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 12-15, 2019, when Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty comes to town.
Now in its eighth 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, dozens of 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 of Bullard, James Beard Award winner 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.
2019 brings exciting new events like the East Coast vs. West Coast competition, when two teams of renowned chefs face off in battle of regional flavors. For the first time ever, Feast will host a family-friendly event, Melty Fest, with cheese, ice cream, games and even a food fight that will amuse kids and parents alike. Brunch Village heads to the east side this year and takes on international flavors. The always popular Night Market returns with a Southeast Asian theme. Now at Tom McCall Waterfront Park and bigger than ever, the Grand Tasting has rebranded as The Big Feast, still held on Saturday and Sunday, featuring an endless variety of cheese, charcuterie, beer, wine, coffee and other artisanal treats that make Oregon famous. 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 sure to sell out.
Start sipping with Drink Tank panels like Alternative Fizz: A Deep Dive into Sparkling Wine — a deep dive into bubblies, from vinho verde to txakoli, pet-nat and beyond. You don’t need an aloha shirt to join The New Tropical: Tiki is Just the Beginning, but you probably want to love beer when attending Going Dry: The New World of Brut IPAs. For foodies who don’t drink alcohol, there is the second year of the More Zero Proof dinner and Clear Headed: Zero-Proof Cocktails class, as well as nonalcoholic drinks offered at the big events.
But wait, there’s more. Immerse yourself in hands-on classes with Chocolate on Chocolate with Cloudforest and Up Your Morning Game with Stumptown. Taste experimental flavors and learn about the science behind ice cream with Salt & Straw founder Tyler Malek at Ice Cream Dreams. Tour the Rose City by bike on a fascinating History Bites ride.
Hungry yet? Check out one of the inspiring “fun-sized” events, like Vegetables: A Love Story, hosted by acclaimed chef and cookbook author Joshua McFadden, and Late, Late Show: Noodles featuring culinary legends Andy Ricker of Pok Pok, David Thompson of Aaharn in Hong Kong, Ivan Orkin of New York’s Ivan Ramen and Kyo Koo of Danwei Canting. There’s also Vaguely Spanish, bridging Spanish cuisine from Galicia to Valencia.
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.