Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Flea Bites!
When: Friday, June 6, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Portland Flea-For-All
What: Flea market plus food trucks provide a compelling reason to leave the Arts District for Bayside during First Friday Art Walk. Everyone from veterans Bite Into Maine and El Corazon to newbies like Fishin' Ships and Mainely Treats (sister truck to Mainely Burgers) will circle the wagons to fend off your hunger. Details here.
2) 10th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival
When: Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m
Where: East End Community School
What: Fuel up at the Farmers' Market in Deering Oaks Park then trek up the hill for vegan food, live music, exhibitors, vendors, and speakers, a highlight of which promises to be the Vegan Iron Chef Competition. Hosted by the Maine Animal Coalition, the event is free to attend; lunch will be sold by Modern Vegan, a meal delivery service.
3) 1st Annual Brewer's Invitational Ping Pong Tournament
When: Saturday, June 7, from 7 p.m.
Where: Banded Horn Brewing Company
What: Cheer on some of your favorite brewers from all over the state as they battle for ping pong dominance and the Brewer's Paddle grand prize. Purchase pints of Banded Horn's tasting room offerings and beer-battered local fish from Fishin' Ships. Entry is free; proceeds of sales go to Engine: Propelling the Creative Community.
4) Plant Swap
When: Sunday, June 8, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Rising Tide Brewing Company
What: Hosted in conjunction with Garbage to Garden--who'll give away free compost--this free swap is a great opportunity to pick up some seedlings and gardening advice from the Indoor Plant Kingdom if you've missed out on the Farmers' Market so far. At least one attendee has already listed a variety of edibles he'll have on hand, including lemon balm and mint. Gusto's Italian Food Truck will be slinging pizza cones.
5) The SALO Project: A Filipino Pop-Up Feast
When: Sunday, June 8, from 7 p.m.
Where: Address revealed upon ticket purchase
What: Chef Yana Gilbuena teams with Feastly—a private-venue meal-sharing service—to spread awareness of Filipino food culture through 50 states over 50 weeks. Tickets are $50 per person for a five course family style dinner eaten without utensils ("kamayan"); a partial menu is listed, and will include local, seasonal ingredients. The alcohol policy is BYOB; Rising Tide Brewing Company will also be providing some beer pairings. See coverage of previous SALO events from Eater DC and Eater Philly.