FOOD & DRINK 2020
"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.
Dough-On-The-Go Wood-Fired Pizza
Dough on the Go is a locally owned Family business serving the Willamette Valley, Central Oregon and the Portland vicinity. Their mobile brick pizza oven is completely self-contained and available for personal and business events such as weddings, birthday parties, fund raisers, reunions, luncheons and more. They are dedicated to making high quality wood fired pizza using fresh, locally grown ingredients, cooked right before your eyes and served hot right out of the wood-fired oven! We are excited to welcome them to Farmathon!
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!
...and more to come, so stay tuned!