Portland Area Food Events, March 22-29

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Happy first week of spring, everyone!

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. Be sure to confirm the availability of the event before you head out to attend, due to last minute changes that sometime happen. Want to submit an event? Fill out this form. Listings curated by Meg Cotner.

Portland Mercury’s Highball
Until Sunday, March 25, 2018; various times
Various locations

“At each of Highball’s locations, you’ll find specially crafted cocktails that are available only to Highball participants. Even better? Each of these fantastic, sanity-saving cocktails will be available ALL DAY (not just during happy hour!) and cost you a mere $5!” Here’s the cocktail list, and more information.

Tapas Thursday
Thursdays, March 22 and 29, 2018; 4pm-midnight
Bar Vivant, 2225 E Burnside Street, Portland

On Thursdays during the month of March, head over to Bar Vivant for great food and drink deals. You can get free tapas (one tapa up to $4 per each adult beverage purchase, while supplies last), $5 Tinto & Txakoli (a Basque wine), and 10% off all wine bottles. Happy Hour all night, too. More information.

10th Annual Brew Hog
Thursdays, March 22 and 29, 2018; 6-10pm
North 45 Pub, 517 NW 21st Avenue, Portland

Each Thursday evening until March 29, North 45 will feature one of 24 different brewers, complete with smoked ribs and other menu pairings from Chef Ashley. The featured brewer for March 22 it’s Leikam; for March 29 it’s Grixsen. More information.

Wine Maker Dinner Series—Random Wine Company
Thursday, March 22, 2018; 6:30-9:30pm
Quaintrelle, 3936 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland

Join in this small, intimate dinner of Quaintrelle’s thoughtful Northwest-inspired dishes paired with compatible wines. The winemaker will discuss their wines with the guests as they go through a four-course meal. Random Wine Company, run by Beau Carufel, is a nano-wine company in the PNW, and produces 350 cases/year. Tickets are $75 (buy here). More information.

Growler Fill Friday
Friday, March 23, 2018; noon-6pm
Ground Breaker Brewing, 2030 SE 7th Avenue, Portland

$12 and $6 growler/growlette fills of some of the best gluten-free beer you’ll ever taste, every Friday. More information.

Portland Night Market
Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, 2018; 4-11pm
100 SE Alder Street, Portland

200+ local vendors offering food and drinks, art, music, and more in the Central Eastside. FREE. More information.

Spring Equinox Dinner
Friday, March 23, 2018; 5-9pm
Ground Breaker Brewing, 2030 SE 7th Avenue, Portland

Enjoy a three-course gluten-free dinner including various mezze, roast pork coppa with wild rice and spring mustard greens, and a rhubarb tart  for dessert. GF beer pairings are included in your $42 ticket. More information.

Orval Day 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018; noon-11pm
Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark Street, Portland

Orval Day is a Seattle import, but that’s OK. It’s in place to honor the 1000-plus-year-old Orval Trappist Ale brewed at Notre Dame d’Orval Monastery. When you purchase two bottles to go in the Belmont Station bottle shop you’ll get some Orval swag Also: “For each bottle of Orval sold in the US in March 2018, Merchant du Vin will donate fifty cents to MAP International, providing lifesaving medicines to people in need around the world. A one-dollar cash donation to MAP provides $80 worth of medicine!” More information.

Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival
Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, 2018; Saturday noon-10 pm , Sunday noon-6pm
Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth Street, Portland

Take advantage of Portland’s only Farmhouse beer festival, which is also the PNW’s largest event celebrating American Farmhouse and Wild/mixed fermentation ales; more than 50 beers will be available. Along with the beer (including exclusive beers and bottle releases) there will be cheese and charcuterie boards available. 21+ only. Tickets (buy here) are $25 each, which gets you 10 drink tickets and a collectible glass. The Sunday Ticket Special (only for use on Sunday) $40 for a two person entrance package including two collectible branded glasses and fifteen drink tickets to be split between you and a friend or loved one. More information.

Winter Farmers Mercado
Saturday, March 24, 2018; 10am-2pm
Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road, Portland

“Support local growers, artisans and entrepreneurs in our indoor/outdoor farmers market. Kids activities, live music, food demonstrations, Chef @ the Market Cooking & Education Program.” More information.

