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Love at First Crepe Book Signing at C’est la vie

Drop in to C’est la vie French Café & Crêperie any time from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, for a book signing with local author Heidi Renee Mason. She is celebrating the release of her latest mystery novel, “Love at First Crepe.” Life becomes complicated for the main character, an easygoing chef, when she mashes up falling in love with foiling murder plots. The Amazon best-selling Mason cleverly combines crepes, kung fu, unexpected passion, and madcap mayhem in this humorous romantic mystery.

So order up some freshly made, seasonally inspired crêpes, a big café au lait, and chat with Mason about her books and her writing inspiration—and maybe find out what she might have planned for future novels! She is the author of “Investigating the Heart,” “Goodnight, Sweetheart,” “Steadfast Heart,” and “Always Hope”—and she’s always got another book in the works. You can also enter to win a copy of “Love at First Crepe.” To learn more about Mason, visit her website at www.heidireneemason.com.

C’est la vie is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St. #10 in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver, and shares a location with owner Chef Keri Buhman’s sister business, Soirée Supper Club and Catering, which hosts monthly/seasonal multi-course, prix fixe dinners. Visit www.soireesupperclub.com/events/ to see what’s happening next, or, better yet, to sign up for Soirée’s newsletter.

Above image: one of C’est la vie’s delicious raspberry-and-lemon-curd crêpes. Editor’s note: I can personally attest to the fact that these crêpes are mind-blowingly delicious.

Pomeroy Cellars’ 3rd Anniversary

Pomeroy Cellars Tasting Room is celebrating its third anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 23, from noon to 8 p.m. A day of fun, wine tasting, and nibbles are planned for guests 21 and over. Vintners will spin the Discount Wheel every hour to determine special sales, and there will be prize drawings and giveaways every hour.

Wine tasting flights will be available until 6 p.m., and glass pours and bottle sales will be available all day. As guests sip their award-winning wine, they can enjoy live music from 4 to 8 p.m. with the Funaddtics Trio, playing a lively blend of jazz, rock, pop, hip hop, and country. Dinner will be available from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for $15 per person, courtesy of the South Pacific Café and Lounge. What’s on the menu? A Tuscan pasta bake with Italian sausage, seasoned ground beef, vegetables, cheese and herbs, plus Caesar salad and focaccia. A gluten-free vegetarian dish will also be available.

Pomeroy Cellars Winery and Tasting Room is located at 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Rd. between Battle Ground and Yacolt, on the grounds of Pomeroy Living History Farm. For more information, call or text 360-686-3785 or email staff@pomeroycellars.com. You can also follow Pomeroy Cellars on Facebook.

Above image: The gold medal-winning 2016 Farm Hand’s White and silver medal-winning 2014 Lucia No 47

North Bank Beer Week, Sept. 22-30

North Bank Beer Week—happening from Friday, Sept. 22, to Saturday, Sept. 30—is a celebration of Southwest Washington beer. From North Jetty Brewing at the mouth of the Columbia to Everybody’s Brewing upstream in White Salmon, from Loowit Brewing near the I-5 Bridge to Ashtown Brewing in the shadow of Mount St. Helens, we make great beer on the north bank of the Columbia River.

There will be special events at North Bank breweries every day in honor of NBBW—everything from live music and beer-and-painting nites to cornhole tournaments to street fighting and Mortal Kombat contests (if you like that sort of thing). Below you’ll also find a comprehensive list of what’s happening locally on each day of Beer Week, with further details on the North Bank Beer Week website at northbankbeerweek.com.

