Farm dinners in and around Portland

These uniquely al fresco dining experiences bring the table to the farm.

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    While Portland’s restaurants definitely take advantage of the nearby abundance of farms, orchards, and vineyards, many of these farms actually host their own dinners — bringing the table to the farm, as it were. What better way to “eat local” than sitting down, family style, to a long table laden with food grown only steps away from where you sit? Don your sun hat and set out for one (or all!) of the farm dinners on our list.

    Field and Vine

    Field and Vine hops about, hosting farm dinners around the region all year long. Joined by the occasional guest chef, chef and owner Pascal Chureau creates his menus to highlight local produce and (since many Field and Vine events are held at vineyards) to pair well with local wine selections. With two-dozen events at nearly as many locations, there’s truly a farm dinner to suit everyone’s tastes. A few stand-out locations include Rosse Posse Elk Farm, Marquam Hill Alpaca Ranch and Villa Catalana Cellars.

    20-30 dinners March-December. Tickets on sale now.

    Outstanding in the Field

    The rock star of farm dinners, Outstanding in the Field tours the world hosting farm dinners from Japan to Chile, with a stop in Oregon in between. At each location, a local chef prepares the menu as guests take a tour of the farm. This year’s OITF Oregon farm dinners feature Timothy Wastell and Eloise Augustyn of Sweedeedee and Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s. With an average guest list of 200 diners, these epic events are ideal if you have a large group that more intimate set-ups might not be able to accommodate.

    Seven dinners in the Pacific Northwest in July. Line-up and tickets available now.

    Plate and Pitchfork

    This year, Plate and Pitchfork is supporting two nonprofit organizations, Oregon Tilth and Farmers Ending Hunger. Enjoy four and five course meals laden with local berries, wines and cheeses, as well as wine pairings by local chefs, with the added satisfaction of supporting great causes. Plate and Pitchfork is also one of the few farm dinner organizers to offer vegetarian meal options, as many farm dinners are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions.

    13 dinners June-August. Tickets on sale now.

    The Side Yard

    You don’t even need to leave city limits to enjoy a farm dinner at The Side Yard, chef Stacey Givens’s urban farm project. Her crop list is as unique and creative as the events she hosts, which include suppers, brunches, workshops and even bike-in movie nights. Pro tip: spots sell out fast here, as urban farms tend to be less spacious than their countryside counterparts.

    Two dinners and four other meals June-August. August tickets on sale starting July 1. All other tickets on sale now.

    Our Table in the Field

    Not to be confused with Outstanding in the Field, Our Table in the Field is the farm dinner series of its eponymous food cooperative, Our Table, which grows crops and raises livestock on its farm in nearby Sherwood. This year, Our Table has again partnered with Ava Gene’s Joshua McFadden to produce three farm dinners open to the public.

    Three dinners July-September. Tickets for July and August dinners go on sale in June. July dinner tickets on sale now.

    Kruger’s Farm

    Nothing quite caps off a day at Portland’s favorite beach like a table groaning with dishes. Sauvie Island staple Kruger’s Farm is happy to provide, holding farm dinners every weekend between mid-June and mid-September. The four course dinners are served under a mighty 200-year-old oak tree, with hayrides to complete the farm experience. Kruger’s caters to the vegetarian crowd, too, providing meatless meal options when you reserve your seat.

    21 dinners between June-September. Tickets on sale now.

    Secret Supper

    If you’re intrigued by a farm dinner experience that’s one part Magical Mystery Tour, one part Mission: Impossible, Secret Supper is for you. The exact location of your dinner is only disclosed three days prior to the event, though you’ll be given a clue three weeks ahead. While little more than the dates for this summer’s event have been disclosed (if they told us, it wouldn’t be a secret, now would it?), past events have included a cozy winter meal cooked over a fire at Miller Farm Retreat, with locally made Pendleton blankets providing extra warmth to diners, and an idyllic picnic dinner at Tumbleweed Farms with a backdrop of Mt Hood.

    Three dinners June-NovemberTickets will be available here.

    Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Farm Fresh Dinner

    Even business federations are joining in on the farm-to-fork fun; the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is hosting its third annual farm dinner at Oregon Heritage Farms this summer. Enjoy the scent of the orchard’s apple blossoms as you devour dishes inspired by the fruit. It won’t just be the apples that are local, though. Dishes on the four-course menu are composed of local ingredients, including produce, cheese, meat and regional wine.

    One dinner per year in late summer. Tickets on sale now.


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