Portland Fermentation Festival 2011

September 27th, 2011

A couple weeks ago I got to talk with Dave Adamshick at the Northwest Portland Farmers Market about all things Portland Fermentation Festival. It would have been more fun if festival co-organizers David Barber and George Winborn could have been a part too but they were there in briny spirit. Here’s a short video that Dave made from our conversation…

We’re in countdown mode now for this year’s third annual Portland Fermentation Festival on Thurdsay, October 20th from 6-8pm at Ecotrust! We’re still accepting applications from folks who want to sample their homemade fermented food and drink. Here’s the entry form. And we’re also looking for more volunteers to help set up and break down and work the door. If you’d like to volunteer please send us an email at info at portland fermentation festival dot com. Also, if you want to help spread the word please print out some of these posters and put them up around town. See you at the Portland Fermentation Festival in a few short weeks!

Third Annual Portland Fermentation Festival
Open to the public, all ages

When: Thursday, October 20th 6-8pm
Where: Ecotrust’s Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center on the second floor, 721 NW 9th Ave., #200, Portland, OR
What: Sample and learn about all sorts of food and drink ferments
Cost: $5 at the door
info@portlandfermentationfestival.com
Twitter @PDXFermentFest
Facebook Portland Fermentation Festival

Friend Food Pt. 3

September 19th, 2011

Mexican mouse melons from our awesome next-door neighbors.

I love putting these posts together because it always reminds me how much I have to be grateful for. In recent weeks we’ve been gifted all kinds of super tasty foods including these Mexican mouse melons that I guarantee are the cutest food I’ve eaten all summer.

Hope you’ve been eating/drinking/living well. What’s been on your plate?

My neighbor Alison and I did a weekend morning berry exchange earlier this summer. She left a bowl of just-picked raspberries on my front porch before I woke up and I picked blueberries and left them on her porch mid-morning.

Alison also gave us some of her homemade vegan strawberry ice cream made with almond milk that was amazing.

And then there was the vegan tomato corn soup that my friend Michelle made from Isa Chandra Moskowitz's and Terry Hope Romero's cookbook Veganomicon that I couldn't have shared if I wanted to.

Made these sour cherries that I picked with friends from a neighborhood tree into cherry wine that's bubbling away in the utility room and will be ready to drink in several months.

Our next-door neighbors Michael and Mulysa gave us this enormous bowl filled with all different lettuces from their backyard. So good.

Our friend Mount has been supplying us with his incredible coffee ever since Tyler built a coffee dispenser for his roastery. Delicious.

Our neighbor Butch gave us this side of Chinook straight off the boat. He and his family go fishing most weekends in the summer and early fall and we always get a lot of the catch. I'll show you what me made with it in upcoming posts.

Friend Food Pt. 1
Friend Food Pt. 2

Portland Fermentation Festival 2011 — Save the Date!

September 12th, 2011

Save the date!

I’m so happy to announce that we’ve set a date for the third annual Portland Fermentation Festival — Thursday, October 20th 6-8pm at Ecotrust! Thank you SO much Ecotrust for kindly allowing us to stink up the space yet again! We couldn’t do it without you.

And we couldn’t do it without YOU! We hope that you will come out and celebrate the wide world of fermented food and drink with us this year. More than 500 of you did last year so maybe you’ll each bring a friend and we can double attendance. Actually, that might be a little too crowded.

If you don’t know about the Portland Fermentation Festival listen up. At PFF you get to hang out with fellow food/drink fermenters, exchange cultures and recipes, get advice from local food fermentation enthusiasts, and sample everything from sour pickles, miso and kefir to cheese, hard cider, and mead. Good stuff.

We’ll be getting more details out in upcoming weeks here and over at the official website but for now the main issues to attend to are 1.) Sign-up to sample fermented food and drink at the event here 2.) Shoot us an email if you’d like to volunteer at the door or for set-up/clean-up at info at portland fermentation festival dot com. In exchange for volunteering you’ll get good things, we promise.

Check out some previous Portland Fermentation Festival coverage:

Food Lover’s Guide to Portland 2010
Willamette Week 2009
Willamette Week 2010
KBOO Food Show 2010
Mix Magazine 2010
Learn to Preserve 2010

More details soon!

