Get ready to eat UP at CPB’s Flavors of PDX

By Tiffany Marquez Escobar | October 27, 2023 12:30pm

Flavors of PDX will take place in the Quiet Side of the Commons in two different sessions. The first session is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the second from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Pick up your forks and dig into the various flavors of the Portland food scene because UPCPB will be hosting their second-annual ‘Flavors of PDX’ event this Sunday at the Quiet Side of Commons. 

This food-fest style event will give students the opportunity to sample multiple cuisines made by local businesses. Crowd favorites GrindWitTryz, Tara Thai and La Casa de Mamá will be returning, along with five new vendors: Heyday PDX, Desi Bites, Chochu Local and UP’s very own Bon Appétit. 

Various UP cultural clubs will also be returning to table at the event. Claire Vondenkamp, director of CPB, collaborated with cultural clubs to receive input on which vendors to invite this year.

“Here at CPB, we really wanted to do an event where we could bring a lot of different cultures together,” Vondenkamp said.

The event will be held in two sessions, the first running from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the second from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., giving students the opportunity to choose which slot to purchase their tickets for. This system was brought in to combat the long lines that caused extensive wait times the previous year. 

Once participants arrive at the event to check in, they will be given a rip-off sheet to give everyone a chance to try a dish from each vendor. Participants will be asked to rip off the slips of the vendors and place them in bins in front of each stand as they go along. 

Additionally, the location change from the Chiles track to the Quiet Side of Commons was done in preparation for the expected crowd. With an estimated 450 students attending each slot, UPCPB wanted to offer more space for participants and vendors. 

Students will be able to purchase tickets for $10 up until the day of the event on Eventbrite.

“I also just love this event because people get to try food from different cultures that they've never had before,” Vondenkamp said. “And it's gonna blow their mind.”

More information on Flavors of PDX can be found on the UPCPB Instagram page

Tiffany Marquez Escobar is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at