See 500 hot rods, classics, collector & custom cars, a burnout contest, vendors, a kids’ zone, and a beer garden with live music at Cruisin’ Sherwood
Pride Festival & Parade
June 14 - 15, 2014
Portland Pride Festival and Parade are both the same weekend. The 3-hour parade begins 11 a.m. Sunday at NW Park Ave. & W Burnside Street (map). The festival is both days at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Festival of Balloons in Tigard has balloon launches at 5:45 a.m., glowing balloons Fri. & Sat. night, a craft show, car show, carnival, vendors, food, beer, 5K, and soccer tournament at Cook Park in Tigard.
See 40 acres of tulips and daffodils in bloom, visit the gift shop & cafe, and check the weekend-events schedule for Tulip Fest at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn.
Extreme Motorsports Race
May 2 - 4, 2014
Oregon Trail Rally begins Friday evening at Portland International Raceway with a rally and driver meet & greet. Dufur and Hood River also host spectator events for this race on gravel logging roads.
May 3 - 4, 2014
Enjoy heavy armored combat, strolling musicians, singers, dancers, story telling, juggling, medieval cooking, merchants, and demos of book binding and leather working at Faire In The Grove on the lawn at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. Free.
Cinco de Mayo
May 3 - 5, 2014
Enjoy live entertainment, authentic food, carnival rides, an artisan village, and family fun at Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
May 3 - 10, 2014
WhiskeyFest Northwest begins with restaurant dinners. Friday and Saturday, it features 100 whiskey distillers, local restaurants, vendors, live music, and a mechanical bull under tents in the Pearl District.
Kick off the summer street fair season at St. Johns Bizarre, with local music, 70 juried craft vendors, food, a beer garden, and kids’ activities the same day as the noon St. Johns Parade in North Portland.
May 15 - 18, 2014
The UFO Festival honors two locals who spotted UFOs, with speakers, a costume parade, movie, live music, and kids’ fun at McMenamins Hotel in McMinnville.
May 17, 2014
Celebrate spring with a maypole dance, live music, games, food, and drink at Maifest in Oaks Amusement Park.
St. Honore's reflects the French baking tradition in combination with the flavors of the season. In addition to honoring traditional methods, St. Honore's production staff is encouraged to expose their creative talents and develop their own recipes. Swing-by and select from some of the best pastries Portland has to offer. Special Orders are welcome.
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Les Fleurs du Chocolat, 12 pieces
The limited-edition Les Fleurs du Chocolat Collection combines the fresh flavors of Spring with fragrant, edible flower petals. Inside each box is a dainty guidebook, which recites the tale of each truffle developed for this collection along with a description of the flower petal's health benefits.
Les Fleurs du Chocolat parfums include: (3) New! Violette : blueberry + sea buckthorn oil + white chocolate ganache + 65% dark chocolate + crushed candied violets (3) Siam Citron: jasmine tea + lemongrass + fresh coconut + white chocolate + organic marigold petal (3) Mirabelle Orange: mirabelle plums + orange flower water + 65% dark chocolate + organic nasturtium petal (3) Platanos y Orchidus: orchid vanilla + caramelized bananas + Jamaican rum + 45% deep milk chocolate + organic purple orchid flower
Contains: Milk, soy, coconut. Manufactured in a facility that handles tree nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, milk, wheat and soy. GLUTEN-FREE product containing less than 20ppm of gluten. Net Weight: 5 oz Consume within 10 days
Rachel Convers whimsical trays are great for general use or hanging on the wall for decoration. Made of high pressure laminate, this tray is waterproof and heat resistant. Wall hook included. Manufactured by iBride. Designed in 2008. Click Here for more details.
Blowout Blowdry Bar's stylistas are masters of the round brush, queens of the blowdryer - and their mission is to leave your special mother feeling like she's ready to hit the red carpet at a Hollywood premier.
Where every detail of Coldwater Creek Spa has been conceived with your special mother in mind: a lovely setting, soothing ambience, a place to get away from the hustle of the day. A place where she can just be herself.
Cynthia D. Gray MD, a leading Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon has been on the cutting edge of anti-aging technology, products and procedures for over two decades. To serve clients seeking a state-of-the-art medi-spa experience Cynthia developed Spa Bella Skincare and Laser Center which is celebrating mothers with a complimentary Celebrity Peel with the purchase of a full face IPL ($150 value), now through May!
After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman tries to ger her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he's been cheating on, she realized that have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing love.
Less than a two-hour drive from Portland, Pacific City is located in south Tillamook County, and is even closer to Salem. If you prefer “as the crow flies”, there’s a small state owned (unattended) airport in the heart of Pacific City.
Unique gift shops and galleries feature Oregon artisans. Dining in Pacific City caters to a variety of tastes, and lodging options are plenty including public parks, inns, motels or bed-and-breakfasts. Whether you stay the day, the weekend or an extended vacation, Pacific City offers something for everyone.
Things to do:
Beach Combing and Cape Kiwanda Marine Gardens with tidal pools
Canoe, Kayak & Motor Boating
Hang Gliding & Paragliding
Hiking and Backpacking
Marine and Mammal Animal Watching
Sand Dune Climbing
*Vehicle beach access
Click Here for more details on things to do, places to stay and dine at one of Oregon's coolest beaches.
