Portland Area Food Events, July 27-August 3


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.

Forest Bounty: Eating Local
Thursday, July 27, 2017, 11:30am
Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway (50 miles west of Portland on Oregon 6/Wilson River Highway near milepost 22) Tillamook County, OR

“Long before dinner was just a shopping trip away, many people relied on forest for food. Join us on a journey through four seasons in the Tillamook State Forest, and discover what Native Americans hunted and gathered in these woods.” FREE. More information.

Counter Culture 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017, 6-10pm
Anne Amie Vineyards, 6580 NE Mineral Springs Road, Carlton, OR

Each year, Anne Amie Vineyards kick off the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) with a pre-IPNC event, “Counter Culture: A Celebration of Urban Street Food and International Wines.” Attendees get access to high quality street food-style eats from a variety of Portland’s best restaurants and food carts, plus an amazing array of global wines. The view is pretty spectacular, too. Restaurants include Big’s Chicken, Bollywood Theater, The Country Cat, Ember & Vine, Mediterranean Exploration Company, Olympia Provisions, Parasol, Party Downtown, Pizza Jerk, Pok Pok, Ruby Jewel, Tusk, and Wares. DJ Substitute Teachers will be on hand to provide tunes for the evening. Tickets are $85-$115 each. More information.

Low Country Seafood Boil
Friday, July 28, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
Elder Hall, 3929 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland

Ned Ludd’s culinary team is putting together their first Summertime Seafood Boil! Enjoy southern style local crab, slams, spiced shrimp, haus smoked sausage, cheddar bay biscuits, and more! Local wine, beer and mason jar cocktails will be available for purchase. Tickets are $40 (buy here). More information.

10th Anniversary Block Party
Saturday, July 29, 2017, noon to midnight
Bailey’s Taproom, 213 SW Broadway, Portland

Bailey’s Taproom is turning 10! They’ll be closing down the side street for a party with games, food, a BrewedOregon tent, and plenty of beer, including exclusive #Baileys10Year collaboration beers. More information.

Dinner in the Field at Lee Farms
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 5:30-8:30pm
Lee Farms, 21975 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin

Spend an evening eating, drinking, and relaxing at Lee Farms in Tualatin enjoying a 7-course Spanish dinner prepared by Field & Vine. Boutique wines from Erath Winery and locally crafted cocktails by House Spirits will also be part of the evening. Tickets are $85 (buy here) and include dinner, wine/beer, tax and tip. More information.

Refugees Welcome Dinner Series at The Side Yard Farm
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 6-9pm
The Side Yard Farm, 4800 NE Simpson Street, Portland

The Side Yard Farm launches their new communal table urban farm dinner/supper club series, Refugees Welcome: “The Side Yard will be collaborating with a refugee family for every dinner to create the menu and experience. Diners will get a taste of these families cultures and hear their stories. A percentage of profit will go to the Refugee Care Collective, an amazing organization helping refugee families here in Portland.” Tickets (buy here) are $80; gratuity is not included, and is cash only at the site. More information.

Learn Fermentation with Oregon Brineworks
Sunday, July 30, 2017, 11am-1pm
Our Table Cooperative, 13390 SW Morgan Road, Sherwood, OR

Learn how to ferment vegetables with Brian of Oregon Brineworks. Class fee is $35/person, $30/person for co-op members (buy here). More information.

Inaugural Paella Sunday 
Sunday, July 30, 2017, 11am-2pm
Chesa, 2218 NE Broadway, Portland

Although Chesa has technically closed, they decided to launch a  summer paella series. The celebration of this magnificent dish takes place out on Chesa’s patio—they’ll cook the paella (meat or seafood) over charcoal while you sip Sangria or Gin Tonics (available by glass or bottle) to the sounds of Spanish music. Tickets are $50 (buy here); walk-ins welcome took, as are your pets. More information.

Fourth Plain Multicultural Festival
Sunday, July 30, 2017, noon-5pm
Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies, 5700 E 18th Street, Vancouver, WA

The Fourth Plain Multicultural Festival is a free, family-friendly event that features food & drink, as well as music, dancing, crafts, a walk/bike event, and more. The festival celebrates the culture, history, and diversity of the Fourth Plain International District. FREE. More information.

