Win Tickets ($290!): North Meets South Portland Food & Drink Jubilee | @ The Benson Hotel | Wine, Spirits, Silent Auction, Live Music

We have a pair of passes ($145 each!) to give away for the “North meets South” Food & Drink Jubilee in March featuring wine, food, spirits, music, raffle, and trip to British Columbia. To win, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winner will be drawn on Friday, January 7.

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From our sponsors at “North meets South”
"NORTH meets SOUTH" Food & Drink Jubilee @ The Benson Hotel"NORTH meets SOUTH" Food & Drink Jubilee
March 25 & 26, 2011
The Benson Hotel
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Tickets: available here at

Announcing the First Annual "NORTH meets SOUTH" Food & Drink Jubilee. The producer of the “Best of Oregon” Food & Wine Festival, brings together top wineries, breweries, distilleries, and restaurants, for an elegant and exclusive event taking place at The Benson Hotel Friday March 25th and Saturday March 26th, 2011.

"NORTH meets SOUTH" Food & Drink Jubilee offers a weekend of tastings and fun activities. In addition to a full list of top-notch producers from Canada to Mexico, the weekend's festivities also include exclusive wine tasting sessions, a silent auction, live music from local R&B artist Patrick Lamb, culinary and spirits competitions, and a private trade-only event, with a percentage of ticket sales, and 100% of silent auction proceeds, benefiting Salud Wine Auction.

Tickets are available for Friday March 25th or Saturday March 26th. You can also purchase a two day pass for a special rate. Ticket price for both events include samples of delicious food bites prepared by over 20 participating chefs and tastings of over 100 wines, spirits and beers from large and boutique producers.

Guests will be able to purchase unopened bottles of wine and beer, and will have a chance to win a trip to British Columbia's wine country.

Tickets for this exclusive event are Limited.

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124 Responses to Win Tickets ($290!): North Meets South Portland Food & Drink Jubilee | @ The Benson Hotel | Wine, Spirits, Silent Auction, Live Music

  1. Shorty December 31, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    I would love to go to the first jubilee and help support

    • Shorty December 31, 2010 at 7:11 am #

      I think this is a great idea and a great way to introduce many wonderful restuarants and wineries. I hope you pick me because I would love to go and enjoy this on my birthday. :) I always enjoy something new!

  2. Mandi December 31, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    Would love to go. Love wine. Love food!

  3. Brian Vranizan December 31, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    this is a wonderful idea and my newbride and i would love to go and enjoy this event

  4. Barbara December 31, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    This is a dream come true! Wine! Food! An opportunity to spend ridiculous amounts of money at an auction!
    Is my enthusiasm showing?

  5. Michael December 31, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    This would be such a fun event to attend. I haven’t been able to get out to wine taste in a long time due to working too much. Pick me and you can know i’ll make sure two people, at least, have a great time via PDX Pipeline!

  6. Darryl December 31, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    Would love to go wine tasting

  7. Dave Taube December 31, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    Great food, great wine, all for a great cause. Proceeds from the event help buy medical insurance for migrant agricultural workers who can’t afford to buy it. The money I save from winning the tickets (I’m keeping my fingers crossed) will go towards buying items in the silent auction.

  8. Bc December 31, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    At last a north meets south civil party!

  9. Josh December 31, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    I would love to attend the event. What a perfect event to celebrate the beginning of the spring!

  10. Lisa December 31, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    Wow what a fabulous opportunity to experience new sensations in food and wine! When we were married in British Columbia we went on a wine tour and brought home so many bottles of wine and a wine barrel. Customs made us wait while they searched the barrel to ensure we were “sneaking” anything out! I would love the chance to attend and participate. Maybe we would win a return trip to BC! Yah! More wine!

  11. Bill Weismann December 31, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    This event is perfect timing. My girlfriend and I met downtown that same week, in 2010. This will be our first annirversary and we can return to the scene of the crime. We’ll raise our glasses and make a toast to Pdx Pipeline!

