Life Tastes Better at The Bite
By Wine Press Staff
An estimated 40,000 foodies, wine lovers and microbrew buffs will descend on Portland's Waterfront Park, Aug. 6-8, to experience some of Oregon's best at The Bite of Oregon presented by Reser's Fine Foods.
Now in its 27th year, the 2010 event promises to build on the major changes of the last five years with three new features: the Oregon Dessert Pavilion presented by Boyd Coffee Co., Portland Food Cart Cuisine and Gerry Frank's Oregon Chef's Table presented by The Oregonian.
Important mainstay features include the popular Iron Chef Oregon competitions presented by NW Natural, Sysco's Oregon Chef Stage, the expanded Oregon Craft Beer Garden, featuring greater selection, continuous music and entertainment, and one of the largest Oregon wine tastings in the state, which takes place in the MIX Wine Pavilion.
Brian Boitano will headline The Bite this year with his presence on the chef demonstration stage. The famous figure skating Olympian is now a Food Network chef; his show "What Would Brian Boitano Make?" debuted August 2009 and features his culinary skills and talent for one-of-a-kind entertaining. Also appearing on Sysco's Oregon Chef Stage is Dave Martin, a contestant on the first season of Bravo's "Top Chef."
Blues great and local legend, Curtis Salgado, will highlight two stages of musical entertainment. Keegan Smith, Soul Vaccination, The Strange Tones and other notables will keep the energy at a high level. Rose City vaudevillians have been tapped to perform throughout the park.
Of course, the real stars of the show are the dozens of menu items represented by Oregon's restaurants, offering a variety of entrées, sides and desserts.
The Bite of Oregon, introduced in 1984, will once again benefit Special Olympics Oregon.
The Bite of Oregon
Location: Waterfront Park, Portland
Date/Time: Aug. 6-7 (11 a.m.-10 p.m.); Aug. 8 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.)
Tickets: $10 (weekend pass); $8 (daily); $3 (first 3 hours Fri., Sun.)