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 today look very little like those hosted back in 2019. Many annual events have been canceled or restructured, often moving online. However, there are a few things you can do this week, especially when it comes to food and beverage:
Celebrating Hispanic Roots
When it is: September 15 to October 15
What it is: Coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month, six Oregon winemakers of Hispanic descent are coming together to share their stories and wines and to give back to the Spanish-speaking communities in Oregon with Celebrating Hispanic Roots. For the month, wineries including Alumbra Cellars, Atticus Wines, and Valcan Cellars will have special releases and events, with 10 percent of sales from these specials going to Adelante Mujeres, a local nonprofit serving Latina women in the community.
Why you should go: It’s an opportunity to try some Oregon wines from a diverse set of winemakers while supporting local communities.
Details: Find the list of participating wineries and their events here.
Fresh Hop Pop-Up
When it is: September 17 to October 4
What it is: Prost, Mississippi Avenue’s Germanic tap house with the fabulous patio and food cart pod, is hosting a 17-day fresh hop festival. Throughout the weeks, the tap house will feature numerous fresh hop beers, including pop-up guests like Astoria’s Fort George and Portland staples like Breakside Brewery and Ruse Brewing.
Why you should go: There’s never an excuse needed to visit Prost’s excellent patio, especially as we have limited summer days left, but drinking some fresh hopped beers just makes it that much better.
Details: The complete schedule is available here.
When it is: Friday, September 24
What it is: The third installment of a new Portland summer festival, the Street Bazaar returns to the Nova Building in the Central Eastside for an evening of music, dancing, shopping, art, and drinks. The Bazaar features multiple vendors and artists, as well as food from Buddy’s Steaks, Allie G’s Pastries, Rangoon Bistro, Kate’s Ice Cream and plenty of others. Zoo Bar, the colorful and creative cocktail pop-up party, will be stirring drinks, and DJs will be hosting parties all evening.
Why you should go: It’s a big, outdoor party with some amazing food, drinks, music, and art. What better way to wrap up a very troubled summer?
Details: 5 to 9 p.m. at 240 SE Clay Street. Entry is free, open to all ages.
Corks and Pork
When it is: Saturday, September 25
What it is: Tabula Rasa Farms, a small pasture farm in Oregon wine country, is pairing some of its heritage pork with local wines with a series of parties. On Saturday, Tabula Rasa chef Brett Uniss will be pairing pork bites with Résonance Wines, a Willamette Valley winery with Burgundian influences.
Why you should go: It’s a nice opportunity to sample some Oregon wines paired with delicious pork bites.
Details: Noon to 3:30 p.m. at 14820 NW Meadowlake Road in Carlton. Tickets are $30 or $5 for children.
17th Annual Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest
When it is: Saturday, September 25
What it is: One of Portland’s most venerated breweries, Widmer Brothers is holding its 17th annual Oktoberfest party this weekend. Free to enter, the party hits all the bullet points for a good Oktoberfest revelry: speciality brews, a barbecue pit, grilled bratwurst, music, face painting, and llamas.
Why you should go: It will be a fun, festive party at a classic Portland brewery, with events for the whole family.
Details: 2 to 10 p.m. at 929 N Russell Street. Find the music schedule here.
Top Chef End of Summer Dinner
When it is: Sunday, September 26
What it is: Top Chef: Portland is over, but its contestants are collaborating on a one-night only dinner. Resident Top Chef contestant and chef Gabriel Pascuzzi (Stacked Sandwich Shop, Mama Bird) will host another Oregon chef and contestant, Sara Hauman, as well as contestants Jamie Tran and Nelson German, for a five-course dinner at Pascuzzi’s Mama Bird. The menu is still in development, but look for dishes like Asian pear and delicata squash, quail with kidney beans and chipotle plantain, dry-aged duck with squash, and a dessert collaboration between chefs Pascuzzi and Hauman, each paired with wine.
Why you should go: It’s a rare chance to try a collaborative dinner from some serious talent from all around the country, right here in Portland. Plus, proceeds from the dinner benefit the Oregon Food Bank.
Details: 8 p.m. at 2145 NW Raleigh Street. Tickets are $225 and all-inclusive.