VIP tickets include VIP access to the Festival Premiere and private film screening, early VIP access to the Feria & Trade Show, early VIP access to Tastes of Spain, access to exclusive after parties each night of the festival, and a seat at one ambassador dinner of choice. Ambassador dinners are limited to 10 VIP tickets per dinner and are first come, first serve. Only 50 VIP tickets will be sold. PURCHASE VIP TICKETS HERE.
Thursday, July 13. 6pm.
Portland Art Museum
presented by Suriol
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.
AMBASSADOR DINNER SERIES
Friday, July 14.
Chefs, ambassadors, and winemakers from Spain collaborate with chefs from Portland in private seated dinners at some of Portland’s top Spanish restaurants. Ticket prices include dinner, wine pairing, and gratuity.
BAR CASA VALE AMBASSADOR DINNER
with Juanjo Canals, Nate Tilden, Brian Martin
Juanjo Canals of Con Amor in Madrid collaborates with Nate Tilden of Bar Casa Vale and Valdespino Sherry shown by Brian Martin of Galaxy Wine Company.
CAN FONT AMBASSADOR DINNER
with Manuel Alonso, Josep Vidal, and Victor Charcan
Michelin-starred Valencian chef Manuel Alonso of Casa Manolo collaborates with Can Font's Josep Vidal and winemaker Victor Charcan of Bodegas Roda winery.
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.
TORO BRAVO AMBASSADOR DINNER
with Jordi Parra, David Ramos, John Gorham, Xavier Esteve
Jordi Parra (formerly of Ferran Adriá’s elBulli) and David Ramos of Klimer in Madrid collaborates with John Gorham and winemaker Xavier Esteve of Avinyo winery.
URDANETA AMBASSADOR DINNER
with Mikel de Luis, Javier Canteras, and Benoit Petillon
Mikel de Luis of Bilbao and New York City collaborates with Urdaneta's Javier Canteras and Benoit Petillon of Bodegas Faustino winery.
WINE, SIDRA & SHERRY SEMINARS
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday July 14-16
Guests are educated through intimate discussion and tastings of regional Spanish beverages by Victor Charcan of Bodegas Roda, Albert Jane of Bodegas Acústic Cellers, Jim Asbel of Ciders of Spain, and Brian Martin of Galaxy Wine Company.
July 14, 1:30pm: Sidra Seminar with Jim Asbel of Ciders of Spain at BAR Botellón
July 14, 12pm: Sherry Seminar with Brian Martin of Galaxy Wine Company at PLAZA DEL TORO
July 15, 3pm: Wine Seminar with Victor Charcan of Bodegas Roda at Park Avenue Wines - SOLD OUT
July 16, 12pm: Wine Seminar with Albert Jané of Bodegas Acústic Celler at AC Hotel
FEria & TRADE SHOW
Saturday, July 15.
PLAZA DEL TORO
VIP 11am, General Admission 12-4pm
Street Feria portion is free and open to the public
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.
LA RUTA DEL TORO DINNER
Saturday, July 15. 7pm
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. Ticket price includes dinner, wine pairing, and gratuity.
TastES OF SPAIN
Sunday, July 16
VIP 12pm. General Admission 1-4pm
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 opening the live entertainment with an original Spanish song written in collaboration with Pepe Raphael.