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La Bottega brings Italian deli-style vibe to Main Street

With nearly 30 years of restaurant expertise under their belts, Lisa and Peter Dougherty set out on a business adventure to own and operate their own restaurant.

The couple met while working at a restaurant, where Lisa was a server and Peter was a cook that had just finished culinary school. They moved to Vancouver about 20 years ago, where Peter worked as a chef at various places around Portland and beyond. However, his goal was always to own a restaurant and his career was always directed toward that purpose.

When the Doughertys opened La Bottega, which means “The Shop,” in 2006, their goals were twofold: to own a restaurant in the community where they lived in and to have their kids be a part of the business.

“Our vision was a restaurant and deli, styled after the great Italian delis of New York and San Francisco,” Peter said. “In addition, we love wine and wanted that to be a major focus of the restaurant and of the food. At the time we opened, there wasn’t all that much happening on Main Street after 5 p.m., so we wanted to offer as much diversity as we could to ensure customer traffic. Furthermore, we wanted a restaurant that would be approachable to the community, whether you are a foodie or just someone that is hungry. We wanted to offer the style of food, wine and service that we know and love, but with a very casual, inviting atmosphere.”

La Bottega is a culmination of those goals. The company is the perfect blend of a full-service restaurant, an upscale wine shop and a deli. Many of the soups, sauces, pastas and entrées are sold in the freezer case for walk-in customers. In addition, virtually everything is made from scratch, including the desserts, stocks, sauces, dressings, mayonnaise, pickles and more.

Today, the company has grown from eight staff members to 25 employees, with the Doughertys’ kids still an active part of the business. Peter explains that he and his wife live about a mile away from the restaurant, which allows them to immerse themselves in what the local community has to offer.

“We spent many years working across the bridge, and we enjoyed going into Portland to dine from time to time,” he said. ”But we did not like being held hostage by the bridge to find good food, and we believed that others must feel the same way as we did. So, we opened La Bottega with the same focus on quality and attention to detail as we would have in Portland.”

There are now plans for the restaurant to expand their existing location by building an additional 1,500 square feet behind the restaurant. They are working with contractors and have architectural plans in place, and are now working on the financial component. This expansion will allow for another 40 seats in the dining room, which will allow for shorter wait times at the door and the ability to host special events and large parties. The expansion will also create a bigger kitchen to increase their production and serving capacity.

“We have been blessed with a great opportunity and all of the tools necessary to achieve our purpose: to maintain a high standard of service and quality, to keep our pricing reasonable even as costs continue to climb, to be ever-changing while developing ourselves and our staff and to take care of our employees as well as we know how – they are our single greatest resource,” Peter said.

This article was written by Brooke Strickland and was first printed in the Vancouver Business Journal.

“Taste Renaissance” Slow Food Dinner & Auction

Slow Food Southwest Washington is hosting its annual dinner and auction at Warehouse ’23 from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. Bring your taste buds and your curiosity about local food networks and savor a multi-course meal prepared from Clark County’s abundant farms and world-class chefs. Learn more about the local Slow Food chapter and meet others who love local food and the growers who tend the soil so that it can keep producing delicious, healthy food. The menu reads like a tantalizing paean to food:

  • Raw oysters with preserved cranberries and watercress salsa verde
  • Duck confit with pickled chanterelles  and cold smoked duck breast with savory huckleberry jam served on brown butter-butternut squash crackers
  • Rabbit and mushroom sausage, sunchoke purée. and huckleberry whole grain mustard reduction
  • Chickory and arugula salad topped with candied squash, beets, hazelnuts, goat cheese and kombucha vinaigrette
  • Roasted carrots and delicata squash with smoky romesco
  • Collard greens and beets with roasted leek dressing
  • Beef with chanterelle confit, huckleberry wine sauce and goat cheese, served with turnip gratin
  • Morel mushroom Marsala over roasted chicken, served with cranberry chestnut polenta
  • Walnut and bean paté served with farmhouse caponata with pickled apple, sweet pepper, and green tomato
  • Honey polenta cake with orchard fruits, cranberry and mascarpone
  • Selection of cheeses from Walapa Hills Creamery

