Feast 2015 Brunch Village Recap

This weekend is Mother’s Day, which for many people means enjoying brunch. For me, it makes me think of the annual best brunch event ever in Portland, the brunch at Feast Brunch Village. In a mere 2 weeks the schedule for Feast Portland 2016 will go live on May 19 9 AM PST, and I hope Brunch Village makes its 2016 return as a marquee event. If you’re not sure whether Brunch Village is for you, here’s a Feast 2015 Brunch Village Recap so you know how the deliciousness went down last year.

As always, for one price all your food and drink are covered essentially for all you can eat during the time of the event. Last year, this included

Chef Offerings

Whenever I see Rick Gencarelli of Lardo and Grassa at an event I make a beeline because he always has a crowd pleaser dish. This time was no different, delivering with Brisket Benedict with Sunny Quail Eggs and Smoked Hollandaise on a House English Muffin. I mean how adorable is that with the little egg, and how Rick makes sure to lovingly plate each one for you.
At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Rick Gencarelli of Lardo pleased the crowds with Brisket Benedict - Sunny Quail Eggs, Smoked Hollandaise, House English Muffin At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Rick Gencarelli of Lardo pleased the crowds with Brisket Benedict - Sunny Quail Eggs, Smoked Hollandaise, House English Muffin At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Rick Gencarelli of Lardo pleased the crowds with Brisket Benedict - Sunny Quail Eggs, Smoked Hollandaise, House English Muffin

Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde from New York offered Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and showed how chefs have no feeling in their fingers anymore and can cook with their bare hands, ha ha.
Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde from New York offered Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde from New York offered Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde from New York offered Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Fingers that feel no pain are demonstrated also by the team lead by Daniel N Oseas of Broder as they turned fresh made Aebleskiver with Lingonberry Jam
Brunch Village Feast 2015 the team lead by Daniel N Oseas of Broder Café offered fresh made Aebleskiver with Lingonberry Jam Brunch Village Feast 2015 the team lead by Daniel N Oseas of Broder Café offered fresh made Aebleskiver with Lingonberry Jam Fingers that feel no pain are demonstrated at Brunch Village Feast 2015 by the team lead by Daniel N Oseas of Broder Café as they turned fresh made Aebleskiver with Lingonberry Jam Brunch Village Feast 2015 the team lead by Daniel N Oseas of Broder Café offered fresh made Aebleskiver with Lingonberry Jam

Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl prepared Spicy Black Bean Pork, Turnip Cake, Small Egg, Berry Bean Bao which delivered on a lot of flavor.
Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl prepared Spicy Black Bean Pork, Turnip Cake, Small Egg, Berry Bean Bao Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl prepared Spicy Black Bean Pork, Turnip Cake, Small Egg, Berry Bean Bao Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl prepared Spicy Black Bean Pork, Turnip Cake, Small Egg, Berry Bean Bao

Also representing Portland chefs at Brunch Village was Jason French of Ned Ludd who created Pork Tenderloin Ham on a Cheesy Corn Cake with Fermented Green Tomato and Cured Egg Yolk.
At Brunch Village Feast 2015, Jason French of Ned Ludd created Pork Tenderloin Ham, Cheesy Corn Cake, Fermented Green Tomato, Cured Egg Yolk At Brunch Village Feast 2015, Jason French of Ned Ludd created Pork Tenderloin Ham, Cheesy Corn Cake, Fermented Green Tomato, Cured Egg Yolk At Brunch Village Feast 2015, Jason French of Ned Ludd created Pork Tenderloin Ham, Cheesy Corn Cake, Fermented Green Tomato, Cured Egg Yolk

Longest line of the Brunch Village 2015 was for Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York who impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin how many hundreds of eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish Eggs served with bread to dip. I mean look how many eggs are in that circulator! This was my favorite dish for 2015 Brunch Village.
At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish eggs At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish eggs At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish eggs At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish eggs At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish eggs At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole from New York impressed (and so did his heroic sous, crackin eggs the entire event) to offer the adoring crowds Turkish eggs

I also loved the freshly fried chicken by Simpatica who was rocking it like a well oiled (stainleess steel) machine making their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup. As you can sorta see I went back maybe a couple times… they ran out of waffles but not fried chicken and I can’t complain about a little tray of multiple morsels of fried chicken.
At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup At Brunch Village for Feast 2015 Simpatica pleased the crowd with their Fried Chicken and Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup

Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station from Los Angeles offered Lamb Rillettes, goat cheese, chile, mint
At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station from Los Angeles offered Lamb Rillettes, goats cheese, chile, mint At Brunch Village for Feast 2015, Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station from Los Angeles offered Lamb Rillettes, goats cheese, chile, mint

Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen, always a big supporter of the fight against hunger, made Smoked Bison Brisket Tamales
During Brunch Village at Feast 2015, Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen, always a big supporter of the fight against hunger, made Smoked Bison Brisket Tamales During Brunch Village at Feast 2015, Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen, always a big supporter of the fight against hunger, made Smoked Bison Brisket Tamales

Alissa Frice of Frice Pastry brought various kind of Madeleines, including these Biscuits & Gravy Madeleines,  Steak and Egg Madeleines, and also Banana Chocolate Chip Pancake Madeleines.
For Brunch Village Feast 2015, Alissa Frice of Frice Pastry brought various kind of Madeleines, including these Biscuits & Gravy Madeleines For Brunch Village Feast 2015, Alissa Frice of Frice Pastry brought various kind of Madeleines, including these Steak and Egg Madeleines as well as Biscuits & Gravy Madeleines and Banana Chocolate Chip Pancake Madeleines

