Portland Nursery’s Annual Apple Tasting, Cow Roasts, Beer Hunts, and More!

Portland food events for every kind of eater

By Rachel Grozanick October 8, 2015

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Portland Nursery’s 28th Apple Tasting
The festivities span two weekends and include a scarecrow contest, pumpkin painting, a cider making workshop*, local vendors, live music, and, of course, apple and pear tasting. If you’re looking for spots to pick apples yourself, check out our u-pick orchard guide.

*The cider making workshop is at 9000 SE Division Street and costs $10

When: Friday-Sunday, October 9-11 and Friday-Sunday, October 16-18, 10am-5pm
Where: 5050 SE Stark St
How Much: Free

HunnyMilk at Lardo

Local ice cream-maker and sweet treat baker, HunnyMilk, will be premiering its first pop up series at Lardo this month. The selection ranges from salted caramel ice cream with whiskey brownies and beer toffee to a lemon curd chiffon cake with grains of paradise meringue and crystal rose petals.

When: October 9 and 16, 5:30-9:30pm and October 18, 12:30-8:30pm
Where: 1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd 

Argentine Cow Roast at North Fork 53

Agritourism farm North Fork 53 is celebrating its grand opening with a farm-to-table, Argentinian-style cow roast prepared by Foster’s Craft Cooking. The event will include tours of the organic farm (including new farm stay accommodations). The menu will feature Oregon beer and wine, Netarts Bay oysters, and fire-roasted local beef, salmon, and albacore. Local artists and live music will add to the autumn evening on Oregon’s North Coast. 

When: Saturday, October 10 4-9pm
Where: North Fork 53 (77282 Highway 53, Nehalem)
How Much: $80-$100

Portland’s Urban Beer Hunt
Part pub crawl, part scavenger hunt, the Urban Beer Hunt works like this: teams—possibly adorned with costumes—follow text message clues to eventually find the trophy, stopping to complete beer challenges along the way. Winners walk away with cash prizes and the knowledge that they can drunkenly navigate better than the rest. 

When: Saturday, Oct. 10-12pm
Where: All over Southeast Portland
How Much: $39 per person 

Hood River Harvest Fest

Over 125 local vendors offering seasonal produce, wine, cider, beer, and arts and craft will gather together to celebrate the season at the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest. Live music, pumpkin carving, and pie eating contests are just some of the activities happening at the festival, which spans three days.

When: Friday, October 16, 1-6pm, Saturday, October 18, 10am-6pm and Sunday, October 19, 10am-5pm 
Where: Hood River Event Site 110 Portway Ave, Hood River
How Much: $6

Michelin-Starred New Nordic Comes to P.R.E.A.M.

Ólafur Ágústsson, the sous chef at some of Iceland's top restaurants, including Dill and Hverfisgata 12 (Dill's pizza place), is headed to town for a reunion with P.R.E.A.M's Nicholas Ford, who spent time staging in those kitchens. Their dinner, a new Nordic, four-course menu with Icelandic beers and liquors, will feature signature pizzas from Hverfisgata 12, lamb tartar, and fire baked beetroots. Call for details.
When: Monday, October 19, 6-10pm
Where: P.R.E.A.M. (2131 SE 11th Ave)

Portland Cocktail Week

Cocktail Week combines classes for industry professionals and events for the general public, all hosted by the Bar Institute. While classes will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, events are all over town. Events include the Swig ‘n Swine (a pig roast and punch drinking party), Bar Challenge (a competition for 40 bartenders from all over the US to build a concept, a bar), and Crown Royal Feast for a King, a dinner combining the talents of five local chefs and four of the best bartenders in the country. Tickets are sold on a first-come first-serve basis.

When: October 17-23
Where: Locations vary
How Much: festival passes are free, prices for ticketed events vary

Din Din’s “Fall to Grace”

Portland supper club Din Din is hosting its October dinner party, Fall to Grace, inspired by fall produce and Alsatian wines. Expect six delicious courses from Chef Courtney Sproule from celery caraway soup with cured salmon to squash goat cheesecake with hazelnut kirsch shortbread.

When: Saturday, October 24, 7:30pm
Where: 920 NE Glisan St
How Much: $75 plus gratuity 

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