A smorgasbord of festival foods | MukFest

By Nicholas Johnson | Sep 06, 2017
Source: Beacon file photo Tommie Anderson of Memphis Pit Barbecue slices into some beef brisket at last year’s festival.

Take a stroll down the Avenue of Food at the 52nd Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival, and you’ll smell a smorgasbord of traditional and cultural fair foods.

This year’s avenue has 20 food booths with vendors selling dishes ranging from deep-fried oysters to samosas and crawfish chowder to Polish donuts. While most of the vendors are returning, some of them are new.

The food booths are scheduled to run from 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Many booths will stay open after 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, particularly to serve folks lingering in the beer and wine garden.

“We worked hard to have no duplication this year, once again,” festival Executive Director Marilyn Langdon said. “That’s always a goal of ours.”

Back this year after debuting last year are Memphis Pit Barbeque, Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse and The Ice Cream Lady.

For Southern cooking, Memphis Pit Barbeque offers barbecued ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, barbecued beans and potato salad.

“Our slow-smoked meats are cooked Memphis-style with a dry rub,” owner Tommie Anderson said. “Our signature beef brisket is smoked for 12 hours so it is nice and tender.”

Festival-goers can also enjoy Filipino dishes from Julie’s Lumpia Hut, including lumpia, chicken adobo, pancit noodles, white or fried rice, barbecued pork on a stick and bubble tea.

Or go Vietnamese with egg rolls, tempura prawns, chicken skewers, potstickers, vegetable stir fry, fried bananas, deep-fried oysters and Thai ice tea from Eggroll Hut.

There are also African dishes from Lesedi African Foods, including samosas, curries, brown or coconut rice, chommolier greens, mango lemonade and hibiscus tea.

Also available will be cheese, pepperoni, Hawaiian and Cowboy pizza from Papa Murphy’s, and a grilled salmon dinner with corn, salad and garlic bread from the Mukilteo Kiwanis Club.

Festival-goers can also stop at Moe’s Falafel, which offers a taste of the Middle East with its lamb, chicken or veggie falafel sandwiches, as well as gyros, lamb kabobs, garlic fries and elephant ears.

Kunkel’s Roasted Corn serves corn on the cob with assorted seasonings and condiments.

“We dip it in butter and then we have about 20 different kinds of seasoning that people can choose from,” co-owner Travis Kunkel said. “I’d say [the most popular] is a [tie] between a mayonnaise and Mexican cheese mix and garlic salt.”

There also will be Seahawks-themed hot dogs from Big Dog’s, and crawfish chowder from Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse.

Or satisfy your sweet tooth with traditional Polish Pączki donuts from Viola's polish donuts Pączki & Pastry of Kirkland. The deep-fried pieces of dough are filled with jam or another sweet filling covered with powdered sugar, icing, glaze or bits of dried orange zest.

There is also cotton candy from Fairy Floss Cotton Candy; waffle cones, chocolate-dipped bars, ice cream floats and sundaes from The Ice Cream Lady; cinnamon roasted almonds, pecans, and cashews from Absolutely Nuts and 15 flavors of Hawaiian shaved ice from Northern Lights.

Scotsman Espresso, an offshoot of Mukilteo’s Scotsman Bistro, is back again this year with fruit smoothies, espresso drinks and Italian sodas.

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