The Bite of Oregon, held on the weekend in the month of August, in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, is one of my favorite things to do in Portland.
"The Bite," as it is lovingly referred to by us locals, is an event that celebrates the city: the food, the entertainment and the people. Anyone who is anyone participates in this huge event. Not to mention, local and national foodies turn out in droves.
Resident restaurants bring their fare to share in the long lines of booths that run up and down Waterfront Park.
Local musicians (and even national ones) show up to entertain the crowds on the stages around the event. You'll often find guests from Iron Chef, Top Chef, and the Food Network there.
The 2010 Bite welcomed Food Network chef and Olympic medallist, Brian Boitano. Are you getting the impression that this is not a Portland food event to be missed? ;)
Competitions, wine tasting, beer gardens and other things are all a part of this ambitious summertime event.
Being as this is such a popular time, you're going to either want to get to the downtown area fairly early to stake your claim on a parking spot, scout out one of the many parking garages available or maybe even save yourself some hassle by taking public transportation.
In August, the weather tends to be very nice and the heat comfortable, without being too hot.
Waterfront Park runs along the Willamette River, so you can enjoy the food and music with the water and the boats as a backdrop. It's simply an enjoyable time to be in downtown Portland Oregon.
Admission to The Bite is very reasonable, with gate proceeds going to the Oregon Special Olympics, which is very cool. You can find discount coupons at some of the local stores and businesses around the Portland area and beyond.
Get all the information about this year's Bite of Oregon at their web site...