My Highlights of Feast Portland 2017

Last week, from Thursday September 14 to Sunday the 17th, was the incredible food festival Feast Portland in Portland that benefits this year’s charitable partner, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Over it’s 6 year run since 2012, Feast PDX 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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Feast 2016 Tickets Still Available: Get Some

EeeeeEEeeeeEEEEeee I can’t wait! It’s only one month until Foodie Christmas, otherwise known as the biggest and greatest food festival Portland offers, Feast Portland! Many events sold out in the first day (especially the smaller events), but I snagged tickets to the Filipino Twist dinner using my Feast Ticket Purchase Tips and Strategy which I shared a few days before tickets went on sale. I’ll also be at Night Market, the Grand Tasting, and the Go Get You Some Picnic. Not to worry: there are still some events that you can get into!
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Feast 2016 Tickets still available

It’s not too late! Check out Feast official social media accounts like the Feast Portland Facebok page to enter some of the various giveaways that can yield you some tickets. Some Feast 2016 Tickets still available for purchase also include

  1. The Sandwich Invitational on Thursday September 15th is the kickoff event for Feast, and this year if you buy 2 tickets or more you will get a free one year subscription to Portland Monthly. Update: Now Sold Out This event conflicts with my Filipino Twist dinner so I won’t be attending, but I always have thought this was a huge value of an event because for $85 you get 14 sandwiches (or more, if you can get through the 14 first…), so you will be completely stuffed. And as with all the Feast events, all the liquid libations are included. This year they have moved the venue to the Rose Quarter Commons for more space.
    Widmer Sandwich Invitational at Feast PDX 2015, Photo by Aubrie LeGault for Feast Portland, All rights reserved
    Photo by Aubrie LeGault for Feast Portland Widmer Sandwich Invitational 2015, All rights reserved
  2. If this is your first time at Feast, I always recommend the Grand Tasting at Pioneer Courthouse Square. You can still get tickets still to the Friday (the Saturday event is already sold out!), and it offers four hours of all you can sample of Oregon food and drink from various local producers for only $60. Each booth’s representatives are incredibly knowledgable about explaining how they make what they do and giving you more back story on the process and food/drink item.
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    During your sampling you can watch shows on the stage like a mini live Food Network channel! Sampling for hours, talking to the vendors, a mini food show- what a bargain!
    Feast Portland Grand Tasting includes a Feast stage with panels and demos and competitions Feast Portland Grand Tasting includes a Feast stage with panels and demos and competitions
  3. A newly added event for Saturday September 16 is a drink crawl! Cocktail Crawl: Drink Like a Pro offers a progressive drinking journey from 1-4 PM visiting cocktail havens well respected by those in the food and drink industry for $75 while being schooled on bartender secrets for all the drinks.
  4. The Drink Tank events I think are one of the hidden secrets of Feast. I have always enjoyed them – for the price you get multiple glasses of the drink being highlighted, be it beer or wine or whiskey or whatever – as well as a great mini-class learning more about that beverage while sitting al fresco in the Portland Art Museum’s Sculpture Hall.
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    Here are a few photos to give you an idea what the Drink Tank events were like last year that were similar to ones this year…  have you had your continuing education yet this year? This qualifies right?
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    And, the cost of the Drink Tank event is a bargain- ranging from $35 – $55. The drinks came with snacks you share with your tablemates to cleanse your palate as well between sips. Each seat has a flight of what seemed to always be five drinks.
    Feast Portland Drink Tank Bourbon and Beyond: The New World of American Whiskey
    The tickets for Drink Tank events still available for Feast 2016 include

As always, remember that the reason why we feast is to fight against childhood hunger, specifically raising money for Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon  with a concentrated effort on their campaign to raise awareness around school breakfast participation in Oregon schools. Over the last four years, Feast has raised over $230,000 to help end childhood hunger. You can help support by purchasing a ticket to Feast Portland, and you can also make an additional donation on their ticket check out page.

Feast Items Outside Feast Events

If you can’t attend Feast, there are still other ways you can feast and help this worthy cause. Since this is Feast’s Fifth year, they are upping the efforts and the feasting with #FeastFab5 Collaborations where they partner a few local chefs and producers to create special items. Plus, the makers will be donating 10% of net sales to Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

These items will be available from August 1st – September 18th, 2016 online and in select retail locations. The yummies for a good cause include

Then, during actual Feast week, two additional makers get in with their products and donating to fight childhood hunger:

  • Wiz Bang Bar from Salt & Straw – featuring a special flavor during the week of Feast at their retail location.
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters – featuring a special cold brew soda made in-house during the week of Feast in Portland retail cafes, except the Annex.
    Stumptown Coffee Roasters Feast Fab Five special – featuring a special cold brew soda made in-house during the week of Feast in Portland retail cafes, except the Annex.

