Portland Area Food Events, August 3-10

Trust us, the food from the Caucuses is crazy delicious.

Each week we will bring you a roundup of public food events in the Portland metro area. It’s not every single event that’s going on, but the ones in particular that catch our eye. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

Dragonflies Blackberry Wheat PDX Tapping
Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6-8pm
McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, 2290 NW Thurman Street, Portland

McMenamins West Linn Brewer Ryan Lund returns to share his summery Dragonflies Blackberry Wheat. This event is also eligible for a Limited-Edition Beer Tasting Stamp in your McMenamins passport. Happy hour pricing and a chance to chat with the brewer. More information.

Clark County Fair
Friday, August 4-13, 2017, Opening Friday 8am-11pm, Sunday to Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-11pm
Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, WA

This year’s Clark County Fair features entertainment, family activities, a carnival, kids’ contests, 4-H events, and plenty of family fun. There will be a number of food contests, including a watermelon eating contest, cheeseburger eating contest, pie eating contest, and hot dog eating contest. There will be lots of classic fair food, too. $11.25 Adult, $9.25 Seniors, $8.25 Children 7-12, Kids 6 and under FREE; there are some pricing packages, too. More information

Unwind in Old Town
Friday, August 4, 2017, 4-7:30pm
Skidmore Fountain, W Burnside Street & Ankeny, Portland

Stop by for a Friday evening with cocktails, food and music. 21+ only. Food and drink from Don Churro, Soy Beam Jozo, Hogan’s Goat Pizza, Our Daily Revolution and Miru Vodka. More information.

Tualatin Crawfish Festival
Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5, 2017,  4-10pm Friday and 7:30am-11pm Saturday
Tualatin Community Park, 8515 SW Tualatin Road, Tualatin, OR

Get your fill of crawfish at this annual crustacean-oriented event. Other food besides the crawdads will be available, along with beer and wine booths. There will also be a crawfish eating contest and a fireworks display. Friday admission is FREE and it’s $5 per person on Saturday; kids 12 and under are FREE. More information.

Portland Urban Picnic
Friday, August 4-Sunday, August 5, 2017, 5-10pm
Mian, 626 SE Main Street, Portland

Ancient Heritage Dairy will be popping up at Mian’s street market, offering plates focused on local, artisan made accompaniments paired with their European inspired cow and sheep’s’ milk cheeses. Look for craft goods from Oregon Olive Mill, Paley’s Place, Creaux-mustard, Bee Local, Chop Butchery, Alma Chocolate, Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Freddy Guys Hazelnuts, Plum Tree Jam and produce from local farms. More information.

Fremont Fest
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10am-5pm
NE Fremont Street between NE 42nd and NE 50th Avenues, Portland

Join your neighbors in NE Portland for a day of fun, including  a kid, bike and pet parade, shopping opportunities a-plenty, a pub crawl and over 125 vendors offering clothing, art, food, and more. More information.

Portland Iranian Festival
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 11am-4pm
PSU Park Blocks, 1914 SW Park Avenue, Portland

Enjoy live music and dance, traditional arts and crafts, a costume fashion show, local Iranian food and dessert and more. They welcome canned food donations at the festival for the Oregon Food Bank. FREE. More information

Portland Hot Sauce Expo
Saturday, August 5 to Sunday August 6, 2017, 10am-7pm
OMSI Bridge Lot, 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland

Get to know the best hot sauces from around the country and partake in free hot sauce tastings. Challenges include the Spicy Taco of Hell Challenge, Slaytanic Burrito Challenge, and the Carolina Reaper Eating Contest—a Guinness Book of World Records event. There will also be a Chihuahua beauty pageant. Tickets are $7, $35, and $60. More information.

Obon Festival
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 3-9pm
Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Avenue, Portland

The Obon Festival is, “a summertime Japanese (and Japanese-American) festival commemorating one’s ancestors.” In their honor, lanterns are hung, Bon Odori (Obon dance) is performed, memorial visits are made, and food is offered at home butsudans and temples. Available dishes include noodles, grilled meats and seafood, bento boxes, SPAM musubi, shave ice, and more. FREE. More information.