All the food has been grown, produced and harvested by Southwest Washington farmers, and prepared by chefs from places as varied as Skamania Lodge, the Clark College Culinary Program, Gather and Feast Farm, Simply Thyme, Rally Pizza, Bleu Door Bakery, and Warehouse ’23. There will be a wine bar featuring local produced fine wines, with beer and cider also available for purchase. The evening’s guest speaker is from Southwest Washington’s leading cheesemaker, Wallapa Hills Creamery. For more information, including a complete list of chefs and farms, visit General admission tickets are $95 per person, VIP tickets are $160 and include wine and a pre-event culinary presentation with Champagne, couples are $190, and tables seating 10 are available for $950. For more information or to buy tickets online now, click here.

Attendees will also have a chance to find out more about Clark County Grown, a local organization that is creating a culture of eating locally through marketing and education; Plate to Planet, which works with Clark County youth to explore food heritage, the local food system, food justice, and healthy eating; and Urban Abundance, which rescues fresh, local produce that would otherwise go to waste and gives it to people in need. To learn more about Slow Food Southwest Washington, visit, follow them on Instagram or Twitter, or get regular updates about Slow Food activities and meetings on the Slow Food Southwest Washington Facebook page.

Thanksgiving Tea & Tour at Pomeroy Farm

The Gathering Place at Pomeroy Farm invites you to celebrate the season of thankfulness with a cozy, autumn-themed tea. Choose one of two tea-times: noon on Saturday, Nov. 11, or noon on Saturday, Nov. 18. Both Thanksgiving Teas feature a seasonal menu of assorted tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and two varieties of tea. The cost is $24 per person, plus tax, and the price includes a tour of the historic Pomeroy log house. Make your reservations by calling 360-686-3537 or e-mailing You can pay over the phone or reserve your spot and send a check.

If you can’t attend either of these teas, don’t worry; Pomeroy Farm is also offering several lavish Christmas-themed teas in November and December, along with tours of its historical log home, on Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, and Wednesday, Dec. 13. All seatings are at noon and the cost is $24 per person.

Pomeroy Farm is located at 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Rd. in between Battle Ground and Yacolt. To learn more about this marvelous, family-owned working farm, visit

Holiday Dinner Party at Class Cooking

Chef Kim Mahan of Class Cooking will teach you how to put together an unforgettable holiday dinner party. This class will give you something new to serve to friends and family over the holidays (or on any special occasion). These recipes will wow your guests visually AND they are exceptionally tasty! The Nov. 8 class is full, but there are still spaces in the Friday, Nov. 10, class, which is $80 and includes wine. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. The cost includes all ingredients, tools, and Mahan’s expert instruction! Plus, each student will take home his or her own recipe booklets. Here’s what’s on the menu

  • Individual beef croustades with herbed cheese and mushrooms wrapped in filo
  • Rice blend with toasted almonds
  • Roasted butternut squash and pear salad with spicy pecan vinaigrette
  • Hazelnut and caramel tart with a chocolate crust and chocolate drizzle

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.

Friday Night Meltdown at C’est la vie

What could possibly be better than an evening centered around cheese? The specific type of cheese being tasted and celebrated at C’est la vie French café and crêperie on Friday, Nov. 3, is raclette—a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese originating from the Swiss Alps. “Raclette” is from the French word “racier,” meaning “to scrape,” and this is why: the big wheels of raclette cheese are traditionally cut into quarters, melted on one side, and then the melty bits are scraped onto a pile of roasted potatoes. At the moment I can’t think of a single thing I’d rather be eating.

