The pairings of beer and food has been such a common occurrence over the years that it now seems a bit mundane. However many times vegan food is overlooked as a compliment to its sudsy beverage. This will change on Saturday when fans of both beer and vegan food will receive a festival that shares these two passions. The inaugural Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival will take place on Saturday, September 26, at Zidell Yards in Portland’s South Waterfront.
Though this is the first year of the Vegan Beer & Food Festival here in Portland, this event has been taking place for the past six years in Los Angeles. This will be the first time that this fully vegan event will take place in the Pacific Northwest and Portland will be home to what is planned to be an annual event that will transform the vacant Zidell Yards into one of the liveliest atmospheres in all of Portland on Saturday.
The festival organizers have brought together some amazing vegan food creations from Portland’s favorite vegan restaurants, carts, trucks, and vendors along with a few from this year’s Los Angeles Vegan Beer and Food Festival. Beyond the food there will be unlimited pours from 100+ handpicked craft beer and a super chill lineup of live music of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Mimicking Birds, LoveBomb Go-Go, Modern Kin and Genders. This will all be taking place near Portland’s new Tilikum Crossing Bridge and its close proximity to TriMet MAX, Bus and Portland Streetcar.
Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival will take place from 1:00pm to 7:00pm on Saturday, September 26th. There will also be a VIP option that allows for entry an hour early at Noon. One must be 21 years of age or older to enter. Last pour will be at 6:00pm.
Advance Tickets are now on sale and will also be available at the door. However ticket prices will increase by an additional $10.00 on the day of the event. There are many various ticket options that begin at $25.00. Here’s a rundown on all ticket options.
Non-drinking Ticket – $25
Includes: Admission to the event at 1pm and unlimited Kombucha sampling in your own signature 4oz. VBFF glass to keep. (Food is sold separately, You cannot sample beer with this ticket)
General Admission Ticket – $45
Includes: Admission to the event, entry at 1pm, and unlimited beer sampling in your own 4oz. VBFF glass to keep. (Food is sold separately)
VIP Ticket – $65
Includes: Admission to the event, early noon entry, exclusive and unlimited beer tasting in your own 4oz. VBFF glass to keep, access to VIP areas. (Food is sold separately).
VIP Designated Driver – $35
Includes: Admission to the event, early noon entry, VBFF glass to keep, access to VIP areas. (Food is sold separately). Non-drinking ticket.
Upon entry, everyone is given a 4 oz Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival commemorative glass for unlimited pours. Yes you read that correctly, unlimited pours! A wide variety of Kombucha is highlighted for those who don’t drink alcohol. Beer and food is all vegan and food prices will vary by vendor.
Best of all BREWPUBLIC is giving away TWO PASSES ($90.00 value) to the Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival. All you have to do to win these two passes valued at $45.00 each is to leave a comment with your interest in winning at the bottom of this article. The drawing will take place on Thursday night.
The beer list is quite extensive and will feature two breweries that rarely if at all are seen in Portland that are Golden Road Brewing and Modern Times. The entire beer list includes the following:
21st Amendment: Down to Earth Session IPA / Back in Black Black IPA
Anchor: Anchor Steam / Anchor Big Leaf Maple
Atlas Cider: Blackberry / Apricot
Baerlic: Invincible IPA / Cavalier Classic Cream Ale
Ballast Point: Grapefruit Sculpin / Grunion Pale Ale
Basecamp: Ripstop Rye Pils / Celestial CDL
Bison: Chocolate Stout
Chetco Brewing: Willa Nelson IPA
Cismontane: Cali Commons Lager
Coalition: Space Fruit Citrus Infused West Coast IPA / King Kitty NW Red Ale
The Commons: Urban Farmhouse Ale / Ginger Lime Myrtle
Culmination: Sai What / Euphoric IPA
Deschutes: Jubelale / Pine Drops IPA
Ecliptic: Spica Pilsner / Orbiter IPA
Eel River: TBD
Elysian Brewing: Dragonstooth Stout / Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
Reverend Nat’s: Revival Hard Apple Cider / Hallelujah Hopricot
Rogue: Pumpkin Patch Ale / 7 Hop
Upright: Six / Seven
Wild Ride Brewing: Float On Saison / Quencher: Session Ale with Lime and Ginger
Woodland Empire: Old Boise Lager
Kombucha will also be offered and is curated by Kombucha Hunter. Some of the offerings will include Brew Dr., Eva’s, GT’s. Happy Mountain, Health-Ade, Humm, Kombucha Town, Lion Heart, Oregonic Tonic, Rose City, and SOMA.
Food will be full servings and regularly priced so its encouraged to bring some friends along and share in all of the vegan food options. Food vendors will be: Back to Eden, Blossoming Lotus, Brown Sugar Baking, Charlie’s Brownies, Clean South, The Coffee Bus, Doomie’s, Follow Your Heart, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Heidi Ho Organics, Infinity Sauces, It’s a Rawsome Life, Juniper Collective, KindKreme, Masala Pop, Native Bowl, Nicholas Restaurant, Obon PDX, Of Roots & Blooms, Petunia’s Pies & Pastries, Plant Food For People, Portabello Vegan Trattoria, Sage Vegan Biestro, Sizzle Pie, Snackrilege, Southern Fried Vegan, SushiLove, The Vegetarian Blog, Victoria Bar and Violet Sweet Shoppe.
Craft Marketplace will feature: Berkley Illustration, Beanfields, Fox Peak Apparel, Mountain Mel’s, Salty and Sweet Design, XO Soap Co, Hana Designs, Black Studios, Panda With Cookie, SMASHED! Boozy Jams + Jellies, Urban Cheese Craft, and Portland Roller Derby.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.