Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards’ beer and wine making competition

Amateur wine & beer makers competitionFaith, Hope and Charity Vineyards over in Terrebonne is hosting their third annual Amateur Wine & Beer Makers’ Competition next month, on Sunday, April 19, and have the call out now for beer and wine makers to enter. Here are the details:

We are hosting our 3rd Annual Amateur Wine & Beer (and Cider!) Makers’ Competition on April 19th from 1 to 3PM! So if you brew at home or know someone who does, register for our awesome event!

Randy Scorby will be one of the judges for our competition: he is a Grand Master II Beer and Mead judge certified by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and the BJCP Continuing Education Director, who has judged about 70 homebrew competitions, as well as some commercial beer competitions.

“In 2011 I won the National Homebrew Competition and was named National Homebrewer of the Year. I have been homebrewing for 10 years, usually brewing around 20 batches per year,” said Randy. This gives our winners some definite bragging rights!

$15 per entry, all applications must be received by April 11th and all of the home brews and wines must be dropped off at the vineyard by noon on April 19th.

With a deadline of April 11 that should give you some time to get something together if you’re planning to enter. And if you want to attend the event itself that day, it’s a $5 entry fee which is waived if you’re participating in the competition. They will have live music from CinderBlue during that time, and the actual judging will take place at 2pm.

You can register online here, so if this is something that interests you don’t wait too long.

TEDxBend tickets! Get your TEDxBend tickets today!

TEDxBendFirst things first: They go on sale this morning at 10am, and you will be able to get them here.

TEDxBend returns for 2015 and is taking place a month from now, on Saturday, April 18. This year it’s taking place at Bend High School, starting at 1pm. They don’t have speakers listed on the website yet, but the Source has revealed two of them already: Nicole LeFavour and Tchicaya Missamou.

There’s also the 21-and-over “Bash” afterparty, but I don’t yet have details on that.

Here’s the description and ticket breakdown:

Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide, TEDxBend is our very own locally organized event featuring a dozen talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes each. TED and TEDxBend are 501(c)(3) nonprofits devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Individual + Sponsor a Student ($85) tickets: An individual pass for TEDxBend is $55 (+fees). Did you know that for only $30 more you can make it possible for a deserving Central Oregon high school student to attend this event along with the community? We provide tickets and transportation for 200 students in communities near & far – including Bend, Redmond, La Pine, Prineville, Madras, Burns, and Sisters. Without the support of our patrons – including YOU! – this would not be possible. Thank you for selecting the Individual + Sponsor a Student option when you purchase your pass!

Individual ($55) tickets: You get a ticket for yourself to the main event and the Bash (21 and over, please).

Additional 2015 Les Schwab concerts

With today’s announcement of Phish coming to Bend, there have been a number of additional summer concerts added to the Les Schwab Amphitheater lineup since I last posted the list:

  • Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, May 25
  • Phish, 2 shows, July 21 and 22 (can’t help but notice they’re coming after July 1…)
  • Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, September 6

So far that’s 11 shows in all (not counting the free Sunday concerts), a pretty fair lineup.

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Guide (2015)

The return of what has become an annual feature—the St. Patrick’s Day pub guide! With St. Paddy’s tomorrow (Tuesday) this year, I figured I’d try to post this a bit early, so once again here’s the guide for your pub-crawling pleasure on this most Irish-of-holidays.

As always, this isn’t meant to be a definitive guide to all the watering holes in Bend, but rather more what “feels right” for St. Patrick’s Day options. Feel free to leave others in the comments.

First, the breweries:

Deschutes Brewery
1044 NW Bond St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 382-9242

Bend Brewing Company
1019 NW Brooks St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-1599

McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 NW Bond St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 330-8563

Cascade Lakes Lodge
1441 SW Chandler Ave. Suite 100
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 388-4998

Silver Moon Brewing
24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 388-8331

10 Barrel Brewpub
1135 NW Galveston Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 678-5228

GoodLife Brewing
70 SW Century Dr. #100-464
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 728-0749

Crux Fermentation Project
50 SW Division St.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 385-3333

Worthy Brewing
495 Bellevue Dr.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 639-4776

Rat Hole Brewing
384 SW Upper Terrace Dr.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 389-2739

Bridge 99 Brewery @ Wubba’s BBQ Shack
63055 Layton Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 213-2121

RiverBend Brewing
2650 NE Division St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 550-7550

Downtown, or close by:
The Blacksmith
211 NW Greenwood Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 318-0588

Brother Jon’s Ale House (Downtown)
1051 NW Bond St.
Bend, Oregon 97701
(541) 728-0102

D & D Bar & Grill
927 NW Bond St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 382-4592

JC’s Bar and Grill
642 NW Franklin Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-3000

M & J Tavern
102 NW Greenwood Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 389-1410

Sidelines Sports Bar
1020 NW Wall St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 385-8898

The Summit Saloon and Stage
125 NW Oregon Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 749-2440

Wall Street Grill (behind Taj Palace)
917 NW Wall St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 385-7098

Downtown/close by (cont.):

Corey’s Bar and Grill
928 Northwest Bond St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 317-1468

Crow’s Feet Commons
875 NW Brooks St.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 728-0066

Elsewhere:

Broken Top Bottle Shop
1740 NW Pence Ln.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 323-2337

Brother Jon’s Public House (Westside)
1227 NW Galveston Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 306-3321

