Support Seattle Firefighters This Weekend: Pig & Pipes Event

The Old Peculiar Public House in Ballard will host it’s annual fundraiser to benefit the Seattle Firefighter Drum Band, and Seattle’s Bravest Charity, originally known as Seattle Fire Fighter’s Benevolent Association. The charity came to shape in 1995 after after the deaths of 4 firefighters Pang Arson Warehouse Fire, and has since grown into a huge organization that supports the community and the Seattle Fire Department. 

The fundraiser will have a pig roast and lively pipe band that will perform in traditional attire, ie kilts, high socks, newspaper boy caps and bagpipes throughout the day, from 10am on. The bar will roast several pigs and serve yummy sides like macaroni salad, coleslaw, and baked beans. The fundraiser is a 21+ only event, and micro brews can be purchased for $4 a beer. Tickets for this event cost $20 bucks per person in advance, and $25 day of the event, and include entry, food, and entertainment. For more information on the event, or to purchase your ticket early, visit the Pigs & Pipes page.

Desserts in Jars Author Comes to Ballard For Tasting and Book Signing

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It’s no surprise Seattle has recently become obsessed with putting just about anything in a mason jar, from pickling veggies, to beer, to flowers in a haphazard vase. But desserts created in jars is a new concept to me, and author Shaina Olmanson has an entire book dedicated to the delectable art. Tomorrow afternoon she will be joining the folks over at Hot Cakes, who also have a love for serving desserts in jars, to promote Olmanson’s book, “Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine.”

The book signing will take place at Hotcakes in Ballard at 1:00pm, and attendees will get to sample some of the desserts from the book, as well as some of Hot Cakes favored sweet treats. The event is $20 per person, and everyone will receive a signed copy of the book. For more information on the event visit Hot Cakes.

Full Tilt is Offering Free Scoops on Monday!

The weather in Seattle is FINALLY heating up as we’re nearing August, and the folks over at Full Tilt Ice Cream in Ballard will be offering free kid scoops this upcoming Monday August 6th, to show their appreciation for the neighborhood. The Ballard’s store opening has by far seen the most success, and to show their appreciation for the locals in the area, they’re offering up a free scoop day to express their gratitude from noon until they run out. The announced the free scoop day via Facebook yesterday, so if you’re in the area next week, stop on by and get your free sweet tooth on! Full Tilt also has other locations (who will not be participating in free scoop Monday) in White Center, Columbia City,

Bastille Day and Seafoodfest… Busy Weekend in Ballard!

Not only will Ballard be bustling with seafood crazed locals this weekend, it will also host patrons celebrating the French National Independence Day, Bastille Day! Where do you think will be the happening venue in town to host such festivities? Bastille of course, will have a variety of specials, including $5 wine and cocktails, oysters and baguette sandwiches, as well as entertainment on their outdoor patio, beginning at 2pm.

Bastille will also host a pétanque tournament, a traditional french game similar to croquet, $5 per person, bragging rights free of charge. Bastille is just blocks away from where the Annual SeafoodFest will be serving up all kinds of Northwest seafood fare, general rules state that every vendor must serve at least one seafood item on their menu. Vendors and stages will line up along 22nd Ave NW, come on down and hangout with the neighbors this weekend!

Hale’s Ales

Hale's AleI always drive by Hale’s Ale’s in Ballard, and Friday night I finally decided to check it out.  The local brewery, inspired by founder mike Hale’s visits to different pubs around England, moved from Kirkland to Ballard in 1995.  Hale’s Ales has been serving a variety of homemade (brewed in the building) ales for nearly 30 years.  I went to Hale’s Ales with the intention of dinner and some good beer.  It was not as busy as I thought it would be though, which I guess is a good thing.  When I walked in, I truly thought the interior and feel of the place was pretty cool.  There were front and back dining areas, and even further back was the brewery.  The only barrier between the two was a glass window, through which you could see the brewing process while enjoying your meal.  I’ll be honest, even though I liked the beer, the “brewery smell” really got to me while I ate my blue cheese burger.  Speaking of, although the food wasn’t great (between myself and other we had salmon chowder, Caesar salad, fish and chips and the aforementioned burger), you can’t expect five star cuisine from a place with the motto “Think Globally. Drink Locally.”  I probably would have liked the typical pub grub more if it claimed “Enjoy your beer.  Enjoy your food even more.”  All in all, if you’re looking for a good beer and a place where (I can only imagine) is a pretty fun joint to watch a game with your friends, then check out Hale’s Ales.   The brewery is located at 4301 Leary Way NW.  See their website for more information.