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Archive for September, 2012

A Feast to Say the Least: DRY Soda at Feast Portland

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Last weekend, September 20-22, DRY Soda had the pleasure of attending the first-ever Feast Portland, and we’ll be the first to say that we’re already looking forward to many more. This has the makeup of becoming the west coast’s best food and wine festival, hands down. And with the focus of the event on ending childhood hunger in Oregon and nationwide, uniting the nation’s best food and wine experts for the weekend felt like a powerful statement for the cause.

With several incredible events such as the Sandwich Invitational – a throwdown of the nation’s best sandwich samurais – and the Night Market – transforming the scene into a sprawl of Asian street food vendors – there was plenty to take in. DRY Soda was at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting on 9/21 serving sips to the throng of thirsty feasters and making new fans and friends in the process.

The crowd drawn to Feast, including Fergus HendersonNaomi PomeroyJeffrey Steingarten among others, helped make it an incredible atmosphere, and with so many renowned foodies it would be difficult not to be inspired by the collective culinary expertise circulating in the air (and in our bellies). Check out some of the friends we made below!

We’ll see you in September 2013, Feast; it’s going to take us at least that long to recover from the amazing time we just had.

#DRYtour: Back to Southern California

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

For some, September means back to school. For DRY Soda, September means back to SoCal.

DRY’s Savor the Flavor Tour spent ten wonderful weeks roaming around southern California in our Tasting Truck this spring and summer. After heading out for two months in Colorado and a short homecoming at DRY HQ in Seattle, the DRY Soda Tasting Truck and Savor the Flavor Tour are heading back to Southern California starting September 29th.

We’re ecstatic about the opportunity to return to a region that helped make our spring and summer a blast. We had so much fun and met so many amazing fans in SoCal that heading back was a no-brainer. And with the chill of autumn and winter coming to Seattle soon, the California sunshine certainly didn’t hurt the case.

The Tour’s second venture into southern California will last until November 4th, and the Tasting Truck will be serving sips in Los Angeles and Orange County areas at many Whole Foods Market, Bristol Farms and independent grocery locations. You can also expect to see the Truck at a lot of fun events in the region, as well as making special surprise stops in neighborhoods.

Be sure to keep up with DRY and the next leg of the #DRYtour on Twitter and Facebook, follow us on Instagram @drysoda, and we’ll see you on the road!

What We Did This Summer: #DRYTour in Portland

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The DRY Soda Tasting Truck is back in Seattle after wrapping up the final leg of the Savor the Flavor tour in Colorado. Thank you to all of our fans that followed us throughout this fantastic journey. It was your messages, photos, tweets, and shrieks of excitement that made every moment of this tour worth it. Even though it feels like the tour just began, the Tasting Truck is back at DRY HQ with miles of memories from our fans both new and old. Help re-live the success of the season with us as we share what we did this summer on the tour in:

PORTLAND

In early March, we left headquarters and headed for the land of buttes, berries and beer on the first part of the Savor the Flavor Tour. For us, Oregon is our home away from home.  In our short six weeks in the Beaver State we joined in on the excitement of the first Timbers home game and cheered on thousands of runners at the Shamrock Run. We let our inner-geek run wild at OMSI After Dark: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice, and experienced what Last Thursday on Alberta is really all about. We even had a chance to eat ice cream with DRY fans at a Salt & Straw, an ice cream shop that every Portlander is talking about right now. It was the perfect way to kick off the tour.

Inspired by our own tour stops we have created a few stops worth checking out the next time you’re in the Rose City.

What to Experience in Portland

Forest Park: When the city life becomes overwhelming we recommend trekking up to this Northwest jungle known as Forest Park. With over 70 miles of hiking trails it’s a way to get lost in the wilderness without actually getting lost.

Breweries: Sometimes you need a break from DRY Soda, we understand, and when in Oregon you might as well do as the do and reach for a microbrew. Oregon is known for its water quality, which is one of the reasons for all the breweries in this fine state.

OMSI After Dark: Remember how cool the science museum was as a kid? OMSI After Dark lets you be the curious kid again and do things like light gummy bears on fire or make paper plate speakers. The events are open to those 21 and up. Check out their website for upcoming events.

Food Trucks and Restaurants: As we learned during our tour, eating is an activity unto itself. Portland is not only the place where young people come to retire, but a place where some of greatest chefs come to retire—eventually. The best advice that we can bestow upon you is to follow your nose (and/or this PDX Food Cart Guide), and that the usual 35-minute line outside the food cart on the corner is there for a reason. It’s worth the wait.

First Thursday and Last Thursday:  In Portland, on the first Thursday of every month, all the galleries open their doors for an evening of art, wine, and music. If you happen to find yourself in Portland at the end of the month head over to Alberta Street in North Portland and see a completely different side to life in Portland. You won’t be disappointed.

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