Date: April 27, 2014 Cost: $50 Pre-Tasting; $30 General Admission (Tickets on sale April 2)
Located at: OMSI’s north parking lot Time: 2:30-6pm (pre-tasting 1-2:30pm)
Access: All ages


Eat Mobile, part food festival, part cart competition, allows attendees to sample from more than 30 of Willamette Week's favorite food carts as vendors compete for the coveted Carty Award. Now in its seventh year, Willamette Week will present Eat Mobile on April 27 in partnership with OMSI.

Eat Mobile showcases the food and people that make Portland's food scene so unique. Eat Mobile 2014, now happening on a Sunday instead of a Saturday, will feature shorter lines and fewer overall tickets sold, meaning more samples for YOU. Willamette Week and OMSI will once again work to create a more sustainable event by incorporating solar generators and waste-composting facilities.


General Admission: Buy
Pre-Tasting Admission: Buy

Contact: OMSI’s Events Team Call: 503.797.4642 Email:

Event Info

Wristbands are required for admission. Wristbands will be mailed to online ticket purchasers beginning April 18.
Tickets purchased after April 17 can be picked up at Will Call starting at Noon on the day of the event.

Eat Mobile aims to be 100% sustainable. The event will be powered by solar, wind, and bio-diesel generators. All food waste will be composted and beverage containers will be recycled.

The Carty Award is an honor created by Willamette Week and Eat Mobile to recognize outstanding achievement in mobile nourishment. This award quite possibly—no, definitely—is one of the highest accolades a Portland food cart can receive. For the seventh year in a row, Portland’s best food carts will battle it out for this prestigious honor—or for the just-as-coveted People’s Choice Carty—at this year’s Eat Mobile event. The People’s Choice Award is chosen by you, the people.

2013 Carty Award Winners:
Best Overall: La Sangucheria
Best Style: Cheese & Crack
People's Choice: Garcelon's 


Q: Does my ticket cover the cost of samples?
A: Yes.

Q: Why does my general admission ticket cost more than it did last year?
A: With each year, Eat Mobile is all about enhancing the experience of its attendees. Last year, with more than 3.000 tickets sold, lines were too long and samples ran out. This year, we're selling about 1/3 less tickets total, meaning much shorter lines and more food for you, dear ticket holder! More bang for your buck plus a taste of nearly 40 samples from this city's finest food carts.

Q: I'm thinking of getting a pre-tasting ticket, what does it get me?
A: Pre-tasting tickets allow the bearer into Eat Mobile an hour and a half before the general admission ticket holders. Pre-tasting includes samples from a carefully curated roster of Willamette Week's favorite food carts without the lines, and includes a complimentary drink ticket! Guests are welcome to stay for general admission once the pre-tasting is over. Only 400 pre-tasting tickets will be sold.

Q: Are there vegetarian options?
A: The event is meat-heavy, but there will be vegetarian options available. Veggie options will be indicated with a “v” on the event program.

Q: What is the parking situation?
A: Parking is free for Eat Mobile. Once the lots are full, street parking is available. The Streetcar stops at OMSI. Free valet bike parking will also be available.
Q: What is the cost for children?
A: Children five and under are free, six and older are the same price as adults.

Q: Can I bring my stroller?
A: Please leave strollers at home. Little ones can be carried in arms or a baby bjorn.
Q: If it rains will I get my money back?
A: The event is rain or shine. We will not be offering refunds, but you can give your ticket/wristband to a friend if you can’t make it.

Q: Will there be ATMs onsite?
A: No, but our bars and vendors will use Square and will take credit or debit cards along with cash.

Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: We love pets, but they will not be admitted into Eat Mobile.

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