In the spring and summer, Oregon becomes a playground for adults who love to attend sunset dinners and get day drunk down by the river. Here’s a taste of just some of what’s up with our expansive eat and drink scene in and around town over the next two months.
What: Field and Vine’s “Dinner in the Field” series has returned and there are so many weekly dinners from now till December—33 in all—that naming them all would defeat the point of this “Things to Do” list, so we suggest you choose your own adventure and go to the ones that your schedule allows.
When: Now till December at wineries all over Oregon
Cost: Prices, feeding and drinking times, vary
What: SE Wine Collective’s rosé dinner returns in early June for a four-course, pink wine-paired Greek-inspired dinner.
When: 6 pm, Sunday, June 3
What: Campari and Imbibe Magazine’s Negroni Week is right around the corner which means it’s that time of year to drink the straight-up cocktail at restaurants all over town, including The Doug Fir, Rum Club, Enoteca Nostrana, and The Waiting Room.
When: Monday, June 4 to Sunday, June 10
Cost: Prices vary, but proceeds will go toward Mercy Corps and the Oregon Food Bank
What: Tusk’s also throwing a rosé soirée, this one on June 6, and guests are entitled to one glass of the pink stuff and a big mezza spread from Chef Sam Smith.
When: 4 pm, Wednesday, June 6
What: Corks + Forks is back for its fifth year in June, and it all goes down at Castaway in the Pearl, with wines from around the state and food from Nomad PDX and Screen Door.
When: 6 pm, Wednesday, June 6
What: Portland Beer Week is back for its 11th year with events scattered about town that include block parties, pig roasts, and beer-paired dinners.
When: June 7 to 17
Cost: Prices vary
What: The Portland Fruit Beer Festival is bringing DJs, food vendors and 30-plus fruit beers as it returns for its eighth year at Burnside Brewing Co. on E Burnside in June.
When: Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10
Cost: $20, $25 with festival glassware
What: Oregon Cider Week, an 11-day celebration of all things Oregon cider, is going down in June at locations all over the state, and it’ll be capped off by its annual Cider Summit which brings the industry’s leaders—and 200 of their favorite artisanal brews—to The Fields Park in the Pearl District.
When: June 21 to July 1 (the Summit’s scheduled for June 29 and 30)
Cost: $35 to $40 for the Summit
What: The Portland Mercury’s Wing Week is on the way, which means you have the opportunity to sample six wings from 26 bars and restaurants scattered over town.
When: June 25 to June 30 at locations all over town
Cost: A cool $5 for a half-dozen
What: Did you know Portland has a Saké Fest? It does, and it’s coming back for its eighth year at the Oregon Convention Center.
When: 6:30 pm, Wednesday, June 27
Cost: $45 to $78 depending on how large the group you're going with is and when you plan to show
What: The Portland Craft Beer Festival returns to the Fields Park in the Pearl for a three-day festival of craft beer, games, and food from the folks at Boke Bowl and PDX Sliders, among others.
When: Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8
Cost: $25 pre-sale, $30 at the gate
What: The Suttle Lodge is throwing a bunch of multi-course sunset dinners in July and August, and it’s bringing a bunch of top notch chefs including Mae’s Maya Lovelace and Nostrana’s Cathy Whims.
When: July 8 to August 12
Cost: $125 to $150
What: The vegan beer and food festival VegOut! is coming back to Portland at Holladay Park in Irvington and it’s bringing 100-plus artisan food makers and vendors.
When: Saturday, July 21 to Sunday, July 22
Cost: $19 to $45 unless you’re under 12, in which case it’s free
What: The largest, drunkest party in town—Oregon Brewers Festival—is back for five full days in July at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where thousands of people who will most certainly be on their best behavior will gather.
When: Wednesday, July 25 to Sunday, July 29
Cost: $7 for your reusable plastic mug and $1 each for each beer you sample
What: The one-night annual pre-International Pinot Noir Celebration Counter Culture wine and food festival is once again going down at Anne Amie’s Estate Vineyards where you can sample plenty of wine and eat plenty of food from Biwa, Ned Ludd, and Pizza Jerk.
When: 6 pm, Thursday, July 26
What: Speaking of the IPNC, it’s returning for its 32nd year to Linfield College in McMinnville for an al fresco weekend showcasing 70 wineries and 60 chefs.
When: Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29
Cost: $125 to $225, unless you want the $1,295 full weekend pass