  • Sept. 22, 6 p.m. to midnight: North Bank Beer Week Kickoff at Tap Union Freehouse AND Brickhouse
  • Sept. 23, 2 to 11 p.m., Heavy Metal Brewing: Miner Palooza 2017
  • Sept. 23, 2 to 5 p.m., Final Draft Taphouse: North Bank Brewers’ Stories
  • Sept. 23, 4 to 7 p.m., Ben’s Bottle Shop: PB&J Collaboration Brew Release
  • Sept. 23, 4 p.m., Loowit Brewing: Pedal Power Collaboration Keg Commute
  • Sept. 23, 4 p.m., Northwest Liquid Gold: Bottle Shop Collaboration Release
  • Sept. 23, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.: 38 Below Grand Opening
  • Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Trap Door Brewing: Breakfast Stout Beer Brunch
  • Sept. 24, 1 p.m., Caps N’ Taps: Bottle Share
  • Sept. 24, 1 p.m., Trap Door Brewing: Brewers Cornhole Invitational Tournament
  • Sept. 25, 7 to 10 p.m., The Thirsty Sasquatch: Bingo Night with North Jetty
  • Sept. 25, 6 p.m., Northwest Liquid Gold: Meet the Founder of Backwoods Brewing
  • Sept. 25, 6 to 8 p.m., Ben’s Bottle Shop: Irv & Millie’s Mead Launch
  • Sept. 25, 6 to 9 p.m., Final Draft Taphouse: North Bank Brewers’ Stories
  • Sept. 25, 4 to 9 p.m., Loowit Brewing: Dart Tournament Extravaganza
  • Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m., Loowit Brewing: Mortal Kombat Tournament
  • Sept. 26, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Doomsday Brewing Safe House: Bear Pong Tournament
  • Sept. 26, 6 p.m., Northwest Liquid Gold: Mt. Tabor Brewing Belgian Dark Strong Release
  • Sept. 26, 6 to 9 p.m., Final Draft Taphouse: Couve Brew Bevy Launch
  • Sept. 26, 6 to 8 p.m., Hopworks Urban Brewery Vancouver: Fresh Hop Feature (& Firkin)
  • Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Grapes & Growlers: Support Our Firefighters with Backwoods & Friends
  • Sept. 27, 6 to 9 p.m., Final Draft Taphouse: North Bank Brewers’ Stories
  • Sept. 27, 6 to 9 p.m., Bader Beer & Wine Supply: Beginning Brewing Class
  • Sept. 27, 6 to 8 p.m., Northwest Liquid Gold: Fortside Ultimate Beer Bus Tour
  • Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Loowit Brewing: Movie Night—”Blood, Sweat, and Beer”
  • Sept. 27, 6 to 9 p.m., 38 Below: Whiskey Wednesday—a Fortside Pairing
  • Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., Ben’s Bottle Shop: Ghost Runners Fun Run
  • Sept. 28, 5 to 8 p.m., Final Draft Taphouse: Trap Door & Wingman Collaboration Release
  • Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Loowit Brewing: Shinobi Arcade Tournament
  • Sept. 28, 5 to 8 p.m., Northwood Public House & Brewery: SWWA Breweries Take Over Northwood!
  • Sept. 28, 6 to 8 p.m., Northwest Liquid Gold: Brothers Cascadia Juiced Up
  • Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Ben’s Bottle Shop: Jeff Alworth and Bolt Lookalike Fun Time
  • Sept. 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Heathen Feral Public House: HAMMERED
  • Sept. 29, 9 p.m., Heathen Feral Public House: Paint Night—Autumn Magic
  • Sept. 29, 6 to 8 p.m., Northwest Liquid Gold: Barrel Mountain Fresh Hop Release
  • Sept. 29, 4 to 7 p.m., Ben’s Bottle Shop: Firkin, Fortside, and Fun!
  • Sept. 29, 5 p.m., Caps N’ Taps: Bikes, Brews, and BBQ!
  • Sept. 29, 5 p.m., Trap  Door Brewing: Kettle Sour Fest
  • Sept. 29, 4 p.m., Main St. Washougal: Washougal Oktoberfest
  • Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Loowit Brewing: A Cheesy Night Beer & Cheese Pairing
  • Sept. 29, 6 to 10 p.m., Victor 23 Craft Brewing: One Year Anniversary Celebration
  • Sept. 30, noon to 6 p.m., Esther Short Park: Vancouver Fresh Hop Fest

Tamale Festival Needs Tamale Masters

The Southwest Washington Tamale Festival is coming to downtown Washougal from 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. Presented by the Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens, the family-friendly event will celebrate the richness of Latino culture and is free and open to the public—and the festival is now accepting applicants for the tamale-tasting contests!