Raclette parties are all the rage at the moment—just search for it on Pinterest, and you’ll see what we mean—but the raclette party at Soirée is a perfect way to get familiar with this popular European dish. In addition to the delicious, delicious cheese and roasted potatoes, Soirée will provide bread, arugula salad, prosciutto, cornichons, and pearl onions. The plate of goodies is brought to your table, and then you take your plates up to the “cheese lady” when you are ready, and she will scrape the melted cheese onto your plate. (Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yes! I want to be the cheese lady!) Wine, beer, and dessert will be available. The cost is $15 per person, and reservations are recommended for parties of six or more. The first seating begins at 4 p.m. and the last seating begins at 7 p.m.

C’est la vie (which doubles as Soirée Supper Club) is located at 1307 N.E. 78th St., Suite 10, in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver. For reservations, call 360-258-1403 or 360-553-5836.

Wine & Chocolate Festival in Ridgefield

Ridgefield’s First Saturday just got a little more delicious! On Saturday, Nov. 4, downtown Ridgefield and the SW Washington Wine Association are partnering to host a Wine & Chocolate Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Overlook Park. Sip delicious local wines paired with decadent chocolate treats—or buy a bottle of wine to take home. The wine-tasting event will be held under a heated tent with live music and ample seating, hot food, and local vendors. This 21-and-over gala is $10 to enter, and the fee includes a wine glass plus three tasting tokens. Additional tokens are $1 each. The first 300 guests will receive a hand-painted wine glass created especially for this occasion. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance online at Eventbrite.

Featured wineries include Emanar Cellars, English Estate Winery, Heisen House Vineyards, Burnt Bridge CellarsOlequa Cellars, Rezabek Vineyards, Stavalaura Vineyards, and Confluence Vineyard and Winery. Chocolate goodies to tempt you include artisan Moonstruck chocolate from Blue Heron Floral, chocolate cake bombs and chocolate dipped biscotti by Killabites, chocolate sourdough bread by Bakerchic’s, and all kinds of chocolate and chocolate foods from local chocolatiers and food vendors. While you sip and nibble, you can enjoy live music from Justin Sheehy and Faisal & Mitch.

If you’ve got kids, no worries! Downtown Ridgefield businesses will be open and offering sales and specials throughout town, and you can also browse the wares of Ridgefield Farmers Market vendors. The Old Liberty Theater will be hosting a Chocolate Bar featuring chocolate treats and hot cocoa. Merchants will offer chocolate tastings, and wine- and chocolate-based products. If you’re feeling expressive, write it on the Gratitude Graffiti display! And all ages are welcome to visit the Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the Ridgefield Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—complete with a Gingerbread House Contest!—sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association. There will be non-alcoholic wine tasting, arts and crafts sales by local artisans, and free chocolate samples.

Halloween Party at Moulton Falls Winery

Fall is a glorious time at Moulton Falls Winery in scenic Yacolt, not just because the surrounding landscape is bursting into vibrant autumn colors, but also because it’s harvest time. All the grapes are being harvested, crushed, and bottled, and local apples and other fruits are being turned into delicious ciders. It’s time to celebrate with a Moulton Falls-style Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 28.

There will be live music by 60s & 70s tribute band Echoes of Yasgurs, a costume contest with prizes, the release of a new Sangiovese, beer and cider on tap, and a special “witch’s brew.” (What’s in it? We can’t tell you, but rest assured, it’s probably not eye of newt.) Moulton Falls ciders on tap include Yellowstone, Pine-Bear (pineapple-raspberry), Ripsaw Raspberry, and Tart Cherry. Beers on tap include Arson Amber, Transcend IPA, Vantucky Pale Ale, and R.I.P. Porter. Ciders and beers are both available by the glass for $7, or you can purchase your own 32-ounce squealers or 64-ounce growlers to take home. The wood fired oven will be stoked up and turning out pizzas, calzones and other treats, and salads and sandwiches will be available from the kitchen.

The winery opens at noon on Saturdays, and the winery is a delightful place to spend an afternoon, either indoors or outdoors when the weather is fine. Sample some wines and enjoy the view and refresh yourselves with nibbles from the kitchen. To learn more about Moulton Falls Winery—which offers live music and wine tasting every weekend year-round—visit The winery is located at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt.

