Portland Veg Week
This fall, from October 15-20, your pals at the Mercury present the second annual Veg Week—an entire week when some of Portland's greatest vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants will provide signature vegan entrees... at HALF-PRICE! (Various Locations, click here for participating restaurants and dishes, Through Oct 20)


Bingo & Brews Strikes Back
If physically tending to trails isn’t your jam, consider helping the Columbia Gorge restoration efforts by playing rounds of bingo at this fundraiser for Trail Keepers of Oregon. Bingo cards start at $2 and each round you’ll have a chance to win awesome prizes! (Thurs Oct 4, 5:30 pm, US Outdoor Store, free) EMILLY PRADO

Fuego!
A four-course feast around the fire at Beer Bunker to help raise money for the Montavilla Farmers Market, featuring Mark Whitehead's culinary creations using local ingredients and paired perfectly with local beers and ciders. (Thurs Oct 4, 6:30 pm, Beer Bunker, $60)

Harvest Dinner
Black Locust and Flying Coyote Farms help Chef Eric Joppie with just the right ingredients needed to craft his three-course family-style meal including wine and beverages. (Fri Oct 5, 6 pm, Olympia Provisions NW, $49)

Roots: An Evening Celebrating Portland and the James Beard Foundation
A blockbuster gala hosted by Gregory Gourdet and Departure Restaurant, benefitting the James Beard Foundation's Impact Programs, and the Farmers Market fund. The evening's itinerary includes a pre-dinner cocktail party, and the main event is a 12-course collaboration between 13 of Portland's best chefs. (Fri Oct 5, 5:30 pm, The Nines, $295-2750)

Portland Greek Festival
The 67th annual Portland Greek Festival invites you out to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church to celebrate all things Greek. Experience culture by way of traditional folk dance and musical performances, browse goods from craft and jewelry vendors, and take part in a cooking demonstration with The Art of Greek Cooking author George Papas. Stock up on fine cheeses, olives, olive oil, pastas, herbs and spices, preserves, and nuts from the festival deli, and be sure to save room to indulge in an array of authentic Greek dinners and pastries. (Fri-Sat 10 am, Sun 11 am, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, free)

The Wedge
First we conquered the realm of beer. Then we annexed the world of cheese. The Wedge features a multitude of cheesemakers sharing their product at a farmers market-style showcase, including special bites and drinks from other vendors that go perfectly with the cheeses you're putting into your face. Admission includes a $5 voucher for cheese purchases. (Sat Oct 6, noon, 100 SE Alder, $20-25, all ages)

Kriekfest
As sour and wild ales grow in popularity, Lambic-style krieks are the showstoppers both among beer aficionados and those who proclaim, “I don’t usually like beer.” Kriekfest 2018 offers deliciousness from breweries including New Belgium, pFriem, Cascade, Rack & Cloth, Ale Apothecary, Block 15, Scratch, Upright, and more. (Sat Oct 6, 11 am, Hood River Waterfront, $25-40)

Peche Fest
For the seventh straight year, Saraveza and the Bad Habit room celebrate the peach, and all the wonderful ways you can make it into something that will get you drunk, featuring over 20 beers and ciders from some of the country's best brewers. Admission includes two drink tickets and a collectible glass, with additional tickets at $2 each. (Sat Oct 6, 3 pm, Saraveza, $10)

Black Death Dinner
A (fairly hardcore, going by the title) taste of Icelandic cuisine is shared with Portland via this pop-up multi-course dinner conceived by Matt Wickstrom, in partnership with Fimbul. Guest bartneder Teitur Ridderman Schioth will be serving curated specialty cocktails, too. (Tues Oct 9, 5:30 pm, Holdfast, $100)

Baroque Cocktail Party
Be bold. Be baroque. Enjoy Bach. Enjoy brandied mince pie, spiced meatballs, beer, mead, and music from local cellist Dylan Riech. The 1700s weren't all bad, apparently. (Oct 13, 7 pm, Cup & Bar, $50)

Wetlands & Wellies
The Wetland Conservancy's annual fundraiser comes back to the city for the first time in awhile, but that comfy, laid back feel the country lent isn't going away. The dinner includes a tour of Oregon wetlands, followed by seasonal small plates by chefs from Enoteca Nostrana La Moule, Xico, Flying Fish, XLB, Oregon Oyster, and Miss Zumstein. (Sun Oct 14, 5:30 pm, Coopers Hall, $100)

Beer + Cider ProAm
DJ LeMix provides the score, Tamale Boy and PDX Sliders provide the grub, and an assortment of Portland's best professional and home-brewers provide the suds. You? You provide the taste buds to help judge who should be duly rewarded with prizes and titles, and you provide the cash to help benefit Oregon Wild. Admission allows samples of all the beer available—no tokens, no tickets, no lines. (Sun Oct 14, noon, Leftbank Annex, $30-40)

Portland Fermentation Festival
The ninth annual celebration of letting food get old and become better food. Or at least that's the theory. There is a science to it, after all. Show up and learn about all that stuff, and sample some fine fermented foods, like kimchi, and miso, and cheese, and cider, and a whole bunch of other fermented stuff. (Thurs Oct 18, 6 pm, Ecotrust Building, $10-25)

Game of Thrones Feast
Pairings Portland and Fan Fare Catering come together to present one of their biggest get-togethers, a feast fit for the realm of Westeros (hopefully with way fewer stabbings, maulings, poisonings, and/or explosions), with seven courses (one for each kingdom) and wine pairings inspired by the characters. (Sat Oct 20, 6 pm, Pairings, $100 w/ rsvp)

Portland VegFest
Portland VegFest is giving veggie lovers, vegans and vegetarians a chance to celebrate plant-based living. For an entry of just $10 you can partake in free samples, chef demonstrations, workouts, and checkout a slew of health and nutrition speakers, restaurants, films, books, and activities for youth. Sat-Sun 10 am, Oregon Convention Center, $10-17) JENNI MOORE

Portland Mac & Cheese Fest
Castaway hosts the First Annual Portland Mac & Cheese Festival, with chefs from Portland and beyond serving up an array of takes on the comfort food classic and competing to take home the crown for best dish of the festival. Entry includes unlimited Mac & Cheese tastings, access to adult beverages, and one vote for your favorite dish. (Sun Oct 21, 11 am, Castaway, $45-90)

F.H. Steinbart's 100th Anniversary Beer Festival
The number of brewers, breweries, and cideries who have been either inspired or directly helped by F.H. Steinbart is high, and there's a lot of thanks to give back, and this festival is all about doing just that, with proceeds from the many delicious local brews being drunk going to the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation, funding brewing education scholarships. (Sat Oct 27, noon, District East, $25)

KIller Pumpkin Fest
A one-day mini-beerfest focused on the wonderfulness of taking pumpkins and turning them into beers, with Rogue providing a whole bunch of actual pumpkins to bowl, decorate, carve, and/or smash, with the kitchen providing a special pumpkin menu to pair with the over 40 pumpkin ales to sample. Also featuring costume contests for kids, grown-ups, and even your dogs. Proceeds benefit Camp Ukandu. (Sat Oct 27, 11 am, Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery, $5)

Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!