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.
Portland's African-American-owned restaurants are featured during August'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
- 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 favorite selections.
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.
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.
Midsummer continues to be a fun, family friendly and important day with centuries-old traditions and everyone is invited! Enjoy delicious Nordic cuisine, try traditional beverages and scrumptious sweets. Spend the day making your own colorful flower crown and other crafts. Play Kubb and other fun games, take a break in the beer garden before dancing…
Blanchet House’s 7th Annual Lend a Helping Hand Brunch will be held virtually on March 7, 2021, from 11 am – 12 pm. Blanchet House has provided free meals, clothing, and shelter to thousands of people during the pandemic. Join us in celebrating and supporting the Blanchet House community while honoring the legacy many have…
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…
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