Total Brewclipse PDX
Saturday, August 5, 2017, VIP: 7:30-11pm, General 8-11pm
The Redd on Salmon, 831 SE Salmon Street, Portland

“This summer, a once-in-a-lifetime eclipse will travel through Oregon. To prepare for this momentous act of nature, and to celebrate Portland Monthly’s beer-themed July issue, we’re throwing an out-of-this world party. Total Brewclipse PDX will feature some of our editors’ favorite summer beers. Guests can also expect a Reyka Vodka Moon-inspired cocktail, food trucks, live music, fortune-telling, space-gazing, and an epic dance party!” VIP tickets are $35, General admission $25 (buy here). More information.

Oregon Walkways: Lents Founders Fair
Sunday, August 6, 2017, 11am-4pm
Lents neighborhood, Portland

Head to the historic Lents neighborhood for an afternoon of free, family-friendly fun featuring craft and food vendors, live music and dancing, community booths, games, the Belmont Goats, and a chicken beauty contest. FREE. More information.

Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration
Sunday, August 6, 2017, 12:30pm
The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants, NE 22nd Avenue, Portland

Learn about Chado, the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Margie Yap, Founder of the Issoan Tea School, will demonstrate this elegant and meditative tea practice. Watch, ask questions, and get 15% off in-store purchases on the day of the event. Tickets are $15 each (buy here). More information.

The Portland Mercury’s Burger Week
Monday, August 7 to Saturday, August 12, 2017
Various locations around Portland

More than 40 restaurants and bars in the area offer specialty burgers for $5 each. More information.

4-Course Vegan Nigerian Cuisine Pop-Up
Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
Inner Southeast, Portland

Enjoy an evening of vegan Nigerian cuisine consisting of the recipes Chef Salimatu grew up with as a child; she has adapted some recipes from her home country, too. Expect a meal of warm black-eyed peas, egusi (spinach and ground melon seed stew cooked with bitterleaf), eggplant, mango-coconut-cucumber salad, and black pepper and guava cheesecake. Tickets are $35 (buy here). More information.

Bike In Movie Night
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 8-11pm
The Side Yard Farm, 4800 NE Simpson Street, Portland

This is the last Bike in Movie Night of the season, with a screening of Dazed and Confused. All vendors this evening are dedicated gluten free, including local beers by Ground Breaker Brewing, Indian food from Desi PDX, and sweets from Back to Eden Bakery. Ticket includes admission, food, beer and a sweet movie treat. Tickets are $25 (buy here). More information.

Summer Ice Cream Series: Salt & Straw + Xurros
Thursday, August 10, 2017, 8am-8pm
180 Xurros, 2218 NE Broadway Street, Portland

180 will be serving some of their favorite Salt & Straw Ice Cream flavors to go along with their freshly made xurros. More information.

TUSK x KACHKA Summer Party
Thursday, August 10, 2017, 4-11pm
Tusk, 2448 East Burnside Street, Portland

Tusk and Kachka are teaming up for an epic summer party serving their “mash-up” menu  influenced by food of the Caucuses (think Georgia, Armenia) along with cocktails, dessert and surprises. Ticket includes an all-you-can-eat (AYCE) buffet; drinks and dessert are separate; there will be a few menu surprises. Look for Uzbek-style pickled watermelon; Lobio: kidney beans, feta, walnut and marigold salad; grilled chicken and eggplant; and sauces like smoked Tkemali BBQ sauce and Aleppo Chili Oil. Also—Caviar with Tusk crispy bread, egg, and chives and a honey tehina ice cream sandwich. $35 per person (buy here). More information.

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Bridgetown Bites is written by Meg Cotner, a food loving freelance writer, editor and published author in Portland, OR.

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