  12. dana r. December 31, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    would really love to win these. wish me luck for the new year!!! roll on 2011.

  13. Marita December 31, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    This would be an awesome way to try great finds from different states, countries and cultures…I would love to surprise my Hubby and take him to this…fun, fun, fun!

  14. Teneka Stanley December 31, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    This event is very close to my boyfriend’s birthday. It would make a wonderful gift for our 5th year together! We have been beyond broke since moving across the country a few months ago & would relish the opportunity to have a real outing that we aren’t going to regret spending money on since we still need furniture. It sounds like an awesome event with lots of yummy treats that would be a great start to our first new year on the west coast! :)

  15. Eric December 31, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    Why, because I’m PDX classy.

  16. Jenny December 31, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    What a great way to welcome spring … great food, great wine, we will have a great time!

  17. Miranda December 31, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    Of course I’m excited to try new beer and wine and enjoy local hors d’oeuvres (Screen Door! A Cena!), but I would REALLY love to pretend I am Little Miss Swanky-Pants and hit this gig up while dressed to the nines. Give us the tickets! Come say hi to us if you’re there – you won’t be able to miss us. Mr. Boyfriend has a burgundy velvet smoking jacket and one of us will be wearing a fez.

  18. Sharissa December 31, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Love wine, love food, love them together even more! Also, it’s the first annual… I love first annual events :)

  19. Sarah December 31, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    Winning tickets to this would make my 2011. The event sounds amazing! Perfect place for a blossoming foodie to practice some appreciation. It’d be a welcome change from the PBR and terrible cooking that fills my day to day. The extra ticket might even make up for the christmas present I kind of failed on for the guy in my life. I’ll keep my fingers crosed.

  20. Christine December 31, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    mmmm. yummy!

  21. Flex Rex December 31, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    Would like to go, but why is a Pear the West and a Wineglass the East? Someone has a poor sense of direction.

  22. Darcy B December 31, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    I would love to get dressed up to go to the Benson and experience new wineries, breweries, distilleries, and restaurants—I love the old glamor of the Benson!

  23. Johnny December 31, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    Anyone attending this event would have the opportunity to experience the richness of fare and cause all in one. An event that should not be missed :)

  24. Nancy December 31, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    I cannot afford these events normally- would love to experience it by winning. Senior citizen. thanks

  25. Susan December 31, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    This sounds like so much fun and I would love to support a good cause.

  26. Jessica G. December 31, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to this. Never been to the Benson or any fancy party in Portland (or elsewhere for that matter). It would be great to see how the other half lives. ;)

  27. JOSH December 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    This is what Portland is all about!! I would love to be a part of this fantastic Jubilee~!!!

  28. Tracy Sagal December 31, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Great food and great wine, and I have been wanting to go to an event at the Benson. And all for a cause! Please, please!

  29. charles December 31, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    My wife and I just moved to Portland and we love it! We’re enjoying all of the friendly people, the beautiful geography, and the awesome food up here. Happy Hour takes on a whole new meaning in Portland.

  30. Ian December 31, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Great way to celebrate the first days of spring.

  31. Fenner Brownell December 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    Must we always leave a pithy comment in ordah to win these heah tickets? Ah suggest a duel. Thats the moah gentlemanly way t’ settle things, an’ the way it’s been done for well ovah 100 ye-ahs. Especially between owah northern an’ southern bretheren. Ah have a special made set of pistols for jus this puhpouse. Now lets you and ah stand back to back an’ we’ll take 10 steps when ah say so….heh heh heh…

  32. nicole December 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    I would like to feel wealthy for one evening, so please pick me!

  33. Heather December 31, 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    New Year’s Resolution #4 – More spirits, period

  34. Sarah January 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    food and wine two of my favorite things and no better way for me to spend my b-day! Plus my wine rack needs to be filled up..I would throughly enjoy these tickets ~thanks

  35. Ann Hart January 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    I am a native Portlander and have never been to the Benson for an event. This would be a great way to celebrate my Vernal Equinox birthday in my favorite city.

