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Food fans brave hot weather for Bite of Oregon

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The vendors and visitors at Bite of Oregon will face temperatures in the 90s at Waterfront Park this weekend. (KPTV) The vendors and visitors at Bite of Oregon will face temperatures in the 90s at Waterfront Park this weekend. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The 33rd annual Bite of Oregon kicked off Friday at Waterfront Park, just as a weekend heat wave hit Portland.

The 75 food and drink vendors, as well as the people visiting, have two missions - tasting all the food and staying cool.

By Friday afternoon, Tom McCall Waterfront Park was already filling up with local foodies and people trying out the Bite for the first time.

Along with a wide variety of big dishes, visitors can also try a bunch of smaller bites for just $4 or $5.

There is also plenty of entertainment, with arts and crafts, live music and chef competitions, though attendees may need to be prepared to get a little cooked.

Temperatures hit 97 in Portland Friday, and they will be in the mid-90s on Saturday and just a few degrees cooler Sunday.

While there are lots of cold drinks on hand for the visitors, the folks cooking just have to find ways to cope with the heat.

Matt Adams is one of the grill masters for Adam's Rib Smokehouse from Salem. Their open barbecue pit hovers around 250 degrees, so there's only one thing Adams can do.

"Trips to the fridge quite often. That's the only thing,” he said. “Lots of ice water. Just do what you can."

Admission at the gate for Bite of Oregon is $5 and all proceeds go to the Special Olympics. The event continues through Sunday at 8:00 p.m.

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