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Farm Dinners Happening in the Portland Area This Year

  |  Local Happenings, Neighborhood Insight, Portland

To say Portland understands the value of farm-to-table food is an understatement. This vibrant city is completely surrounded by farms, providing a fresh bounty of produce, dairy and meat for restaurants and residents alike. Plus, the city takes farm-fresh dining to the next level by hosting a myriad of farm dinners throughout the region.

Can you imagine a more dreamy setting for enjoying a delicious meal than on the farm where the ingredients were grown? Complete with local wine pairings, live music and educational opportunities, these farm dinners in the Portland area provide the ultimate culinary experience.

 

Wine & Dine at Abbey Road Farm

Third Wed. March–October

Wine & Dine at Abbey Road Farm

Photo Courtesy of Nick Grier via Abbey Road Farm

On the third Wednesday of the month from March through October, Abbey Road hosts a special farm-to-table dinner featuring the creations from top local chefs, perfectly paired with local wines. Enjoy a welcome reception from 6–6:30, a tour of the farm from 6:30–7, and sit down for an unforgettable meal at 7 p.m. If you don’t want to drive home after, you can even take advantage of the farm’s on-site lodging in the famous Silo Suites B&B and newly remodeled Ranch House. Save $50 off your booking price when you book your stay for the same evening as your dinner! Take a look at the Wine & Dine schedule and get your tickets before the dinners sell out.

 

Field & Vine

March–December

Field & Vine

Photo Courtesy of Bridgette Rusnac via Field & Vine

Field & Vine is perhaps the most active farm dinner organizer in the region, hosting between 20 and 30 dinners throughout the Portland area all year long. Savor a variety of Oregon wines over a six-to-seven-course dinner expertly prepared by Field & Vine chefs using ingredients sourced straight from the host and surrounding farms. Field & Vine dinners are hosting at a variety of locations, including vineyards, farms, ranches, and more. In the early spring and winter, events are held in a tented space, barn or covered area, so the show can go on — rain or shine! Casual attire is recommended due to the rural settings. Take a look at the lengthy list of upcoming dinners hosted by Field & Vine.

 

Plate and Pitchfork

July–August

Plate and Pitchfork

Photo Courtesy of Joshua Chang of Foundry 503 via Plate and Pitchfork

Each summer since 2003, Plate and Pitchfork has been turning farms into dining rooms, creating an environment for food, wine, conversation and education. Upon arrival at each dinner, you’ll enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers, followed by an exclusive tour of the farm. The tour ends at the al fresco dining room, where you will feast on a four-to-five-course meal paired with wine. As you savor your meal, you’ll hear from those who have grown, caught, raised, or crafted the items on the table. Take a look at the many dinners happening in July and August — and be sure to get your tickets before they sell out! With the exception of their very last dinner benefitting the Yamhill Enrichment Society, all Plate and Pitchfork events during their 17th season will benefit Farmers Ending Hunger.

 

 

The Side Yard

June–August

The Side Yard Portland

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Linehan via The Side Yard

Stick close to home with a dinner at The Side Yard, an urban farm project by chef Stacey Givens in the heart of Northeast Portland. She hosts a variety of events throughout the spring and summer, including suppers, brunches, workshops, comedy nights, bike-in movies and much more. Take a look at the exciting events on the calendar and get your tickets quickly, as The Side Yard events tend to sell out quickly!

 

Gather and Feast Farm

June 29 + August 10

Gather and Feast Farm

Photo Courtesy of Gather and Feast Farm

This year, Gather and Feast Farm is hosting two special farm dinners, one to kick off summer on June 29 and one to celebrate the harvest season on August 10. Their special al fresco dinners are designed to build community and save small farms through the age-old tradition of breaking bread and raising a glass. Your ticket purchase includes a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, a multi-course family-style dinner, unlimited beer and wine, and live music throughout the entire event.

