TOAST returns for its fourth edition in 2014, bringing together the top micro-distilleries in Oregon -- and from throughout the world -- in downtown Portland for a spirits festival. More than 30 distillers offering over 120 different samples will ensure that there's something for just about everyone's palate.
Photo courtesy TOAST / Oregon Distillers Guild
Oregon Rum Runners brings Polynesian fare at Hale Pele's tiki bar together with cocktails by Oregon's top rum distillers. It's a great lead-in to the 2014 edition of TOAST Spirits festival in Portland. Read our full write up of the Oregon Rum Runners event. Participating distillers include Calhoun Brothers Adventure Spirits, Bull Run Distilling Company, Eastside Distilling, Glaser Distillery and Indio Spirits Distillery.
Photo: Rum Cocktail, via flickr by JOH_8222
Portland has a well-deserved reputation as the bicycle capital of America. Check out our recent roundup of some of the most prominent bike businesses in and around the city. Have something to add? Drop a comment below.
Portland: Welcome to America's Bike Capital. via flickr by Adam Hernstein
Read the full listing here.
Vegetarian night at Beast: a once-a-month occurrence when non-meat-eaters can experience one of the most well-known Portland foodie experiences. I recently had the opportunity to sample chef Naomi Pomeroy's veggie fare myself -- thanks to a generous gift certificate from a friend.
Check out the meal in photos -- but keep in mind that the fixed-price menu changes weekly. See the full feature here.
Photo: Veggie night at Beast. ŠJoshua Liberles
Looking for a new place to see music and other performances on a budget? The Old Historic Church in Portland's West End offers up music performances including classical, folk and world music -- often for less than $10. Every Wednesday at noon there's also the excellent Free Sack Lunch performances at the Old Church.
Read more about the Old Church, the Free Sack Lunch performances and more in our full coverage.
Photo via the Old Historic Church.
St Patrick's Day is almost upon us, and Portlanders have a ton of options for how to celebrate. We've compiled a listing of some of the top events in and around Portland -- ranging from a fun golf tournament to pub crawls, the incredibly popular Shamrock Run to a four-day music, dancing, eating and drinking festival.
See our complete listing of Portland's 2014 St Patrick's Day festivities, wear green and enjoy the holiday!
Photo of St Patrick's Day via WikiMedia.
Portland Dining Month moves from June to March for 2014, and over 100 restaurants will be offering a $29 fixed price menu all month long. Have a restaurant you keep hearing about, but you couldn't justify the expense? Well, now's your chance to book your seats.
Read more about Portland Dining Month in our full write-up, which includes a complete listing of competing restaurants and information about vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well.
Photo courtesy Portland Dining Month.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' show, Venice: the Golden Age of Art and Music, is on tour and will be in residence at the Portland Art Museum from February 15th through May 11th, 2014. Both art and music were enmeshed with daily life during the city's heyday, and the show explores how artists and composers influenced one another, and how the arts were inextricably tied to the city's pulse.
Read more about the show in our full write-up here.
Photo: Venice in the Golden Age. Photo courtesy Portland Art Museum.
Although you may look out the window right now and think otherwise, bicycle racing season is right around the corner in and around Portland.
The Jack Frost time trial event that skirts the edge of Vancouver Lake, in Vancouver, Washington, will once again get things rolling at the end of February, closely followed by the Dirty Circles series of road races in Woodland, Washington. Things really heat up at the end of March with the Gorge Roubaix weekend of road races in The Dalles, Oregon. The Gorge Roubaix mixes tarmac with gravel road surfaces for a true test of a rider's mettle, and it proved to be a favorite among racers in 2013.
Read more about these races and the Portland bicycle racing scene in our coverage, here: Early Season 2014 Bicycle Races in and around Portland.
Photo: The early breakaway in the 2013 Gorge Roubaix Elite men's race. ŠIan Marshall / Castelli Cycling
Smash Putt combines an art show, mini-golf, mechanized high-tech obstacles, golf ball cannons and a warehouse party. The event runs on weekends and coinciding with First Thursdays from January 31st through March 30th, 2014, on 140 NW 4th Avenue in Old Town Portland.
Tickets are $10 and coincide with a specific time slot. Order them in advance online, although a limited number will be available at the door.
Read more about the event: Smash Putt, The "Mega Miniature Golf Apocalypse," Comes to Portland.