Last Sunday Crawfish Boil with pFriem Family Brewers
Sunday, July 30, 2017, 3-9pm
Interurban, 4057 N Mississippi Ave, Portland

Interurban’s July Crawfish Boil features Hood River’s pFriem Family Brewers, who are doing a tap takeover that day. Beers include: Juicy IPA, Guava Saison, Kumquat Farmhouse, Kolsch and Oud Bruin. Aside from that look for baskets of crawfish priced by the pound, accompanied by corn and andouille sausage, as well as other Southern delights. Food and drink are available a la carte; no reservation needed. More information.

Food of Guam
Sunday, July 30, 2017, 5:30-8pm
Inner Southeast

Guam, one of the US territories, is a NW Pacific island that is part of Micronesia. Its food culture is influenced by foreigners from Europe, Mexico, and Asia, as well as the indigenous Chamorro people. Get a better of Guam’s food at this dinner served family-style.

The five courses include Kelaguen Uhang yan Titiyas Mai’es (shrimp), Atulen Elotes yan Panglao (corn and crab); a cucumber salad with papaya; Tininon Katne yan Hineksa’ Aga’ga’ (barbecue spare ribs with rice and spicy sauce; and Latiya for dessert—a chiffon cake with vanilla, coconut, and cinnamon. $50/person (+ optional $22 for wine paring, $8/glass of wine, and $6 pint of beer). Buy tickets, and more information.

Community Kirtan ‘n’ Kitchari Dinner
Sunday, July 30, 2017, 6-9pm
Carioca Bowls, 827 NE Alberta Street, Portland

On the last Sunday of each month, Carioca Bowls brings together people for a Community Kirtan ‘n’ Kitchari dinner. The Kirtan takes place at Full Lotus PDX (their in-house yoga studio) from 6-7:30pm; the dinner follows and goes from 7:30-9pm, and features warm, savory Kitchari bowls from Carioca Bowls (during nice weather they eat outside in their permaculture garden). Join your community for music, chanting, laughing, eating, and drinking. Suggested donation of $5-$15 (no advance tickets required). All are welcome. More information.

Sunday Supper Series | Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian)
Sunday, July 30, 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
Lechon, 113 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland

This month’s Sunday Supper Series dinner features a family-style six-course meal—Japanese-Peruvian food is on the menu this month. Regional red and white wines will also be available. And remember, LeChon donates $5 from each ticket to a worthy local or international organization. Tickets are $60 (buy here) and that includes food, wine, and tip. More information.

Pie Harder
Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 5-9pm
Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N Cook Street, Portland

Pie Harder is Willamette Week’s artisan pie event—pizza and pie will be featured in the same place. Pizza will be provided by Baby Doll Pizza, Ex Novo Brewing, East Glisan Pizza Lounge, Pizza Jerk, Ranch Pizza, and Via Chicago. Pie will be provided by Baker & Spice, Petunia’s Pies & Pastries, and Ecliptic Brewing. Beer will be at happy hour prices; non-alcoholic options will be available. Open to all ages. Tickets are $27 (buy here); $2 of each wristband purchased goes directly to Village Gardens, Janus Youth Programs. More information.

Annual Laurelhurst Summer Picnic—National Night Out
Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 5-8pm
Laurelhurst Park, SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd & SE Oak Street, Portland

The Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association offers hot dogs (and a vegetarian offering), snacks and beverages at their annual Summer Picnic. Scoop Catering will also be there selling their locally made ice cream (cash only). Live music from the Back Alley String Band will provide tunes for the party. Suggested donation of $10/household. RSVP here. More information.

Cully Farmers Market Pizza Benefit
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 4:30-9:30pm
Red Sauce Pizza, 4935 NE 42nd Ave, Portland

Red Sauce Pizza is holding a fundraiser this Wednesday—they’ll donate 20% of all proceeds that night to support the Cully Farmers Market’s affordability programs. More information.

Summer Ice Cream Series: Salt & Straw + Xurros
Wednesday, August 2, 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.

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.

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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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