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So you blinked and missed the start of Feast Portland tickets this year, and now your FOMO is coming on strong? Never fear, your last-minute guide to the 7th annual Feast Portland (Sept. 13-16, 2018) is here. For four dizzying days each fall, the food world descends on Portland from across the United States, as chefs, influencers, writers, artisans and, yes, plain-old-hungry people gather for Oregon’s largest food and drink festival. This year’s Feast includes more than 40 events at dozens of locations across the city that promise to inspire, educate and entertain as well as fill our tummies. Events will sell out, so grab your tickets as soon as possible. Here are the events with tickets still available:
Feast’s innovative and approachable “fun-size” events are smaller than its marquee events but will leave you plenty satisfied. This year you can delight in Chinese food prepared by some of the most talented chefs in Portland and around the United States (“Big Feast in Little China”); kick back with oysters, lobster rolls and cold beer at a tailgate party with some of the Rose City’s biggest chefs (“Feast Sunday Tailgate”); and put your knowledge of spirits to the test at “Basically Bar Trivia.” You can also take a deep dive into French wines and French bistro food at “Nouveau Bistro” and cheer on four Portland bartenders as they vie for a champion title (“Iron Mixologist: City of Roses Edition”). These smaller-sized events (for those who don’t love crowds) range in ticket price from $35 to $175 and last up to 2.5 hours at various Portland venues.
Feast’s marquee events are popular for good reason. These events draw hundreds of festival-goers in a party-like atmosphere. Be prepared to stand in lines and balance stacks upon stacks of little (compostable) plates and cups of craveworthy bites and drinks. The new 80’s vs. 90’s event Thursday evening at the Rose Quarter Commons (replacing the Sandwich Invitational of years past) is a throwback cook-off between two teams of all-star chefs and their decade-inspired creations. The Friday Grand Tasting and Saturday Grand Tasting are two afternoon-long celebrations of the region’s bounty at Pioneer Courthouse Square, with 80 of the best local and national chefs, vintners, brewers, bakers, cheesemakers and food artisans. Sunday’s Brunch Village offers one final bacon-filled hoorah (and hair-of-the-dog) at Pioneer Courthouse Square with tasty samples aplenty. These event tickets range from $75 to $165 and are three to five hours long.
What’s better than taking home something of your own creation? At “Macramé + Rosé,” you can enjoy rose and nibbles while learning the vintage art of knotting, and take home your own set of homemade placemats for your next Instagram-worthy tablescape. The three-hour class is $160. At “Pigeon Toe Ceramics + Lord Birthday: Dream Muggin’,” spend your crafty afternoon using glaze markers to decorate your own set of mugs to cherish forever. The two-hour class is $95.
Fancy yourself a lover of beer, wine or spirits but want to further your knowledge and appreciation of the craft, history and culture of the beverage? These “Drink Tank” events are designed to do just that. Meet three experts on old-school Italian wines and season your palate at “The New (Old) Italy.” At “Act Naturally: Natural Wine Comes of Age,” hear four terroir-driven wine experts talk about the characteristics of wine produced with minimal intervention. And if you haven’t noticed, rose is everywhere on the drink landscape. Taste your way through this hot trend — the ins and out of using fruits, flowers and souring bacteria for refreshment — at “Tickled Pink: Why Rosé-Inspired Ciders and Beers are Taking Over.” These hourlong events are $45 to $55 per ticket.
Take an Oregon food tour
If you’re inspired by the bounty of Feast but not able to make it to an event, take your own Oregon food tour — dig into seafood on the Coast, ranch-fresh beef in Eastern Oregon, fresh fruit in the Columbia River Gorge, wine in the Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon, craft beer in Central Oregon and more. Find those curated trip ideas here. And mark your calendars for Feast 2019 — tickets go on sale in early June.