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Where to Find Mooncakes and More for the 2022 Mid-Autumn Festival in Portland

Red Bean, Lava Custard, and More
September 8, 2022
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You just might be able to snag some snow skin mooncakes at HeyDay's pop-up at Yoonique Tea this weekend. (HeyDay)
Also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated across East and Southeast Asia on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, when the moon is thought to be at its brightest and fullest during the fall harvest. Mooncakes—intricately stamped pastries often filled with egg yolk, red bean, or lotus seed paste—are central to the holiday, which falls on September 10 this year. We've gathered a list of places where you can find this seasonal specialty, plus other festivities for the occasion. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

MOONCAKES

85C Bakery Cafe Add to a List
This Taiwanese bakery chain is currently offering both Taiwanese and Cantonese mooncakes, both individually and in gift boxes. Fillings include red bean, walnut date, almond lotus seed, and pineapple yolk. 
Tigard
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

99 Ranch Market Add to a List
The reliable Asian supermarket chain is fully stocked with a wide selection of mooncakes, including the trendy lava custard variety, which is filled with oozy, creamy salted egg yolks.
Beaverton
Pickup, delivery


Li Min Bakery & Bistro Add to a List
You'll find a range of mooncakes at this Montavilla bakery, including ones stuffed with winter melon and red bean.
Montavilla
Pickup

Mei Sum Bakery Add to a List
Scoop up mooncakes with white lotus and red bean, encased in a tender pastry layer and available with or without egg yolks, at this bakery tucked inside Powell Street Station.
South Tabor
Pickup

Portland Cà Phê Add to a List
Stop in to this Vietnamese coffee shop on Saturday, September 10, to pick up Trung Thu (Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival) boxes made in collaboration with local businesses The Cake Batch and HeyDay, packed with festive honey salted egg yolk and red bean mooncakes, baked pandan mung bean and baked coconut red bean doughnuts, and an iced pandan coconut cream latte. The treats will be available starting right at 8 am, so don't miss out.
Creston-Kenilworth
Pickup, dine-in

EVENTS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

HeyDay Pop-Up Add to a List
In celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival, Yoonique Tea will unveil its lineup of fall drinks, while HeyDay will sling its signature chewy-crisp rice flour doughnuts in enticing flavors like ube marshmallow, coconut sweet corn, black sesame sugar, and lychee jasmine. It'll be your last chance to catch HeyDay before they open their new shop inside the CORE pod, and if you're lucky, you might even be able to snag some mini snow skin mooncakes (which are are covered in a glutinous rice crust and must be kept frozen, not unlike mochi ice cream).
Yoonique Tea, 11 am-1 pm

Portland Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Add to a List
The community-focused nonprofit White Lotus Foundation is hosting this free Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, complete with live entertainment, games for kids, raffles, giveaways, paper lanterns, a lighting parade, lion dances, stage performances, and a plethora of local AANHPI-owned businesses, including Khao Niew Lao Street Food, 100 Chopsticks, Ichiza Kitchen, AZN Drip, Thip Khao, Yoonique Tea, HeyDay, Kookido Mochi Cookies, and more. Of course, you'll also be able to purchase handmade mooncakes, provided by Elvin Bakery and available in flavors like lotus seed paste, red bean, and mixed nut with ham.
CORE (Collective Oregon Eateries), 5-10 pm

SEPTEMBER 10-11

O-Tsukimi, the Moonviewing Festival Add to a List
Gaze upon the full harvest moon in all her luminous glory at this traditional festival hosted at the Portland Japanese Garden. You'll get to amble through the lantern-illuminated garden, listen to Japanese music, and savor a cup of tea. Unfortunately, tickets are now sold out, but a wait list is available via email.
Portland Japanese Garden

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