Couve Brew Bevy

Are you a woman who likes beer? Do you enjoy tasting it, talking about it, and comparing notes? Would you rather have a pint of Pilsner than a glass of Chablis—or better yet, a pint of double IPA brewed locally with a hop-forward aroma, a smooth drinking profile with bright notes of tobacco and citrus and a mellow, woodsy finish? (Me, too!) Anyhow, the point is…you are not alone! Many other women feel the same way…and thus, the Couve Brew Bevy was born.

This is a monthly meet-up of brew-loving lasses who want to get together, explore the world of beer, make connections with other women who love beer, and generally celebrate the marvelous melding of womanhood and beer. The next Couve Brew Bevy is meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Final Draft Taphouse, 11504 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Drop in, hang out, meet some people, and drink some excellent craft beer from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, call Kimberly Johnson at 612-272-9300 or email

Chili Cook-Off at English Estate Winery

English Estate Winery will host its Eighth Annual Chili Cook-Off from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. This year, prizes will be awarded for Best Chili, Most Original Chili, and Best Corn Bread. Enjoy Southwest Washington’s best chili and enjoy estate-grown wines and hard apple ciders while casting your vote for your favorite. Winners will receive English Estate gift cards. For those interested not just in tasting but also in participating, there’s still time to sign up! Email by Saturday, Oct. 21, and arrive with your chili in a large crockpot or a large pan of corn bread ready to sample.

English Estate Wine Club members get in for free. If you’re not a member, no worries—a $5 fee at the door will buy you membership with all its benefits through the end of 2018, plus an English Estate logo wine glass. In addition to great chili, wine, cider, and cornbread, guests will also enjoy a mix of bluegrass and folk will be performed by Somewhere Between from 4:30 and 7 p.m.

Clark County’s oldest winery is located in East Vancouver at 17806 S.E. 1st St. in Vancouver, just west of 192nd Ave., and is known for its Pinot Noir and fortified Nectar dessert wines. Other varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer, and Semillon. Regular tasting room hours are noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays with a happy hour on Mondays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. On Friday nights at 6 p.m., English Estate hosts Good Times and Wine with dinner and live music. For menus and the music line-up, go to

SW WA Tamale Festival


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.

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

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.

Proceeds and donations collected from event will support future scholarship stipends for local youth. For more information, contact the festival at

Seven Years of Niche

Here’s something the crow about: Niche Wine Bar is celebrating its seventh anniversary with a party at the historic Kiggins Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Niche is located just north of the Kiggins, so you can stop in and enjoy a glass or a bottle of wine at Niche before you head on over the to theater. The Kiggins will open its doors at 6:30 p.m. and begin showing Portuguese films at 7 p.m., which we assure you will become more amusing and profound with each sip of wine.

Wear your party clothes, have your photo taken on the Kiggins’ Grand Staircase, and toast Niche’s seven glorious, wine-soaked (in a good way) years. If you’d like to purchase a bottle of wine at Niche and drink it at the Kiggins, the theater’s staff will be happy to open it for you for a corkage fee of $10. You may also purchase wine in advance and it will be waiting for you at the theater that night. Niche Wine Bar will open at 4 p.m., offering a huge selection of domestic and international wines and excellent small plates.

Tickets to the anniversary party are $12 per person, which also buys you a commemorative Niche wine glass and plenty of delicious hors d’oeuvres. Wine will be sold separately by the glass and by the bottle. Tickets are available to purchase at Niche Wine Bar (1013 Main St. in downtown Vancouver) on online at Eventbrite:

Everybody’s Brewing 9-Yr. Anniversary & Love Local Brewfest

Everybody’s Brewing has been brewing up award-winning beer and serving it at the Everybody’s Brewing taproom in White Salmon for nine delicious years. On Saturday, Oct. 14, you are invited to help them celebrate by drinking great beer…everything from Country Boy IPA, Little Sister India-style Session Ale, and Everybody’s Logger Lager to the Daily Bread Common Ale, Hoedown Brown, and fresh-hopped Stash Head (while it lasts). The day will include hourly specials on pints, a free photo booth from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the annual Hungry Hippo Tournament at 7 p.m.

From 1 to 6 p.m., you can sample the Columbia River Gorge’s best brews at the Love Local brewfest. Everybody’s Brewing collaborated with 11 Gorge-local food companies to make 11 new beers, just for this festival! These are singular, one-of-a-kind brews that you’ll never taste anywhere else. Guests will enjoy live music from the Tom Petty tribute band, Hamburger Petty, playing tunes from the late and great musician. There will also be new Everybody’s Brewing merchandise and a blowout sale on 22-ounce bottles.

The event is free to attend, but if you want, you can spend an extra $10 for a commemorative taster glass and 11 tasting tokens. For more information—and to see a list of all the amazing beers made by Everybody’s Brewing—visit Everybody’s Brewing is located at 151 E. Jewett Blvd. in White Salmon, a little over an hour’s drive from Vancouver.

Rally Pizza First Anniversary Party!

Rally Pizza is celebrating its one-year anniversary in the Couve with a party for the community that has made its first year so spectacularly successful. Come to Rally on Sunday, Oct. 8—all day long—for free frozen custard for kids 12 and under, plus drink specials for grown-ups, including half off boozy shakes, new seasonal cocktails, and a Fortside Brewing Tap Takeover.

Check out the Happy Hour Jam from 2 to 5 p.m. with glass pours from NW Wine, complimentary bar snacks, and fresh jams from Rally’s own DJ Glameron. Dinner is from 5 to 9 p.m. with Burnt Bridge Cellars wines (mmmmm, pair well with pizza!).

All week long, you can enter to win prizes in Rally’s raffle, such as Rally apparel, handcrafted knives from Shun Cutlery, Timbers tickets, and Rally gift certificates. All proceeds from the raffle will go to support the Washington Timbers FC Girls teams.

Rally Pizza is owned by a husband-and-wife duo who are giants in the pizza world: Alan Maniscalco and Shan Wickham. Maniscalco is Rally’s executive chef, making nearly everything in-house, including hand-pulled Mozzarella, ricotta, smoked meats, sauces, preserved chilies, and more. Wickham is general manager and pastry chef, specializing in rich vanilla custard “concretes” and sundaes. Rally also offers a wide selection of Northwest wine, beer and spirits, as well as a walk-up counter for to-go orders.

Rally Pizza is located at 8070 E. Mill Plain Blvd. in the new retail development called “The Mill” (but also known as Garrison Square). Call 360-524-9000 to ask about wait times for a table, or visit Rally’s website at to see their menu. Rally Pizza is also part of October’s #DineTheCouve.

Above image: plum crisp & blackberry custard sundae

October Is Music Month at Trusty Brewing

October at Trusty Brewing is all about the music—well, all about superior craft brews AND music, to be exact—with four nights of live music scheduled every Thursday evening in October from 7 to 9 p.m. There will also be happy hours, new beers to try, and an enthusiastic welcome to kids and dogs. (Plus, Trusty Brewing is participating in Visit Vancouver USA‘s annual #DineTheCouve, which means $3 drink specials!) All ages are welcome to come enjoy the music on Thursdays, and there’s absolutely no cover charge. Here’s the line-up:

  • Oct. 5: Indie folk singer-songwriter Crystal Lariza
  • Oct. 12: Blues band James Ortega and the Demon Drivers
  • Oct. 19: Pacific Northwests blues/rock band Blues Ranch
  • Oct. 26: Zydeco, country, blues, Cajun, and folk with The Mud Bugs

While you’re there, you’ll want to try the Dark Marc, a collaboration brew with the renowned beer guru Marc Martin. Happy Hour is Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. with $3.50 pints and cheap eats with $2 off all menu items. There are also menu items just for kids, including the kid-approved grilled cheese and spent grain pita. But wait, there’s more: every Monday is Mug Club Monday, with rotating food specials just for Mug Club members. What’s the Mug Club? Visit Trusty Brewing online at or better yet, drop by their brewpub at the corner of Evergreen and Broadway in downtown Vancouver at 114 E. Evergreen Blvd.


