FOOD & DRINK 2019
"World's Best Street Food 2010"
"The tortilla takes a road trip to Korea"
"You'll become an instant convert"
We are incredibly excited to welcome back Koi Fusion for another great year at Farmathon!
For Koi Fusion’s creator Bo Kwon, combining traditional Korean flavors with unlikely partners was really just second nature. The oldest child of two working Korean immigrants, Kwon grew up putting together tasty concoctions for after school snacks like Kimchi Grilled Cheese sandwiches, leftover Spaghetti with Bulgogi & Kimchi, or really “just whatever was in our fridge when I was hungry; left side was the parents’ side and right was our side” he says. And the Food Truck aspect? That came easily too. While working at a nightclub as a host in downtown Portland, Kwon frequented a nearby cart pod, where he chatted up cart owners and grew familiar with the whole process of operating in Portland’s booming cart scene. When Kwon’s dad mentioned the idea of opening a traditional sit down Korean BBQ restaurant, “I said, Dad, no one likes smelling like Korean food!” Kwon reveals. But then, he saw a Korean news segment on TV lauding LA’s Kogi BBQ truck, “and it just hit me—Portland needs that!” Kwon travelled to LA the next day to receive Roy’s blessing, and with persistence, his guidance developed from there. “Roy didn’t have the ability to expand to the Portland area at the time, but he loved the idea of us developing our own concept and running with it.” Kwon’s next step was to purchase a local Mexican food truck in Portland and learn the ropes of running and operating a food cart. “I literally walked up to this lady and said, ‘I want to buy this cart from you, but only if you let me work for free for six months and teach me everything you know.’” And that’s exactly what happened. Soon enough, Kwon began serving his signature Fusion tacos on the PSU campus with help from his aunt, mom, & brother, and Koi Fusion has run with that concept. The first stationary location has received multiple facelifts since it first opened, but is still operating at SW 20th and Burnside, just outside Providence Park. Koi Fusion is rooted in Portland’s food truck scene, and is continually expanding and evolving. The company now operates an extensive catering and mobile truck department, has multiple locations in the greater Portland area, and is planning on continuing to expand throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Tastebud Wood-Fired Pizza
If there's anything better than a fresh, hot, hand-made pizza right out of the brick oven, we sure as heck haven't found it yet!
Tastebud began in 1999 under the creative vision and hands of Mark Doxtader. But like most good things, Tastebud is built on a community of friends, family and farmers.
Once, they were a farm.
Then they built an oven and started baking bread, bagels and pizza in the open-air markets of Portland.
They baked in dark winter mornings and through long hot summer days.
They began to travel near and far pulling our wood fired oven.
Then they built a big red truck with wings to shelter us from the rain and sun.
Now they have a place in Multnomah Village to call home, and we're already dreaming of the mouth-watering creations coming this year to Farmathon courtesy of Tastebud PDX!
Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon craft brewing icon. Craft beer lovers have been enjoying John's beers for over thirty years from breweries such as McMenamins, Deschutes, and Full Sail.
The name Ecliptic Brewing unites John’s two passions: brewing and astronomy. The ecliptic is earth’s yearly path around the sun. We celebrate this journey through the seasons with food and beer menus that rotate throughout the year. In our restaurant we feature fresh seasonal ingredients and make menu items from scratch. Professional, attentive staff are ready to greet you and give you a great experience. In our brewhouse we believe in pushing the limits of creativity. We respond to our customer's desires and introduce them to new experiences that we hope keep them coming back for more. Flagship beers include Starburst IPA, Carina Peach Sour Ale, Capella Porter and Orbiter IPA. Seasonal series favorites change five times a year and include Quasar Pale Ale and Filament Winter IPA. We also brew a selection of Special Releases and Cosmic Collaboration beers.
You can find Ecliptic beers in restaurants and retail shops in Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho, Colorado, North Carolina, Canada, and Japan.
Ex Novo Brewing
The idea of Ex Novo began in a garage full of homebrew in NE Portland circa 2012. Beer has always done a great job of bringing people together and hatching great ideas, like the one to start a brewery that gives all its profits away. We wanted to form a brewery that respects the pedigree of brewing found in the NW and one that strives to do everything right: from crafting consistently enjoyable and unique beers, to great and unexpected food in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Portland deserves nothing less. We also believe in making things right, both in our city and around the globe.
Our mission as a brewery is to donate 100% of our profits to those building a better world and bringing hope to places where it is scarce. Joel Gregory is the Founder and President and manages the new business along with enjoying being a father of two little girls. Ex Novo opened its doors in July of 2014 - thanks for your support!
Oregon City Brewing Company
The American dream is starting a business in your garage. Then growing out of the garage and transforming a derelict carpet store into a living room for the community. Our goal is to build a multi-generational business where employees & customers are treated like family. Oregon City Brewing Company is a new American brewery, the product of our thriving Oregon craft beer culture, shaped deeply by Oregon City values: community, quality craftsmanship & a spirit of innovation.
We were born and raised in Oregon City and most of our family still lives there. The last time there was a brewery in Oregon City was 1895 by Henry Weinhard. We aim to do Henry proud.
...and more to come, so stay tuned!