Event Announcement: Endless Summer BBQ!

Jonathan Amato

Ah, it’s been a blissful August in Portland so far. Warm, sunny  days leading into cooler, crisp nights. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the peak of Portland’s summer than a Saturday BBQ next to the Willamette River.



Our friends over at Portland Monthly are throwing their first ever Endless Summer BBQ  this coming Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the historic Oaks Park Amusement Park. The BBQ is for a great cause too – supporting Willamette Riverkeeper, a non-profit that works to clean, restore and protect the majestic Willamette River.

Endless Summer BBQ will bring together six top local chefs to fire up the coals for a great cause, with plenty of fun and entertainment.

From Portland Monthly:

Echoing late-summer backyard barbecues and celebratory sunsets after 8 p.m., the inaugural event will feature BBQ prepared by talented teams from Alberta Street Pub, Biwa, Country Cat, Lardo, Pine Shed Ribs, and Urban Farmer. The savory treats will be balanced by summery sweetness as Portland bakeries—including Whiffies Fried Pies, Pacific Pie Co, and more—compete in a seasonal cobbler contest.

Local band Magic Mouth with fill the riverfront picnic with ambient summer sounds, while horse shoes, bocce, and badminton pass the time between rides and carnival games at Oaks Park.

Endless Summer BBQ attendees are welcome to purchase an unlimited ride wristband for Oaks Amusement Park and enjoy reentry into the event. BBQ

Ticket: $20 (includes BBQ and cobbler sampling)BBQ & Unlimited Rides: $33 (includes BBQ and cobbler sampling, plus an unlimited ride bracelet)

All profits from the event will benefit Willamette Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Willamette River since 1966.

Endless Summer BBQ is generously supported by Coca-Cola, Car2Go, and Blue Moon Brewing.


Event Details:

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2013

Time: 4 p.m.–8 p.m.

Location: Oaks Amusement Park

Tickets on sale at portlandmonthlymag.com/endless-summer-bbq

ABOUT OAKS PARK: Conceived as an attraction to accompany the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, the park is the longest operating park in the U.S. and is now held by the Oaks Park Association, a not-for-profit corporation.

It’s Cartathlon Time!

Jonathan Amato

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Ah, the weather outside might be gray and cold (and sometimes soggy wet), but that doesn’t stop us tough Portlanders from enjoying the best the city has to offer. Sleet, Snow, Rain or Shine, let’s get on out there for…

CARTATHLON III – “A Mobile Eatery-Themed Scavenger Hunt and Urban Footrace”

Food Carts Portland is pleased to announce sponsorship of this event in conjuncture with our friends over at Willamette Week and the Portland Mobile Restaurant Group. From the WWeek website:

This mobile-eatery-themed combination of a scavenger hunt and urban footrace celebrates Portlanders’ love of food carts, defiance of winter weather, and affinity for oddball competition.

Working in teams, participants will decipher riddles, eat, ride Tri-Met, find Portlandian items, and take photos. The route will encompass Southeast, Southwest, Northeast and North Portland as contestants race between some of Portland’s most popular food carts, completing fun challenges and eating tasty food.

Participation fee for contestants is $55 for a five-person team, and will include breakfast snacks, complimentary beverages, free food along the route, and admission into an after party hosted by Willamette Week. 

Founding carts include: Big-Ass SandwichesFlavourSpotGrilled Cheese GrillKoi Fusion,  Potato Champion, and Whiffie’s Fried Pies

Top team will win free food cart food for a year!  Win prizes for best dressed team, best team name and more!

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013
10:30 AM
Willamette Week Headquarters
2220 NW Quimby St.

Cost: $55 per 5 person team, so get a group of your friends and family together! All Ages!

Registration deadline: Thursday, February 21 at noon

To sign up a team of five people, email promotions@wweek.com.  Please include team captain name, telephone number and best time to be reached for payment.

Better start your warm-ups and stretching exercises right now. We’ll start ours tonight with the old Portland Pint Glass Arm Lift. See you on Feb 23rd!