Portland Area Events, October 12-19


And the beet goes on during this week of vegetable love.

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.

Haunted Pub Tour
Until Tuesday, October 31, 2017
7pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 3:30pm Sundays
Starts at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, 112 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland

“Uncover Portland’s dark side on this spine-tingling walking tour and hear first-hand accounts of paranormal encounters—all while sampling 6 local beers.” The tour distance is about .8 of a mile, takes about two and a half hours, and includes six 5oz pours. Tickets are $45 (buy here). More information.

The Portland Mercury’s Veg Week
Until Saturday, October 14, 2017
Various locations in the Portland metro area

“This fall, from October 9-14, your pals at the Mercury are teaming up with Portland VegFest to present Veg Week—an entire week when some of Portland’s greatest vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants will provide signature vegan entrees… at HALF-PRICE!” More information.

Gourmet Apple Tasting
Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15, 2017, 10am-5pm
Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark Street, Portland

An abundance of apples and pears will be on display—60 varieties—to taste, purchase, and make into cider. There will also be live entertainment and plenty of family fun—face painting, pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt, and more. Bring non-perishable food for the Oregon Food Bank drive. FREE. More information.

Portland Kolsch Festival
Saturday, October 14, 2017, Noon-7pm
Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Avenue, Portland

The first ever Portland Kölsch Festival arrives this weekend, where 15+ breweries will feature their interpretation of Kölsch beer (other styles represented, too). There will also be a pop-up beer garden, food trucks, games, and a raffle. All ages until 4pm, 21+ after that. Advance tckets are $18, which gets you a limited-edition Kölsch glass and 12 drink tickets (buy here); tickets are $23 at the door. More information.

Willamette Week’s Cider and Beer Pro/Am
Saturday, October 14, 2017, Noon (VIP Entry) / 1pm (GA Entry) – 6:30pm
District East, 2305 SE 9th Avenue, Portland

This is “Portland’s original home brewer and professional brewer collaboration event” and “the most unique beer festival of the year” that is “unlike other beer fests that feel too big or too generic,” (Brewvana, 2015). 32 home brewers will partner with established professional brewers, and together they will create and debut 32 brand new beers and ciders with “witty” names. And you’ll get to taste them all. Tickets range from $10 to $55 (buy here). More information.

31st Annual Great Onion Festival
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9am-4pm
Archer Glen Elementary School, 16155 SW Sunset Blvd, Sherwood

Get your fill of onions at this annual onion festival, with onion contests including onion rolling, onion eating, stinkiest breath, and Best Dang Onion Dish. You, too, can enter—just bring your dish by noon. Lots of fun for the kids, live entertainment, and more. FREE. More information.

Portland VegFest
Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 2017, 10am-6pm
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland

“Portland VegFest celebrates plant-based living, with free food samples, health and nutrition speakers, chef demonstrations, Fitness Stage workouts, restaurants, films, and activities for kids and teens. There’s something for everyone!” General admission tickets are $10 per day, $17 for a two-day pass; students and seniors 65+ with ID are $7 per day, $12 for a two-day pass (buy here). Children 12 and under are FREE. More information.

Farm Dinner with Gregory Gourdet and Jason French
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 6pm (dinner at 7pm)
Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster, Portland

Gregory Gourdet, Executive Chef of Departure Restaurant, and Jason, head chef and owner at Ned Ludd return to Zenger Farm to collaborate on a three-course dinner benefiting the farm’s educational and food access programs. Each ticket includes a prix fixe dinner made with produce sourced from Zenger Farm; wine is also included. The menu includes squash hummus, grilled pork neck, roast chicken leg, maple glazed root vegetables, swiss chard, and more. Tickets are $85/each, $175/couple (buy here). More information.

Istanbul Raki & Mezze Night
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
Feastly, 912 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland

“Join our Istanbul culinary tradition for a real Turkish Taverna Experience with family style mezze platters, Raki (Turkish national alcoholic drink), classic Turkish/Ottoman music, lots of food and lots of talk.” This three-course meal features a wonderful array of delicious things, including Kavun-Peynir (sliced melons with cheese), Zeytinyagli Biber Dolmasi (stuffed peppers), Acili Ezme (crushed tomato dip), Adana Kebap (ground meat kababs), and halva for dessert. Tickets are $56 (buy here). More information.

Food of Chihuahua: Mexican Feast
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 6-8pm
Feastly, 912 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland

Enjoy a four-course Mexican-inspired menu using Chihuahuan staples and fresh Pacific Northwestern ingredients—a dried corn soup, gorditas, hangar steak, and a cheese plate. Tickets are $40 (buy here) with an optional $9 wine pairing. More information.

Cooking Wholesome @Whole Foods
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:45-7:45pm
The Open Kitchen—Whole Foods / The Pearl District, 1210 Northwest Couch Street, Portland

This monthly event series is led today by food enthusiasts Shannon Thompson and Lydia Parsley collaborate to demo the tastes of the season. It will start with a seasonal cocktail, move on to a salad, then a root vegetable casserole. Attendees will take home recipes and shopping lists for the salad and casserole. NB: Please wear comfortable, closed toe shoes and long hair tied back. Tickets are $20 (buy here). More information.

Kaki Lima & Gado Gado Popup
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6-10:00pm
Han Oak Restaurant, 511 Northeast 24th Avenue, Portland

Kaki Lima Boston is kicking off its 2017 West Coast Pop Up Tour in Portland, collaborating with Gado Gado for a multi-course meal “celebrating the smoked, grilled and charred flavors of Indonesia” including “a rare lineup of flavor-packed Indonesian dishes, both classic and modern, all prepared in front of guests over an outdoor fire pit.” There will be a full-service bar where drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $60 (buy here) and seats are limited. More information.

Head + Tail Tuna Dinner
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:30pm
Aviary, 1733 NE Alberta Street, Portland

“Soter Vineyards joins Aviary chef/owner Sarah Pliner for a maybe not-too-appetizingly named but certain to be very appetizing and creatively composed four-course tuna dinner, with each course paired perfectly with Soter wines.” Tickets are $125. 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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