Are you ready to #DineTheCouve? During the entire month of October, Visit Vancouver USA is highlighting the amazing, and amazingly delicious, array of dining options Vancouver during the second annual Dine the Couve. Nearly thirty participating eateries and brewpubs will offer a special #DineTheCouve deal: three items for $23 (alongside regular menu offerings), while breweries and tasting rooms will have $3 drink specials all month long. All participating restaurants will provide diners with a fixed, three-part menu, which may include any combination of soup, salad, appetizer, entrée, dessert, or craft beverage. Participating establishments include:

Menus for Dine the Couve are posted at Use #DineTheCouve to share dining experiences on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information about Visit Vancouver USA, call 360-750-1553 or visit

Above image: a mouthwatering pizza pie from Rally Pizza

Northwood Oktoberfest

Strap on your lederhosen and dirndl dresses and pump up your appetite for German-style beer, food, music and fun, because that’s exactly what you’ll get this weekend during a two-day Oktoberfest at Northwood Public House and Brewery on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8.

Northwood’s Oktoberfest is free, family-friendly, and open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both days. To satisfy Oktoberfest cravings, the menu features sausages, schnitzels, and pretzels—as well as a special dish known as Schweinhaxen (slow-roasted pig’s knuckle). The brewpub will serve Bavarian “fest biers” as well as seasonal favorites. There’ll be live music with polka-rock (it’s a real thing!) from Those Darn Accordians, plus tunes from Big Yellow Taxi and Nordic Spirit. There will also be face painting, balloon art, and coloring contests for the kids, as well as a strong-arm beer stein contest for the adults. The Chicken Dance? Well, that’s for everyone. Bwak!

This popular gastropub has earned its spurs as a North Bank hotspot, drawing a loyal crowd of local regulars as well as food- and beer-lovers from afar, because the fact is, Northwood is worth the trip. The establishment boasts its own, on-site microbrewery, the Little Dipper Brewing Company, which will be releasing its newest brew in honor of Oktoberfest, Oktodunkel. To learn more, visit

Old Apple Tree Festival & Cider Tasting

The Old Apple Tree Festival is adding a hard cider tent this year at the celebration of this 191-year-old apple tree! Join the celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Old Apple Tree Park, 112 S.E. Columbia Way, directly east of the I-5 Bridge and south of Hwy. 14, within the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Throughout the day at this free, family-friendly event, enjoy live music, tours of the Land Bridge, art and crafts for kids, tree care workshops, and food available for purchase.  The Urban Forestry Commission will give away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree. Bring your own clean apples and containers to participate in the free apple pressing, a popular feature of the community festival.

New this year is a 21-and-over, hard cider garden, hosted by Slow Food Southwest Washington. The cider garden features are Tooley Bender from Battle Ground, English Estates from Vancouver, Jester & Judge from Stevenson, and Moulton Falls from Yacolt. Hard ciders will be available to sample or drink by the glass, for a small fee. Limited edition Old Apple Tree Festival 32-ounce growlers will also be available to purchase and take home. Visit for more information.

Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver’s venerable Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Northwest and considered the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. Despite floods, winds, drought, ice and snow, the tree has survived and continues to produce some fruit. The Old Apple Tree Festival is presented by the Urban Forestry Commission, Bartlett Tree Care, Slow Food Southwest Washington, and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver. For more information about the Old Apple Tree Festival and Vancouver’s efforts to enhance the community’s beautiful and beneficial trees, call Urban Forestry at 360-487-8308 or visit

Crush Fest at Heisen House

Heisen House Vineyards invites you to join the excitement of the fall grape harvest at its annual Crush Festival, happening from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30—followed by an evening of live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Grape crushing will start at 2 p.m., when Heisen House vintners will start making wine right in front of you, running the equipment, and explaining the whole glorious process. There will be music, food, an Artist and Merchant Market, wine making demonstrations, wine tasting, fresh grapes for munching, craft activities for the kids, and more. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about winemaking, this is your chance to see it up close and personal. It’s also a family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and spend the whole afternoon!

