The Bite of Oregon Food and Drink Festival Is this Weekend

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The Bite of Oregon kicks off today at Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park and will draw more than 50,000 people during its running time August 7-9th. The largest culinary event in the state has historically focused its beverage segment on Oregon’s wine bounty, but in recent years has added a substantial beer garden and local beer selection. Advance tickets are only $5 and all proceeds generated from the Bite of Oregon directly benefit Special Olympics Oregon.


Plates for the People,” is a new food series in 2015 where event attendees will have the opportunity to sample more than 40 specially crafted plates from each of the participating restaurants for $5 and under. “Plates for the People” will give attendees the opportunity to sample multiple dishes before they commit to a main dish or get too full—a food festival-goers worst nightmare. To see the full restaurant lineup click here.

The Bite of Oregon also welcomes back the popular “Oregon Bounty Chef’s Table,” where ACF Pro Chefs of Oregon partner with Oregon’s various agriculture commissions to prepare locally‐sourced, gourmet bites for only $5. This year, the Chef’s table will feature the Oregon Blackberry and Raspberry Commission, Oregon Potato Commission, Oregon Blueberry Commission, Seafood Oregon Commission, Oregon Dairy Commission, Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission and the Oregon Beef Council. Click here to see the complete Chef’s Table menu.

The Dining Out in the NW Chef’s Stage presented by Food Services of America is where all of the appetizing competitions and demonstrations are cooked up. Each year, leading chefs and mixologists from around the state compete for the traditional (and fiercely‐coveted) titles of Oregon’s Iron Chef  (presented by NW Natural) and Iron Mixologist


Whether your drink of choice is a craft beer, a glass of world‐class Pinot, a crisp hard cider, a locally‐distilled spirit, or a freshly squeezed juice, the Bite offers ample liquid assets from the state’s biggest and best producers. SE Wine Collective, a unique, multifaceted urban winery in Portland, returns as the official host of the Wine Bar. In addition, more than 25 breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries from around the state will pour delicious craft beverages to help quench thirsts and tantalize palates.

And be merry (while supporting a great cause).

The Bite is fun for everyone. Two music stages located on opposite ends of the festival host more than 30 of the state’s best live bands ensuring an enjoyable experience no matter where you find yourself. Some of this year’s musical headliners include Scott Pemberton Trio, Tango Alpha Tango, Nu Shooz, Marti Mendenhall, New Iberians, and the Garcia Birthday Band. Make sure to check out the full lineups for the Vineyard Stage and Garden Stage Presented by the Oregon State Lottery.

For families, the Bite offers a variety of entertaining activities at the Subway Kid Zone with hourly interactive performances, arts and crafts projects and face painting among other kid-friendly activities.

Event Details:

August 7th: 11am‐10pm  | August 8th: 11am ‐10pm | August 9th ‐ 10am‐8pm

Up to the minute Festival Info at

Event Location: Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown Portland

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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: