Portland’s best food festivals

Celebrate foodie culture all year long at these annual culinary events.

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    Portland’s culinary game is a force to be reckoned with. Named the best food city in America by the Washington Post in 2015, our town is situated in an agricultural Eden, surrounded by prosperous farms and the bountiful Pacific Ocean. We’ve collected PDX’s yummiest events to help you make the most of what our sweet and savory city has to offer all year round—and it’s more than enough to get your mouth watering.

    JANUARY

    • ChocolateFest: Gorge on samples of cacao products from A to Z, including indulgences like wine pairings and chocolate pasta.
    • Bourbon and Bacon Fest: Local distilleries large and small serve their woody spirits alongside inventive bacon dishes at OMSI. Ron Swanson approved.
    • Mochitsuki: Ring in the Japanese New Year by partaking in the country’s most delicious delicacies — think mochi, miso, bento and pickled tofu.

    FEBRUARY

    • Dumpling Week: Jet around the city sampling imaginative dumpling creations, like duck liver ravioli and kimchi pizza dumplings, from many of Portland’s tastiest eateries.
    • Chefs Week PDX: The West Coast’s finest chefs turn out a week of collaborative dinners highlighting Oregon’s culinary riches, with fabulous meals and after-parties open to the public. (Watch out—tickets sell out in a flash!)
    • Seafood & Wine Festival: Held at the peak of Dungeness crab season, this Portland tradition features fresh seafood bites washed down with Oregon wines.

    MARCH

    • Portland Dining Month: The best chance to sample Portland’s premier restaurants without breaking the bank, this citywide event promises an entire month of three-course meals for $29 at over 100 participating eateries.
    • Spring Beer & Wine Fest: For more than two decades, this festival has previewed the season’s best new brews, offering tastes of the finest Oregon refreshments and plenty of pub snacks.
    • Macaron Day PDX: On this day (based on events in Paris and New York), Portland bakeries celebrate the arrival of spring by offering a free macaron to customers who donate to Meals on Wheels People.

    APRIL

    • Portland Pizza Week: Everyone’s favorite food keeps you full and your wallet fuller with $2 slices offered all week at numerous joints around town, including Atlas Pizza and Roman Candle.
    • Tapas + Tequila: Traditional tapas are given Northwest flair and served with shots on shots at this OMSI After Dark event.

    MAY

    • WhiskeyTown USA: Three days dedicated to whiskey — over 200 varieties, in fact — with live music, tasty morsels and a prohibition-inspired cigar lounge.

    JUNE

    • Vegan Beer & Food Festival: Vegan food carts, restaurants and vendors showcase their plant-based goods alongside craft brews and kombucha, with a pop-up market and live music to boot.
    • Negroni Week: This classic (and delicious) cocktail gets remixed by Portland restaurants and bars, with proceeds going to charity.
    • Saké Fest PDX: Japanese and American brands unite under one roof to expand saké palates and educate imbibers about the rice-based libation.
    • Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival: Aebleskiver, lingonberries and lefse offer visitors a welcome taste of Scandinavia at this annual culture fair.

    JULY

    • Oregon Berry Festival: This juicy Ecotrust event showcases summer’s sweet harvest — from common blueberries to rare olallieberries — baked into pies, showcased in demonstrations and eaten solo.
    • Food Cart Festival: The best of PDX’s mobile eateries converge at the Rose Quarter with nibbles for every fancy.

    AUGUST

    • Tualatin Crawfish Fest: Creole flavor takes over Tualatin, southwest of Portland, with a three-day event devoted to these freshwater crustaceans.
    • Bite of Oregon: Enjoy locally sourced tastes and demos from esteemed local chefs, paired with regional craft brews and Willamette wines. Timed to coincide with the Bridge Pedal bike ride, this waterfront fest benefits Special Olympics Oregon.
    • Elephant Garlic Fest: Food vendors deliver garlic-heavy treats (including the infamous garlic ice cream), along with a parade and other activities, to North Plains, northwest of Portland … the odor is worth it.
    • Jade Night Market: For two Saturdays in August, nearly 100 international vendors bring an authentic, cross-cultural selection of food, music and goods to Southeast Portland.
    • Grilled Cheese Invitational: Local restaurants dish out fresh spins on the classic sandwich and battle for number one at EastBurn, with a percentage of proceeds going to Portland Women’s Crisis Line.
    • Burger Week: When more than 30 restaurants compete to prove their $5 burger is king, we, the eaters, are the real winners.
    • Portland Korean Food Festival: The Korean word mukja (“Let’s eat!”) is embodied at this celebration of Korean foods, featuring dishes from the chefs behind favored establishments like Kim Jong Grillin and Han Oak.

    SEPTEMBER

    • Taste of Latin America: To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Portland Mercado dispenses traditional foods from over 20 regions of Latin America.
    • Feast Portland: More than 30 local and out-of-town chefs flock to Portland for four days of all-out culinary bliss, with events like the Brunch Village, Night Market and beloved Sandwich Invitational, as well as dinners, tastings and hands-on classes.
    • Mt. Angel Oktoberfest: Go full Bavarian this Oktoberfest; German and Northwest craft brews are accompanied by plenty of sausages and, naturally, wiener dog races, all in a quaint town 40 miles (64 km) south of Portland.
    • Polish Fest: Give pierogies and kielbasa their due respect at this Polish-palooza celebrating a weekend of Polonia’s finest.

    OCTOBER

    • The Wedge: Get down with the stinky stuff at this farmers’ market-style festival, which flaunts local cheeses alongside fresh jams, nuts, charcuterie and other choice pairings.
    • Wild About Game: Meat is king at this annual cook-off on Mount Hood, where Portland and Seattle’s elite chefs are pitted against one another to creating mouthwatering dishes from game like buffalo, elk and quail.
    • Greek Festival: Taste traditional Greek platters and desserts amidst imported crafts, folk dancing and a raffle for a Mediterranean vacation. Opa!
    • VegFest: Explore a compassionate, plant-based lifestyle at this annual gathering of all things veg, featuring speakers, fitness classes and food demos for eaters of all ages and diets.
    • Fermentation Festival: Fermentation goes way beyond pickles at this funky fest, which dishes up kimchi, ‘kraut, kombucha and more.
    • Apple Tasting: Embrace fall at Portland Nursery, with more than 60 apple varieties to sample and buy, as well as fresh-pressed cider demonstrations and other family fun.

    NOVEMBER

    • NW Food and Wine Fest: With over 600 wines available for tasting and Northwest delicacies like pates, lamb and fresh oysters, this is a culinary experience to remember.
    • Beaujolais Nouveau Festival: Made from grapes harvested every summer, the year’s limited-edition batch of Beaujolais Nouveau wine is served alongside a massive French-inspired buffet.

    DECEMBER


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