Admission is free, but there’s a suggested donation of $5 per adult or $3 per child; all donations will go towards repairing and restoring the Heisen property’s historic barn. In fact, the whole vineyard is of historical significance: the Henry Heisen House and related outbuildings are a State and National Historic Site. Heisen House is located about 10 minutes northeast of Battle Ground at 28005 N.E. 172nd Ave., not too far from the Heisen Bridge over the East Fork Lewis River. For  more information, visit

Oktoberfest in Washougal

Washougal’s very popular Oktoberfest, now in its fifth year, is returning with family fun on Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 10 p.m. each day. The family- friendly event welcomes children until 8 p.m.—plus, kids under 12 years old are admitted free, and will receive a free hot dog and ice cream bar, courtesy of Columbia Litho.

Located in the city’s downtown Reflection Plaza at 1703 Main St., the festival will feature music, authentic German foods, local brews, and cider. Admission to the family festival and dance area (kids ages 12 to 20 and adults) is just $5 per person. Admission to the beer garden is $13 and includes a commemorative mug and your first beverage. All event profits go to local nonprofits, including Columbia River Gorge relief efforts.

On Friday evening, enjoy some good, Bavarian-style fun with live accordion music alternating with a DJ spinning dance music. Saturday night will be all DJ music. The beer garden will feature favorite brews from two of Washougal’s own breweries: 54°40′ Brewing and Doomsday Brewing. Cider will be poured by Jester & Judge from nearby Stevenson. In addition to these local breweries, Oktoberfest will also feature beer from Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks. (The brewery and other city businesses have been hit hard financially by the Eagle Creek fire. In the spirit of community, the brewery and other merchants will be included in the event. Cascade Locks merchants will have a booth to sell gift cards and T-shirts to help offset some of their losses from the fire.)

Camas Lions Club will provide a taste of Germany, serving up traditional Oktoberfest food for the event. The menu includes German brats, big pretzels, chicken schnitzel, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, hot red cabbage salad, and more. Proceeds from the food will support the Lions’ charitable projects.

In conjunction with Oktoberfest, Washougal will host the 15K Superhero Relay on Saturday, Sept. 30, starting at 5 p.m. Teams of three will compete with each runner completing a fast 5K course along the Dike Trail, starting from the Pendleton parking lot. Prize money will be awarded to the fastest team. New this year is a non-relay 10K and a Superkids 1K Run (12 and under). A costume contest for the best-dressed superhero team will be held at Oktoberfest that evening. The run benefits the Washougal High School Cross Country Team. Registration is at Proceed benefit the Camas Lions, Washougal Lions, the Downtown Washougal Association, and Columbia Gorge relief efforts.

Fresh Hop Festival

The culmination of North Bank Beer Week (Sept. 22-30) is the Vancouver Brewfest Fresh Hop Festival overlooking the Columbia River from Vancouver Landing. It’s happening from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30: a celebration featuring 25 fresh hopped beers, a special style available only once a year, immediately after hop harvest. Meet the brewers, enjoy the beautiful view, and sample the finest fresh hopped brews on the North Bank.

Space is limited to 1,600 ticket holders and tickets are only available online. Non-refundable tickets are $15 plus a $2.55 ticketing fee and include an entrance wristband, a Fresh Hop Festival pint glass, and eight event tokens. Additional tokens—good for all beverage samples, full pours, and food vendors—are available for $1.25 per token. Four tokens equals a full pour, and—bonus!—tokens never expire and can be used at any Vancouver Brewfest event. Proceeds benefit North Bank Beer Week and the Mount St. Helens Institute.

The event also features an array of local food trucks, live music, and arts & crafts vendors. The event is for attendees age 21 and over. Non-alcoholic drinks are available from food vendors. To learn more about the Fresh Hop Festival and upcoming Vancouver Brewfest events, visit Click here to get your Fresh Hop Festival tickets now.