Nate Snell of Pip’s Original Doughnuts brought his mobile cart to hand out Raw Honey & Sea Salt and Blackberry Lavender mini doughnuts along with Handcrafted Chai. Meanwhile, Jackie Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery from Vancouver BC, Canada offered Petit Chocolate Almond Croissants.
At Feast 2015 Brunch Village Nate Snell of Pip's Original Doughnuts brought his adorable little mobile cart to hand out Raw Honey & Sea Salt and Blackberry Lavender mini doughnuts along with Handcrafted Chai Brunch Village at Feast 2015 - Jackie Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery from Vancouver BC, Canada offered Petit Chocolate Almond Croissant

More Bites and Sips by Participating Sponsors

USA Pears, one of the participating sponsors, really brought their A game with their Creamy Coconut and Star Anise Poached Pears and a Pear Shrub with Sparkling Prosecco or Soda Water
At Feast Brunch Village 2015, USA Pears, one of the participating sponsors, really brought their A game with their Creamy Coconut and Star Anise Poached Pears and a Pear Shrub with Sparkling Prosecco or Soda Water At Feast Brunch Village 2015, USA Pears, one of the participating sponsors, really brought their A game with their Creamy Coconut and Star Anise Poached Pears and a Pear Shrub with Sparkling Prosecco or Soda Water

Titled sponsor of Brunch Village Tillamook brought what they dubbed Pine State’s Tillatart A La Mode with bourbon apple butter and Tillamook Smoked Cheddar
Sponsor at Brunch Village Feast 2015 Tillamook brought what they dubbed Pine State's Tillatart A La Mode with bourbon apple butter and Tillamook Smoked Cheddar Sponsor at Brunch Village Feast 2015 Tillamook brought what they dubbed Pine State's Tillatart A La Mode with bourbon apple butter and Tillamook Smoked Cheddar

Participating Sponsor Whole Foods Market gave us a bit of health with a Balancing Act Smoothie
Participating Sponsor Whole Foods Market at Brunch Village during Feast 2015 gave us a bit of health with a Balancing Act Smoothie Participating Sponsor Whole Foods Market at Brunch Village during Feast 2015 gave us a bit of health with a Balancing Act Smoothie Participating Sponsor Whole Foods Market at Brunch Village during Feast 2015 gave us a bit of health with a Balancing Act Smoothie

Travel Oregon had a booth area where during Feast they had visiting restaurants from Oregon show off dishes from all over the state. This included Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant from Albany, OR who offered Hungarian Meatballs and Red Cabbage for another ethnic take on brunchy food while Sammich of Ashland, OR brought House-Cured Pastrami with Double R Brisket on Light Rye with Swiss, Slaw, and Housemade Russian dressing.
Novak's Hungarian Restaurant from Albany, OR offered Hungarian Meatballs and Red Cabbage for another ethnic take on brunchy food at Brunch Village, Feast 2015 Sammich of Ashland, OR brought House-Cured Pastrami with Double R Brisket on Light Rye with Swiss, Slaw, and Housemade Russian dressing at Brunch Village, Feast 2015 Sammich of Ashland, OR brought House-Cured Pastrami with Double R Brisket on Light Rye with Swiss, Slaw, and Housemade Russian dressing at Brunch Village, Feast 2015

I was also super pumped to see a Nuvrei booth at Brunch Village I adore their croissants and macaroons. Particularly I go for the savory Sesame Thyme or Ham and Cheese croissants instead of the chocolate ones – I always have passed them up for the macaroons but this was my chance to get them! They generously gave each guest a choice a little bagged to take home Matcha Chocolate Crosisant, Chewy Chocolate Cookie, Mini-Canele, Chocolate Croissant, or Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant. I picked the Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant.
Nuvrei gave you a choice at Feast 2015 Brunch Village between a little bagged to take home Matcha Chocolate Crosisant, Chewy Chocolate Cookie, Mini-Canele, Chocolate Croissant, or Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant Nuvrei gave you a choice at Feast 2015 Brunch Village between a little bagged to take home Matcha Chocolate Crosisant, Chewy Chocolate Cookie, Mini-Canele, Chocolate Croissant, or Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant Nuvrei gave you a choice at Feast 2015 Brunch Village between a little bagged to take home Matcha Chocolate Crosisant, Chewy Chocolate Cookie, Mini-Canele, Chocolate Croissant, or Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant Nuvrei gave you a choice at Feast 2015 Brunch Village between a little bagged to take home Matcha Chocolate Crosisant, Chewy Chocolate Cookie, Mini-Canele, Chocolate Croissant, or Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant

What is your favorite brunch place in Portland? What of these brunch bites sounds good to you? Are you doing a Mother’s Day brunch?

Are you thinking of going to Feast Portland this year? Will you be with me at 9 AM on May 19 carefully reading the schedule and prioritizing which events you want to go to, and buying tickets on May 20?

 

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 also purchased my own Feast event ticket to the Aaron Franklin Stumptown Coffee Cookout.  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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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.

Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting  Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

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.

Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Feast Portland 2014, Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

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.
Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014 Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014 Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014
Drink Tank Panels that are still available include (prices vary based on the panel)

Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014 Beans & Booze panel at Feast 2014
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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