The event will feature tamale contests for two groups: restaurants, caterers, and food trucks (“Professionals”) and individuals with their own family recipes (“Homestyle”). Entries will be judged in three categories; meat, no meat/vegetarian and sweet/dessert. Winners will be determined based on taste, technique, appearance and overall quality. Prizes will be awarded for the winning entries. For contest rules and entry form, go to the event website at www.swwatamalefest.com

Beyond the tamale contest, the event will offer a craft area for kids, tamale making demonstrations from 2 to 3 p.m., food vendors featuring food with a Latino flair, a beer garden, local craft vendors, music and dancing. Entertainment will include Gerardo and Nekla Calderon and their “Leyendas de Mexico” show at 3 p.m., Hudson’s Bay High School Las Bonitas y Los Caballero’s Ballet Folkloric at 4:30 p.m. and Son de Cuba Quartette at 6 p.m.

Food and craft vendor space is still available for the event. Applications can be found at the event website. Proceeds and donations collected from event will support future scholarship stipends for local youth. Contact the festival at swwatamalefest@gmail.com.

How to Live Boldly: Frida Kahlo, Art + Wine

Angst Gallery is hosting a bold new event that explores that mysterious, delightful intersection between the fully engaged creative life, the artistic process, and—most importantly—wine. “How to Live Life Boldly: Looking at the Life of Frida Kahlo Through Art Making and Wine Tasting,” is a brief workshop led by artist Erin Dengerink and Niche Wine Bar proprietor/Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson.

Come to Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver from 6 to 8 p.m. for an exploration of Kahlo’s series of artworks that were inspired by her time spent in New York City. Kahlo (in case you didn’t know) was a famous Mexican artist who drew on her own life story to create passionate, surrealist paintings. Kahlo’s work about New York depicts her reaction to her  experiences in the city. Her work could be political, personal, and fantastical. Attendees will look at images of Kahlo’s artwork, discuss the ideas and symbols in her paintings, and experiment with making their own artwork based on Kahlo’s dynamic and psychological paintings.

The workshop will be paired with a tasting of wines that inspired by Frida’s persona. Students will taste and discuss the wines and no doubt be moved to wonder by the world of art and the art of wine. No prior wine knowledge needed and no artistic experience is necessary—beginners welcome! The cost is $35 per person and includes drawing materials, paper, and wine tasting. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To sign up, email Jackson at nichewine@gmail.com. This workshop is part of “The Art of Knowing,” is a new series of workshops which will pair great wines with the work of great artists from around the world.

Farm to Fort Dinner

There are still tickets left for the Farm to Fort Dinner tonight at the Artillery Barracks, 600 Hatheway Rd. in Vancouver, near the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Appetizers and welcome cocktails begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. And what a dinner it will be!

The Farm to Fort Dinner is a five course culinary experience showcasing the best that the region has to offer:  locally sourced food, fine wines, and a generous dollop of history. Some of the North Bank’s top-rated chefs are partnering with local farms, food purveyors, and wineries to create the most outstanding, most memorable meal possible. The best thing? (Well, besides the delicious food…) Proceeds benefit the Vancouver Farmers Market Foundation and the Wine and Food Society of Clark County.

Non-refundable tickets are $90 per person. (But hey, if you aren’t able to make it, the money goes to a good cause, right?) You can purchase them online at https://www.tickettomato.com/event/5014/farm-to-fort. Directions and parking information is available at http://fortvan.org/images/EventRentals/EventFacilityParkingMap.pdf.

Sip & Craft at Heisen House

What’s more fun than a glass of wine and an afternoon of crafting? Not much! Heisen House Vineyards is offering just such a thing, and it’s Sip & Craft with Cindy—just one in a series of workshops at the winery called Summer Craft Sundays. The next workshop is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, and there’s another one at 2 p.m. on Sept. 24. The cost is $20 per person and includes wine and light appetizers. Register for the workshops online at https://squareup.com/store/heisen-house/.

Bring a friend and create your own wine bottle vase with crafter Cindy Goik. Wrap your bottle in twine and other pretty bling to create a special vase of your own. The class includes a wine tasting flight, all supplies, and instruction by Goik. Workshops last for two hours at Heisen House, 28005 N.E. 172nd Ave. in Battle Ground. To learn more about Heisen House Vineyards—which is listed on the register of historical places and is a popular event venue—visit heisenhousevineyards.com or “like” them on Facebook.

