission to the festival starts at only three dollars and is free for those age 12 and under. There’s so much to see and do, you’re going to want to plan your schedule ahead of time so you don’t miss a thing. Just be sure to save some energy, because Edmonds, along with all of Seattle NorthCountry, has more to offer in terms of dining and recreation.


When you’ve had enough high-energy fun, take a stroll down Main Street and enjoy the excellent restaurants, shops, and art-galleries that line your path. Spend a day with your toes in the sand, picnicking on the beach and watching the ferries come and go.

August is also the perfect month to strap on hiking boots and head out into the wilderness, so don’t miss the opportunity to experience the stunning natural beauty surrounding Edmonds. A short drive east will provide all the rivers, lakes, and towering forests any nature lover could ask for. Edmonds is an ideal home base for all of your Seattle NorthCountry adventures.

For your summer travels, be sure to add Taste Edmonds to your list of must-do events. With festival fun for all ages, shopping and dining options for the discerning traveler, Taste Edmonds is not to be missed.

Taste Edmonds

  • August 10-12, 2018
  • Admission is $3/day.
  • Admission is free for children under 12.
  • Admission and the 21+ beer garden is $9/day.


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