For one long weekend each year, Portland’s hard-working Bruce Banner of a food scene gets angry—and we all like it a great deal. It’s time for Feast, the Hulkified, drunken, eating-a-“sandwich”-that-looks-nothing-like-a-sandwich food festival of your dreams. From Thursday through Sunday, culinary visionaries from around the world will swarm to town, joining Portland’s own stable of incredible chefs in a whirlwind of hedonism that will test even the most committed bon vivant. This bad boy is popular and tickets have been on sale for months, meaning options for you latecomers are somewhat limited. But there are still opportunities to, say, get swankily wine-drunk in Director Park, or slam dance in what the fest describes as “a veritable mosh pit” of face-stuffing delight in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Look, none of this stuff is cheap. Portland is sort of done with cheap. But the city’s food star has also never shone quite so brightly. Gorge yourself sloppily in its glow. Visit feastportland for a full list of venues and times.
Thurs-Sun Sept 13-16, Various Locations
Taste of Latinoamérica
What better way to usher in the last days of summer (September is still summer in Oregon, right?) than with a belly full of delicious food from across Latin America? Oaxacan tlayudas, fried plantains, Haitian beef stew, mole, tamales, churros, cubanos—the only problem with Portland Mercado's fourth annual Taste of Latinoamérica is knowing where to begin. This year, the event will feature Aztec dancing, salsa lessons, live cumbia music, and a variety of other performances by Latino artists. ALEX ZIELINKSI
Sat Sept 1, noon, Portland Mercado, free
Labor Day Cookout
There are Labor Day cookouts, and then there's Olympia Provisions enlisting the help of Stumptown Coffee and G-Man Brewing to grill up some ribs, serve up some cold brew cocktails, and throwin' some ol' cornhole, too.
Mon Sept 3, noon, Olympia Provisions Public House Eatery, free
Dim Sum Tapas
Plaza Del Toro's eighth edition of their Dim Sum Tapas series continues with contributions from Langbaan chef Brandon Hirahara, inspired by his 14 years in kitchens including Genoa, Aviary, and restaurants in his home state of Hawaii. PaaDee's Jon Lewis is creating cocktails for the event, and Plaza's pastry chefs Ashley Claybaugh and Mary Silvfen contribute desserts as well.
Fri Sept 7, 6 pm, Plaza Del Toro, $5-25
Portland Lager Festival
It's pretty fun to say "Zoiglhaus" out loud. It's likely even more fun to go to Zoiglhaus' pop-up beer garden and partake in the golden deliciousness of their first ever Portland Lager Festival, featuring over 20 lagers from around the world. Admission includes a limited edition glass and 10 drink tickets, and you can buy some house-made brats and dogs to go along with all that brew.
Sat Sept 8, noon, Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, $20-25
Clackamas County On Tap & Uncorked
People in Portland definitely love to make their little jokes about that big ol' county to the Southeast of the city, containing more than its fair share of boonies. But you know what, Clackamas uses those boonies quite well, to craft some of the state's most delicious spirits, and among the roses in the Sara Hite Memorial Garden, you can discover for yourself just how many great beers, wines, ciders, and spirits there are in Clackamas. Admission includes a souvenir glass.
Sat Sept 8, 11 am, The Milwaukie Center, $15
Sure, the city is pretty well known for its beer, and its numerous beer festivals, but you know—this region is really good with wine, too, and Portland Picnic is a giant daylong wine tasting festival, including food, live music, children's activities, a visit from Rojo the Llama, and a grape stomping competition.
Sept 8, 11 am, Westmoreland Park, free
Homegrown Smoker & Shoofly Benefit Pop-Up
Chow down on a robust vegan menu prepared by Homegrown Smoker and Shoofly pies by the slice at this pop-up and video series showcase hosted by Better Eating. Hear from the team behind the series, see their work, and learn more about this organization which seeks to inform future generations of vegans. EMILLY PRADO
Sun Sept 9, 11 am, Jet Black Coffee Company, free
A Taste of Peru
Andina's 12th annual benefit dinner might only be three-courses, but everything about it is big. The Peruvian cuisine being served, the stories being told, and the financial impact going to efforts that help provide renewable energy to remote villages worldwide.
Mon-Tue Sept 10-11, 5:30 pm, Andina, $150
A one-night only culinary event showcasing the delectable genius of four Portland chefs: Justin Paul Russell, KEvin Jones, Nick Garcia, and George Koop. Menu items include berry trifle, roasted eggplant and peppers, braised short rib, homemade Papardelle carbonara, and much more, with Served's Ivan Torres pairing cocktail, beer, and wine selections.
Thurs Sept 13, 6 pm, Opal, $60
Its that time of year, once again, where lederhosen is worn like a superhero costume, if superheroics included drinking beer out of glass boots and eating your body weight in schnitzel. Lompoc celebrates Oktoberfest with a whole bunch of German-styled food to pair with their German-styled beers. And starting at 5:30 pm, they'll put the Timbers game on for good measure.
Sat Sept 15, 4 pm, Lompoc Sidebar
Fall Mushroom Dinner
Local mushroom expert Rachel Zoller leads a discussion on the tastiest 'shrooms you can put in your mouth, and then—you get to put them in your mouth, via a four-course French dinner from the Bergerac kitchen.
Wed Sept 19, 6:30 pm, Bergerac Bistro, $68
15th Annual Hood River Hops Fest
The Hood River Hops Fest features over 50 breweries showcasing over 60 fresh hop beers, as well as a hop whiskey and some local wines to go along with local food options and arts and crafts vendors, all underscored by a steady stream of live music.
Sat Sept 22, noon, Columbia Lot, $10-15
Portland Polish Festival
Portland’s annual celebration of all things Polish is hands-down one of the best outdoor shindigs of the year. Fuel up on a delicious array of pierogi, kiełbasa, hunter’s stew, stuffed cabbage rolls, potato pancakes, and imported Polish beer, before making your way over to the main stage where a polka contest and spirited dance party will keep you bouncing and rejoicing late into the evening
Sept 22-23, Sat 11 am, Sun noon, St. Stanislaus Church, free
The Bloody Mary Festival
Try 10 delicious takes on the best brunch cocktail around from an array of local restaurants, bars, and bottled mix companies, all while enjoying tasty food, live music, and more.
Sun Sept 23, 10:30 am, District East, $45-55
Portland Fresh Hops Fest
Beer is a staple in Portland. Hoppy beer is also a staple in Portland. Fresh-hopped beer is an ephemeral thing, arriving only during hops harvest season, with its piney, citrusy taste and delicate fizz. Beer festivals abound in Oregon, but the Portland Fresh Hops Beer Fest is the only fresh hoppy one at Oaks Park, where you can get drunk and go on amusement park rides. Wheeeeee! SHELBY R. KING
Sept 29-29, Fri 5 pm, Sat noon, Oaks Amusement Park, free admission, $20 a glass + 8 drink tickets
Nicky USA's Wild About Game
A cooking competition celebrating the flavors of wild game, with chefs from Portland facing off against Seattle's best to determine which city cooks wild game the best. Competitors representing PDX are Peter Cho of Han Oak, Chris Demenno of Jack Rabbit, Sarah Pliner of Aviary, and Justin Woodward of Castagna. Seattle's champions will be Alex Barkley of Manolin, David Nichols of Rider, Derek Ronspies of Le Petit Cochon, and Aaron Willis of Ciudad Grill. Admission includes access to the Artisan Marketplace, offering exclusive tastings of artisan cheeses, chocolates, ice cream, game products, wine, and beer.
Sun Sept 30, The Resort at the Mountain, $75-85