Food lovers rejoice! While Monday – Labor Day – marks the unofficial end to summer, there are more flavors to fall than just pumpkin spice, as thousands have spent the last five days chowing down on some of the best food Spokane has to offer at Pig Out In The Park.
With construction in Riverfront Park Pig Out's 37th year looks different than the last 36, as the $64 million renovation forced the feast to move near the clock tower, with booths stretching west toward the IMAX theater.
This year's food fest was bigger and better than ever according to event organizer Bill Burke.
“It still grows a little every year,” Burke said. “We've had record sales. We've had record audience. It's truly been wonderful."
This year marked the return of happy hour; between 2 and 5 pm and 9 and 10 pm each night you could get three dollar bites from every vendor.
“I should have started it sooner, but it's catching on and growing every year," Burke said.
In addition to the smorgasbord of food vendors there were 85 free concerts on four different stages. Between the food and the music, more than 110,000 people hit the park over the last few days to sample all the food you could think of, including elk burgers, shrimp tacos and chocolate dipped cheesecake.
“Well we wanted to get the kids out and get out of the house for a little bit and try some of the delicious Spokane food,” Spokane resident Colt Hedden said.
That food included concoctions like two ground beef patties with cheese sandwiched between two Krispy Kreme dounts.
“Mmmm … Oh Lord. That's beautiful. That's so beautiful. I'm sorry,” Noah Price said.
With 44 vendors and 200 menu items it might be hard to decide what to Pig Out on but don't worry. If you weren't able to try everything this last weekend, Pig Out will be return to Riverfront Park for a 38th time next Labor Day weekend.