Food, views and booze: 4 epic summer events
It's a midsummer night's dream, when we live in a place with such abundance and natural beauty.
If you're looking to find your own piece of paradise with a cold beverage in hand, food, music, community and a stunning view, you're in the right place.
Here are four epic events to check out this summer:
1. Attend a farm dinner.
Field & Vine's fifth annual Dinners in the Field series is going strong, in the midst of a lineup of 31 events, from Sauvie Island to Salem.
Each event is focused on agritourism, drawing a closer connection to where food and drink come from — the wineries, farms, U-picks, mills and artisan makers of cheeses, breads and more.
A portion of proceeds from each dinner go to the nonprofit Oregon Farm Loop, which promotes public education about three farm loops close to Portland: the Canby Farm Loop, Mollala County Farm Loop and Farmlandia (including 20 stops in Southeast Portland and Wilsonville).
Here are some of the upcoming Field & Vine dinners. For the full lineup (through Dec. 9), visit www.fieldandvineevents.com:
• July 22, Christopher Bridge Wines with Tranquil Farms in Oregon City
• July 29, Lee Farms with Erath Winery and House Spirits in Tualatin
• Aug. 6, Rare Plant Research and Villa Catalana Cellars with Portland Cider Company in Oregon City
• Aug. 12, Beckham Estate Vineyard with Portland Creamery in Sherwood
2. Check out Widmer Brothers' new beer garden.
One of Portland's pioneer craft brew icons, Widmer Brothers, opened its beer garden earlier this month at its flagship North Portland location, 929 N. Russell St. — how much more Portland could it get?
The new space features four rotating taps of small-batch beers from the brewery's innovation brewing team and cans of easy-drinking Hefe. It's a pet-friendly, kid-friendly spot for food carts, lawn games, live music on special occasions and a grand view of the city.
The garden is open noon to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sundays; a celebration brunch on July 28 will feature pilsners from six Oregon breweries, including Widmer, Occidental, Breakside, pFriem, Buoy and Ecliptic. Each of the pilsners will be available in bottles throughout July, which is Oregon Beer Month.
Beer Month will wrap up with the 30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, July 26-30 at Waterfront Park, with more than 80 independent craft brewers represented. It's one of Oregon's oldest beer festivals, drawing 80,000 people each year.
For info: www.oregonbrewfest.com.
3. Enjoy a concert at Maryhill Winery, outside of Goldendale, Washington.
Ninety miles east of Oregon on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, you'll find a concert venue with a million-dollar view.
The 4,000-seat amphitheater is part of the natural slope of the outdoor lawn, with panoramic views of Mount Hood, the gorge and surrounding vineyards.
The Maryhill Winery tasting room is open for guests, and food vendors make picnics a breeze.
The venue invites a lineup of world-class country, jazz, blues and rock artists each summer; here's who's playing now:
• Aug. 12 — Boz Scaggs & Michael McDonald
• Sept. 9 — Steve Winwood
• Sept. 17 — Goo Goo Dolls & Phillip Phillips
For more: www.maryhillwinery.ticketfly.com.
4. Tour wine country in style.
Calling all winos and budding sommeliers: It's easy to go wine tasting in the Willamette Valley on your own, but why not make the most of the experience with a personalized tour led by a certified wine professional?
Triangle Wine Country Tours is offering three all-inclusive "wine classes on wheels" this summer, six seats per tour. The tours include transportation, lunch, tasting fees, snacks and water.
Upcoming tours include: Sunday, July 23, in the Columbia Gorge and Saturday, Aug. 5, in the Willamette Valley, focusing on Dundee and Yamhill county wineries.
For more: www.trianglewinecountry.com