Eat Beat Weekly Planner

Our digest of Portland’s top upcoming food and drink events, including Widmer’s Oktoberfest and an old fashioned Pig Roast at Bar Avignon.

By Allison Jones September 4, 2012

Bar Avignon is bringin' the pig.

Bar Avignon Pig Roast

What: Bar Avignon's owners Nancy Hunt and Randy Goodman along with chef Eric Joppie are hosting an old fashioned pig roast, featuring a whole roasted pig with Texas-style black pepper BBQ sauce and mustard BBQ Sauce (with a side of white bread and pickles). Additional sides include smoked bacon baked beans, cheddar cornbread, corn on the cob, and creamy cole slaw. 
When: Wednesday, September 5th from 5 pm while supplies last
Where: Bar Avignon 2138 SE Division; 503-517-0808
How Much: Pig plates available as a $15 platter for one or a $27 platter for two. Sides are $5-$6.

Widmer Brothers Brewing’s Oktoberfest

What: The eighth annual Oktoberfest block party celebrating Munich-style ales and German food and music. This year, the brewery is extending the festivities to two days featuring a variety of craft beers, German-style food, accordion players, and live music (including performances by Portland Cello Project and Tango Alpha Tango).
When: Friday, September 7th from 7 to 11 pm and Saturday, September 8th from 1 to 11 pm
Where: Widmer Brothers Brewery at 929 N. Russell Ave
How Much: Entry to the fest is free, but a $6 souvenir stein is required for consuming beer (attendees can also bring steins from previous years to the event). All beer and food is purchased with tokens, which cost $1 each (five tokens get you a full stein of beer and food items are $1 to $7).

PPCA 1st Annual Cakewalk

What: Join members of the Portland Pastry Chefs Association for a Cakewalk to benefit Oregon’s children through Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon, the Oregon Food Bank, and Share Our Strength. Full event details available on Eat Beat.   
When: Sunday, September 9th from 5 to 9 pm
Where: Olympic Mills Commerce Center 107 SE Washington St
How Much: $35 per person, tickets available here.

12th Annual Nicky USA Wild About Game

What: A full day of cooking competitions, culinary demos, cookbook signings, and memorable tastings chock full of Oregon’s best wild boar, rabbit, pheasant, elk, squab, quail, venison, and more. Full details on Eat Beat.
When: Sunday, September 9th
Where: Timberline Lodge 
How Much: Tickets to the all-day bash are $50. For more information, including details about lodging and the evening’s $150 wine and game dinner, call 503-234-4263, email [email protected], or visit the Wild About Game website.

NE Killingsworth Food Lovers Block Party

What: The fourth annual Fox Chase block party will feature free nosh from Yakuza, DOC, Autentica, and Cocotte, live music from Portland’s Purse Candy, as well as a special demo from Robots Love Cupcakes. Local boutiques and businesses will also be sharing their services at the block party, including Half Pint Vintage, The People's Yoga, and Roots Salon.
When: Monday, September 10th, from 6 to 9 pm
Where: The corner of NE 30th and Killingsworth Avenue
How Much: Free and family-friendly.

Wildwood Mentor/Mentee Wine Pairing Dinner

What: Join Wildwood Sommelier Savanna Ray for a four-course winemaker dinner featuring Westrey Wine Company and Matello Wines. The dinner will feature lively discussion of the role of mentorship in the wine industry, library wines from both wineries, and summer-inspired dishes from chef Dustin Clark (like grilled octopus salad with corn and chorizo and duck breast with roasted figs).
When: Tuesday, September 11th at 7 pm
Where: Wildwood 1221 Northwest 21st
How Much: $120 per person inclusive of food, wine & gratuity. For reservations email [email protected].

Panoramic Pinot

What: More than a dozen Portland wineries (including Sokol Blosser, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Lange, Montinore, Archery Summit, Erath, and more) will be pouring their wares with a full panoramic view of the Columbia River alongside food pairings from chef Josh Gibler, like grilled prawns, prosciutto-wrapped wild Oregon Steelhead, and pinot-braised mushrooms stuffed with lamb and blue cheese. 
When: Thursday, September 13th from 6 to 9 pm
Where: Salty’s on the Columbia 3839 Northeast Marine Drive
How Much: $35 per person. Reservations recommended, call 503-288-4444.

Savor Southern Oregon Wine Festival

What: A unique food and wine event showcasing more than 100 of Southern Oregon's best wines (including Albarino, Viognier, Roussane, Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and eclectic blends). The Southern Oregon Winery Association is partnering with Farm to Fork to pair Portland's best chefs with their culinary peers from Southern Oregon for great pairings in addition to live music, gourmet cheeses and chocolates, wine education seminars, a raffle to wine a Wine Country weekend, and more. 
When: Sunday, September 16th from 2 to 6 pm
Where: Director Park at 815 SW Park (at SW Yamhill)
How Much: $39 in advance, $50 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Portland Beer Week's Fresh Hops Workshop

What: To celebrate hop harvest season, the Portland Beer Week team has put together a one-of-a-kind Fresh Hop Workshop featuring four of the first fresh hop beers of the season (Total Crystalation from Ninkasi Brewing, Killer Green from Double Mountain Brewing, IPX: The Freshmaker from Hopworks Urban Brewery, and Wet Hop Simcoe Pale Ale from Breakside Brewery) as well as educational tools to help beer lovers get to know their hops (like hop-infused olive oil for dipping and French Press hop infusers for the DIY apporach).
Saturday, September 22nd at 6 pm
Saraveza's Bad Habit Room 5433 N Michigan Ave
How Much: 
$10.50 per person, beers individually priced. Advanced tickets available at

Know about a great event coming up that should be on our radar? Shoot me an email at[email protected] or give me a shout over on Twitter at @allisonejones. Now get out there and start eating!

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