Fin the Migrating Salmon welcomes visitors to the Ballard SeafoodFest this weekend. It’s obviously not the type of salmon you eat. It’s made of fiberglass. But you can go inside — only three people at a time. Or you can have your photo taken in front of it, like Sherianne Caldwell was doing when I arrived Saturday morning. As you would expect, she was here for the food and the entertainment. “I love seafood, especially any kind of shellfish,” she said.
The real salmon could be found at Ballard Brothers, where Sharmin Hawley was cooking their signature Cajun blackened-salmon fillets. “The key is the secret seasoning. It has 14 herbs and spices,” she said.
The kitchen was sizzling as I drew her and chef John Ennis, and talked to owner Drew Greer, who’s been a vendor at the festival for 22 years. “I am a tradition here,” he said.
Here are more drawings from the event:
12:26 p.m. The line of people waiting to order food at Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers was 30 people long early afternoon.
10:59 a.m. Non-seafood eaters could get Swedish Meatballs on this booth decorated with Viking hats and Scandinavian flags.
11:59 a.m. A nice surprise I found when I went up 22nd Avenue was this 19th century Viking ship from the Nordic Heritage Museum. They are trying to restore it and put it on the water again and are accepting donations.