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
- 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.
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.
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.
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…
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….
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…
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,…
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,…
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 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…
Discover what the food cart hype is all about in the city that put food cart pods on the map! Of the 700 food carts in Portland, Lost Plate has narrowed it down to the top 1% for the city’s ultimate food cart experience. This small group walking your takes you around to several locally-ran…
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.
Enjoy an evening of authentic Iraqi food (including vegan and gluten free options), live music and entertainment with a Middle Eastern flair!
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…