This seems as good a time as any to re-start the ol’ blog – two of my favorite annual events take place this weekend!
Portland Fruit Beer Festival
The PFBF is one of my favorite beer festival of the year – the beers are interesting and varied (i.e. not all IPAs); and the Burnside Brewing (NE 7th and Burnside) setting with its mix of indoor, outdoor, and tented seating and standing areas is perfect for the early-June Portland weather.
Entrance to the PFBF is free for non-drinkers and open to all ages. Drinkers, however, need to pony up $20 for the tasting package, which includes a glass and 12 tickets – additional taster tickets are $1 each (1 ticket = 1 4oz pour, with some beers double or triple tickets) – pints of most beers are available for 4 tickets.
Milk Carton Boat Race
The 2013 Dairy Farmers of Oregon Rose Festival Milk Carton Boat Race takes place Sunday, June 9 at the Westmoreland Park (SE McLoughlin Blvd & Bybee Blvd) casting pond – festivities kickoff at 11 a.m.!
Granted, I’m not particularly fond of the Rose Festival, but of all the events and activities, this one is my favorite. I’ve only missed one race since the 2009 revival (last year, due to a particularly bad hangover), but I won’t miss the 2013 race!
For first time participants or spectators, I recommend checking out my reviews of the 2009 and 2010 races. My only complaints about the races are that too few participants build their boats out of actual milk cartons – most use milk jugs – and there’s no beer garden. Spectators have been treated to free ice cream floats and chocolate milk the last three years!
For more weekend events and activities, follow me on twitter, check out the Dave Knows Calendar, and visit Around the Sun, Blogging Portland on the Cheap, PDX Pipeline, and Oregon Events at OregonLive.com.
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