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The Food and Drink Events to Hit in Portland This Week

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A fried chicken sandwich pop-up, the return of the Greek festival, and more events to catch this week

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Recipe developer Romel Bruno.
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Welcome to EventWire, Eater PDX's rundown of upcoming local dining and drinking events. Published at the start of each week, EventWire has all the happenings most worthy of your time, with a focus on events taking place in the next week, as well as upcoming dinners you'll want to make reservations for ASAP, before they sell out.

As with most things, pop-ups and festivals have started to return to town, though many continue to remain outside on patios or requiring proof of vaccination. Have an event you’d like to promote? Let us know via the tipline.

Companatico Hoagie Pop-Up

When it is: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27
What it is: This Italian hoagie pop-up stuffs baguettes with mortadella, capicola, and salami, plus fun condiments, pickles, and vegetables. It’s also one of the only spots in town selling maritozzi, an Italian cream bun (note: it’s only available on Tuesdays).
Why you should go: Companatico, which regularly lands at Dame on Mondays and Tuesdays, will be slowing down its cadence — which means this may be the last two-day Companatico week for a while.
Details: Drop in any time; food is sold a la carte. Dame is located at 2930 NE Killingsworth Street. Learn more about Companatico on Instagram.

Baby Blue Pizza Pop-Up at Boxcar

When it is: 4 p.m. to sold out Monday, September 26
What it is: Baby Blue Pizza, a wood-fired vegan pizza cart, closed earlier this year, but the char-spotted rounds will return at Boxcar Pizza on Monday night.
Why you should go: As you could probably tell, Baby Blue isn’t available very frequently these days; get it while it’s hot.
Details: Pizzas sold a la carte until sold out. Boxcar Pizza is located within the Zipper at 2701 NE Sandy Blvd. Learn more about Baby Blue online.

@NappyFriiedChicken Pop-up at Wellspent Market

When it is: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 29
What it is: Recipe developer Romel Bruno — known for work at Food52 and New York Times — will be popping up in the parking lot of Wellspent Market serving buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches alongside beers from nanobrewery Duality Brewing.
Why you should go: Bruno has worked in lauded restaurants around the country, including Pig & Khao in New York, Horsefeather in San Francisco, and Local Tide in Seattle. This is, in certain ways, his Portland debut on the pop-up circuit.
Details: Just drop in. Wellspent Market is located at 935 Northeast Couch Street. Learn more about the event here.

69th Annual Portland Greek Festival

When it is: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1; noon to 7 p.m. Sunday October 2
What it is: One of Portland’s most beloved cultural festivals, GreekFest is a multi-day party complete with Greek folk dance, lamb roasted on the spit, and an array of Greek pastries hard to find any other time of year in Portland.
Why you should go: Really, the desserts alone are worth the admission fee — this year, you’ll find classics like loukoumades, little Greek doughnut holes, as well as baklava sundaes and a wide variety of cookies.
Details: Guests $12 and older will need to pay a $5 admission fee to enter the festival; guests can also buy bracelets to go touchless at the festival. The festival is located at the corner of Northeast 32nd and Glisan. Learn more about the Portland Greek Festival here.

Portland Fresh Hops Festival

When it is: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, September 30 and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 1
What it is: The Oregon Brewers Guild takes over Oaks Amusement Park to celebrate fresh hop season, with more than 40 breweries pouring fresh hop beers.
Why you should go: Hop season doesn’t last forever — this might be one of the widest selections of fresh hop beers at a single festival you’re going to find this season.
Details: Festival packages are $25 and include admission, an event glass, and five drink tickets; each ticket gets you a 4-ounce pour, and additional tickets are $2 each. Otherwise, admission is free. You can buy tickets online. Oaks Amusement Park is located at 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. Learn more about the festival here.

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