Gastro Trip: Portland
5 Reasons to Visit the Enthusiastic Eater’s Paradise this Fall
1/ Food + Drink Festivals
Fall is food festival season, starting with Feast (September 18–21), a four-day frenzy of hands-on classes, dinners, and sampling events, like the Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational. Or time your trip for Portland Cocktail Week (October 18–24), the Great American Distillers Festival (October 24–25), Holiday Ale Fest (December 3–7), or ChocolateFest (January 23–25).
2/ Food Cart Pod 28
Get made-from-scratch fare ranging from Northern Italian to Yucatan cuisine (and a brew from the beer bus) at this superb cluster of carts on SE 28th Avenue.
3/ Tastiest Block
Between brioche donuts at Blue Star, legendary sandwiches at Lardo, and pasta at Grassa, SW Washington Street between 12th and 13th Avenues is where you want to be.
4/ Kennedy School
Stay, eat, sip, and play at this circa-1915 schoolhouse turned multi-purpose entertainment venue in Northeast Portland. It’s got a brewery, restaurant, bars, movie theatre, soaking pool, and 57 hotel rooms.
5/ Brews and Bikes
Cruise through easy, flat terrain in Southeast Portland, where you can easily hit 10 breweries in a single afternoon.