Eat, drink and shop on Lincoln District’s first food walk
On the Lincoln District’s first food walk, sample banh mi, Mexican conchas filled with ice cream, and vegan shredded cheese while sipping micheladas in an outdoor cafe to live music from a diverse ensemble of local artists.
The block party style event – or “street food party!” as coined by organizers from the Lincoln District Business Association – begins at 4 p.m. Friday, July 15 on Yakima Avenue between 38th and 39th streets. Admission is free.
In addition to pop-up food vendors, several restaurants in the neighborhood will offer select food and drinks, like freshly squeezed sugarcane juice at M&K Deli or $4.95 spring rolls at VK Viet Kitchen.
“The goal of the Lincoln District Food Walk is to shine a light on the diverse restaurants, businesses and cultures that make up the neighborhood,” said Deserie Nicole, president of the neighborhood business association and owner of All Star Vintage at 766 S 38th St. “Street food looms large in many cultures – we’re excited to bring that energy and experience to Tacoma.”
It’s the district’s second major festival, which celebrated Tacoma’s Lunar New Year in February with traditional lion dancers, firecrackers, red envelopes and, of course, plenty of food and drink. After a hiatus in 2021, it has been busy, with food vendors selling out and restaurants brimming with customers eager to try new arrivals, including Lunar’s Pho and neighborhood stalwarts from Vien Dong pho to tortas from El Zocalo.
During the food walk, Zocalo will offer vampiro jugo, a refreshing beet and carrot juice with citrus and celery, for $4.99. Vien Dong will have banh mi for $4.50 and cafe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee) for $3.
At Hong Kong Market, the local grocer on the corner of Yakima and 39th, grab a bubble tea for $3.50. Dragon’s Crawfish will offer garlic and cheese fries for $6.99, while Jubilee will offer cheeseburgers for $4 and Burger Ranch ice cream cones for $1.99.
During this time, more than a dozen vendors will settle 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 there, hopefully with its crawfish roll and shrimp fried rice, as well as Conchaliscious and Vegan’s Alley, a new outfit that’s gaining popularity for its chopped cheese and other plant-based comfort foods.
Memoranda Kitchen, often found at farmers markets, will join food pop-ups, along with Bliss Ice Cream, Pink Gorilla Espresso, Ate’s Filipino Kitchen and Ka’lalo with Mexican and Honduran bites.
“We’re thrilled to bring a new food-focused experience to Tacoma, and we’re very proud to do so with intent,” said Deserie Nicole, who also operates the Tacoma Sunday Market in the Lincoln’s parking lot. High School every week throughout the summer. This includes “celebrating the elders, businesses and members of the Lincoln District community 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 Jusmoni, a Seattle-based Cambodian and African American singer and songwriter, and Generational Wealth, a young band from Tacoma whose members are African American and Filipino.
Visitors can enjoy all of the above from the beer garden, filled with spicy micheladas. Proceeds from beverage sales here benefit the non-profit Lincoln District Business Association. For kids, FabLab will host hands-on activities at 324 S. 38th St.
When you’re not eating, drinking or gambling, admire the arts and crafts vendors on the bridge as well. Outside All Star Vintage, look for a sidewalk sale with clothes from a few vendors.
LINCOLN DISTRICT FOOD MARKET
▪ July 15, 4-9 p.m. on Yakima Avenue between 38th and 39th streets, lincolndistricttacoma.square.site/events
▪ Details: free block party and celebration of street food (pay as you go) with live music, beer garden, vintage and activities for children
▪ Follow facebook.com/LincolnDistrictTacoma and Instagram for updates
This story was originally published July 6, 2022 5:00 a.m.