From September 18 through 21, expert food and beverage artisans from across the country will flood the blocks of downtown Portland to stuff more than 30 culinary events into a mere four days.
For the third consecutive year, Bon Appétit Magazine presents the appropriately named Feast Portland. The festival will unite an impressive list (in both breadth and star power) of industry pros, sure to keep fest-goers full and happy throughout the jam-packed weekend itinerary.
Ever get the sense that cutting-edge coffee attracts innovators and artists? So did Rip Pruisken, founder of Dutch-style coffee wafel company Rip van Wafels. So he created an event to draw the coffee, technology and arts communities together on purpose, just to see what would happen.
The first iteration of Pruisken’s event, called Mandala, was held last year in San Francisco where Rip van Wafels is headquartered, and brought 400 luminaries from the three disparate fields together.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We’ve all likely heard the age-old idiom more than few times. But in the case of the fourth year of Seattle’s Craft Beer + Food event, we’re excited that the folks of the Washington Beer Blog have taken the already highly-anticipated smorgasbord and made it even better, with more restaurant and brewery pairings than ever.
A host of single-spirit festivals have sprouted up across the region over the past half-decade, one such is Seattle’s Northwest Tequila Fest that celebrated its third year on Saturday with a sun-soaked parking lot roped off and filled to the gills with agave spirits and their analogous enthusiasts.
There are three things you should know about aquavit before anything else.
1) It’s a category of caraway-flavored Scandinavian liquors, four times older than Ballard and veritably limitless in its scope.
2) Out of hundreds, only one foreign aquavit survives as an import to the United States, meaning Americans’ understanding of a drink once culturally integral to many of our ancestors has virtually disappeared.
Surrounded by mountain ranges in all but one direction, Oregon’s Willamette Valley has long been a Northwestern hub for Pinot Noir and other cool-climate grape varieties. In fact, Willamette Valley grapes account for 89.5 percent of the state’s Pinot Noir production and 77 percent of its total wine production.
Along the banks of the Willamette River at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, downtown Portland will cap off Oregon Craft Beer Month with five days of flowing taps at the 27th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival.
Since July 1988, the Oregon Brewers Festival – one of the nation’s longest-running craft beer festivals – has drawn crowds of microbrew fans with a variety of handcrafted brews from local and nationwide distributors.
Back for its 27th year in support of the Washington winemaking industry, this year’s Auction of Washington Wines kicks off Thursday, August 14 with tastings and summer-inspired bites at the Picnic and Barrel Auction.
Guests at Woodinville, Wash.,’s elegant Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery will be in good company, with more than 100 winemakers on hand to offer tastes, and a culinary staff from Tulalip Resort Casino serving up a carefully curated dinner menu.