Pamplona de Portland! Run the bulls Sunday and catch the cider when you hear “TXOTX!”
Portland’s Spanish tapas barsBar Botellόn and Bar Vivanthave teamed up to bring a running of the bulls to Portland! No real bulls, just bullshit bulls (aka: whatever your creative minds dreams up that represents a bull and is used to chase runners!) On May 5th, all participants will gather at Bar Botellόn for drinks and a “bull show” (similar to a dog show but with the bullshit bulls) before embarking off on a Pamplona style one-mile run to the Bar Vivant corridor. There, the party continues with a Basque style cider Txotx and the goring of the bull piñata. Best “bull” wins $100 in gift certificates plus a trophy!
Registration – Call Bar Vivant at 971.271.7166 $20 per person or $80 per team of four; Each team must bring a bullshit bull. Includes a hand screen printed pañuelico (red bandana) and one drink ticket redeemable at each bar.
After the run join us for a Cider Txotx with Basque Isastegi cider! Be prepared to catch the cider in your glass. Or go thirsty. $10 for runners and $15 for non-pamplona participants (1:30PM)
HOW TO TXOTX!
In Basque country, the local cider is fermented and then held in huge barrels from January to April, when the weather warms and the rest is bottled. These siderias open their door for guests to drink from the barrel. When some yells, “Txotx!” that means the cider is about to flow so grab your glass and head to the barrel. How to Txotx like a Basque:
1. Less more often! Only catch a small amount to keep the effervescence alive. Stop filling just past your second finger.
2. Queue up! Have your glass under the person’s in front of you, ready to catch the stream when they pull up.
3. Yell “TXOTX!” Want more cider? When you hear Txotx the barrel master will let the cider flow. (FYI – Txotx rhymes with roach.)