Three-day food party: Bite of Bend, June 14-16

Three-day food party: Bite of Bend, June 14-16

BendBroadband is proud to sponsor of one of Oregon’s largest food festivals.

More than 40 local food vendors will be at the Bite of Bend, June 14-16, a three-day food party on the streets of downtown Bend. With a full range of foods from wood-fired pizza, tacos, Thai, Greek, and even gelato, you’re guaranteed to see something you’ve never tried before. All vendors offer special “bites” for just $2 each. You can graze to your heart’s content as you make your way through downtown Bend.

Before Bite of Bend, be sure to Mix it Up at Cocktail Week, June 10-14, in downtown Bend. Cocktail Week is a week long celebration of the Central Oregon cocktail scene culminating with the Mixology Showcase and Bartender’s Brawl at the 2019 Bite of Bend. Ten bars and restaurants will each be paired up with one of 10 local distilleries to create a unique cocktail featuring the distillery’s spirits. These creations will be at the participating establishments for $5 during Cocktail Week and also be featured in The Source Weekly’s Summer Happy Hour Guide hitting stands on June 6.

Photos6-384x253Bite of Bend brings together the region’s unique cuisine with chefs, bartenders, brewers, food enthusiasts and home cooks. The event also includes some incredible tunes, where more than a dozen acts are lined up to perform on Minnesota Avenue’s Music Stage, which now makes Bite of Bend one of the biggest free music events of the summer.

Schedule of Events
Receive a preview of a taste of things to come on Friday when Bite of Bend opens at 5 p.m. The Mixology Showcase is from 5 to 9 p.m. and includes eight regional distilleries, 30 plus spirits and 10 plus cocktails. Entrance to the Mixology Showcase is free, but you must purchase tokens to sample spirits (and be 21 or older). That evening Circle of Wings will kick off the music stage at 5:30 p.m., at 7 p.m., The Hawthorne Roots, and then Eagle Eyes at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, be sure to start at the Kitchen Stadium where two full size kitchens are set up for the Top Chef Competition from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Winners of each round will advance to the next stage, leading up to the final championship round on Sunday to determine who will be the 2019 Bite of Bend Top Chef! Watch the best bartenders in Central Oregon battle it out on the Mixology Stage for the Bartender’s Brawl, noon to 2 p.m. The Family Play Zone opens at noon on Saturday, with the Little Hopper Root Beer Run starting at noon at Troy Park. That evening, enjoy the sweet sounds of performers like the Notables Swing Band, Redbird The Band, Toast and Jam, The Bond Brothers, Darin Jones & The Last Man Standing, and Lowdown Brass Band. The festival closes at 10 p.m.

Come back on Sunday at 11 a.m. for a day full of food, music, spirits.  The Bite of Bend Beer Run kicks off at noon at Crow’s Feet Commons. Top Chef Competitions and music from Shady Grooove, Honey Don’t, Juju Eyeball, and Idle Poets.

Bend Business Showcase (Saturday and Sunday)
The Conscious Living Showcase is in its second year and showcases those businesses who help society  live a healthy lifestyle in Central Oregon.

If three days isn’t enough, check out the Bite Week Series following the Bite of Bend for amazing dinners and informative/fun classes.

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