  36. Katheryne January 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    My boyfriend is a professional chef that just moved back to the NW. I would love to take him as a surprise reminder of how great our cuisine culture is here.

  37. irene January 2, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    I really love wine.

  38. J Allen January 2, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Free food and wine? Why wouldn’t I want to go?

  39. Jennifer S January 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    This is a fantastic idea! It’s also during my boyfriend’s birthday and would be even better to take him there.

  40. Thea January 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    This sounds awesome! I would love to go to this event.

  41. Mariah January 4, 2011 at 4:30 am #

    I would love to go and surprise my guy. We haven’t gone out since well before our four month old was born. :)

  42. Ben January 4, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    Good food, good drink, and good company would make this the perfect thing for me and my wife to go to. Love it.

  43. MaryAnn January 6, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    I love food and drink and jubilees!
    -Portland Foodie

  44. Joe McMahan January 6, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Good food and a great way for meet and greet with friendly folk!

  45. nicolle January 6, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    oh this sounds like a great event! i would love to attend so i could try new things and have a chance to win that trip! :)

  46. michelle young January 6, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    We would so love this – we’re completely entranced with the wine and food here in the NW!

  47. Amy January 6, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the culmination of my first year in Portland – enjoying all the things that brought me here in the first place!

  48. Daniel January 6, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Lots of bad stuff has been happening lately. This sounds like a wonderful respite.

  49. Hope January 6, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    This event looks delicious and sounds like a great way to celebrate all the wonderful food and drink in our beautiful state! Count me in, please!

  50. Jeannie January 6, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    I love tasting events, and supporting a good cause. It’s during my vacation, so the timing is perfect. Thanks for the chance to win!

  51. Kevin January 6, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    I would love love love to win this for my wife! As a current grad student, funds are limited to say the least, and I would love to treat my wife to two nights out to enjoy some of the best food and drinks Portland has to offer. She works hard every day as essentially a single mother to our 16 month old son, and is a huge foodie, so I know she would absolutely love to attend this event!

  52. Dave January 6, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    I would love to win because I love to get classy, but cannot afford to attend these events on my own!

  53. Alexandra January 6, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    This sounds so fun!! I love wine and a good time:) I would love these tickets for me and my boyfriend

  54. Soco January 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    This is something I could never afford to attend so it would be an amazing gift…..Happy New Year!

  55. chris correnti January 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    As an early season escape, who wouldn’t want to eat and dine like a feasting king/reveler? I am all for this event. Bring on the multicultural bacchanalia.

  56. Roger B January 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    What a splendid idea for an event! I daresay sampling the bounteous product of this region will prove equal to high tea on a unicorn!

  57. Micaela Strassburg January 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    I would love to go to this event and take my man with me. He and I had a rough 2010 and it’d be nice to do something really fun together this year! :)

  58. Phillip January 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    My wife is a culinary nerd, so she would absolutely love to go to this. She’s been kinda down lately, so winning this would definitely lift her spirits.

  59. Sarah January 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    A delicious pairing of foods & events!

  60. Marc January 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Excuse me Ol’ chap, would I be wrong to assume that there will be a few cougars attending this marvelous event?! Well I just happen to be in the market for a Sugar Mama. Could you be a chum and hook me up? Thanks!

  61. Debra January 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I would love the opportunity to hobnob, eating and drinking at the Benson! Please pick me!

  62. angie January 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Ooh! I would love to go! It’s awesome to support Salud!

  63. Laura January 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Great food, great wine, for a great cause?! And a chance to win tickets in order to attend, GREAT!

  64. Darren January 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Sounds amazing!

  65. Adam January 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    My girlfriend and I have a hard time finding new places to eat and new wines to drink. Having been so busy this last month looking for a job for me, we still have yet to just take some time to enjoy ourselves. As a I am a former chef, and she is a newly converted foodie from suburbia this would be a dream night out for both of us.

