Timber Festival: Food Trucks, Liquor Laws, and the Walk to Slider’s

Timber Fest picTimber Outdoor Music Festival  is only a few days away, and we’re putting the finishing touches (aka beginning to think about) on what we’re going to eat while camping in Carnation. Normally, I’d head to Trader Joe’s and buy all of their eggplant hummus (all of it) and, like, a bottle of coconut water and call it good. Or, more likely, buy way too much meat and cheese and salmon and chips and all the things and then be BAFFLED when, on Sunday, I returned home with a full cooler of now spoiled food. You never know how inclined you’ll feel to spirit away from the music to cook food.So, just in case you’re having the same issue of how much food to bring, I chatted with the gloriously bespectacled Phil O’Sullivan of Artist Home (the org putting this shindig on) about what to eat in the woods. And from what he had to say, I’m guessing I’ll be treating the food trucks (!!!) they have coming in as my own personal “camping stove.”

Oh, and I had to ask. What’s with the “no liquor only beer that we sell” thing we’ve heard about? Turns out, it’s for real. “King County Park regulation – no outside alcohol. We’re selling beer and wine,” Phil said briefly. But he was quick to point out that Carnation is a 1/2-3/4 mile walk away from the campgrounds, so if you need a shot, take a hike.

Here’s what Phil had to share about the food sitch at Timber and a list of trucks (with his opinions attached, free of charge):

“Campers are more than welcome to pack in some food for the weekend. Guests are welcome to use designated cooking and campfire areas to prepare their own meals. Sadly, no open flames (camp stoves, personal campfires, etc.) are permitted in General or Quiet Camping areas at the Festival,” Phil explains. “Premium and Drive-In Camping sites all have their own designated fire pits/campfire areas and guests are welcome to cook whatever they like there.

That being said, you could show up to Timber! with little more than a tent and an appetite and be just fine. Here’s a list of who we’ll have on-site. We reached out to some of our favorites and also put out an open invitation to folks in the community. This is who’s coming, so far:


The Frankfurter – A Seattle tradition and my personal favorite dog in town. There was no question they’d be at the event. (Fri. and Sat.)*


Athena’s – Greek Food and More (Sat. Mainstage only) – I like falafel and wanted to make sure there would be a decent falafel around.
Breakfast Specials – The folks from Athena’s will be offering up breakfast specials on Saturday and Sunday morning near Timber! General Store


314 Pie – Pie. All kinds of pie. What more is there to say? (Sat. Mainstage only)


Pel’meni – The best dumplings in the world. (Fri. and Sat.)*


Braizen Sandwiches – (Sat. only)*


Caffe Vita – (Fri. and Sat) Because Caffe Vita has the best coffee and we’re going to need a lot of it.


Sierra Nevada Beer – SNV has been my personal favorite beer forever. There are always at least two of their pale ales in my fridge at all times. That’s why they are our signature beer at Timber! Cold all weekend long. Purchase a Klean Kanteen Timber! Pint Glass for $15.00 (first beer included) and you’ll only pay $4.00 a pint all weekend long. $6.00 a pint otherwise.


Piccola Wines – $5.00 a glass all weekend long. You’ll love it.


The Root Beer Store – ‘Cause kids gotta get their drink on too.


*Indicates open late night.


We’re a CASH ONLY festival and yes, we’ll have ATM’s on-site.


Carnation has a lot of great options for eating too:


Lazy K’s
Remember Madam K’s in Ballard? Hell yeah you do. Betcha miss it too. This is the same great pie. A short walk from the campground.


Pete’s Grill and Pub
http://www.yelp.com/biz/petes-grill-and-pub-carnation. We’ll be hosting an after party show here on Friday night. The burgers and sandwiches are great.


We’ll be hosting a Sunday Brunch here after the Festival is done. Dr. Slide is the owner of this joint. He makes meatball sliders, sausage, and peppers. We’re told he also makes a great breakfast burrito that will be on sale Sunday morning. He is also the best slide guitar player I’ve ever played with. We’ll be putting some secret stuff on his stage Sunday morning. He’ll probably join in.


Carnation Market – IGA
A short walk from the park – anything and everything you need. They’ll make you a custom sandwich that is pretty solid for the price.”

Tickets are still (miraculously) available. Get yours at http://bit.ly/timbertickets


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