The glory of tsukemono—Japanese pickles. These are from Kyoto, but you can learn to make them here in Portland.
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 5 oz pours. Tickets are $45 (buy here). More information.
Gourmet Apple Tasting
Friday, October 20 to Sunday, October 22, 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.
Brewpublic’s 9th Annual Killer Beer Week
Friday, October 20 to Sunday, October 29, 2017
This week+ of beer love starts with the Killer Beer Summit on Friday, October 20 and ends with the Killer Beer Week Recovery Beerunch on Sunday, October 29. In between are beer tastings and celebrations of brewing. According to the organizers, the Beerunch tickets are $50 (buy here) and “all other events are free to enter, pay as you go on beer. Killer Pumpkin Fest will ask for a $5 donation to CAMP UKANDU at entry.” More information.
17th Anniversary Party at Sweet Thai Basil
Friday, October 20, 2017 5:30-9pm
Sweet Thai Basil Bar, 3135 NE Broadway Street, Portland
Help Sweet Thai Basil celebrate 17 years in business at their Basil Bar. There will be all you can eat appetizers… for FREE (though purchase of drinks is encouraged). It’s also a 70s themed party, and they encourage you to wear your best 70’s outfit to win a prize. More information.
All About Fruit Show
Saturday, October 21 and Sunday October 22, 2017, 10am-4pm
Main Pavilion, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby, OR
This family-friendly event offers a chance to get to know the world of fruit through tastings (varieties of apples, and pears, plus grapes, kiwi, and other selections), querying the experts, and speaking with tree ID folks. You can arrange for custom grafts, get your tools sharpened, and check out the One Green World Nursery, who will have a large display of trees, shrubs and small fruits available for purchase. The Home Orchard Society (HOS) Arboretum will also be there with fruit for sale, as well as empty mason bee tubes and fruit socks. Don’t miss the cheese and honey area, as well. Tickets for HOS members are $5 per person, $10 per family. For non-members, the admission is $7 per person and $12 per family. Admission is free if you are new member joining that day. More information.
Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest
Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, 2017, 10am-4pm
Portland Expo Center, 2060 North Marine Drive, Portland
This event is “the largest expo of its kind in the Portland area.” There will be around 100 exhibitors, food to sample, and seminars and cooking demonstrations, all gluten-free. Tickets range from $5 to $25; use code 10OFF for 10% off tickets (buy here). More information.
Tsukemono: A Rough Guide to the Fermented Flavors of Japan
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 2-4pm
People’s Food Co-op, 3029 Southeast 21st Avenue, Portland
“Fumiko Hozumi & Jason Duffany of Farmers’ Market staple Obon will serve as guides in your journey to unlock the mysteries of this ancient Japanese [pickling] tradition. They’ll be performing an informative show & tell, with basic how-tos presenting tastes of everything they’ve brined & pickled since last year’s harvest.” Tickets are by donation, and live on a sliding scale between $30 and $60 (buy here). More information.
Wine Walk Lake Oswego
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 2-5pm
459 3rd Street, Lake Oswego
Autumn Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017, 2pm
Salt & Straw, 838 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland
To celebrate its fifth birthday at the NW 23rd Ave location, Salt & Straw will party on with live music, “pedicab hayrides” and some delicious seasonal ice cream flavors—Cider White Chocolate Affogato and Donut Ice Cream.
First Anniversary Celebration at St. Barbra Bakery
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 10am-5pm
St. Barbra Bakery, 2311 SW 6th Avenue, Portland
Help SW Portland Filipino bakery, St. Barbra Bakery, celebrate their first year in business. More information.
Slow Food Portland General Meeting
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 3-5pm
Ecotrust, 721 Northwest 9th Avenue #200, Portland
“We’ve set a local to global program to highlight the many programs, people, and places of Slow Food. We’ll share activities from Slow Food Nations in Denver, Slow Food International Congress in China, Slow Food Cascadia developing here in Vancouver, and Terra Madre 2018.” Guest speaker is Charlene Murdock, who will be speaking about grains. This is an “appetizer potluck,” so bring a appetizer to share. FREE to enter. More information.
10th Anniversary Family Style Dinner
Monday, October 23, 2017, 6-9pm
Kenny & Zukes Delicatessen, 1038 SW Stark Street, Portland
“Our 10th Anniversary Dinner will celebrate modern Jewish cooking and some plays on the classics. Ken will prepare such dishes as Gribenes on Toast, Moroccan Fish with Couscous, Wild Mushroom Kreplach in Broth, Cabbage stuffed with Duck Confit with Duck Cracklings, Leeks and Red Pepper Coulis (a dish he invented for the NYC Food Festival). And—of course—whatever comes out of Melissa’s baking kitchen for dessert.” This also happens to be the first dinner in their Family Dinner series. Reservations are required via this online form; they’ll call you to confirm and take a payment information. More information.
PDX Dessert Collaboration
Monday, October 23, 2017, 6:30pm and 7:30pm seatings
Castagna, 1758 SE Hawthorne, Portland
Under the theme, “Modern Meets Classic,” three of Portland’s best pastry chefs join forces to bring diners some intriguing and delicious sweets. Those chefs are: Maya Erickson of Langbaan, Lauren Breneman of Beast, and Geovanna Salas of Café Castagna. According to a press release, “Though the chefs want to keep their classic desserts a surprise, some of the ideas being tossed around are twelve layer chocolate cake and crème brulée.” Tickets are $50. More information.
Portland Culinary Alliance October Networking Happy Hour
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 5:30-7pm
The Crown, 410 SW Broadway, Portland
The PCA runs a monthly drinks and networking happy hour, and this month it’s at The Crown. FREE to attend, food and drinks are for purchase—pizza and cocktails will be the name of the game at The Crown. More information.
Totinos Frozen Pizza Challenge
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7-11:55pm
Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington Street, Portland
Head to Kelly’s Olympian for a “greasy mess of a good time.” According to Kelly’s: “It’s a challenge to make the best frozen pizza! We will be debuting our entry as the special of the night. All the participating competitors are using Totinos pizza as the base for their creations!” Pizza rolls may or may not make an appearance. There will also be pizza & PBR specials, and a raffle with prizes from Totinos, PBR, and Kelly’s. DJ Kitty McKlaine will spin. More information.
Trazza Anniversary Party
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm
Trazza, 19870 SW 112th Avenue, Tualatin
This Tualatin restaurant is celebrating their one year anniversary with a tasting party. Happy hour is the time to sample the breadth of their Lebanese dishes, plus beer from Ancestry Brewing and wine from Lachini Vineyards. More information.
Raclette Night at The Wursthaus
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5-9pm
Occidental Brewing Wursthaus, 6635 N Baltimore Avenue, Suite 201, Portland
If you like hot cheese and beer, this is for you. “David of Urban German Grill will be on the deck serving Raclette hot off the wheel accompanied with baguette, sliced ham, potatoes, and salad. Pair the cheese with one of our beers on tap or with a glass of wine.” More information.
8th Annual Portland Fermentation Festival
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6-9:30pm
Ecotrust, 721 Northwest 9th Avenue #200, Portland
“We’re simplifying things this year and just focusing on tastings, so please choose whether you’d like to attend the first or second tasting. If you’re an amateur fermenter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register. If you’re a professional fermenter and have been approved to be an exhibitor, please choose the exhibitor ticket.” Tickets are $10-$20 (buy here). More information.