Cascade West Grub & Alehouse
64 SW 14th St.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 389-1853

Cheerleader’s Grill & Sports Pub
3081 N. Hwy 97
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 330-0631

Kelly D’s Sports Bar
1012 SE Cleveland Ave.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 389-5625

The Hideaway Tavern
939 S.E. 2nd St.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 312-9898

Mavericks
20565 Brinson Blvd.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 382-4270

The Platypus Pub
1203 NE Third St.
Bend, Oregon 97701
(541) 323-3282

Reed Pub
1141 SE Centennial Ct.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 312-2800

Southside Pub
61160 S. Highway 97 #B
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 383-7672

The Phoenix
594 NE Bellevue Dr.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 317-0727

Third Street Pub
314 SE 3rd St.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 306-3017

Timbers Bar & Grill
2570 NE Twin Knolls Dr.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-3502

The Mountain’s Edge
61331 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 388-8178

Westside Tavern
930 NW Galveston Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 382-4810

Pour House Grill
1085 SE 3rd St.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 388-2337

Cabin 22
25 SW Century Dr.
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 306-3322

Riverside Market & Pub
285 NW Riverside Blvd.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 389-0646

Northside Bar and Grill
62860 Boyd Acres Rd.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-0889

Redmond’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival

If you’d like to get a start on your St. Patrick’s Day festivities, head over to Redmond this weekend: their St. Patrick’s Day Festival starts today (Friday) at 5pm, and runs all day Saturday (10am to 9pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm).

Redmond St. Patrick's Day Festival

Welcome to the Third Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival of Redmond Oregon. This Festival is a fun family Event. So bring your kids and enjoy the Kid’s Zone. Beer and Wine from local Central Oregon Breweries and Wineries Dance in Centennial Park to music from local bands. Enjoy local food vendors, & Arts & Crafts Vendors in our Market Place.

All proceeds generated by this festival go to support Healthy Beginnings of Central Oregon. They have a ton of live music lined up and beer and wine from a healthy selection of our local favorites, including Silver Moon Brewing, Worthy Brewing, GoodLife Brewing, Solstice Brewing, Three Creeks Brewing, Volcano Vineyards, Wild Ride Brewing, Cascade Lakes Brewing, Bend Brewing, and Deschutes Brewery.

There’s even a “Little Leprechaun” costume contest for the kids! That one takes place Saturday afternoon.

The festival is taking place at Redmond’s Centennial Park, at Evergreen and 7th Street.

Bend is on (another) top 10 list

City of BendYes, Bend has made yet another “top 10″ list, in this case in Men’s Journal’s “The 10 Best Places to Live Now” compilation. Which we saw first in, ironically enough, the Oregonian.

Think of Oregon, and a hazy green vista comes to mind, a valley of evergreens behind a veil of perpetual rain. It’s easy to forget that half of the state is desert. It’s the other Oregon, and Bend is its bustling metropolis.

A former logging town on the edge of the Cascade Range, where dense pine forest gives way to desert junipers and sagebrush, Bend is sunny and mild all year round.

Bend was their fourth of 10. The other entries on the list seem fairly arbitrary (as these lists are)—cities like Carbondale, Colorado, and St. Paul, Minnesota—but maybe it’s seeing Bend pop up on so many of these type of lists (best beer town, dog town, “best place to reboot your life”, “sunny places to retire”, for startups, and so on) that I’m fairly desensitized to them.

What other Top 10 lists should Bend be on?

Broken Top Bottle Shop’s Gluten-free 5-course dinner

Broken Top Bottle ShopIf you suffer from celiac disease or other gluten intolerance, check out Broken Top Bottle Shop‘s gluten-free, five-course dinner they are putting on this Thursday, March 12. BTBS is well-known for having some of the best vegan and vegetarian dining options in town so this dinner seems like a natural fit.

The five course menu prepared by Chef Phillip Michael Price is as follows:

FIRST TASTE
Burrata, Fennel, Blood Orange, Parsley, Olive Oil

PEANUT, BELLY, & JELLY
Braised Carlton Farms Pork Belly, Strawberry Jelly, Salt Roasted Peanuts

SEA, CREAM, & CRUNCH
Roasted Sockeye Salmon, Lemon Thyme Aioli, Micro Herbs, Crisp Potato

A GAUCHO IN BEND
Painted Hills Ribeye, Chimichurri, Charred Lemon, Grilled Baby Corn

A SWEET FINISH
Crème Brûlée, Pink Peppercorn, Bay Laurel, Thyme, Crisp Sugar

The cost is $50 per person, and will be set up as communal seating, running from 6:30 to 9:30pm. You will need to get your tickets in advance, either by visiting BTBS in person or calling 541-728-0703.

And, please be aware that Broken Top Bottle Shop takes gluten issues seriously and does post a disclaimer:

Any food not prepared in an entirely gluten-free facility runs the risk of being cross-contaminated. We use the utmost care & integrity in avoiding cross contamination when handling gluten free foods. If you have an immediate &/or potentially life-threatening allergy, YOU WILL KNOW BEST THE SPECIFIC PRECAUTIONS Y0U NEED TO TAKE. We use the term “gluten-free” knowing that if you have a severe gluten allergy, you understand that in a restaurant that is not entirely gluten-free, there may be some minimal exposure for which YOU MUST DETERMINE YOUR OWN PERSONAL RISK TOLERANCE.