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In town for Hoopfest? Here’s where to grab food and drinks

Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world, began forming in the late 1980s. From the start, it wasn’t just made of asphalt, backboards and basketballs, but blood, sweat and tears. So much passion and heart has gone into Hoopfest from its conception, and it is still felt by all year after year.

The idea of Hoopfest was emulated after a Michigan tournament named the Gus Macker sprinkled in with several other miniature tournaments, according to reporting on the history of Hoopfest by the Spokesman Review. With trips back and forth from one outside hoop tournament to another, the main goal, initially, was to fundraise for the Special Olympics.

The first Hoopfest took place in 1990 with 512 teams. The competition grew quickly. This year, 24,000 players are competing. Kicking off Saturday, June 29th in downtown Spokane, Hoopfest will turn the city into a scene from Space Jam (the original, of course) with all types of cartoons, players and spectators turning out. 

If you’re joining the fun, you may need a place to grab a coffee, a beer, or some food. We’ve thrown together some of our best roundups just for you.

For more information on Hoopfest click here.

Where to Grab Food & Drinks

Burger at Terraza Waterfront, photo by author

Start your Friday night off by checking out our detailed list of where to order the best pizza in town, or if you’re craving a burger, choose from our list of the top 10 in the city.

Saturday morning before heading downtown, make sure to stop into one of our favorite local coffee stands. As the day ends, join happy hour at one of these locations and grab a beer or two.

There’s always space for some for some ice cream, am I right? Be sure to explore our list of the best ice cream parlors around town.

Enjoy your time in the city, and good luck!

Jordy Blaine, Director of Community Partnerships

Jordan (Jordy) Blaine has her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a major in Public Relations from Carroll College, and is a professional journalist with 10 years of experience in newsrooms. Jordy has worked at Krem 2 News, and is now at Trending Northwest to organize events, coordinate PR campaigns, and expand coverage of marginalized communities . If you want to learn more about how she is making an impact right here in the Northwest, give her a follow on Instagram or Facebook.

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