 

Kruger’s Farm

June–September

Situated on the scenic Sauvie Island just northwest of Portland, Kruger’s Farm is a working 150-acre farm offering a farm stand, seasonal you-pick berry fields, acres of you-cut flowers, and a variety of events, like their farm-to-plate dinners. These four-to-six-course dinners pop up most weekends between mid-June and mid-September under a mighty 200-year-old oak tree. Kruger’s also caters to vegetarians by offering a vegetarian option at each dinner. Dinners occur on most Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and tickets are $75 per person for Friday and Saturday and $55 per person for Thursday dinners. Take a look at the dinner schedule and reserve your seat at the table!

 

Outstanding in the Field

July

Outstanding in the Field Pacific Northwest

Photo Courtesy of Outstanding in the Field

Considered one of the most renowned farm dinner hosts across the globe, Outstanding in the Field travels the world to host iconic gatherings, from France to Canada, making a stop in the Pacific Northwest during the summer. Outstanding in the Field is hosting eight farm dinners in the region this year, including one at Soter Vineyards in Carlton, Oregon and one at Vibrant Valley Farm in Sauvie Island. The former is sold out, so get your tickets for the Vibrant Valley Farm dinner before it sells out!

This year, Outstanding in the Field is celebrating its 20th season of hosting table-to-farm dinners. When founder Jim Denevan did his first three dinners in 1999 around his hometown of Santa Cruz, California, the notion of fine dining on a farm was definitely not a thing. In fact, it was really hard to explain it to people. How the tide has turned!

 

Our Table in the Field

July–October

Our Table in the Field

Photo Courtesy of Our Table Cooperative

Our Table in the Field is the on-farm dining series at Our Table Cooperative in Sherwood. From July through October, the team hosts a number of special farm dinner events, some of which partner with local chefs and some which are hosted by their own chef, Greg Pezeshki. At each dinner, guests gather and mingle in the reception area, enjoying a welcome beverage and passed appetizers. After 45 minutes, you may take an optional 30-minute guided tour of the Our Table farm. Then, sit down for a seasonal family-style meal served in an open field setting. Take a look at the upcoming dinners and get your tickets for an unforgettable evening!

 

A Midsummer Night’s Feast at Oregon Heritage Farms

August 15

A Midsummer Night’s Feast at Oregon Heritage Farms

Photo Courtesy of Oregon Heritage Farms

Sit down for A Midsummer Night’s Feast, an evening of farm-fresh dining, delectable drink pairings, and live entertainment. Take in the stunning scenery of the apple orchard at Oregon Heritage Farms in Hillsboro while you enjoy a fresh and seasonal meal prepared by the Field & Vine culinary team. Unique and tasty drink pairings will be available from Wild Roots Vodka, Oregonic Tonic Kombucha, and the wine sponsor for the event, WillaKenzie Estates. The dinner benefits the Healing Hunter Foundation, a local non-profit that uplifts and supports children with cancer and their families. The price of each ticket includes a three-to-five-course dinner, accompanying drink pairings, tax and gratuity.

 

Twilight on the Farm at Luscher Farm

September 7

Luscher Farm is hosting their 3rd Annual Twilight on the Farm dinner on September 7. Enjoy an evening strolling the back fields and historic barn at Luscher Farm while you sip on regional wines and enjoy a freshly prepared meal from local chefs and restaurants. The evening begins with local wines, brews and appetizers, followed by a short tour of the fields, culminating with a family-style dinner, dessert and live music from Dryland Farmers Band in the barn. Many of the ingredients for the meal are provided by 47th Avenue Farm, located just 100 meters from the barn.

Proceeds from Twilight on the Farm will support the Friends of Luscher Farm, which works with the City of Lake Oswego to foster and create community connections to the historic Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego. The dinner is limited to 150 guests, so get your tickets before they sell out! Tickets cost $100 per person until August 18 and $120 per person after August 18.

 

Bon Appétit!

Which farm dinner are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below — whether or not it is on our list!

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Melissa Peterson, Director of Agent Services and Technology

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