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 Mercury Highball: Sample specially crafted cocktails at some fo the finest bars and restaurants in Portland. Even better? All of these fantastic cocktails are available all day and cost you a mere $6.
- Ticket to Dine: Ticket to Dine aims to motivate people to get out and support local restaurants — and, in turn, reward those same people with special experiences unique to Portland. Each entrée purchased at a participating restaurant rewards patrons with one Ticket to Dine — a scratch-off ticket that could reveal one of several big prizes.
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.
Freshly-picked Pacific Northwest apples are a local favorite, and many Portland-area orchards allow visitors to pluck the fruit right off the branch.
Brought into focus by local organizations, explore the city’s diverse and delicious Black-owned food carts, restaurants and markets in Portland.
June Food Events
- Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival: Aebleskiver, lingonberries and lefse offer visitors a welcome taste of Scandinavia at the Oregon Midsummer Festival.
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.
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.
- Negroni Week: This classic (and delicious) cocktail gets remixed by Portland restaurants and bars, with proceeds going to charity.
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
- 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.
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.
Celebrate Negroni Week in Portland
You can do good while sipping delicious twists on a classic cocktail during Portland's Negroni Week, when proceeds benefit dozens of charities.
Wine Country Thanksgiving
During Oregon’s premier tasting and cellar-stocking event, many local 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.
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