Portland Area Food Events, August 17-24


I grew this tomato on my Portland backyard patio—it’s named “Sophie’s Choice.”

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.

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

Summer Ice Cream Series: Salt & Straw + Xurros
Friday, August 18, 2017, 8am-10pm
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 xurrosMore information.

Taste the North Valley
Friday, August 18, 2017, 4-8pm
943 NE Orenco Station Loop, Hillsboro

Fourteen local wineries will be showing off their wines, including whites, reds, sparkling, rosés and sakés. Food will be available from local restaurants, Salam and Pizza Schmizza, and food truck vendors, Ricky’s Taco Truck and Maiale di Volo Wood Fired Catering. Tickets are $30 at the event and include a souvenir wine glass and all samples. More information.

Farm Fresh Dinner
Friday, August 18, 2017, 5-9pm
Denfeld Orchards, across the street from 15445 SW Campbell Road, Hillsboro

This family-style dinner celebrates Hillsboro’s agriculture roots. Along with the dinner itself, there will be a “friendly competition.” First, the Rogue Spirits Dueling Cocktail Competition featuring “two expert mixologists going head-to-head crafting a signature cocktail featuring Rogue’s Hazelnut Spiced Rum.” Second, the Dueling Dessert Competition—two local pastry chefs will each create a delicious hazelnut dessert. You and other guests will get to vote on your favorite cocktail and favorite dessert. Tickets are $95 each, $570 for a table of six (buy here). More information. 21+.

Garlic & Tomato Festival
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10am-6pm
Northwest Organic Farms, 17713 NW 61st Avenue, Ridgefield, WA

Washington State University (WSU) Master Gardeners will showcase 20 different varieties of tomatoes and 10 different varieties of garlic, and you can taste them all. There will also be live bluegrass music, fresh fruits and vegetables, craft and art vendors, and kids’ activities. FREE. More information.

Spirits Fest
Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, 2017, 11am-6pm
Tom McCall Waterfront Park

“Have a drink, Catch a show, Shop Local.” Get to know local distillers and craft spirits makers. FREE. 21+. More information.

The Alibi’s 70th Birthday Luau
Saturday, August 19 2017, noon start time
The Alibi Tiki Lounge, 4024 N Interstate Ave, Portland

Help the Alibi celebrate their 70th birthday with “exotic food” and tropical tiki drinks. There will also be vendors, tattoo art, a dunk tank, and live music, a DJ, and karoke. FREE, all ages. More information.

Sixth Annual Westmoreland/Sellwood Eclipse Beer Fest
Saturday, August 19, 2017, noon-10pm
Unicorn Brewing Company, 6237 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland

Head over for local beer, food specials, live music, and more. Next door neighbor San Felipe Taqueria will be grilling some barbecue, and a portion of the beer sales that day will benefit Family Dogs New Life Shelter. $20 ticket includes ten pours and a logo tasting glass. Dog-friendly, of course. More information.

The 2017 Jade International Night Market
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 5-10pm
Portland Community College, 2305 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland.

The market will be filled with local makers selling clothing, accessories, crafts and home goods, and most of all, a collection of international eats. In past years there have been vegan Japanese snacks, bubble tea, Korean barbecue, churro ice cream sandwiches, and more. FREE. More information.

The Last Supper Club at The Crick “Southern”
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 6-9pm
Abbey Creek Vineyard & Winery, 31441 NW Commercial Street, North Plains, OR

For this event, enjoy three courses of Southern food served family style—Fried Green Tomatoes, Stuffed Suckling pig/Greens/Mac & Cheese & Cheese & Cheese, and Peach Cobbler. Tickets are $45 (buy here) and includes your first glass pour/tasting flight. More information.

Farm Dinner with Gregory Gourdet and Jason French
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 6-9pm
Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Road, Portland

Gregory Gourdet, Executive Chef of Departure Restaurant and Jason French, head chef and owner at Ned Ludd, collaborate on a three-course dinner made with produce from Zenger Farm, as well as wine. Wine and tour of the farm at 6pm; dinner at 7pm. Part of the ticket price will go to fund education and food access programs for children and families. Tickets are $85 each, $170 per couple (buy here). More information.

Portland Beer and Music Festival
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 6-10pm
Tiffany Center Indoor Venue, 1410 SW Morrison Street, Portland

Try unlimited samples of over 50 craft beers, listen to live music and DJs, and multiple food vendors. This is a fundraiser for the Coastal Conservation Association. Tickets are $35 general, $50 VIP, which gets you in an hour early at 6pm (buy tickets). More information.

Multnomah Village Vine & Dine
Sunday, August 20, 2017, 1-6pm
Multnomah Village, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, “Lower Lot”, Portland

“Over 35 superb NW wine and food stars will provide an afternoon of wine tastings paired with sweet & savory bites.” General admission tickets are $35 and entry is from 3-6pm; VIP tickets are $50 and entry is from 1-6pm (buy here). More information.

Sundanese Food Fiesta
Sunday, August 20, 2017, 6-8pm
Inner Southeast, Portland

Chef Rita of Spice Kitchen will prepare a meal of Sundanese cuisine, which originates in West Java, Indonesia. All dishes will be served family-style, on banana leaves. Some of the food you’ll expect to eat include Rissoles (a snack made of creamy chicken and vegetables wrapped in a spring roll skin and coated in breadcrumbs), Sayur Asem (vegetables cooked in a sour tamarind broth), and Putu Ayu (a sort of steamed coconut pandan cupcake). Tickets are $48 with an option of a $9 wine add on (buy tickets). More information.

Sunday Supper Series—Greece
Sunday, August 20, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
LeChon, 113 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland

This month’s LeChon Sunday Supper focuses on the food of Greece. You’ll enjoy a six-course meal served family-style with regional red and white wines. $5 from each guest ticket will be donated to an organization of LeChon’s choice. Tickets are $60 each (buy here), and include all food, wine, gratuity and the aforementioned $5 charitable contribution. More information.

Festa Italiana
Thursday, August 24 to Saturday, August 26, 2017, 11am-11pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square

“Celebrating Italian American Culture in Portland, Oregon.” There will be plenty of food, a wine & beer garden, dancing, and more. Basically, all Italian culture all the time. FREE. More information.

Silver Moon Brewing Summer Pairing Party
Thursday, August 24, 2017, 6-8pm
McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, 2290 NW Thurman Street, Portland

“Beat the heat and with a taster tray featuring three Silver Moon Beers and three small summertime bites.” 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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