Food Cart Events August 14-16


Some events this weekend featuring food carts and trucks throughout Portland

The 2nd annual Jade Night Market takes place in southeast Portland off 82nd and Division. In 2014, the market attracted 20,000 people – a huge success. In 2015, the market has two nights – August 15 and August 22. A celebration of one of Portland’s most culturally diverse areas. Division street will be closed from 80th-82nd and the market is using the PCC campus for the event. The list of vendors is extensive. Both Saturdays, the event runs from 5-10pm with food, retail and live music. On Saturday, the 15th, Portland’s own The Slants will be the featured band. More details about the Jade Night Market can be found at


2015-Poster-Final-Web-1024x673The crazy Adult Soapbox Derby is Saturday on Mt. Tabor. 19 years and counting, Portland’s finest freaks pull out their home built creations to bullet down from the top of Mt. Tabor using only gravity and skilled driving to survive. A truly Portland event that has been around before the New York Times discovered our ice cream. There will be numerous food trucks at the event including Bunk Sandwiches. Oh and beer. Can’t forget the beer. More details at


The North American Organic Brewers Festival celebrates 11 years of showcasing some of the region’s best beers at Overlook Park this weekend. From Thursday to Sunday, you’ll be able to quaff your palate with beers from 13 Virtues, Agrarian Ales, Bison Organic out of Berkeley, Falling Sky, Finnriver Farm and Cidery from Chimacum WA, Hopworks, Pinkus Muller from Germany, Vagabond out of Salem and many more. Food vendors include The Dump Truck, Urban German, Farm to Fire Pizza, Portland Curry Co. and more. The best part of this event is the location – Overlook park is right across from a Yellow line MAX station and has great views of both downtown, Forest Park and Portland’s NW industrial area. More details at


There are so many events happening in this fine city, it is difficult to keep track. Just remember, your favorite food carts and trucks are open, so if you’re hungry, drop on by and enjoy.

August Food Cart News for Portland


Some morsels of news from Portland’s street food scene:

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81st and Washington Food Cart Lot

Pods – Portland continues to grow the number of pods throughout the city. At last count, there are 40+ in all quadrants. Piedmont Station on NE Killingsworth just east of MLK now has six vendors along with a beer and wine cart (listed below.) We also spotted a new pod in the making out off SE 81st and Washington in the Montavilla neighborhood.


The Gaufre Gourmet quietly closed their downtown cart last week. Fans of the delectable Liege style Belgian waffle will now have to find other alternatives. Charlene and Michael, the owners of the cart for almost five years still dish up their tasty treats at Gigi’s Cafe in the Hillsdale neighborhood.


New Vendors and moves:

  • Mrs. Gator’s Snow Balls – traditional New Orleans treat – corner of Western Ave.and  Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
  • Hash it Out – new breakfast spot at Mississippi Marketplace
  • Dönerländ – Piedmont Station on NE Killingsworth east of MLK
  • Snackriledge – vegan – Piedmont Station
  • Chokdee Thai – Piedmont Station
  • Saucy’s BBQ – Piedmont Station
  • Taco on Fire – Piedmont Station
  • Le Tap – Beer and Wine vendor at Piedmont Station
  • Pig ‘N a Pen – Midwestern delights – Rose City Food Park on NE 52nd and Sandy
  • Scout Beer Garden at South Waterfront off Moody as part of The Gantry
  • Zia Burger – New Mexican inspired burgers and more – roaming
  • La Cubana – Cuban – 3405 SE 82nd Ave north of Powell Blvd
  • MF Tasty – Southwest Inspired Cuisint – Beech Pod on N Mississippi and Beech


Thrive Pacific NW, a longtime roaming food truck in the city, announced this week they are taking over the Alameda Cafe in the Alameda neighborhood for a full service restaurant. Congratulation to Erika and crew. Excited to see the new menu. Watch for soft openings in September and full service by October. 4641 NE Fremont St


The Cheese Plate has announced they are closing their cart on NE Alberta this week in order to pursue a brick and mortar restaurant. What’s significant is they are kicking dairy to the curb and going full vegan. The restaurant, Of Roots and Blooms, is still seeking a location, yet you can enjoy your last non-vegan cheese plate at the cart until Sunday. Wishing them well on their new journey. NE 23rd and Alberta.


The New School broke the news that PDX Sliders is going brick and mortar, yet in a non-traditional way. PDX Sliders is teaming up with Ancestry Brewing, a new brewery in town to open 3 location throughout the city featuring the signature sliders and sandwiches. The brewery will be located in Tualatin with taprooms in Sellwood and inner southeast Portland. Brewing to begin in September with taprooms opening in mid-October.


Enjoy the summer and thank you for your continued support of Portland’s dynamic food cart and food truck scene.

Sandwich Invitational at FEAST


feast portlandFEAST is only a month or so away. Do you have your tickets? The Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational, presented by Dave’s Killer Bread takes over Directors Park right in the heart of downtown Portland the night of September 17th. Use your imagination and create the most creative, flavorful and wacky sandwich and a chef at this event probably put some truffle oil on it. In past years, the Sandwich Invitational showcased amazing creativity and 2015 won’t disappoint.

A national list of Chefs include Nick Anderer of Maialin of NYC, Aaron Barnett of St. Jack, Aaron Franklin of Franklin BBQ in Austin, Vitaly Paley of Imperial, Justin Wills of Restaurant Beck out of Depoe Bay, Alvin Cailan of Eggslut in LA, Gregory Gourdet of Departure and more. Fifteen amazing chefs will create masterpieces for all to try.

Need to wash it down? Vino from Columbia Winery, Erath, King Estate, Northstar and Coumbia Crest. Beer from Widmer Brothers Brewing and cocktails from Hendrik’s Gin will be on offer.

feast portlandFrom an Iron Chef to a Top Chef Master to a BBQ legend, this event has it all. The Sandwich Invitational will be the talk of the town and the unofficial kickoff to a weekend of indulgence that is FEAST. Get your tickets now at

Fire Destroys Food Carts at PSU Pod


An early morning fire has destroyed or damaged five food carts at the popular PSU food cart pod on SW 4th and Hall. The Oregonian reports that a fire was reported around 4:30am, Tuesday morning and Portland Fire was quick to respond. Yet, as the cleanup began, it was discovered that three carts are a complete loss and two others are damaged.

  • Phat Cart – damaged
  • Krua Bangkok – destroyed
  • Rice and Noodle – destroyed
  • Comfortably Yum – destroyed
  • The Fusion Box – damaged

The street is currently closed as of Tuesday morning while they mop up and allow for the propane tanks to vent. A sad day for the cart owners. We’ll keep you posted on new developments as they arise. Oregonlive’s coverage.

The Gantry at Zidell Yards Now Open


When we first announced the new food cart pod on South Waterfront, some asked what a gantry was. Well, without going into a textbook definition, just take a gander at the gantry there supervising the trucks below.

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The Gantry at Zidell Yards

The Gantry food cart pod soft opened on July 15 with Hot Box BBQ, Ash Wood Fired and Garden Monsters serving up lunch. Neue Southern is on site and will open soon. A produce market and Namu will join the vendors in the coming weeks. Across the street, Scout Beer Garden will soon open to enjoy a cold snack with your nosh. With the food cart pod, South Waterfront has officially joined the fold. Welcome.

The Gantry is at 3200 SW Moody, right at the entrance of South Waterfront at the base of the OHSU tram.