Go: Tomato and Garlic Festival, Sip & Stroll, Show and Shine car show

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



1. Flavor of summer

The annual Heirloom Tomato and Garlic Festival invites attendees to taste 20 different varieties of tomato and 10 varieties of garlic in a showcase by the Washington State University Master Gardeners. Enjoy bluegrass music, crafts and kids activities, along with some fresh fruits and vegetables and local vendor booths from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at Northwest Organic Farms, 17713 N.W. 61st Ave., Ridgefield. Admission is free. 360-573-4868 or http://northwestorganicfarms.com/annual-garlic-festival

2. A sipping promenade

The Hough Foundation will host the annual Sip & Stroll, a self-guided tasting tour, where attendees 21 and older can explore local wines, craft brews and ciders at 30 participating locations in Uptown Village and downtown Vancouver. Discover new merchants and restaurants, along with shopping specials, music and activities. There will be a shuttle service for attendees. Proceeds will benefit the Hough Foundation, which helps a variety of programs at Hough Elementary School. The stroll runs 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 19, starting and ending at the Burgerville Center for Responsible Community Leadership, 1602 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets are $40 for those 21 and older, and admission includes a map and tasting glass. 360-992-7060 or www.houghfoundation.org/page/sip-and-stroll-2017

3. Rock causes

The Rocksolid Summer Concert is a fundraiser featuring music by local musician Amber Sweeney. The concert runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 19, with a portion of food and beverage sales benefiting Rocksolid Community Teen Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated for providing after school programs for students. The concert will open with a performance by the Exquisite Taste of Plain Water. There will be cider, wine and food available for purchase at the Moulton Falls Winery, 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave., Yacolt. Tickets are $10. 360-885-2181 or http://rocksolid-teen.com/2017/07/12/moulton-falls-winery-concert-fundraise

4. Car club

The Slo Poks Car Club presents its annual Show and Shine car show, complete with handmade trophies for participants. The event is open to all hot rods, custom cars, bikes, rat rods and collector cars from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 along the streets in Uptown Village, 22nd and Main streets, Vancouver. The Slo Poks are one of the oldest car clubs in the area and will be marking the group’s 65th anniversary. A portion of the proceeds benefiting the Hough Foundation, with visitors encouraged to bring a donation school supplies to be entered into raffle drawings. The event is free for spectators or $15 for car entry. 360-281-5333

5. Soap box

Pack a picnic for a day of downhill joy at the annual PDX Adult Soap Box Derby. The event features a group of racers testing their homemade vehicles and their mettle on the slopes of Mount Tabor from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19. Attendees can see all sorts of soapbox cars, from the aerodynamically serious to purely comical, with designated spectator seating along the racing route of Mount Tabor City Park, with entrances at Southeast Salmon Street and 60th Avenue, Portland. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/PDXsoapboxracer