This is gonna be fab.
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.
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.
Elephant Garlic Festival
Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13, 2017, Friday noon-11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
Jessie Mays Community Park, 30975 NW Hillcrest Street, North Plains, OR
This three-day festival celebrates the awesome elephant garlic with garlic-flavored food, live music, and arts & crafts. FREE. More information.
Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12, 2017, Friday 4-9:30pm, Saturday noon-9pm
Esther Short Park, 415 SW 6th Avenue, Vancouver WA
At the Vancouver Brewfest (“A Celebration of Craft Beer”) you’ll get to try more than 100 brews, along with wine, cider, and mead, food, fun, art/craft vendors and live music. FREE to enter—samples cost one token; a whole pint costs four tokens. $1.25 per token. 21+ only. More information.
Caribbean-Mexican Fusion Feast
Friday, August 11, 2017, 6-9pm
Inner Southeast, Portland
Join chef Kristin Stoneberg for a night of fusion cuisine—Caribbean jerk chicken + Mexican street food. There will be Mango Shrimp Ceviche, Jerk Chicken Tacos, and Rum Pineapple Upside Down Cake for dessert. Wash it all down with sweet tea, or purchase wine or beer for $4. Tickets are $30 each. (buy here). More information.
Alberta Street Fair
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 11am-6pm, Beer Garden until 9:30pm
NE Alberta Street between NE 10th-30th Avenues, Portland
This family-friendly event features 300 vendors, a kids parade and activity corner, three stages of entertainment, and lots of local food. FREE (suggested $2 donation to support “a vibrant and healthy Alberta Street”). More information.
Portland Radler Fest
Saturday, August 12, 2017, noon-8pm
StormBreaker Brewing, 832 N Beech Street, Portland
Billed as “Portland’s Most Refreshing Beer Festival,” this is the first year of the Radler Festival. There will be over 20 breweries/cideries that will be pouring radlers, a combination of beer and fruit soda. Presale tickets are $15 (buy here), which includes festival mug and 8 tickets. $20 at the door. More information.
Beaverton Night Market
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 5-10pm
Beaverton City Hall, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton
Enjoy an evening of international food and craft vendors, as well as cultural performances at the Beaverton Night Market. “The night market is a vibrant, intercultural event reminiscent of night markets experienced internationally.” FREE. More information.
Holy Mole PDX: Food of Puebla
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 6:30-9pm
Inner Southeast, Portland
Join chef Fernando of Portland’s award-winning food cart Holy Mole for “Cocina Casera Poblana,” a six-course dinnerfeaturing cuisine of Puebla, Mexico. The meal is inspired by Puebla’s indigenous Mesoamerican and Mediterranean culture, and reflects Spanish, French, and Arab influences as well. Tickets are $45 (buy here). More information.
Sunday, August 13, 2017, 11am-9pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland
Experience a day of traditional dances, live music, and food from a selection of Portland’s Indian restaurants. FREE to enter. More information.
Sausage Making 101
Sunday, August 13, 2017, 3-7pm
Old Salt Marketplace, 5027 NE 42nd Avenue, Portland
Learn the basics of making sausages in this popular class taught by the Marketplace’s head chef Ben Meyer. Learn about the best cuts for sausages, equipment to use, and technique for safe and easy grinding, texturing, spicing and casing sausages. You’ll also learn the best methods for cooking, smoking and serving sausages. Bonus: there will be sausage snacks, samples, and some Upright Beers. Tickets are $85 (buy here). More information.
Veganizer PDX: Vegan Dessert Social
Monday, August 14, 2017, 6-9pm
Rose City Coffee Co, 3370 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland
Chef Bill Kelley, a 16 year vegan with experience working as a chef, line cook, bar manager, sommelier, and front of house manager, will veganize familiar and favorite desserts. Some of the treats you can expect to see are tiramisu, key lime coconut cheesecake, vanilla lemon sour cream donuts. On the savory side there will be pesto poppers—smoky artichoke-walnut pesto stuffed sweet peppers and espresso Oregon sea salt. More information.
The Tasty Cookbook Launch Party
Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 6-9pm
Plaza Del Toro, 105 SE Taylor St, Portland
Tonight’s the night! Celebrate the release of John Gorham and Liz Crain’s cookbook, Hello! My Name Is Tasty: Global Diner Favorites from Portland’s Tasty Restaurants. This will be an open house party featuring complimentary passed breakfast-for-dinner dishes from the cookbook, as well as other delicious things from restaurants Tasty n Sons and Tasty n Alder. Bring your pre-ordered book or purchase one on site and John and Liz will sign it. FREE. More information.
Phorrito Pop Up: Phở Gà Edition!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 3-9pm
Tapalaya, 28 NE 28th Avenue, Portland
Tapalaya brings the Phorrito back for one night! This time Phở Gà Phorrito will feature chicken, with noodles, thai basil, cilantro, scallion, jalapeño, hoisin, and Sriracha all wrapped in a soft tortilla. They’ll take reservations for parties of 5 or more only; first come first serve for everyone else. Happy Hour is still on from 3-6pm. More information.
Cuban Feast: Portland Mercado + Que Bola
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
Inner Southeast, Portland
Chef Jose Perez’s QueBola? food cart at the Portland Mercado has a great reputation for serving delicious Cuban food, and in his “Cuba Libre” menu, he’ll offer a version of Cuban cuisine “seldom seen in Portland.” Enjoy Stuffed Tostones, Ensalada de Aguacate, Enchilado de Mariscos, and a Tropical Coconut Flan in this four-course meal. Tickets are $42 (buy here). More information.