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Bite Of Oregon

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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.

Event Details:

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.

City Slickers- PDX

First on our list was City Slickers.  A food cart based out of Sellwood in Piknik Park food cart pod.

Address1122 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?

 

 

 

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Tigard Street Fair- Taste of Tigard

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Hey, friends!  We are back today to talk about the  Taste of Tigard.  For those of you who are local and live in Oregon, know that Tigard is a suburb outside of Portland.  On June 17th, Tigard held their first ever Taste of Tigard or tasting tour to be specific.

Tigard Street Fair

It was an opportunity for Tigardians to sample local entrepreneurs food and beverages.  This event was very much worth the visit.  There were maybe 2-3 vendors that I have actually tried and the rest were new to me.

The event was over by SYMPOSIUM coffee, which is also where  Tigard Street Heritage Trail and Rotary Plaza will be.

Admission to the event was free and there were opportunities to purchase items from the vendors.  The best route is purchasing the tasting passport.  Early bird pricing was $11 and then went up to $15.  Either way, it was worth the pricing.  You were provided a sample from each vendor including the liquor!

I, unfortunately, missed the purchasing time frame for the passport but was able to purchase items a la carte.

Vendors
  1. Tigard Farmers Market
  2. Symposium Coffee
  3. Koi Fusion
  4. Indio Spirits
  5. Flyboy Brewing
  6. Stash Tea
  7. Zuniga Foods
  8. Patty-Cake, Patty-Cake
  9. Divine Catering
  10. Don Flores
  11. Le Cookie Monkey
  12. Southern Thai
Tastes

Since I didn’t purchase the passport, I went ahead and just did a la carte items from certain booths.  I may or may not have gone back later to a specific cart for seconds.

Thai

Located on Sundays at the Tigard Farmer’s Market and Thursday Night Market in Downtown Tigard-  We tasted the Thai iced tea and Chicken Satay.  The Thai iced is probably one of the best I have ever had.  Very similar to a brand that I like to purchase in-stores.  Chicken satay and pickled veggies were great.  My favorite was the pickled veggies.  I would have gotten a whole plate of it if it was allowed.

Don Flores- Fish Tacos

Don Flores

This is a new food cart in Tigard, located behind Sherries Jewelry box.  My fiance is very picky when it comes to fish tacos.  He always compares them to the ones in San Diego, where he says the best fish tacos are found.  Surprisingly, these met his expectations and mine.  They were so good that we even went back later in the evening for a couple more!

Symposium Coffee- cardamom latte

Symposium Coffee

Is a really cool coffee shop located in the heart of downtown Tigard.  I personally am not a coffee drinker, but my fiance is.  He loved trying the Cardamom Latte with plans to go back and try the lavender.

Zuniga Foods- chips and salsa

Zuniga Foods

This was our first time tasting their salsa or even know they existed.  We seriously need to get out more!  The salsa was fresh and very tasty, partnered with the chips- they are a great healthy snack!

Le Cookie Monkey- desserts!!

Le Cookie Monkey

Amazing desserts at a reasonable price!  What more could anyone want?  The cookies are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside- exactly how they should be!  They also provide a number of other desserts, if cookies are not your thing.  We will definitely go back and grab some sweets!

Taste of Tigard is a great family friendly event.  We loved seeing everyone come out to support the community and definitely something we will attend again.