Labor Day weekend was a bit bittersweet here in the Pacific Northwest. Everybody loves a good four day weekend, and this time of year is usually an amazing time to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature. I spent a few days ahead of the weekend in Bend, where it was still a little smoky from the wildfires that had broken out. And while it was really hot in Portland when we returned, we were still able to get outside and enjoy The Bite of Oregon at the Rose Quarter.
Water misters were present for cooling off, as well as wine slushies, iced coffees, and many other adult beverages. It was our first time attending the 34th annual event, and we had a good time exploring all the sponsors. I brought my daughters with me, and they enjoyed the activities provided by the participants. There was a soccer challenge, spinning the wheel, lots of giveaways, and a Mount Hood Meadows fun simulation.
Prior to the event, I joined several other bloggers at a media event where we learned more about The Bite of Oregon. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Oregon, an organization that provides year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children, youth, and adults with intellectual disabilities.
I sampled the Bourbon Salted Caramel Smore from Nineteen 27 S’mores the night of the media event, and also noticed the picture on several other Instagrammers as well. It was a very popular selection!
Labor Day weekend was fun at The Bite of Oregon. It was very shocking to wake up to scenes of the fire at Eagle Creek the next morning, and we’ll probably always remember that every Labor Day weekend as we remember to be respectful to nature and to be cautious when we’re enjoying the outdoors. Here’s hoping next year Labor Day weekend we’ll be able to have a good mix of outdoors Oregon as well as getting back to The Bite of Oregon to support our local businesses.
I was provided a media pass to attend this event, but all opinions are my own.