Although the opening weekend for the Portland Farmers Market in March is the official start to the fresh food season, I find my tastes align more with berries than with Swiss chard. As such, I always eagerly anticipate late spring, when the first sweet delicacies appear. May and June are also two of the best foodie months in town.
May kicks off with the Taste of the Nation, a fundraiser for Share Our Strength that brings together tastes from restaurants, breweries and wineries.
In mid-May, the Indie Wine and Food Festival highlights the best of local, small-batch vintners and pairs them with nibbles from great restaurants.
Over Memorial Day Weekend, winemakers open their doors for the 21st annual tasting extravaganza in the Willamette Valley.
Finally, in June, the entire month becomes a feast for foodies with the return of Dining Month Portland, which includes three-course dinners for just $25 at nearly 50 restaurants, every day of the week. This year’s participants include James Beard Award nominated locales like Lincoln and Nostrana, plus past winners like Paley’s Place.
Can’t visit in May or June? Don’t worry, there are plenty of other fantastic food events. Check the calendar or book the Portland Perks package and receive a discount-packed coupon book featuring savings at nearly 20 different restaurants.