  66. Jennifer January 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    I love food (in another life, I might have chosen to be a chef) and drink (in yet another life, I might have chosen to mix the perfect extra dry and extra dirty gin martini). This sounds like a WONDERFUL experience!

  67. Chad Snow January 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    i’d totally do that! jubilize me. i promise i’ll behave aaaand i’ll wear my nice shirt.

  68. Jason January 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Would love to attend this event . Enjoying great food and drinks and drinks, I’ll prob get a room nearby :)

  69. Jason January 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    Would love to attend this event . Enjoying great food and drinks and drinks, I’ll prob get a room nearby :)

  70. Jason January 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    I just started going out with a really great wine maker and pastry chef and I need an event like this to impress her!

  71. Julia January 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Sounds like a fantastic time! Would love to be there!

  72. Andrea January 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    I adore discovering new great wine and food that I’ve never had before. I would just love to attend this event with my husband.

  73. Stacy Giltner January 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Wow I am such a foodie! This would be a great opportunity to experience some amazing food and wine!

  74. Summer January 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    This would be a local babymoon for us! We are expecting in May and this would be a fun evening out on the town before we are incapable of ever going anywhere for awhile :)

  75. Laura Barton January 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    it would be a great way to celebrate my birthday, so hope I win!!

  76. Loree January 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    This looks like a fabulous time!

  77. Benjamin January 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    Sounds like a great event. I’m unashamedly foodie and I’d love to bring my brother along.

  78. Stacy January 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Because my middle name just happens to be ‘North meets South Food & Drink Jubilee’ (I know, I know, it’s a long middle name but, what can you do…). With a coincidence like that you’d be crazy not to pick me!

  79. chris a January 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    This would be a great present for me especially since I could not afford it

  80. Martz January 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    I love beer. I don’t know allot about wine. This would be a great way to learn more about the grape. Plus what to pair with food. I want to be cultured

  81. Keri A. January 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    My roommate and I would love the opportunity for a food and wine and auction weekend of shenanigans!! We deserve it because we have both been slaving away at grad school for the past year and deserve an awesome reward!! Help us celebrate!!!

  82. Geoff January 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    This would be a great time and would like to be there.

  83. Colleen Cole January 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    This event marks the end of my school term and what’s better than celebrating with food and drink in the fine city of Portland! :)

  84. Julie Toporowski January 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Sounds like a great way for my husband and I to taste parts of Portland we don’t get to normally since we have a little one!

  85. Ben January 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    I had a dream about this event. No really. And you were there…and you were there…and you were there…and you…….

  86. eric brown January 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    new to Portland and would love to be exposed to the people and efforts that make this area great!!

  87. barbarahinderer January 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    As a new food photographer in the area and a foodie, this event sounds amazing! I’d love to go! Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a little wine with their food?!?

  88. kristin January 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    i would love to check out all that this event has to offer. i love canadian poutine from montreal (north!) and all things mexican (south!) and everything in between too! but i better check to make sure by going to this event!

  89. erin January 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Sounds like a lovely evening

  90. David January 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    I am from the North and will have my dear friend from the South met me. We will help celebrate the fun festival and enjoy some fabulous food and wine in the spirit of the North and the South!

  91. Mari January 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Yummy! We love things like this but seldom get to go.

  92. Elle January 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Yeah! It would be awesome to go!

  93. markp427 January 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    I would love to go because I’m a “foodie” at heart and also unemployed, so the tickets are way out of my price range.

  94. Nancy January 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    what a wonderful way to celebrate the 1st birthday of ur first granddaughter!

  95. Eva Miller January 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    Why? Because it happens on my birthday! What better way to turn 45 than to enjoy great food and drink, while helping a worthwhile cause? Oh, please give my husband an easy way to celebrate my special day this year.

  96. gail schmall January 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    Good food, good wine, good cause, good!!

