Good Times at the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival

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This year’s artwork, designed by local artist Kirsten Karkanen, honors longtime friend of the Festival, Richard Frank, who passed away on January 28, 2017.

On Friday afternoon I spent some time at the Oregon Brewers Festival, which celebrates its 30th year this summer. I attended last year with family and we all had a blast, so I was definitely looking forward to it again this year. It did not disappoint (full disclosure: I was provided with a mug and tokens by the Festival organizers). I also learned something about my own current beer preferences—it took having a feast of tasting opportunities at my fingertips to see where my inclinations are these days. Spoiler: it’s beer brewed with or flavored with fruit.

The Oregon Brewers Festival, according to the organizers, is “one of the oldest and best-loved craft beer festivals in the world” and attracts tens of thousands of attendees each year (about 80,000). It takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. There are four entrances: SW Oak Street, SW Pine Street, under the Morrison Street Bridge and along the sea wall at Pine; it takes up about the space of six blocks.

The festival is free to enter, but to taste you must buy a commemorative mug for $7 and tokens (wooden pogs) for a dollar apiece. Each token gets you a generous sample, and five tokens gets you a full mug of beer. Personally, I find five tastes to be preferable to a whole mug, since this is a fantastic opportunity to try out a whole slew of different beers. Root beer costs $1 or one token. Continue reading “Good Times at the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival”

Portland Area Food Events, July 27-August 3

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Barbecue short ribs, Guam-style.

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.

30th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival
Until Sunday July 30, 2017, noon-9pm except Sunday noon-7pm
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland

Over 80,000 people visit this festival each year, trying over 90 independent craft beers. There will be a handful of food vendors offering savory treats like gyros, fresh roasted nuts, sausages, burgers, pizza, falafel, and more. FREE to enter. To drink you must purchase a $7 souvenir 14-ounce plastic mug; beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 each. More information.

Washington County Fair
Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30, 2017, 10am-midnight
Washington County Fair Complex, 873 NE 34th Avenue, Hillsboro

Along with animals and rides, there’s food—seafood, crepes, dumplings, deep fried items, ceviche, grilled meats, ice cream, cotton candy, and lots more. Admission is FREE, just be sure you get in before 10pm. More information. Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, July 27-August 3”

Portland Area Food Events, July 20-27

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There’s a lot of beer celebrating going on these days.

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.

Puckerfest 5—Portland Sour Beer Festival
Until Monday, July 24, 2017, various times
Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark Street, Portland

If you like sour and/or funky beer, this is the festival for you. There will be 12-14 beers on rotating taps, Meet The Brewer nights, tasty food, and more. More information.

Belgian Independence Day
Friday, July 21, 2017, 2pm-midnight
The Abbey Bar & Bottle Shop, 716 NW 21st Avenue, Portland

Leopold I ascended to the throne on July 21, 1831. Join the Abbey folks at their 21st location and celebrate Belgian National Day with the best of Belgian beers! More informationContinue reading “Portland Area Food Events, July 20-27”