My Highlights of Feast 2017

Last week, from Thursday September 14 to Sunday the 17th, was the incredible food festival in Portland that benefits this year’s charitable partner, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Over it’s 6 year run since 2012, Feast has raised over $300,000 to help end childhood hunger in Oregon and across the country, not counting the 2017 contribution which is still being tallied. Besides benefiting such an important cause, Feast offers more then food and drink – it brings together food and drink makers and those who enjoy food and drink into a celebratory community.

People who love to eat are always the best people. – Julia Child

My Highlights of Feast 2017 - Scenes from Grand Tasting My Highlights of Feast 2017 - Scene from Drink Tank

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Harvest Dinner with Tepuy at Hazelfern Cellars

This past Saturday, I was fortunate enough to attend the Harvest Dinner with Tepuy at Hazelfern Cellars. Tepuy Dining is named for a famous flat topped mountain in the Amazonian Jungle, and is a Venezuelan inspired Traveling Pop Up led by female chef Adriana Urbina (Food Network 2017 Chopped Champion). Tepuy was featured as one of “the best Venezuelan places to eat in NYC” in 2015 by Eater New York times. I was really intrigued about the idea of pairing Venezuelan flavors with Northwest ingredients and Hazelfern Cellars wine.
Harvest Dinner with Tepuy at Hazelfern Cellars Harvest Dinner with Tepuy at Hazelfern Cellars

If you haven’t heard of Hazelfern Cellars before, they are a relatively new entry into the Oregon wine scene. Based in Newberg, Oregon, this family owned vineyard officially started making its small lot wines in 2014, growing from the original 5 gallons of Pinot Noir and a Portland basement has grown to over 500 cases of wine. One of the things that really stands out about Hazelfern is that head of the family and winemaker Bryan Laing is a huge food lover as well, and is really in tune with balancing flavors and textures in wine just like balancing flavors and textures in food.

Harvest Dinner with Tepuy at Hazelfern Cellars Harvest Dinner with Tepuy at Hazelfern Cellars

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Ecliptic Brewery’s Food

Ecliptic Brewery‘s is one of my top recommendations for where to have great beer and food in Portland along with my other top picks like La Moule, Higgins (which I’ve highlighted before in a blog post), Saraveza (which I’ve written about before), and Ex Novo. When founding Ecliptic, experienced brewer John Harris specifically wanted to make sure that the food he served wasn’t just around because it’s the law to have food available – he wanted to make sure it matched well with the beer to provide good complimentary and contrasting flavors. The menu of beer and food proves that with its variety of beer available and food available. Everything I’ve had at Ecliptic has always been good, which makes me confident in recommending Ecliptic Brewery’s Food and Beer as among my top 5 in Portland. In particular, they have the best selection of food options if you are vegetarian.
Ecliptic Brewery's vegetarian/vegan option to their burgers - this Farro Burger with a wheat-garlic patty, tahini, arugula, spicy pickled carrots
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Feast Portland 2017

Today marks one week until Feast Portland 2017 – which is when the equivalent of Foodie Christmas happens. It’s 4 days (Thursday September 14 – Sunday September 17) of 40+ food events celebrating local chefs and local purveyors of food and drink. It’s all for a good cause – partner Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Since its inception in 2012, Feast has donated more than $300,000 to help end childhood hunger in Oregon and across the country.

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Photos from Grand Tasting 2016

There are still tickets available for some Feast PDX events, there are some Feast Collaborations you can access even without a Feast event ticket, and I want to share my tips for those who are attending Feast Portland 2017.
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Travel Tuesday: Visiting the Portland Japanese Garden

The Portland Japanese Garden finished a more then $30 million dollar expansion that now includes a Cultural Crossing Village, “castle” wall, and the new Umami cafe offering Japanese tea and snacks. Located in the West Hills of Portland, you can easily combine a visit to the Japanese Garden ($14.95 admission) with a visit to the free International Rose Test Garden as well. Parking is extremely limited and the best bet is to take public transit via the Red or Blue line MAX train to the Washington Park stop (aka, the Zoo) and then take a free Explore Washington Park shuttle to both gardens.

The new Cultural Crossing Village you can see while visiting the Portland Japanese Garden

Here’s a little Travel Tuesday Portland Japanese Garden photo trip to give you a glimpse of what a visit could include.

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