One of the first things that come to mind when one thinks of Oregon is beautiful landscapes and lush sceneries. The Beaver State is known for its many picturesque locations including beaches, forests, mountains, and everything in between. No wonder yurts are popular in the state. Of course, it’s not all wilderness out there; the city of Portland, for example, offers a bustling environment for the urban traveller. One thing you shouldn’t miss out on is their culinary scene. Portland is recognized by the Washington Post as the “Best Food City in America” and the “foodie and drinkie capital of America” by The Telegraph. This should give you an idea of what awaits your tummies in Portland. Interestingly enough, restaurants aren’t the only places to have a culinary experience in Portland. For something a little different, read on to find out the best cooking classes in Portland, Oregon.
1. Learn the basics and secrets of canning and preserving food (from USD 70.0)
Food canning and preservation, though a useful skill, is not something you would normally be knowledgable about and it’s even rarer to find a tutorial or class about it. Luckily, this class gives you that unique experience of learning how to can and preserve your food properly. It’s an essential skill that many should know, whether you’re a master chef or a home cook. This class will teach you everything you need to know about canning from the basics all the way to making sure your product is properly sealed. There will also be snacks and breaks during the session to keep up the enthusiasm.
Preserve foods with a cookbook author
Duration: 2 hours
2. Support local produce through a yummy meal (from USD 70.0)
You don’t necessarily have to be vegan to enjoy this class. The aim is to show support for the local community’s produce and turn it into a delicious meal. Since Oregon is surrounded by many farms, there’s no doubt that they will have only the finest and freshest produce such as vegetables. You will be learning through a cooking demo for a four-course meal, including dessert, then will be enjoying the meal afterward. You can also take home the recipes you’ve learned. In between sessions, breaks and snacks will be offered as well.
Plant Based Farmers Market Cooking Class
Duration: 2.5 hours
3. Have a literal farm-to-table dining experience (from USD 50.0)
Here, you will have a first-hand experience of having a farm-to-table meal and one of the unique cooking lessons in Portland, Oregon. Set in an urban farm, this experience offers a freestyle kind of cooking with no recipes and no rules. You basically cook what you find. Part of the experience allows you to pick out whatever is available for harvest, which makes it more exciting because this is where your time of visit matters a lot. Afterward, you will be cooking and sharing the meal with the lovely hosts, experiencing the local culinary scene in a unique way.
Harvest, feast and learn on a urban farm
Duration: 2 hours
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4. Go on a relaxing tour of the best vineyards in town (from USD 300.0)
Much like California has Napa Valley, Oregon has Willamette Valley as its contender and is known for its many stellar vineyards. This tour will let you visit and explore four vineyards for a full day of wine-tasting, learning, and relaxing. What makes it even better is the tour conveniently fetches you from your accommodation and will be moving at a pace entirely up to you! Along the way, there will also be picnics with cheese and meat platters as the rightful pairings with excellent wine. Guests must take note of possible tasting fees at each vineyard so it’s best to coordinate with the host beforehand.
Private Customized Oregon Winemaker hosted Tour w/lunch
Duration: 8.5 hours
5. Discover the art of making hot sauce (from USD 20.0)
Everyone may not be a fan of it, but you have to admit that hot sauce really does add a kick of flavor to your food. That being said, it’s an interesting idea to learn the process behind it. This experience allows you to do just that. It may seem like a simple sauce, but there is an art in making amazing hot sauces, and that’s what these experienced local artisans will share with you. Aside from tips, they will also be sharing their passion of hot sauce-making with the group. Of course, included in the experience is the part where you will get to taste about 8 to 10 of these flavorful sauces.
Taste hot sauces with local artisans
Duration: 1 hour
6. See the city's food truck culture on wheels (from USD 75.0)
There’s no better way to explore a new city than on a bicycle. It’s a light and convenient mode of transportation plus it doesn’t usually cost you much. This is also the ideal way to see the food truck scene in Portland, which is why this tour offers just that. Before the tour begins, your guide will get to know your food preferences and allergies and with this information, they will form your itinerary for the day, making sure you’ll get the best of Portland’s food truck offers. Along the way, the guides will also exchange stories with you about their hometown and how the food cart craze there began.
Bike & taste through Eastside food carts
Duration: 3.5 hours
7. Taste some world-class craft beer with good company (from USD 59.0)
At one point in time, Portland was known for being a household name in the craft beer industry. In particular, there is a certain neighborhood just on the other side of the river from downtown where most of the best craft breweries can be found all in one place. No matter what kind of beer is your favorite, you will most likely find an excellent brewery for that here. You will be accompanied and guided by the folks at Around Portland Tours and they will show you around their very own neighborhood through this intimate group tour.
Taste the beer that changed the world
Duration: 2.5 hours
8. Sample the best local donuts in town (from USD 40.0)
You can’t go wrong with donuts! This tiny dessert is simply a way of showing how creative and imaginative one can get when it comes to donut flavors. With this interesting tour, you will get to taste some of the best donut joints in Portland and along the way, you will learn about the town’s history. You’ll be making stops at Coco Donuts, Blue Star Donuts, and NOLA Doughnuts, and it’s guaranteed you’ll have yourself a favorite flavor after the tour. It’s safe to say that this is a “real treat” for donut lovers everywhere!
Portland's Underground Donut Tour
Duration: 2 hours
9. Live life and have fun like a true local (from USD 59.0)
This experience gives you the best and most unique local experience you can find around Portland as it allows you to see the town from a whole new perspective. The intimate tour is given by a quirky resident who wants to share his burning love and passion for his hometown with others. You will be touring some of the best bars and breweries all while hearing weird and fun stories from your guide. This is ideal for adventurous and extroverted folks who don’t mind sharing an evening with newfound friends, local Portland folklore, and glasses of outstanding beer.
Weird-Bar Crawl with Fanatical Local
Duration: 3 hours
10. Have dinner prepared and served by a private chef (from USD 250.0)
Instead of private cooking classes in Portland, why not have your dinner prepared by a private chef? With this experience, you will have the rare opportunity to have dinner prepared by a sought-after chef - none other than the official chef of the NBA, Kiara Hardy. The four-course meal will be served in a private venue in a famous Portland restaurant and you will be dining with only the booked guests with you so it provides for an intimate setting. The menu will be customized to your liking while dietary restrictions and allergies are definitely taken into consideration as well. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind private dining experience in the heart of Portland!
Private Dinner with Trailblazer Chef
Duration: 2.5 hours
Discover Portland's culinary scene
Portland is surely climbing the charts as one of America’s top food destinations and it’s no surprise why. The wide array of foodie experiences and top-notch breweries that the city offers are almost endless; all that’s missing is for you to explore and discover them for yourself!
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