Five Fun Weekend To-Dos

This weekend, Portland has something for everyone–ice cream lovers, Francophiles, fútbol enthusiasts, those who worship at the altar of Alsatian-style wine ‘n sausage and old-school heavy metal, and last but not least, anyone who has repeatedly eaten their weight in cherries and yet never seems to learn a lesson.

So tie on your finest red neckerchief, start planning the ideal build-your-own Ruby Jewels ice cream sandwich, dig your favorite Black Sabbath t-shirt out of the attic, stock up on Imodium, and practice your little Dutch headbutts–it’s going to be a fun, fabulous, sweaty, delicious weekend in Portland.

rubyjewelsMississippi Avenue Street Fair
Saturday, July 10
North Mississippi Street

The 9th Annual Mississippi Avenue Street Fair has a lot going for it–a beer garden pouring 11 locally produced craft beers from the likes of Hopworks, Lucky Lab, Widmer, Lompoc, and Ninkasi; a farmers market-style pavilion featuring the edible wares of 15 local growers and producers; and “Grandfather” Leonard Smith’s Rib-Off barbecue contest–but most exciting of all, on this very day, during this very street fair, Ruby Jewels will unveil their brand-new scoop shop to the world. Located at 3713 N Mississippi Ave., the shop will have all the Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwiches you’ve come to know and love, artisan ice cream, homemade cones, candy toppings and sauces, sundaes, and build-your-own-ice-cream-sandwich fun. More info>>

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waitersraceBastille Day in the Pearl
Saturday, July 10 12-8pm
Jamison Park

Francophiles, finish that jambon beurre sandwich and your passionate discourse, put on your best beret, and get on down to Jamison Park in the Pearl District for the 8th Annual Bastille Day in the Pearl. Gorge yourself on pastries from St. Honoré Boulangerie, La Provence Bakery, and Nuvrei, merguez sausage sandwiches and pommes frites from Fenouil, and mussels from Chez Joly, sip Georges Duboeuf wines, Kronenbourg, and Lillet cocktails in The Jardin of Wine and Beer, and cheer on your favorite server in the 6th Annual Portland Waiters Race–where speed-walking waiters and waitresses from local restaurants compete on speed and agility in balancing a serving tray in a race around Jamison Park. More info>>

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bairdcherriesHood River Cherry Days
Sat-Sun July 10-11, 10am-5pm
Hood River Fruit Loop

Growing up, we had a well-tended orchard, and I learned pretty early on in life what sort of ghastly gastronomic woes befall she who eats her weight in cherries in one sitting. Sadly, I never seem to learn. Because who can resist a bowl, basket, or bushel of fresh, sweet summer cherries? Besides, that’s what Imodium and their handy bathroom finder was invented for. And you might want to pack a box in your picnic basket this weekend because it’s time for the Hood River Fruit Loop’s glorious, gurgle-inducing Cherry Days, a joyous celebration of cherries. Local farms have baskets of orchard-fresh cherries waiting for you, while a few places will let you pick your own. There’s live music, wine, cherry cider, cherry pie, and a lot of general cherriment. Most participating farms are open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm, and admission is free. More info>>

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World Cup Finals & Kopstootje
Sunday, July 11 11:30am
Locations vary

With the Dutch playing in Sunday’s World Cup Finals (Sunday 7/11, 11:30 am on ABC), several bars around town will be serving up the kopstootje, or “little headbutt,” a traditional Dutch way of drinking genever (Dutch gin) paired with a beer. Hobnob Grille on SE Morrison is offering a $5 Bols Genever anytime the Dutch score a goal (until the genever runs out), and North 45 Pub on NW 21st Avenue will be serving a kopstootje special. If you need to prep for the big game with a pre-finals genever tasting, on Saturday, July 10, Portland supermixologist Jacob Grier will be behind the bar at North Portland pub The Hop & Vine mixing from a menu of Bols Genever and Damrak Gin cocktails from 6-9 pm.

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Teutonic Tasting at Cheese Bar
Sunday, July 11 2-6pm
Cheese Bar, 6031 SE Belmont St.

After a very serious rosé tasting last week, I learned something about Teutonic Wine Company’s Schöne Schlucht rosé–I REALLY like it. This Sunday afternoon, join me at Cheese Bar for the Teutonic Wine Company Tasting with Olympic Provisions and German Rock and Roll event. Barnaby Tuttle, Teutonic Wine Company winemaker, is an old-school metal head who’s found a kindred spirit in Elias Cairo, Olympic Provisions’ super cute salumist, who happens to share Barnaby’s affinity for heavy metal and is a whiz at crafting Alsatian-style sausages. It’s a match made in rock-and-roll and wine-and-sausage heaven. More info>>