8th Annual TOAST: The Original Artisan Spirits Tasting
Saturday, March 24, 2018; 5-9pm (4pm for VIPs)
Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison Street, Portland

Taste a variety of spirits—over local and global 120 spirits (Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka, Brandy, Liqueurs, Absinthe and Aquavit) from about 50 distillers. Five of Portland’s best chefs will offer small bites. Tickets (buy here) are $45 for General Admission (includes entry, tastings, bites and commemorative glass) and $65 for VIP (includes early entry, tastings, bites, commemorative glass, 2 cocktail tickets, and distillers meet and greet). DD tickets $15 (includes entry, non-alcoholic drinks, and bites). More information.

Mercado Sunday Brunch
Sunday, March 25, 2018; 10am-2pm
Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road, Portland

Stop by the Portland Mercado to experience a range of Latin American brunches—Colombian Bandeja Paisa, huevos rancheros from Mixteca, Chilaquiles from Tierra del Sol. More information.

Jackfruit Popup At Culmination Taproom
Sunday, March 25, 2018; noon-8pm
Culmination Brewing Company, 2117 NE Oregon Street, Portland

“Jackfruit Kitchen will have a popup every Sunday at Culmination starting at 12pm and cooking until 8pm. They serve delectable plant-based food items on their menu. Enjoy!” More information.

Sunday Suppers
Sunday, March 25, 2018; 4-9pm
DOC, 5519 NE 30th Avenue, Portland

DOC’s menu changes weekly, and is sometimes updated on the website. This is a chance to hang out with your fellow Porlanders over a delicious family-style meal, shared stories, and laughter. Wine paring available with each meal. $35 each. More information.

Gluten-Free Fried Chicken Supper
Sunday, March 25, 2018; 4-9pm
Ground Breaker Brewing, 2030 SE 7th Avenue, Portland

Every Sunday night in their small kitchen, Ground Breaker makes gluten-free fried chicken with sides. Although they dredge the chicken in buttermilk you can reserve a dairy-free version if you call by 9pm the night before. More information.

Paella Night at Petisco
Monday, March 26, 2018; 6:30-9:30pm
Petisco, 1411 NE Broadway Street, Portland

“Michael prepares your feast in the larger-than-life Paella pan on the patio while Sabrina makes sure your tables are never without tasty bites.” This is a communal celebration of Mediterranean food and the season. To attend you must call in your reservation at 503-360-1048. The four-course menu includes shared charcuterie & caprese plate; salad; traditional shellfish paella; and dessert. Tickets are $40. More information.

Hamilton Wine Pairing Tasting Week
Wednesday, March 28 to Thursday, April 5, 2018; various times
Pairings Portland Wine Shop & Bar, 455 NE 24th Avenue, Portland

Hamilton is in town and “Portland’s weirdest wine shop and bar” is here to celebrate that fact with wine. They are pairing wines to 12 different characters—taste eight wines for $25, or taste all 12 for $35. More information.

Pints for Parkinson’s Kick Off Party
Wednesday, March 28, 2018; 6-9pm
Urban Studio, 935 Northwest Davis Street, Portland

“Join us for the Pints for Parkinson’s kick off party! We’ll be showing the Blazers game with food, drinks and a chance to pre-purchase your $25 Pints Passport before Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April. Throughout April and May you can use your passport to get 10 pints at any of the locations participating in Pints for Parkinson’s (one pint per location). Come out and help us kick off Parkinson’s Awareness Month!” Tickets are $30 (buy here) and includes admission to the event, light appetizers and two drink tickets. More information.

Small Bar Omakase Dinner with Chef Yoshi
Wednesday, March 28, 2018; 6pm and 8:30pm
919 Northwest 23rd Avenue, Portland

“An evening of Omakase. A tasting menu of over 15 dishes prepared before you by Chef Yoshi Ikeda.” Tickets are $90 (buy here for 6pm, here for 8:30pm). More information.

$1 A Shuck Pacific Oyster Pop Up Bar
Thursday, March 29, 2018; 5-9pm
Chill N Fill, 5215 N Lombard Street, Portland

Taylor Shellfish Farms XS Pacific Oysters from Totten Inlet will be featured in this edition of the oyster pop up bar. $1 a shuck and they go great with beer—pFriem Juicy and Triple IPA and/or Block 15 Mango Song and Sticky Hands Tropical Slam IPA will be available. More information.

And It’s Portland Dining Month!

For the month of March, Portland will be celebrating Portland Dining Month, presented by Travel Portland. As of this writing, 127 restaurants are participating, offering three courses for $33. Check out the roster here, and this great guide from local blogger Pech. Portland Dining Month is a great way to get to know new-to-you restaurants for a good price, and a favorable way to return to your favorite spots, too.

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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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