Drink This Vancouver: Fresh Fruit Fest!

Drink This! is your chance to meet Vancouver’s artisan beveragemakers. The focus is on wine, craft beer, and cocktails, but you might also sample hard cider, coffee, tea, and soda—and this month, the focus is also on delicious drinks made from, or made with, fresh fruit. Plan your own self-guided tour with the Drink This map, available at participating locations from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Here’s where to go and what you can sample at each place—and you’ll notice that there are three brand-new places to try in downtown Vancouver:

There’s no admission, RSVP or tickets needed to participate, although there may be tasting fees in some locations. Prices per drink are as low as $1 and some tastings are free, while other artisan beverages are sold at full price. There will be plenty of food to buy as well as live music. You’ll also have a chance to vote for your favorite beverage; get four stamps (one for each beverage purchased) on your map, and then drop off your map at the end of the event. The winning drink will be announced by Sept. 29 on the Drink This Facebook page. Last but not least, you can get free rides (up to a $20 fare) from Uber; use code WINEFESTVAN.

For more information, visit www.drinkthisvancouver.com, or get a sneak peek at the map by visiting www.facebook.com/drinkthisvancouver.

Sangria for All at Niche Wine Bar

Mmmm…summer and sangria: they just go together! Sangria—that delightfully refreshing wine punch from Spain and Portugal—is usually made with red or rosé wine, chopped fruit, sunny citrus slices, and other ingredients such as orange juice or brandy. It’s served over ice or well-chilled, and is just the thing to beat the heat.

Niche Wine Bar in downtown Vancouver is offering “Sangria for All,” from 4 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, which just happens to be the very same day that kids in the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts head back to the classroom. So get a sitter for the evening and celebrate the return to normalcy with a couple glasses or Niche’s special-recipe sangria. And if you don’t have kids? Well, you get sangria, too! We’re sure you’ve done something worth celebrating.

Niche Wine Bar is located at 1013 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, next door to the historic Kiggins Theatre and adjacent to Angst Gallery. For more information and to keep up with goings-on at Niche, follow Niche on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nichewineandart/.

Yoga + Beer at Trap Door

Think of it as “detox and retox.” Detoxify your mind and relax your body with a calming, centering (but reasonably challenging) yoga session, then put some delicious, delicious toxins back into your body in the form of a cold craft brew. Yes, that’s right: it’s the “Cheers & Namaste” yoga-and-beer class at Trap Door Brewing.

Your registration cost includes one pint of beer, plus the 60-minute, appropriate-for-all-experience-levels flow yoga class taught by Beer Yogi and Yoga Instructor, Amy Brock. You’re also welcome to hang out and enjoy lunch from one of the food trucks parked just next door to Trap Door (E-san Thai—try the Drunken Noodles—and the Taco City Taco Truck—don’t leave the premises without having the Tacos Al Pastor).

The yoga and beer class will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. The cost is $20 per person, and class is limited to 20 people, so registration is recommended. Yoga students should arrive about ten minutes early, and should bring their own mats, if possible—although there are a few extras to borrow. Trap Door Brewing is located at 2315 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Register in advance at www.cheersandnamaste.com/events/trapdoor.

ShakesBeer & Wine Festival

What do you get when you combine two Shakespeare plays, beer, and wine? You get the ShakesBeer and Wine Festival on Saturday, Aug. 26; on Sunday, Aug. 27, hosted by Say Ciao! Columbia River Tap Room and Eatery, Heathen Brewing, NW Wine Distributors, and OPS Fest (the Oregon Practice Shakespeare Festival). OPS Fest will present Comedy of Errors on Saturday and Twelfth Night on Sunday. Both performances are from 2 to 4 p.m. at Say Ciao!, located at 2501 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver.

OPS Fest performs the same way theater companies did in the days of the Bard (a.k.a. the Elizabethan age). The actors had not rehearsed before they appeared on stage—and the audience knew it. The only thing each actor had was a script (or rather, a scroll) with his role and his lines. The play was as fresh to the actors as it was for the audience. It’s a new way to experience the joys of a live Shakespeare performance, and audience members will never see the same OPS Fest play twice in quite the same way.

