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 best food-related 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 Food Events
- Mochitsuki: Ring in the Japanese New Year by partaking in the country’s most delicious delicacies — think mochi, miso, bento and pickled tofu.
February Food Events
- 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.
- Seafood & Wine Festival: Held at the peak of Dungeness crab season, this Portland tradition features fresh seafood bites washed down with Oregon wines.
March Food Events
- 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.
- 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 Food Events
- 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.
- Tapas + Tequila: Traditional tapas are given Northwest flair and served with shots on shots at this OMSI After Dark event.
- 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.
This foodie festival, held every September, has cemented Portland’s reputation as a culinary capital of the world.
Every March, more than 100 Portland restaurants serve up three courses for just $33 nightly. There's no better time to visit this top culinary destination.
African-American-owned restaurants are featured during Portland's Support Black-Owned Restaurant Week, but they shine all year long.
June Food Events
- 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.
August Food Events
- Tualatin Crawfish Fest: Creole flavor takes over Tualatin, southwest of Portland, with a three-day event devoted to these freshwater crustaceans.
- 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.
- 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 Food Events
- Bite of Oregon: Enjoy locally sourced tastes and demos from esteemed local chefs, paired with regional craft brews and Willamette wines. Proceeds from this annual festival, held on the Rose Quarter Commons, benefit Special Olympics Oregon.
- 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 100 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 Smoked, 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 Food Events
- 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 Food Events
- 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 Food Events
- Holiday Ale Festival: Cheer comes in all shapes and bottles at this frosty celebration in Pioneer Courthouse Square, which gives the gift of seasonal tappings to those looking to combat winter’s chill.
Celebrate Negroni Week in Portland
Each June, do good while sipping delicious drinks during Portland's Negroni Week, when proceeds benefit dozens of charities.
Wine Country Thanksgiving
During Oregon’s premier tasting and cellar-stocking event, more than 150 wineries open their doors to the public, offering samples of favori
Portland Beer Week
Portland Beer Week spotlights Portland’s breweries, high-quality brews and vibrant beer culture.
Beer Festivals in Portland
Portland isn't shy about its love of beer — the city has nearly as many beer festivals as it does breweries.
Portland’s Holiday Ale Festival
The Holiday Ale Festival, set beneath the region’s largest decorated holiday tree, returns every year with more than 50 big, bold beers designed to keep revelers warm on cold winter nights.
Oregon Brewers Festival
Portland hosts dozens of beer festivals every year, but none compares to the Oregon Brewers Festival. With offerings from 80 craft brewers, the event draws nearly 70,000 attendees to the downtown waterfront every July.
Open every Saturday and Sunday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
Join us in celebrating Portland’s favorite meal at the 3rd annual Portland Brunch Festival, benefiting The Jerome Kersey Foundation. This year’s festival will include local restaurants, cafes, popups, food trucks, local artists and designers. Enjoy multiple bars, a photo booth, live music, and games. Bars will be serving your favorite brunch cocktails and entertainment will…
The Portland Flea + Food is a monthly market held on the last Sunday of the month in Portland, Oregon. Every market features 80+ local artists, makers, and curators of the best vintage, handmade and locally-sourced goods in town.
The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Come meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators! The Portland Night Market is a bimonthly, free event and open to all ages.
Enjoy Nordic music, dancing, games, food, vendors, a beer garden, a kids’ area and more at Portland’s annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Enjoy delicious Nordic cuisine, try traditional beverages and scrumptious sweets. Spend the day with us and make your own colorful flower crown and other crafts. Play “Viking Chess”, Nordic Jenga and other fun games….
All are welcome and invited to the 50th Annual Delta Park Powwow and Encampment on June 19-21, 2020 at East Delta Park in Portland, Oregon. The event is a free and family-friendly celebration of Native American culture. The Delta Park Powwow and Encampment is an annual Portland tradition that draws Native American, and non-native participants…
EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. Come to the Good in the Neighborhood Multicultural Music & Food Festival features live music, a parade, an information Village, marketplace, beer and wine garden and a youth venue, along with a kids’ space. The official parade is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June…
The Fete de la Bastille is the West Coast’s largest Bastille Day celebration. The festival is free and open to the public and attracts as many 8,000 participants. A fun tradition during this festival is the Annual Waiters Race. The popular Portland Waiters Race returns to Bastille Day and will start at 2 p.m. Racers…
The Portland Mercury’s Burger Week returns every August with dozens of restaurants, bars and brewhouses across Portland offering one-of-a-kind burgers for only $5! These special edition burgers are designed especially for the Mercury’s Portland Burger Week and are only available from Aug. 3-8, 2020, so dig in while you can! Tips for Portland Burger Week:…
The 23rd Annual Elephant Garlic Festival is a three-day festival celebrating, you guessed it, elephant garlic! The family-friendly event includes a parade, 10K run, live music, kids play area, crafts vendors and more. Fun stinks!
The Bloody Mary Festival scours Portland for the craftiest and most delicious Bloody Marys. Your ticket includes over two hours enjoying Portland’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys, created by the finest restaurants, bars and bottled mix companies, along with yummy food and drink tastes from local artisans. Also, you’ll get one vote for the…
Come through Portland. Join us as we welcome the 4th annual PDX Tequila, Mezcal & Tacos Festival. This year we’re bringing together our region’s legit taco makers to compete for fan favorite for Best Taco in PDX. Pair your tacos with a diverse selection of agave spirits and tropical margaritas, and sit back and enjoy…
Each June, do good while sipping delicious drinks during Portland’s Negroni Week, when proceeds benefit dozens of charities.