Third Annual Portland Fermentation Festival
Open to the public, all ages

When: Thursday, October 20th 6-8pm
Where: Ecotrust’s Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center on the second floor, 721 NW 9th Ave., #200, Portland, OR
What: Sample and learn about all sorts of food and drink ferments
Cost: $5 at the door
info@portlandfermentationfestival.com
Twitter @PDXFermentFest
Facebook Portland Fermentation Festival

Ecotrust’s 20th Birthday Bash Ticket Winner!

September 8th, 2011

Congratulations April! You won two tickets to Ecotrust’s 20th Birthday Bash this Saturday night! Email me at info at lizcrain dot com with your first and last name and an email address that Ecotrust can send your tickets to!

And for those of you who have no idea want I’m going on about here are the details about a fantastic birthday benefit with tasty food and drink taking place in Portland this Saturday that you can still purchase tickets for

ECOTRUST’S 20th BIRTHDAY BENEFIT BASH
FEATURING STORM LARGE
Saturday, September 10th
Doors open at 6pm
All ages
721 NW 9th Ave., Portland
MUSIC, LOCAL FOOD & DRINK

Tickets are $125 per person and are available here.
Price of admission includes light fare by Artemis Foods and two complimentary tickets for local beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Check out the tasty food & drink menu.

Straight from Ecotrust:

Not your traditional fundraising event, we will be joined by the fabulous Storm Large for a full outdoor concert, and share delicious local bites and drinks throughout the evening. A portion of your ticket price will help us continue to create economic opportunity, social equity and environmental well-being in our region for the next 20 years. Your tax-deductible contribution has enormous impact: for every $100 donated to Ecotrust, we create more than $500 in capital for local economies, communities and nature from Alaska to California. Join us, and help businesses, people and nature thrive.

Ecotrust’s 20th Birthday Bash! Ticket Giveaway!

September 6th, 2011

Ecotrust's birthday bash! Ticket giveaway below!

If you don’t know Ecotrust then I’m thinking that you’re new to this blog. I love Ecotrust and really admire all of the incredible work that they do. If you have a second please read what they’re up to with one of my favorite Ecotrust programs — the Food and Farms Program. They’ve also hosted our Portland Fermentation Festival from the get-go and will be hosting this year’s third annual PFF! We couldn’t do it without them.

Ecotrust is turning 20 years old this year and this organization knows how to work hard as well as play hard which is why they’re throwing a huge party and you’re invited! Don’t worry though, just because even though Ecotrust is only turning 20 this year you can still drink while she sips her her Shirley Temple. Here are the details:

ECOTRUST’S 20th BIRTHDAY BENEFIT BASH
FEATURING STORM LARGE
Saturday, September 10th
Doors open at 6pm
All ages
721 NW 9th Ave., Portland
MUSIC, LOCAL FOOD & DRINK

Tickets are $125 per person and are available here.
Price of admission includes light fare by Artemis Foods and two complimentary tickets for local beer, wine and specialty cocktails. Check out the tasty food & drink menu.

Straight from Ecotrust:

Not your traditional fundraising event, we will be joined by the fabulous Storm Large for a full outdoor concert, and share delicious local bites and drinks throughout the evening. A portion of your ticket price will help us continue to create economic opportunity, social equity and environmental well-being in our region for the next 20 years. Your tax-deductible contribution has enormous impact: for every $100 donated to Ecotrust, we create more than $500 in capital for local economies, communities and nature from Alaska to California. Join us, and help businesses, people and nature thrive.

TICKET GIVEAWAY!

And now to something special for all you lovely readers of my blog — I’ve got TWO tickets to give away here to ONE lucky person. I’m doing this contest like I do all contests here. I’m writing down a number in my handy dandy notebook and that numbered commenter takes the cake — well tickets. Keep in mind that if you win you need to email me your name and your guest’s name as well as both of your email addresses so that Ecotrust can email you your comp. tickets.

So here’s what I want to know. I’m keeping it simple so that I don’t stump any chumps. What’s your favorite vegetable this summer and how have you been enjoying eating/cooking it? Comment away! Stay tuned for the middle of the week when I announce the lucky winners!