The seasons in Bend, Oregon are always heralded in by certain milestones. With winter, it’s the first snowfall. Spring is here when the little sand lilies start to poke their heads up along the trails.

And for me, nothing screams SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE! like the annual Sterling Savings Bank Bite of Bend.

The Bite of Bend takes place each year in downtown Bend. This year’s event is scheduled for June 25-26, and it’s jam-packed with a lot of exciting stuff. Some of the hottest happenings include:

  • The Top Chef Competition. Two full sized kitchens will be set up in the middle of downtown.  Local chefs will be presented with a mystery ingredient, and in 1 hour, must come up with a dish that wows the palettes of the panel of judges. The event will start with 8 chefs in a round robin format with the winners of each round advancing to the next stage culminating in the final round to determine the Top Chef.
  • The Northwest Spirits & Mixology Show. This is the Northwest’s pre-eminent celebration of craft mixology and the spirits culture. I’m soooooooo looking forward to it, and since I’m guessing I’m not the only one, you’d be wise to buy your tickets early. They’ll be $10 at the gate, but if you stop by the Visit Bend office and purchase them ahead of time, you’ll get a screamin’ deal of only $8. There will be competitions, tastings, workshops and a lot more. This is your chance to experience the cutting edge of the cocktail culture! Be sure to catch the Bartender’s Brawl, too! Want to win a couple free tickets? Keep reading to the end of this post to find out how!
  • The “bites.” This is one of my favorite parts of the whole event. Bend’s great restaurants, cafes, and eateries offer an array of specialty foods, including bite-size taster options. It’s a great way to sample food from a lot of different restaurants without breaking the bank or gaining 40 pounds.
  • The Performance Stage. The live music this year promises to be outstanding! The lineup includes Bill Keale, The Staxx Brothers, Leif James, the Moon Mountain Ramblers, and a whole lot more. Check out the agenda and make sure to plan your outing accordingly!
  • The 2nd Annual Beer run: The three-mile race will begin at noon on Saturday, June 25, and includes a loop through Drake Park with three beer stops. The run starts and finishes at Bond and Minnesota. Late registration is possible on race day beginning at 11 a.m. Look for the inflatable arch at the intersection of Minnesota and Bond! Every pre-registered participant will receive a Beer Run growler at the finish!

The Bite of Bend also includes a children’s area, a beer garden, fine food and wine, and a whole lot more.

Mark your calendar, grab your sunglasses, buy your Northwest Spirits & Mixology Show tickets, and join me in welcoming summer to Bend.

It’s about dang time!


Want to win two tickets to the Northwest Spirits & Mixology Show? Leave a comment on this blog post telling us your favorite thing about Bite of Bend. Never been before? That’s OK! Tell us what you’re most looking forward to at the event. We’ll choose two winners at random on Thursday, June 23, and both will win two free tickets to the Northwest Spirits & Mixology Show

10 responses to “Get ready to welcome summer with The Bite of Bend (and win a couple tickets to the Northwest Spirits & Mixology Show!)”

  1. MY favorite thingssss of the bite of bend are DRINKS FOOD and MUSIC!!! oh and all the people out and about !!!!!! : )

  2. WHAT i love most about the bite of bend is the FOOD DRINKS AND the MUSIC, plus all the people milling about!!!!

  3. June 25th here I come..along with four thirsty girlfriends. looking forward to this event, sampling and trying different cocktails. Great chance to mingle and see what’s new.

  4. I can’t make a short list of the many things there are to look forward to at The Bite of Bend. First off, the STAXX BROTHERS!!! I fell in love with this band on closing day at Mt. Bachelor this year. The line for the lift was ridiculous so we settled on listening to Staxx and watching the pond skim. Second thing to look forward to is the delicious food that awaits pared with the best beer in the Northwest…mmmm Deschutes Bachelor ESB on tap… My buddy and I can’t wait to do the Bend Beer Run and finishing it off with the Bite of Bend would make the trip from Eugene complete. I’m actually not sure why I live in Eugene when everything great is happening in Bend.

  5. This is my first summer in Central Oregon. I can’t wait for the Bite of Bend! I’m a volunteer at Common Table, and I can’t wait to see the chef Bethlyn Rider try for Top Chef!

  6. We LOVE all the small plate eating. The Bite of Bend is the best way to get a little taste of a lot of amazing dishes from local restaurants without having to settle on just one. Love the local feeling!

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