Are you excited for Feast? What events are you going to or wish you were going to? Which of the special #FeastFab5 items do you think you might look for?

Disclosure: I was granted a Bloggers Pass for Feast Portland 2016, and asked to help promote Feast but I am not otherwise being compensated. I also purchased my own tickets to some Feast events in addition to be given access to a select few events with the Bloggers Pass. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own, and I will always provide my honest opinion and assessment of all products and experiences regardless of whether they were complimentary or not. 

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1 Month until Feast 2015

It’s the countdown – 1 month until Feast 2015. Four weeks from now, on Thursday September 17th – Sunday September 20th is the incredible food festival called Feast Portland 2015. This is the biggest food festival in Portland, featuring SIX main events, THIRTEEN extravagant dinners with chefs from outside Portland and inside Portland collaborating to create epic multi-course dinners, SEVEN hands on classes and SIX panels with sampling of liquid libations via the Drink Tank series.

The tickets to Feast went on sale back in May, and many events are already sold out. However, don’t despair – besides volunteering for an event, there are still some excellent events still open as of this post publishing date.

Keep in mind that for the price, you are also helping a worthy cause. Besides showcasing delicious eats and drinks, and celebrating many local chefs and producers of Oregon, Feast also has a mission to fight hunger.  The Feast festival net proceeds go towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry.

Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

Now to my highlight of fabulous Feast events you can still buy tickets to!

Sandwich Invitational

Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Rick Gencarelli of Lardo (Portland, OR) presented a smokey pork burger with dirty mustard, peach, American cheese, and arugula that ended up being one of the two longest lines for sandwiches of the festival Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Scott Dolich of The Bent Brick (Portland, OR) had my vote for the best sandwich of the nite with his BBQ Goat Frybread Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Paul Kahan representing The Publican (Chicago, IL) Return of The Gyro included pork, eggplant, yogurt, fun, fenugreek, and flavor.

The Sandwich Invitational offers you the chance for 3 hours to indulge for $95 at Director’s Park. The offerings include 15 or so mini sandwiches while enjoying Widmer’s beer, Hendrick’s gin, or wine from 5 wineries in Washington and Oregon.

Chefs creating sandwiches to win the title of Judge’s Choice or People’s Choice include famous names like Alvin Cailan of Eggslut, Aaron Franklin of Franklin’s BBQ, Duff Hoffman from Charm City Cakes (and also Ace of Cakes), Gregory Gourdet of Departure (and who you may have rooted for recently in Top Chef), Vitaly Paley of Paley’s Place/Imperial/winner of Iron Chef Battle Radish, and more!

Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Cathy Whims of Nostrana (Portland, OR) was still giving out a relaxed vibe from her return from Hawaii as she presented her sandwich of Peach Whim Smoked Lamb Ham, Cresenze Cheese, WAtercress, Tomato, and Spicy Onion Relish which was paired with the Widmer Portlandic Porter, my favorite sandwich and Widmer beer pairing of the night Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Derek Hanson of Broder Nord (Portland, OR) was not afraid of the chicken skin with his offering of Gravlax, Skyr, Pickled Cucumber, Crispy Chicken Skin on Rye Bread  Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Tommy Habetz of Bunk Sandwiches (Portland, OR) not only was killing it with their slow roasted duck and foie banh mi with uck liver and fois gras pate, jalapeno, cilantro, basil, daikon and carrot pickles, but they even upped the ante from the mariachi band of last year to a a one man hot dog band.

Almost half the chefs are from out of town, so the Sandwich Invitational is saving you travel money by providing a chance to sample one of their culinary creations right all in one place. And you are guaranteed to see each of these chefs as they will all be on hand in their sandwich making station.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Tommy Habetz of Bunk Sandwiches (Portland, OR) not only was killing it with their slow roasted duck and foie banh mi with uck liver and fois gras pate, jalapeno, cilantro, basil, daikon and carrot pickles, but they even upped the ante from the mariachi band of last year to a a one man hot dog band. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Hugh Acheson of Empire State South (Atlanta, GA). Nothing but love for his sweet goofyness and for bringing pimento cheese. Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave's Killer Bread, Feast 2014. Chris Cosentino, of upcoming Cockscomb in San Francisco CA decided to have a little fun by calling his sandwich the Cicciolina in honor of the Italian porn star/former politician

I’ve attended the Sandwich Invitational in previous years – to see an example of all the goodness I got to eat (I was staggering out each time, barely able to get in all the sandwiches but I did it all for you!) check out my recaps of Sandwich Invitational 2014 and Sandwich Invitational 2013.

