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 13-16, 2018, when Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty comes to town.
Now in its seventh 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, providing food security for Oregonians and supporting school meal programs, and Urban Gleaners, which collects fresh food before it goes to waste and distributes it to more than 40 sites in the Portland metro area.
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. Top Chef stars Gregory Gourdet of Departure and Doug Adams, James Beard Award winners Vitaly Paley of Headewaters and Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon, 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. Not to forget, this year four-time James Beard award-winning TV personality and chef Andrew Zimmerman leads Zero Proof, a star-studded dinner showcasing a non-alcoholic drink pairings.
Most events sell out quick (foodies are on top of it), so be sure to grab tickets for the popular showstoppers — crowd-favorite Smoked! is already sold out. Not to fear, the new 80s vs. 90s competition still has tickets, as does the always popular Night Market 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.
Start sipping with Drink Tank panels like Tickled Pink: Why Rosé-Inspired Ciders and Beers are Taking Over — a deep dive into how makers are putting personal spins on rosé’s cultish brand of fruity refreshment. Find out why a Mexican spirit has become a star of the spirits world with Inside the World of Mezcal. Join passionate wine aficionados as they talk about terroir-driven wines during Act Naturally: Natural Wine Comes of Age. And soak up the latest trends in cocktails with Bitter & Bold: Discovering Amari & Aperitifs.
But wait, there’s more. Immerse yourself in hands-on classes Sauerkraut 101, where you’ll learn the fundamentals of making sauerkraut with Brad Leone of Bon Appétit and Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions. Step up your dessert game with Pie Goals. Learn the keys to the perfect picnic at Picnic AF (Al Fresco). Learn tricks and tips of macramé with a pro as you sip and nibble at Macramé + Rosé.
Hungry yet? Check out one of the inspiring “fun-sized” events, like Big Feast in Little China, featuring acclaimed chefs putting a modern spins on Chinese-American dishes. There’s also Nouveau Bistro, bridging Old World and New World classics from France. And with the Healthyish 5Kish, expect fun, wellness and fine food.
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.