Behold: the Best Bites of Oregon
Order up a round of Oregon's finest food at The Bite of Oregon festival Aug. 10 to 12 at the Waterfront Park in Portland, Ore. Guests can enjoy cooking contests, chef demonstrations, and a menu of more than 100 dishes with all proceeds benefiting Oregon's Special Olympics.
Local restaurants, food trucks, and dessert shops are heating up their grills to provide hungry festival-goers with savory and sweet snacks, such as burgers, seafood, and cupcakes.
Menu items not to be missed include Kobe haute dogs with Oregon blue cheese and caramelized onions from Rogue Brewery, grilled crabcakes with basil aioli from Rafati's Catering, and honey glazed chicken skewers from Bambuza Vietnam Bistro.
Guests can also line up at food trucks like Nikki & Lefty's for lamb gyros with tzatziki and KoiFusion for spicy tofu tacos.
For dessert, Konditorei is dishing out slices of black out, carrot, champagne, red velvet, and German chocolate ganache cakes, while Palate Pleaser is serving up sweet treats, such as brownies, scones, and fresh Hood River pears dipped in caramel.
The Bite of Oregon also has two beer gardens where guests can sample Oregonian wines and craft beers from 15 of the state's breweries. Drink events, such as Think Outside the Pint, teach guests how to mix up meals using beer as a core ingredient.
Local restaurants are competing in the Best of Bite contest Aug. 10, where chefs will present their dishes to a panel of judges to win awards, such as best visual appearance, best taste, and best booth. Aaron McCargo, Jr. of Food Network's Big Daddy's House is also hosting a demonstration on how to make healthy and flavorful meals.
Admission to The Bite of Oregon is $5.