Brunch Village

Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Black Seed Bagels brings a mashup of a New York Style and Montreal bagel Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Stumptown bringing the cold brewed coffee Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Lisa Shroeder of Mother's Bistro was the consumate professional and mother who never ran out and was superfast at doling out her delicious buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy

This new event from 2014 was my favorite event last year. Brunch Village occurs on Sunday for 3 hours at Pioneer Courthouse Square for the all you can eat and drink admission price of $75. I probably got $25 worth of bloody mary alone at the Build Your Own Bloody Mary booth last year, no joke.

Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base and Whole Foods provided an amazeballs Bloody Mary Garnish Bar Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base and Whole Foods provided an amazeballs Bloody Mary Garnish Bar Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Urban Farmer provided the Bloody Mary base and Whole Foods provided an amazeballs Bloody Mary Garnish Bar

And I washed down a beermosa and at least 2-3 other brunch cocktails featuring wine or liquor. This year there are 7 wineries and 6 distilleries attending this year, as well as Widmer hopefully bringing back their beermosa again…

Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Columbia Winery at the Rosé Garden Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participants Widmer Brothers Brewing and King Estate Wines come together for the Hefemosa with Widmer Brothers Hefe, Orange Juice, and King Estate 2008 Blanc de Gris Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Bendistillery brought a Pina Picante using Crater Lake Pepper vodka

But don’t overlook the 13 or so delicious brunch bites available either! The location of Pioneer Courthouse Square offers lots of seating with the steps in order to enjoy your progressive brunching.

Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Alvin Cailan of Eggslut from Los Angeles, CA who impressed with both taste, presentation, and threw in a little audience interaction with Kimchee fried rice with Coddled Egg served in a silver tin that you would cover and shake up to break the egg and mix it in with the rice Feast 2014, Tillamook Brunch Village participant Walt Alexander, Kevin Atchley, and Brian Snyder, Pine State Biscuits (Portland, OR) pleased the crowds with their classic Chatham biscuit sandwich with Fried chicken, bacon and cheese topped with apple butter

For details on what the experience might be like, check out my Brunch Village 2014 recap to see all I ate and drank last year.

Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

The Friday version and Saturday version of the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting events are huge bang for your buck in terms of food and drinks at $60 for five hours of noshing. Most importantly, this is your chance to get introduced so many incredible producers of food and drink here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Many of these food and drink stuffs you may have seen or heard and wondered about – well now you can sample their product as part of your Oregon Bounty admission! And, you’ll be introduced to even more wonderful artisan products so you’ll be in the know of the latest and greatest in the local food world.

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Not to mention the wine. Instead of having to drive from tasting room to tasting room, the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting assembles the greatest wine tasting room ever with 30+ wineries all pouring samples of their wine offerings which are all included in your admission price. If you or your partner (like F for me) prefer beer instead, there will be 15 breweries with their beverages as well.

Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

While you are taking a seat on the Portland Living Room steps to enjoy yourself, you can watch chef demos on the stage.

Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

Think about it – $60 for 5 hours, if you can last, means sampling at $12 an hour. That’s why I love recommending the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting for anyone attending Feast for the first time – the value, and the longer time means you can take your time visiting all the booths.

For a look back at examples of how I enjoyed the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting in the past, check out my recap of 2014, and my recap of 2013 to get an idea of what your experience could include.

Hands on Classes

Available Hands on Classes that are still available include (prices vary based on the class)

Photo courtesy of Feast Portland

Drink Tank

Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014 Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014
All the Drink Tank events occur at the Portland Art Museum Evans H Roberts Sculpture Hall and include the panel as well as accompanying snacks and drinks as appropriate.
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Drink Tank Panels that are still available include (prices vary based on the panel)

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Are you going to Feast 2015? If you could choose an event to attend, what would your top pick and why?

Disclosure: I was granted a Blogger Pass for Feast Portland 2015 for blog post and social media coverage but I am not otherwise being compensated. I will always provide my honest opinion and assessment of all products and experiences I may be given. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own.

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