La Ruta PDX festival ambassadors

Aborígens travels to Portland, Oregon (USA) to attend La Ruta PDX gastronomic festival (July 13-16, 2017) as one of the event ambassadors

Aborígens in Portland, Oregon


From 13-16 July (as part of our U.S. Tour 2017), Aborígens will be attending La Ruta PDX: a gastronomic festival not only as an exhibitor but also as one of the event ambassadors.

This industry and trade-focused event series will celebrate Spanish food culture, and we’ll be there representing our culinary travel project and promoting a chef trip with John Gorham (Toro Bravo PDX) from August 30 to September 9, 2017.

Festival progam

6pm FESTIVAL PREMIERE at Portland Art Museum.
La Ruta PDX will launch with a festival premiere party followed by a private screening of the Spanish documentary film Soul at the Portland Art Museum co-presented by NW Film Center about Basque Country 3-star Michelin chef Eneko Atxa tackling the complex universe of haute cuisine. A cocktail hour before the film will offer cava from Suriol and passed tapas from PLAZA DEL TORO chef Michael Kessler. VIP access will include paella from Jaret Foster and Mona Johnson of Tournant and Gramona Cava. Jason French of Ned Ludd will also cook at the premiere. The film will be introduced by Soul film producer Pedro Peira. A cheese and dessert reception after the film will feature Soul star Eneko Atxa’s txakolina being poured in Oregon for the first time. Tickets here
6:30pm PARK AVENUE WINES AMBASSADOR DINNER with Kasey Mills, Josh Scofield, Alex Cardona, and Ana Lopez.
A reunion dinner featuring Toro Bravo alumni chefs Kasey Mills (Mediterranean Exploration Company / Shalom Y’all) and Josh Scofield (Pollo Bravo) with Spanish food insider Alex Cardona of Aborigens (Barcelona) and winemaker Ana Lopez of Gramona winery. Tickets here
12-4pm FERIA & TRADE SHOW at Plaza del Toro
PLAZA DEL TORO and Southeast 2nd Avenue between Taylor and Yamhill transform into an trade show featuring an array of products and equipment from Spanish and local purveyors, culinary demos, and an extensive variety of beverage tastings presented by winemakers, distillers, brewers, and cider makers from Spain and Oregon. Demos include paella cooking by Aneto Natural, knife sharpening by Murray Carter, rabbit butchery by Camas Davis of Portland Meat Collective, and jamón carving by Manuel Recio of Conserva and Viridian Farms. Guests can enjoy product samples, GinTonic competition, Miro Vermut Hour hosted by Pollo Bravo, Carter Cutlery knife raffle, an exhibit of oil paintings by Holly Grosvenor of the Asturias region of Spain, and a reading of Granada, A Pomegranate in the Hand of God at Taylor Railworks by author Steven Nightingale. Tickets here
7pm LA RUTA DEL TORO DINNER at Plaza del Toro
Chefs from Spain collaborate for the festival’s paramount dinner at Portland’s PLAZA DEL TORO gastronomic society. Manuel Alonso of Casa Manolo (Valencia), Jordi Parra (Barcelona), Mikel de Luis (Bilbao/NYC), and Juanjo Canals of Con Amor (Madrid) will each present a course at this seated dinner with dessert by Luis Moyano (Madrid/Portland) and winemaker Albert Jane of Bodegas Acústic Cellar. Classical Spanish guitarist Ryan Walsh will set the tone of the evening. Sold out
1-4pm TASTES OF SPAIN at Directors Park
The final event of the festival features bites from more than 15 local and Spanish chefs and artisans with extensive beverage tasting from winemakers, brewers, and sidra makers of Spain and Oregon. Luke Burbank of Live Wire will host a panel on the main stage in Director Park with the traveling Spanish chefs and Kelly Cox from PBS Food’s Original Fare will interview participating festival chefs, artisans, and winemakers. Live entertainment will be hosted by Pepe Raphael (of Pepe and the Bottles Blondes) with live music and dance from Espacio Flamenco, who will also offer a pop-up Flamenco class for kids who will perform later in the event. Additional entertainment includes Barcelona street art, face painting, and students from nonprofit My Voice Music will open the live entertainment with an original Spanish song written in collaboration with Pepe Raphael. Tickets here