Nobody sets the table for fall bounty like Oregon. And never has that table been quite so laden with deliciousness as it will be September 14-17, 2017, when Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty comes to town.
Now in its sixth year, Feast Portland highlights the culinary talent and ingredients of the Pacific Northwest along with internationally recognized chefs and food artisans. This year proceeds benefit Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, with a focus on expanding school breakfast participation in the state.
Ready to take a bite out of Feast? You’ve got four days, 40 events and countless flavors to experience. There are large events and small (in a range of ticket prices), from marquis parties to hands-on classes, tasting panels and special dinners throughout the weekend. James Beard Award winners Ben Bettinger of Laurelhurst Market, Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, finalists Gregory Gourdet of Departure and Cathy Whims of Nostrana, and a slew of first-rate out-of-state chefs are just the tip of the fork when it comes to Feast’s rockstar talent.
Most events sell out quick — foodies are on top of it — so be sure to grab tickets for the popular showstoppers like Thursday’s Sandwich Invitational, a friendly competition between 18 all-star chefs who’ll bring their A-game to the Rose Garden. Then there’s the Friday Grand Tasting and Saturday Grand Tasting at Pioneer Courthouse Square, a chance to sample the endless variety of cheese, charcuterie, beer, wine, coffee and other artisanal treats that make Oregon famous.
Hone your palate with Drink Tank with workshops like Quenching America’s New Thirst — a deep dive into the many types of red, white and rose wines from the Beaujolais region of France. Find out what’s so universally appealing about a crisp pale lager in Pilsners: So Fresh and So Clean. Join passionate whiskey aficionados as they talk about going beyond American single malts, bourbon and rye in Kilts Not Required: American Single Malts. And soak up the latest trends in party punch by some of the best local bartenders in Punch Power: Drinks for a Crowd.
But wait, there’s more. Immerse yourself in hands-on classes Ice Cream Social The Lazy, No-Fuss Way, where you’ll learn to turn store-bought ice cream into fancy desserts like sundaes, floats, boats and splits. Smith Tea Presents Botany 201: Palate Cross Training is like boot camp for any foodie in training — you’ll put learn to boost your wine tasting vocabulary by tasting and identifying subtle nuances in flavors of various floral sources, roots, barks, herbs, seeds, peels and tea leaves. Spiked Tea with Bull in China will teach you how to use tea in cocktails.
Hungry yet? Check out one of the inspiring “fun-sized” events, like Vegetables: A Love Story, Featuring Healthyish by Bon Appètit, featuring Ava Gene’s Chef/owner Joshua McFadden and a dream team of collaborators discussing how they create the veggie dishes they can’t stop dreaming about. There’s also Because Breakfast, featuring a lineup of Instagram-ready handmade treats like pastries, crêpes, donuts and morning cocktails. In Pizza & Burgers, celebrate your favorite comfort foods with some of Portland’s top pizza chefs, a mobile pizza oven and libations at Pizza Jerk.
Whatever slice of Feast you choose, you’ll be in good company.
Editor’s note: Flying in for Feast Portland? Book your flight on Alaska Airlines and get 10% off your ticket price. Details here.