Munch & Music starts back up, runs through August 11

Munch & Music 2016The 26th annual Munch & Music summertime free concert series starts back up this Thursday, July 7, and runs through August 11 this year, for six total nights of free music every week. As always it takes place at Drake Park and features food vendors and trucks of all kinds, as well as Deschutes Brewery beer.

They start at 5:30pm and will run into the evening. Here are the details:

The evening will include an opening band and a headlining band, time in between acts to get some delicious grub from one of the many vendors, a Deschutes Brewery Libation station to quench your summer time thirst, and great kids activities like bouncy houses!

Visiting local artists and craftspeople featured weekly, too!

The Munch & Music food court is sure to have something for everyone! As one of the largest gatherings of all you favorite local food vendors, come hungry!

The Deschutes Brewery Libation Station will be available with beer, wine and an occasional cocktail from week to week. This year we will have a walk-around beer policy. You cannot bring your own alcoholic beverages into the events, but you can roam the area freely with your brew!

Here’s the music lineup:

  • July 7: Super Diamond with Calico the Band
  • July 14: California Honeydrops and Coffis Brothers
  • July 21: The English Beat with Lower 48
  • July 28: World’s Finest with Tony Smiley
  • August 4: The Quick and Easy Boys and Jive Coulis
  • August 11: Devon Allman Band and Redwood Son

4th of July Free Day at the Deschutes Historical Museum

Des Chutes Historical MuseumHappy Independence Day! Don’t forget with all the other fun stuff going on, the Deschutes Historical Museum is holding their annual Free Day today from 10am to 4pm. The Museum opened on this day in 1980, in fact—so they celebrate this birthday by offering free admission as well as give out free ice cream cups (while they last).

They also write:

This year, visitors can see the museum’s latest exhibit, Winter Comes: Oregon’s Nordic Ski History. Also on display are artifacts from Bend’s Water Pageant celebration, which took place on 4th of July weekend from the 1930s through the 1960s.

I’m particularly interest in the Water Pageant memorabilia, one of those quirky bits of Bend history (like the ski jump on Pilot Butte) that would have been amazing to see: decorated, illuminated floats that were on parade on Mirror Pond, passing through an arch to float down past the park. That might be a fun revival today.

4th of July Library book sale

used books!Every year I highlight the Deschutes Public Library‘s 4th of July book sale as a holiday activity (because books!) and always make it a point to stop by after the Pet Parade and fun in the park.

However—I don’t know if it’s because July 4 falls on a Monday this year, but the Library’s book sale is actually taking place on Sunday, July 3 this year—with the bag sale portion taking place on July 4. (The bag sale is the 1 to 4pm “leftovers” sale where you fill up a bag with whatever you can fit and it’s only $3 per bag.)

So, if you were planning on hitting the main book sale this holiday, make sure to head over there on Sunday instead.

Beverages Farm Tour with High Desert EATs this Saturday

High Desert EATsSo here’s a really interesting-looking event taking place tomorrow (Saturday the 25th) over in Madras: a Beverages Farm Tour with High Desert EATs (which stands for “Educational Agriculture Tours”). It starts early—8:30am, at Maragas Winery—and among other things will cover beer, wine, and whiskey. How can you go wrong?

Here are the details:

Join us in the third farm tour event in the Jefferson County Farm Tour series, High Desert Educational Agricultural Tours (EATs). Have you ever wondered how our local libations are produced?

Taste milk fresh from Poland’s Organic Diary cows, tour Jefferson County’s only malting facility at Mecca Grade Estate Malt, check out how spirits are made at New Basin Distilling, and learn what makes the high desert soil great for growing grapes at Maragas Winery!

Tour Runs from 8:30am – 1:30pm
Lunch and wine tasting is included in ticket price: $35.00
This tour is recommended for ages 21 and up!

Tour Starts/Finishes at Maragas Winery.
Free Shuttle departs Maragas Winery at 8:30.

Tour Stop #1: Poland’s Organic Dairy Farm, 9:00 – 10:00
3751 NW Elm Lane, Madras

Tour Stop #2: Mecca Grade Estate Malt, 10:15 – 11:15
2048 NW Columbia Drive, Madras

Tour Stop #3: New Basin Distilling, 11:30 – 12:15
1789 NW Mill St., Madras

Tour Stop #4: Maragas Winery, 12:30 – 1:30
15523 SW Hwy 97, Culver, OR

Shuttle with 4-H Club guide service available for the first 24 registrants.
Water is available on the tours courtesy of Earth20.
We love pets but please leave yours at home for the tours.

Questions? Contact Maura at 541-325-1064.

One of the things I really like about this is both Maragas (the region’s first winery growing grapes here in Central Oregon) and Mecca Grade Estate (the region’s only—as far as I know—commercial maltster, growing and malting barley grain for beer brewing) — these are great opportunities to visit and learn about our own “growing” industries in the beer and wine industry. And I know Mecca Grade will have a number of special estate-grown and brewed beers on tap for this Tour.

The cost is $35 and you can get tickets here—hurry though, as the end of today (Friday) is the deadline for tomorrow’s tour.

If this is something that interests you, do it!

Fermentation Celebration and other beer happenings

Fermentation Celebration 2016 cupsThe fifth annual Fermentation Celebration is taking place today from 4 to 10pm in the Old Mill District, and if you’re into beer you should be there. (Of course I’m assuming if you’re into beer then you’re probably already planning to come.)

With 23 breweries and 6 cideries (plus an alcoholic kombucha and wine from Naked and Va Piano) there is plenty of drink options to enjoy. For $20 you get the Silipint cup and 9 tasting tickets (additional tickets are 3 for $5). And if you want to know more, I also wrote a guest blog post for the Old Mill, check it out!

This Saturday the 25th, Crux Fermentation Project is hosting their fifth annual Cruxapalooza celebration for their fourth anniversary—and I wrote my article in The Bulletin this week on the party and the beers being released. It’s going to be an all-day party with live music and 60 taps pouring Crux beers! That’s another party you’ll want to attend.

And on Monday the 27th, Deschutes Brewery is celebrating their 28th anniversary at the Pub:

Join us as we celebrate 28 years of brewing! We will be featuring our anniversary imperial porter birthday beer, Black Butte XXVIII. We will be serving vertical flights, culinary specials, back alley bash and more! The celebration is All day, kid friendly, with live music out back beginning at 6pm. Wear an old Black Butte Porter shirt and receive free swag or a complimentary drink! Check out the talented Portland based band, Dirty Revival.


Don’t miss it!