While the play is being performed, attendees will enjoy Heathen’s craft brews, wine from Basel Cellars, ciders from Idiot’s Grace, and just-prepared fresh and local food from Say Ciao! Following Saturday’s production, there be live music until 9 p.m. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. Artists, music, and craftsmen will all be together for this one-of-a-kind experience, which is poised to become an annual event.

Live Music, Wine & Canvas at Cellar 55

There are still a few spots open in the next Wine & Canvas event, which brings together talented local artists with excellent wines in Cellar 55‘s beautiful tasting room at 1812 Washington Street in downtown Vancouver. Guaranteed: the more wine you drink, the more entertaining it becomes.

The step-by-step class will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, when you’ll be able to make artistic magic happen with a brush in one hand and a wine glass in the other. Sign up at the Wine & Canvas website by clicking here. The cost is $35 per person and includes all supplies and materials. If it happens to be sold out—not an uncommon occurrence—never fear; there’s another class on Sunday, Sept. 10.

On the other hand, why wait until Sunday to visit Cellar 55? Come on Friday, Aug. 25, for happy hour ($2 off all glasses of wine, plus discounts on nibbles) and to hear soulful vocalist Marianne Flemming on the patio from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

To learn more about Cellar 55 Tasting Room and see some of its craft Walla Walla wines and small plate offerings (a gourmet charcuterie board, cheeses, olives and other epicurean treats), visit cellar55tastingroom.com. While you’re there, ask the friendly staff to help you pick out a nice wine for your end-of-summer parties or purchase gift certificates for your friends and family, because we all know that wine is the only gift that counts.

Above image: detail from “Moon Reflection,” which guests will paint on Aug. 27.

Farm to Table Dinner at Gather & Feast Farm

Gather and Feast Farm in La Center will host its second farm-to-table dinner on the farm on Saturday, Aug. 26. This is about the most authentic farm-to-table experience you can get: all of the food you’ll enjoy has been grown on the farm and prepared with care and delivered directly to your table, set under the farm’s light-bedecked trees. With your ticket purchase, you’ll gain access to an extraordinary culinary experience, featuring wine pairings from local vintners, plus a multi-course, family-style meal with cocktail hour, salad, entrée, and dessert.

The farm’s inaugural dinner was a magnificent success, and the August dinner is expected to sell out. Tickets are a rather pricey $115.44 per person—or $104 for seniors and military—but after you read the many glowing comments on Gather and Feast’s Facebook page, and when you consider that it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and that the proceeds will help support this absolute gem of a local farm, it certainly seems reasonable. There is also a “double date” discount for tickets bought as pair: $98.29 per person. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite.

The August dinner will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Gather and Feast Farm is located at 2706 N.E. 369th St. in La Center. You can read more about their story in the latest issue of North Bank Magazine on this website—just scroll down and click on the magazine icon on the lower right-hand side of the home page. In the meantime, take a look at this beautiful video:

Photo at top of page from Gather and Feast’s Facebook page. Visit them to see more gorgeous photos!

Sip & Stroll

What’s better than sipping an alcoholic libation, strolling along the boutique-lined streets of Vancouver, and enjoying a lovely summer evening? Here’s the best part: all proceeds benefit the Hough Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that helps kids in our community cultivate self-reliance through mentoring, advocating for mental health and social services, and providing opportunities for classroom, after school, and early learning enrichment.

The seventh annual Sip & Stroll, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, will feature over 30 locations in both Uptown Village and in downtown Vancouver. Participants (21 years or older) will sample an array of fine wines, hard ciders, and craft brews at almost 30 locations while enjoying live music, shopping discounts and coupons, and light appetizers. If you get tired while walking, free shuttle service is available along the Sip & Stroll route. You can also come early for the annual Show & Shine car show, happening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street in Uptown Village.