  97. Paula January 7, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    I’d love to enjoy this time ;) xoxoP

  98. Tamar Jacob January 7, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    This is the perfect event to start off a new year!

  99. Tamara Pearmine January 7, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    I love food, I love wine and I love the swanky old Benson Hotel.

  100. jimbobber January 7, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    I could use a pair of tickets. What are they for?

  101. Rachel January 7, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    Food, wine, auction… fancy schmancy! It sounds like a lot of fun. It’d be great to go.

  102. Rebecca January 7, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    This sounds fabulous. I would love to go!

  103. Ben January 7, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Win a ticket to drink/eat my way from Chateau Lorane to Astoria’s Shallon Winery? Yes, please.

  104. Malinda January 7, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    I would love to attend this event. I have just moved to Portland and want to experience all that Portland has to offer.

  105. free January 7, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    because i was looking at this delicious plate of food one time and i said “you and me and the bottle make 3” and i have never meant anything more sincerely in my entire life.

  106. jana dorscheimer January 7, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Sounds like a very cool event, and I would love to attend. Could shorten the name to No meets So! :)

  107. Emily January 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a fantastic event! I love food, wine (but who doesnt?) and it’s my birthday March 24th so it would be a great way to celebrate. :)

  108. Sara Berg January 7, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    This has got to be one of the most exciting events…who doesn’t love North, South, Food & Drink…Pick me…Pick me…I’ll make you proud representing the PDX Pipeline at the event. :)

  109. Andrea January 7, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    I would absolutely love to go! I recently moved back to P-town and love experiencing new things in the city I love more than anywhere in the world!

  110. Shely January 7, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    If I win tickets to this event, I will be the luckiest, tipsy-est, most well-fed girl in Portland.

  111. Dorothy January 7, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    This would be amazing. It’s right around my birthday – this would be the best birthday present I could think of! Help my budget live up to my tastes for once! :)

  112. Angel January 7, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Wow, this event will happen the weekend right before my 30th birthday! What a wonderfully swanky, special birthday present this would be for me, especially since we’re saving for our wedding this year and I probably won’t be able to afford do much else at that time. So think of the karma you’ll get for giving me 2 presents in one (bday & wedding) ;)

  113. Erick January 7, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Why would I want to win this? Who wouldn’t?! Sounds awesome!

  114. Robb January 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Because my girlfriend (who gives me a hard time about forgetting about pretty much everything) asked me to enter us to win and I want to show her that I remembered! And I really like food and drinking things.

  115. Berenice January 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Because I’m one of the last to post and shouldn’t the tortoise win the race?! The tortoise loves good food and well-pair bevvies to celebrate a win. Oh please, oh please let the tortoise be fancy!

  116. Corey January 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    because I love good food and wine and I’m unemployed so this would be the only way that I could enjoy these fine things.

  117. Christine Collier January 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    I live in the “South” (Southern Oregon) and I’d love to come up to the “North” (Willamette Valley) for this food and wine experience.

  118. Ian January 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Wine, spirits, silent auctions and music are my four favorite things in life, so obviously this event would be perfect for me!

  119. Jim January 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    You should pick me, because if you don’t I’m just going to sneak in anyway… You could show how much you care about our questionable police force by not having them waste their time arresting me and sending me to the clink…I’m just sayin…

  120. cleveland January 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Wine+Food= count me in!!!

  121. Emily January 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    I work at Portland Public Schools with kids that have behavioral problems, and needless to say, I dont bring home alot of money at the end of the month. This sounds like a super fun event that I would never be able to afford on my own. I would love the chance to attend this and take some much needed “me time”. Help a lady out :) thanks.

  122. Pauline January 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    I have been dying to experience Portland. I have lived up here for 1 1/2 years and I have not had a chance to see, taste or feel Portland. I’m game for anything new. I am excited to see this cool new playground! Anything is worth trying! =)

  123. Michelle T. January 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    What a great way to sample some great beer, wine and delicious food while supporting a great cause. I would love to attend the event!

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