At Portland Monthly, we know we're #blessed to cover one of the nation’s greatest food scenes: a locavore candyland where chefs, farmers, ranchers, artisans, and purveyors unite to forge a true regional food culture. Yet while we’ve often mustered gatherings of food-scene favorites, we’ve never done anything quite like this: Cowabunga, our new three-day festival of Oregon’s tastiest and greatest, will take over Portland’s Rossi Farm July 13–15. Our sharpest culinary creators will rally together. Local heroes will vie with rising stars. And when all is said and done, our food scene’s most dedicated fans (you, probably, if you're reading this) will be the winners.
The weekend will begin with Friday's Seared, a VIP dinner channeling Portland’s meatiest fixations via indie butcher Zeph Sheppard on the grill and Tournant’s mobile oyster bar. On Saturday, kitchen ninjas (or, you know, earnestly aspiring home cooks) will head to Rossi’s family owned gem of urban agricultural land for Farm Out, an afternoon of delicious, themed demos conducted by some of Oregon’s smartest chefs and food- ulture innovators. (Confirmed right now: local hero/chef Nate Tilden of Bar Casa Vale; arch-classic steakhouse Ringside; ranch-to-table pioneers Carman Ranch; produce market visionaries Rubinette, and ramen revolutionaries Umi Organic, among others. Scroll down to check out the full current line-up; we'll be announcing more names down the line.)
Later on Saturday night, Cowabunga helps Rossi and its Parkrose neighbors revive a treasured neighborhood night out, in the form of Barn Bash—a come-one, come-all barbecue to mark the height of summer. Smokehouse Tavern, Yakuza, Taqueria Nueve, and Burgerville are signed on to deal some heat. Beer, you ask? Pono, Breakside, Gateway, and Little Beast (so far) shall provide.
The finale is a perennial favorite: Country Brunch, Portland Monthly’s long-running all-star tribute to the city’s key weekend pastime. As always, some of our best morning masters will serve iconic bites, while the Bloody Mary Smackdown unfolds in all its gory, invigorating glory. Brunch destinations like Besaw's, La Moule, and new Simpatica project La Luna Cafe join cult favorites like shell smashers Fried Egg I’m in Love. The "cup de grace," of course, is our annual bloody mary smackdown, this year featuring rising newcomers like Palomar and Hey Love alongside Renata and Red Star.
We're getting hungry already. Join us!
COWABUNGA: A Farm-To-Table Festival benefiting Oregon Food Bank and Parkrose School District
July 13–15, Rossi Farms, ticket prices to individual events vary, starting at $45 and up
Friday, July 13
Seared: A five-course VIP dinner
Saturday, July 14: daytime
Farm Out: Demos, workshops, and tastings for the home-cooking enthusiast
Nate Tilden of Bar Casa Vale
Food Historian Heather Arndt Anderson
Raven and Rose
Saturday, July 14: evening
Barn Bash: Beer & barbecue
Eatery at the Grant House
Pizzeria Sul Lago
Sunday, July 15
Country Brunch: Portland Monthly’s seventh annual brunch showcase
Fried Egg I’m in Love
La Luna Cafe
Red Star Tavern