Self-guided tasting tours will begin and end at the Burgerville Center for Responsible Community Leadership at 1602 Main St. Parking is available on the entire block south of the start location. Top off your evening with an after-party at Low Bar, where you can sample a specialty Sip & Stroll cocktail. Tickets are available online for $30 each at www.foughfoundation.org or $40 on the day of the event. Participants will receive a commemorative tasting  glass along with a tasting map. You’ll also be able to purchase bottles of your favorite beverage at the starting location. For more information, contact Jill Campbell at 360-901-0132 or jcampbell@houghfoundation.org.

Summer Brewfest

The 6th annual Vancouver Brewfest—presented by Great Western Malting—coming to Esther Short Park on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12. There will be live music, food trucks, and arts vendors for you to enjoy while sampling over 80 beers. You can also play the free Bear Pong (nope, not a typo!) tournament and win prizes from local brewers. For those with friends who don’t like beer (I know—weird, right?) there will be a selection of craft cider, mead, and wine from Naked Winery.

The Vancouver Brewfest has partnered with Trap Door Brewing and Great Western Malting—as well as one of the first female brewers in the Pacific Northwest—to create the event’s signature brew, the aptly named Heat Wave. You can see a full list of every brewery, cidery, and meadery that will be at the Summer Brewfest at www.VancouverBrewfest.com or by clicking here. Over 30 local brewers will be there—everyone from Alameda to Walking Man—as well as three cider and mead-makers.

Advance tickets are available online by clicking here and range from $7 for designated drivers to $17 for a Brewer’s Apprentice Pass to $32 for a Brewmaster Pass. All tickets are slightly more expensive at the gate. Passes include official Brewfest pint glasses and tokens; additional tokens are available at four for $5. To see all ticket information, click here.

Proceeds from this event go straight to local charities, so you’ll be drinking amazing beer for amazing causes! Thanks to local craft brew lovers, the Brewfest has donated $43,000 to local charities since 2012 and is continuing this year with Northwest Battle Buddies, Second Chance Companions, and the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. Plus, disabled veterans get in free with ID!

Spanish Tapas at Class Cooking

Chef Kim Mahan of Class Cooking spent several years living in Barcelona, and became extremely fond of tapas, the small dishes—often eaten with the fingers and while drinking very good Spanish wine—that Spain is famous for. But you don’t need to go to a tapas bar (unless you want to, of course); you can create all this deliciousness from scratch at home. Host your own tapas night for friends with the recipe’s you’ll learn to make at Class Cooking at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11. The cost is $80 and includes all ingredients, tools, instruction, and wine! Plus, each student will take home his or her own recipe booklets. In this class, students will learn several techniques to make tasty tapas. Here’s what’s you’ll be cooking:

  • Melon, chorizo, and artichoke salad
  • Tortilla Español (potato and onion omelet)
  • Ham and chicken croquettes (fried amazingness)
  • Spinach empanadas filled with spinach and currants
  • Pinchos moruños (spicy pork kebabs)
  • Pan con tomate (bread with garlic and tomatoes)
  • Lemon sponge cake with whipped cream

To register and pay online, click here. You can also call 360-600-8006. Class Cooking is located in downtown Vancouver at 110 E. 15th St., just next door to Burnt Bridge Cellars. Limited off-street parking is available.

Above image: empanadas!

Mudbugs at Rusty Grape + BOGO Pizza & Growler Fills

We hope your toes are ready for tappin’, because Vancouver-based duo The Mudbugs will give a special performance at Rusty Grape Vineyards from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9. While you listen to the music, you can enjoy buy-one-get-one-free wood-fired pizzas and growler fills, roasted red pepper hummus and flatbread, Caesar salad, and other good eats.

The Mudbugs are roots-based with blues, country, and zydeco at the core. You’ll hear original tunes influenced by Clifton Chenier, Doc Watson, Hank Williams Sr., and Snooks Eaglin, as well as some favorite Americana covers. The Mudbugs are KG Jackson on vocals and guitar with Candy Jackson on accordion, washboard, triangle, and backup vocals.

Rusty Grape Vineyard offers award-winning wine, beer, and cider every single day of the week. Their hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m., Fridays from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There’s often live music, and this summer, they are offering Movies on the Lawn every Friday through Sept. 1. They also host other fun events like cider tastings, win-and-yoga workouts (yup, it’s a thing!), cornhole tournaments, ladies nights, and wine-and-paint workshops. Thirsty Thursdays are every Thursday from from 4:30 to 7 p.m., when wine is just $4 a glass and pints of beer are $3.

