Saturday’s best bets: McMenamins, Locavore, more

Some cool stuff going on today that you might want to check out.

McMenamins Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day: Technically this should be on the 17th but that’s a Tuesday so the 14th works for McMenamins annual Irish-in-September fun. All day long today you’ll be infused with the Irish with Irish Fries, Irish Reuben, Iced Irish Coffee and Irish Stout, and free live music begins at 1:30 with the following schedule:

1 p.m.–2 p.m. · Bagpiper Steve Allely roaming the grounds
2 p.m.–5:30 p.m. · Five Pint Mary at O’Kane’s Square
4 p.m.–7 p.m. · Fiddle Play roaming the grounds
6 p.m.–9 p.m. · TapWater at O’Kane’s Square

Of course if you end up at McMenamins you’ll want to check out their Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale on tap right now too—it’s not Irish, but it’s really tasty.

Nacho Ordinary Fundraiser at Central Oregon Locavore: Possibly one of the most unusual food events I’ve seen in awhile, a nacho throwdown! “Bend chefs make amazing nachos with local ingredients and attendees judge who should be crowned “Nacho Ultimate!” Tickets get you a free drink, an evening of live music and dance, and all the nachos you can eat!” It’s a good cause for Central Oregon Locavore and frankly, sounds like a really fun night and well worth the $25 ticket fee (it’s only $10 if you just want to dance). Here’s their schedule:

6 PM Doors
7 PM Music
8 PM Final Judgement
10 PM Dance Party!

Octobercrest at Eagle Crest Resort: I posted about this last night, an Eagle Crest-flavored harvest beer fest featuring 24 beers on tap from local (and other) breweries, wine and cider from Volcano Vineyards and Atlas Cider, respectively, live music by Grit and Grizzle and Broken Down Guitars, German-styled foods, games, and more. It takes place from 2 to 7:30pm and mugs for beer cost $10, with $2 for tasting tokens.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT: If you’re a Python fan—come on, you know you are—there are still a few tickets left for tonight’s performance (which just started yesterday) at 8pm at the Tower Theatre!

“Spamalot” is the irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, featuring a bevy of beautiful show girls, cows, killer rabbits, and taunting French people.

The “no-holds-barred smash hit” (New Yorker) was lovingly ripped-off from the 1975 film comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Ticket prices on the remaining availability are $24 and $29. Sure to be a great time!