Let’s talk food! Not just any particular food, but a food event called the Bite of Oregon. The bite of Oregon is an event that is in support for Special Olympics Oregon. It’s an opportunity to check out local foods and drinks that you might not have necessarily tried.
This year they held the event at a different location and on a new date. In previous times, the Bite was housed on the waterfront during August. They switched the venue to the Rose quarter and during Labor Day Weekend. The coolest part was that it was extended by an extra day. The admission into the event is very affordable and depending on which one you purchase, it’s a reasonable price:
One Day Pass – $5 admission ticket good for one day at The Bite of Oregon
Weekend Pass – $10 ticket provides admission all weekend: September 1 – 4
Beer Enthusiast Package – Sold out! 1 Adult Entry, 1 Beer Commemorative Beer Glass, 2 Beer Tickets, 4 $5 Vouchers to Restaurants/Food Carts
Date Night Package – Sold out! 2 Adult Entries, 2 Commemorative Wine Glasses, 4 Wine Tickets (House Wine), 2 $5 Vouchers to Restaurants/Food Carts
This time around was pretty different from the previous years, but was to be expected with the venue change. The event was shaped more like a circle than having everything spread out along the waterfront. I also found it to not be as crowded as previous and having choices for parking was amazing. Because you are at the Rose Quarter/ Moda Center, you have relatively close parking.
Let’s Talk Food
The Bite of Oregon showcases cuisines and drinks from Oregon’s seven regions: Portlandia, Eastern Oregon, Hood River, Willamette Valley, Mt. Hood/Gorge, and Central Oregon. Although, when making our rounds through all the food venues, we found that a majority were from Portland.
First on our list was City Slickers. A food cart based out of Sellwood in Piknik Park food cart pod.
Address: 1122 SE Tacoma St, Portland, OR 97202
City Slickers is the epitome of All American Food. They bring hometown favorites from all over the US to the Pacific Northwest, of course throwing in her own twist. Our favorites were the Milwaukee Butter Burger and the Chicago Dog, both pictured above.
Second on the list is Smoke & Brine. Smoke & Brine is a seasonal NW BBQ catering food cart that covers everything from festivals, street fairs, markets, special events, and private parties. Unfortunately, Smoke & Brine doesn’t carry the meals pictured above, because it is seasonal. One is a chicken sandwich and the other a pulled pork. I also had a crab stuffed pepper of some sort- these were one of best things I have ever tasted.
Last, but definitely not the least were some furikaki chips from Pidgin Hole. Pidgin Hole is an island style Asian infusion food cart. You get a mixture of something from almost every Asian country, like the Philippines, Vietnam, and Japan-while keeping some of the Hawaiian favorites.
I love attending events like the Bite of Oregon. You are helping support a great cause while trying out some amazing foods. If you attended this year’s event, how did you like the new set up?