Eat a MADdog for Parks & Rec!

MADdogs Gourmet Hot Dogs, the sit-down eatery totally devoted to the idea of hot dog deliciousness—mentioned in this Vancouver Business Journal article about amazing hot dogs in the Couve and glowingly reviewed at CouveEats—is hosting a fundraiser for Vancouver Parks and Recreation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Drop by any time from 4 to 8 p.m. for hot dogs piled with toppings, salads, tater tots like you’ve never had, craft beer and wine, and Ruby Jewel ice cream. Twenty percent of your purchase will be donated to Vancouver Parks and Recreation, supporting programs like youth camps and sports leagues! Be sure to tell your cashier the special code words—Parks & Rec Fundraiser—or print this flyer and present it when you pay.

MADdogs is located at 1900 N.E. 162nd Ave., Suite D114, near the intersection with 18th. They are open seven days a week, starting at 11 a.m., for lunch and dinner. They serve all-natural, nitrite- and nitrate-free dogs without hormones or antibiotics, including beef dogs, turkey dogs, organic chicken apple sausage, and pork bratwurst. Top your dogs with everything from chili to mac-and-cheese to mushroom, garlic, bacon and creamy Gorgonzola. There’s even a nacho dog and a bacon cheeseburger dog made with 100% Angus beef! There’s wine and local beer on tap as well as Hot Lips soda—and for dessert, have a Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwich. To learn more, visit www.maddogsgourmet.com.

Above image: a trio of MADdogs hot dogs; see more at www.facebook.com/Maddogsgourmethotdogs/.

Sip N Shop at Koi Pond Cellars

Koi Pond Cellars is hosting an open-air, Saturday Market-style Sip N Shop event at its beautiful winery and tasting room in Ridgefield. The Sip N Shop market will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5. This winery—which produces some of Southwest Washington’s most award-winning wines—invites everyone to come and enjoy food, live music, lots of local vendors selling handmade products and one-of-a-kind artisan items. Families with children are welcome, and there will be something for everyone!

Koi Pond Cellars is located at 24211 N.E. 41st Ave. in Ridgefield, and its tasting room is open Wednesdays through Sundays. The winery hosts events all summer long; to see a full schedule of happenings at the winery—including live music and sip ‘n craft events—visit Koi Pond Cellars’ website at www.koipondcellars.com or stay up-to-date with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/koipondcellars/.

Blueberry Pancake Day at Cedar Creek Grist Mill

Mmmmmm….warm pancakes, fresh off the griddle, covered with sweet, ripe blueberries and dripping with rich maple syrup. What’s more tantalizing than that? (Nothing that we can think of, just at this moment…) Blueberry pancakes are so universally loved that the Cedar Creek Grist Mill is dedicating one whole day to this seasonal breakfast treat. Blueberry Pancake Day is happening from about 1 p.m. until about 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 29. Guests to the Grist Mill are welcome to come and sample platefuls of this delightful favorite.

The Cedar Creek Grist Mill is a working museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of only a few remaining 1800’s-era grist mills in the world. Bring the whole family any time during those hours to learn how the grist mill works and to eat shortcake made from whole wheat flour ground on-site using state-of-the-art 1876 technology. Guests are invited to take home free samples of flour (although donations are appreciated, as the mill is a non-profit operation) as well as Cedar Creek Grist Mill recipes so you can recreate Blueberry Pancake Day at home.

The Cedar Creek Grist Mill is located deep in the woods east of Woodland, at 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road. (Visit the Grist Mill’s website at www.cedarcreekgristmill.org for directions.) The mill is open on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m., showing guests the inner workings of an old-time grist mill with huge pulleys and spinning belts turning the heavy grindstones, all powered by the mill wheel. No gas or electricity are used—just the water in swift-running Cedar Creek. The mill produces flour, corn meal, and even apple cider. The mill hosts family-friendly events all year long, like Bread and Butter Day, Cornbread Day, Strawberry Shortcake Day, and the incredibly popular Cider Press in October. To learn more, visit www.cedarcreekgristmill.org.