Recap: Arcade Lights

 Every attendee gets a souvenir glass to take home.

Every attendee gets a souvenir glass to take home.

Any opportunity we have to eat food in excess and drink a variety of alcohol is an opportunity we don't miss. Enter Arcade Lights.

Every year Pike Place Market hosts this amazing event in the main arcade to raise money for the Pike Place Market Foundation. The Pike Place Market Foundation is a non-profit located in the market that supports a number of different initiatives like the Market Food Bank, the senior living located in the market, and the preschool. It is a great organization, so it made the $60 ticket price for the event much easier to stomach. 

After the market closes for the day tons of vendors come out to serve guests sweet and savory food as well as alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages (34 food vendors and 30 drink vendors to be exact).

We fasted all day Friday to make sure our stomachs were fully prepared for the amount of calories we were going to consume (by fasted I mean ate slightly smaller meals, we can't not eat all day, are you crazy?!). When we arrived it was already packed and the lines were long for each stall, but with some serious dedication (for the research!) we visited every stall and tried something from everyone (it was tough, good thing we fasted).

Our favorites: The Malbec wine from Wildridge Winery, the meatballs from Some Like It Hot, and the BBQ Salmon from Etta's.

Our advice for future attendees: Invest in the early entry ticket or the VIP ticket. The only negative from our night was the shoulder to shoulder crowds. If you pay a little extra you can get in early and snag the goodies sans lines.

 Etta's BBQ'd salmon with mushrooms.

Etta's BBQ'd salmon with mushrooms.

 Mini cupcakes from Cupcake Royale (Salted Caramel FTW!)

Mini cupcakes from Cupcake Royale (Salted Caramel FTW!)

 Orange white wine spritzer from Storyville.

Orange white wine spritzer from Storyville.

 Serious prepping.

Serious prepping.

 Lots of long lines.

Lots of long lines.

 Grilling in the street has never tasted so good.

Grilling in the street has never tasted so good.