The Portland Greek Festival is celebrated as the largest Greek Festival on the west coast with more than 15,000 people attending. This cultural experience features Greek food, music, dance and shopping! The Agora – the Greek marketplace features imported merchandise, clothing, jewelry, icons, flokati rugs and cookbooks. Among the fabulous food, exclusive cooking demonstrations, and…
The Wedge is a Farmers Market-style festival celebrating cheese and everything that goes with it. Sample and purchase local, artisan cheese, specialty foods, beer, wine, and cider. This is a family-friendly event that’s open to all cheese lovers.
This annual 2-day festival celebrates all things related to plant-based living, with free food samples, health and nutrition speakers, chef demonstrations and more.
Join us for the 4th annual Gamay Tasting Salon at The Nightwood, featuring over 25 wineries each pouring their latest Gamay wines! As always, we’ll be featuring the trail-blazing Oregon winemakers who have largely led the domestic growth of Gamay Noir’s popularity, but this year we’re super sizing the Tasting Salon—we will be showcasing Gamays…
EVENT POSTPONED. “With the news from Governor Kate Brown that all large gatherings are banned for the next month, the Northwest Cider Association has made the difficult decision to postpone Cider Rite of Spring due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The new date will be November 7th, still at the Leftbank Annex (perhaps…
This tour is a great way to experience Portland’s beer scene on foot, and great for small groups or families traveling with kids. Check out the history and culture of popular areas in Portland by foot. You choose the neighborhood, and we’ll show you around to three breweries. Walking tours provide a great overview of…
It’s hard to beat the Pacific Northwest when it comes to beer. This tour will introduce you to the ingredients, history and culture that makes the craft beer scene in the Pacific Northwest admired worldwide. Brewvana will start with the education first and introduce you to the ingredients in beer and how they’ve contributed to…
Experience the heart of Portland’s culinary scene on this downtown foodie adventure. Some of Portland’s biggest eating trends started here, from farm-to-table restaurants to Portland’s original food cart pod, making downtown an eater’s delight. On this walking food tour, you will visit restaurants that are James Beard Award winners, Iron Chef competitors and winners of…
The driver covers all tasting fees with charcuterie plates ($150 value for full day, $90 value for half day). Experience the best of Willamette Valley wine country on an all-inclusive, guided wine-tasting tour from Portland. Be chauffeured in a luxury SUV with a small group of fellow wine lovers and spend a half day or…
Explore Portland’s best food carts, historic neighborhoods and iconic bridges on this city-wide culinary adventure. Sit back and relax in the Eat Van as you’re guided through the streets of our foodie city to areas known to savvy locals, with delicious eating stops along the way. You will have an opportunity to meet the owners,…
An evening walking tour visiting five to six neighborhood stops including sit-down restaurants, a local distillery and a brewery. Plenty of delicious food, Oregon wine, local spirits, a unique cocktail and local craft beer are all included! Advanced booking required.
Join up on a 30-minute tour of Saké Brewery. Starts 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
Zymurgy is the study of fermentation, and Portland is all about some fermented beverages. Taste some cider, beer and spirits on this tour of some of Portland’s tastiest craft beverages. Learn about the ingredients, process and culture of each of these. Cider is a gluten-free alternative that has been gaining popularity in this region, and…
The Portland Spirit invites you to join up for a 2.5-hour barbecue cruise. Enjoy a savory menu designed by head chef Armin Pinto. Vegan options available. Tickets start at $42 for children (0-12) and $84 for adults.
Although Seattle comes in first when it comes to coffee culture, Portland has learned a lot from its neighbors and comes in close second. Brewvana has an obsession with donuts and although they might drive you by Voodoo Donuts to see the line, they’ll head to the locals’ favorite for your donut fix. After getting…
Mississippi Avenue is a historic, artsy and exciting neighborhood on Portland’s east side. It’s a “must-see” for out of town visitors and one of Portland’s culinary hot spots, full of great food and loads of personality. This tour makes five to six stops, featuring a broad array of locations including a brewery, food cart pods,…
Stroll through Portland’s vibrant downtown with Forktown Food Tours and sample some of the best food and drink the city has to offer. Each tour makes five to six stops, ranging from fine dining restaurants, food carts, fast casual spots, dessert boutiques and more. You may sample local craft beer, seasonal small plates, fresh made…
The combination of beer and whiskey is a match made in heaven. Beer and whiskey are surprisingly similar in ingredients and process. In fact, you have to make beer to make whiskey! You’ll start at a brewery first to learn about the ingredients and brewing process for beer and taste a variety of styles. Next,…
The Champagne Brunch is a passenger-favorite cruise. It is meant to be as relaxing as possible. The Portland Spirit keeps the buffet open until 1 p.m. so that if you don’t feel like eating right away, you can feel free to wander the vessel. It is designed so that you can take your time and…
Gather to experience the finest Japanese and U.S. saké brands as part of the tenth annual Saké Fest PDX. Saké Fest PDX is the only event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Further enhance your Saké Fest PDX experience and enjoy early access to all food & beverage tasting tables for an additional 95…
Enjoy an evening of authentic Iraqi food (including vegan and gluten free options), live music and entertainment with a Middle Eastern flair!
Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight. Enjoy a glass of wine while learning about robots, tornados or fossils. Talk to a brewer about the science behind beer, or sample products from local artisans. Visit the new exhibit, Exquisite Creatures. All that and more…
Lents International Farmers Market opens on Sunday, June 2, 2019 and is open every Sunday through November 24, 2019. The Lents International Farmers Market (LIFM) is the only one in Portland with an intentional international focus. LIFM provides fresh, affordable and culturally appropriate produce to the diverse community of Lents neighbors. Founded in 2006 by…
There’s more to coffee and donuts than you think. Visit several local craft coffee shops for an interactive look at what makes Portland crazy about coffee, plus a bunch of donuts along the way. Advanced booking required.