Eat, drink and shop at Lincoln’s first foodie trail

At Lincoln District Food Walk, Noch in Ban Mee, Mexican conchas filled with ice cream, and shredded vegan cheese while michelada sip in a beer garden to the tunes of live music from a variety of local artists.

The event is party style – or “street food party!” As put together by the organizers of the Lincoln District Business Association – Begins at 4 p.m. Friday, July 15 on Yakima Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets. There is no entrance fee.

In addition to pop-up food vendors, many neighborhood restaurants will feature select dishes and drinks, such as freshly squeezed sugarcane juice at M&K Deli or $4.95 spring rolls at VK Viet Kitchen.

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Freshly chopped peanuts add texture to the sauce that accompanies their shrimp spring rolls at VK Viet Kitchen in Lincoln, Tacoma. Kristen Sherid

said Deserie Nicole, president of the Neighborhood Business Association and owner of All Star Vintage at 766 S. 38th St. “Street food is a big part of many cultures – we’re excited to bring this energy and experience to Tacoma.”

It’s the area’s second big festival, which celebrates Lunar New Year in Tacoma in February with traditional lion dancers, firecrackers, red envelopes, and of course plenty of food and drink. After the 2021 hiatus, it’s well attended, with food vendors selling food and restaurants bustling with customers eager to try newcomers including Lunar’s Pho and neighboring staples, from pho in Vien Dong to tortas at El Zocalo.

During the Food Walk, Zocalo will offer vampiro jugo, a refreshing beetroot and carrot juice with citrus and celery, for $4.99. Vien Dong will get banh mi for $4.50 and café sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee) for $3.

At the Hong Kong market, the locally owned grocer at the corner of Yakima and 39th spot drinks bubble tea for $3.50. Dragon’s Crawfish will offer garlic fries with cheese for $6.99, while Jubilee will offer a $4 cheeseburger and ice cream cones from a burger ranch for $1.99.

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Vegan’s Alley serves up New York-style vegan comfort food like the chopped cheese sandwich at their pop-up events around Tacoma. Kristen Sherid

Meanwhile, more than ten vendors will be established in Yakima. They include Jan Parker Cookery and its vibrant Filipino food, Big Island Poke, Dawg Eat Dogs, and Infinite Goodness Juices. Erik’s Seafood will be right there, hopefully with lobster rolls and shrimp fried rice, as well as Conchaliscious and Vegan’s Alley, a new look that’s gaining popularity for its chopped cheese and other vegetarian comfort foods.

Memoranda Kitchen, often found in farmers’ markets, will join food popups, along with Bliss Ice Cream, Pink Gorilla Espresso, Ate’s Filipino Kitchen, and Ka’lalo with Mexican and Honduran Bites.

“We are excited to bring a new food-focused experience to Tacoma, and we are very proud of her work with intent,” said Desiree Nicole, who also operates a Tacoma Sunday Market in the Lincoln High School parking lot weekly throughout the summer. That includes “celebrating Lincoln-area seniors, businesses, and community members who have been here for decades.”

Promotional materials, including social media posts, have been translated into Vietnamese and Spanish, for example.

The music, curated by local artist Josiah French, reflects this mission. Performers include Josemony, a Cambodian and African-American singer-songwriter based in Seattle, and General Wealth, a young Tacoma band whose members are African-American and Filipino.

Visitors can enjoy all of the above from the beer garden filled with spicy micaladas. Proceeds from beverage sales here benefit the nonprofit Lincoln County Business Association. For kids, FabLab will host hands-on activities at 324 S. 38th St.

When you’re not eating, drinking, or playing, admire the arts and crafts vendors on the deck, too. Outside of All Star Vintage, find a sidewalk clothing sale with clothing from a few vendors.

Lincoln District Food Walk

July 15, 4-9 p.m. on Yakima Street between 38th and 39th Streets,

details: Free party and street food celebration (pay as you go) with live music, beer garden, and old fashioned kids activities

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Kristen Sheridt joined The News Tribune in December 2019, after a decade in Chicago where she worked in restaurants, a wholesale liquor store, and a cooking bookstore. She has previously covered the food business of Industry Dive and William Reed. You can find her on Instagram @kcsherred and Twitter @kriscarasher.
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