Shake the Kahlua, vodka and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into ice-filled mason jar, add ice cream, and top with root beer.
Pretzel Bite Bar
Once you've got the pretzels made the sky's the limit on the sauces your guests can use to customize their pretzels: Regular Mustard...or for the more daring: Stone Ground Mustard Mustard, Hot Mustard, Honey Mustard, Melted Cheese, Mexi-Cheese, CinnaBunz Dip...get creative!
For the pretzels:
1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp kosher salt
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups
2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
2 tbsp butter, melted
Pretzel or Kosher salt
To make the pretzels: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the water, sugar, yeast, and salt on low speed for 10 seconds. Switch to the dough hook and add the flour and butter. Mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl and transfer it to a well-oiled bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an wide 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Slice each rope into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Place a lightly damp towel over the pretzel pieces to prevent them from drying out while you roll and cut the other pieces.
Using a slotted spoon lower a handful of the pretzel pieces into the boiling water and boil them for 30 seconds, flipping them around in the water with the spoon a couple of times. Remove the pretzel pieces from the water using the spoon, drain as best you can, and place them on the baking sheets. Brush the top of each pretzel with the melted butter and sprinkle with the pretzel/Kosher salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 10 - 12 minutes. Brush with remaining melted butter before serving. Serve warm.
To make the cheese sauce: In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds, whisking constantly.
Slowly whisk in the milk until no lumps of flour remain. Stirring constantly, bring the milk to a simmer over medium-low heat until it thickens, about 3-5 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove and stir in the shredded cheese until all of the cheese has melted. Add a pinch of salt, if needed. Serve warm. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave on medium power at 30 second intervals.
For the cheese sauce:
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (not package pre-shredded cheese - shred your own)
For CinnaBunz Sauce:
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
Beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt.
Franks Red Hot Cheesy Buffalo Wing Dip
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup FRANK'S® REDHOT® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce or FRANK'S® REDHOT® Buffalo Wings Sauce
1/2 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing
2 cups shredded cooked chicken.
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or your favorite shredded cheese
PREHEAT oven to 350°F.
COMBINE all ingredients in a 1-quart baking dish.
BAKE 20 min. or until mixture is heated through; stir. Serve with Tostito Dippers.
Makes 4 cups
EZ Peezy Slow Cooker Barbecue Pork & Slaw Sliders
2 1/2 cups pork sirloin roast or boneless pork shoulder
1/2 cup water
3 tables spoons cider vinegar
2 table Worsershire
1 teaspoon cumin or chili powder
3 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
10 kaiser rolls
Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut meat to fit in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Season meat with salt and pepper. In a small bowl stir together the water, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and cumin. Pour over meat in slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
Remove meat from cooker; discard cooking liquid. Use two forks to pull meat apart into coarse shreds, discarding fat; return meat to slow cooker. Stir in 2 cups of Homemade BBQ Sauce or purchased barbecue sauce. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting; cover and cook for 30 to 45 minutes or until heated through. Serve meat mixture in rolls. Pass remaining Homemade BBQ Sauce or purchased barbecue sauce.
3 tablespoons Pickapeppa sauce or Worcestershire sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce
In a medium saucepan combine ketchup, onion, brown sugar, vinegar, Pickapeppa sauce, garlic, and hot pepper sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use the sauce immediately or cool slightly and transfer to a storage container. Cover and chill for up to 3 days. Makes 3-1/2 cups.
Red & White Cabbage Slaw for garnish.
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Game Day Just Desserts!
What You Need
1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
4 pkg. (4 oz. each) white or semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
16 pretzel twists, each broken into 3 pieces
Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls to resemble helmets. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate. Insert pretzel piece into each for the face mask. Place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
Decorate helmets using decorating icing with your favorite player's number and small round candies. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
Favorite Football Team
Use food coloring to tint melted white chocolate to match the color of your favorite football team.
Makes: 48 servings
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Pick out the biggest, freshest must succulant strawberries your local grocery store has to offer. Grab a couple containers of choclate and a container of white melting choclate from your grocers baking section. Grab a box of tiny plastic ziplock snack bags.
Melt dark chocolate melting chocolate in your microwave per manufacturers instructions.
Dip strawberries to their stems on place on a large serving tray to cool
When you've completed dipping your strawberries place the tray in your refrigerator to cool.
ONce they have cooled remove them and melt the White Chocolate melting chocolate in your microwaver per the manufacturers instructions.
Pour melted white chocolate into a small ziplock snack bag. Take scissors and cut a tiny hole in the bottom corner of the bag.
Decorate your strawberries like small footballs. When you are done, return the tray to the refrigerator until party time.
2/1-14/14 Chinese New Year - Year Of The Horse. One of the ways the horse serves human beings is to give people a ride to their destination. Therefore, the horse is not only a symbol of travel, but also a sign of speedy success.
Other events to consider putting on your calendars include:
Coming down from all the excitement of the holidays can be a lot for some to take, but Portland event planners have assembled events we feel certain will change the tide of the January Blues. Here's a list of our picks.