Escape to Agricureatopia

We all need a little escape now and then, whether it involves a weeklong jaunt to Kauai, a four-martini, no-dessert-left-behind meal at one of our favorite Portland restaurants, a raunchy S&M bestseller-instigated trip to the hardware store for rope and duct tape, or a warm summer evening spent sampling all the delights of a local epicurean getaway without leaving the comfort of beautiful Red Ridge Farms.

agricureanescapepicSpeaking of the latter, the Pacific Northwest-based EverGreen Escapes debuts their new lineup of epicurean tours, aka AgriCurean Escapes, on Sunday, July 22, from 5-8pm, with a farm-to-table summer celebration at scenic Red Ridge Farms in Dayton. There will be farm tours, a mini-farmers’ market, and a whole host of Agricurean Escapes purveyors and participants on hand—from Rex Hill Winery and A to Z Wineworks toSalt, Fire & Time and Briar Rose Creamery to Three Little Figs andKookoolan Farms, all bringing the best of Portland and wine country you, so you don’t have to traipse more than a few paces between sips and samples.

For those who tend to overindulge and then end up sleeping in the back of their mid-sized SUV to avoid driving tipsy, there’s no need this time around—for $15, you can purchase a convivial round-trip ride in Agricurean Escapes’ stylin’ biodiesel Mercedes van from and to Benson High School.

I’ll be at the party next next Sunday, and if you’d like to join me, tickets ($35) can be had by clicking here. AE has also generously donated two tickets for some lucky escapist, just head to the Under The Table Facebook page and share your favorite Pacific Northwest edible escape spot–be it a picnic on a pristine fern-choked trail or the surprisingly peaceful Holocene happy hour–for a chance to win. I’ll randomly pick a winner and announce them in tomorrow’s Table Scraps.

If you want to find out more about Agricurean Escapes tours, led by expert guides and thrusting you into a wild world of hands-on foraging, tasting and cooking experiences and behind the scenes peeks at farms, breweries and wineries, plus hiking, cycling and kayaking for the action-adventure types, investigate their website.

Hope to bump into you at Red Ridge Farms next next Sunday! (And hope not to bump into you in the Pearl Ace Hardware rope section—awk-ward!)