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Thirst Fest, a two-evening celebration returns to Portland’s Melody Ballroom this Friday and Saturday night. A wine, beer and spirits festival supporting the LGBTQ community, attendees will be able to sample an array of unique beverages.

With over 40 craft distilleries, craft breweries and wineries at Thirst Fest, there will be drinks available to please everyone. Thirst Fest attendees will have access to local and national winemakers, craft distillers and brewers and can learn more about the samples they’re tasting from the artisans who made them.

The 2nd Annual THIRST Fest Battle of the Bartenders Cup competition will surely be a highlight of each evening, as local mixologists concoct drinks to be judged by local celebrity judges. And, not to be left out, attendees will be able to taste the finished drinks after the judges choose their favorites.

Through a partnership with the Cascade AIDS Project, Thirst Fest offers the opportunity to mix and mingle with members of Portland’s active LGBTQ community while helping an important cause. Be sure to buy your tickets soon.

What: Thirst Fest 2015

Where: Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St, Portland, OR

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When: Friday March 13th from 5-10PM & Saturday March 14th from 4-10PM

Cost: 1-Day Ticket $20 (online only); 2-Day Ticket $50 + a collectible event shirt (online only); $25 at the door.

With paid admission, 1-Day attendees receive 7 tasting tokens and 2-Day attendees receive 15 tasting tokens. Additional tokens will be available for purchase at the event.

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If you’re looking for a fun cocktail recipe, click here to learn how to make the Sidra Sunrise!

The Winerabblers will be attending this event with complimentary passes.

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Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at & be sure to visit her online portfolio at