Get ready! Feast Portland, PDX’s premiere culinary event, will take over the town September 17 - 20. The event, presented by Title Sponsor Travel Oregon and National Media Sponsor Bon Appétit Magazine, will take place at over thirty locations around the city. Food and drink enthusiasts can witness epic battles of celebrated chefs, learn about food and drink craftsmanship, visit an entire village dedicated to brunch foods and--most important--taste all our amazing state has to offer.
Attendees will be delighted to know that experiencing the best of Oregon’s bounty also helps to support an important cause: since 2012, Feast events have raised over $162,000 to help end hunger in Oregon and across the nation. Net proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.
Thursday, September 17, 6 - 9 pm:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave’s Killer Bread, Feast’s fabulous kick-off party, will be at Director Park. Top chefs from around our city and the nation will show just how much sorcery can happen between two slices of bread! Participating wineries and distilleries will also be in attendance with offerings to get the party started off right.
Friday, September 18, 1 - 5 pm:
Courthouse Square. Portland’s living room will be transformed into a tasting extravaganza, hosting Oregon’s most celebrated chefs, as well as statewide artisan food producers ranging from ice creams and chocolates to cheeses, nut butters and baked goods. Over thirty wineries and over a dozen breweries will also be there. Take a culinary journey without leaving downtown!
Friday, September 18, 6 - 9 pm:
USA Pears Night Market at Zidell Yards will be a celebration of global street food in a thrilling setting down by the South Waterfront, set to the beat of live deejays and accompanied by the best beer, wine and distillery creations from Oregon and the US.
Saturday, September 19, 12 - 5 pm:
Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting presented by Alaska Airlines will be at Pioneer Square. Get another chance to experience how amazing our state’s culinary scene is with a new set of featured chefs. One other thing--if you are travelling from out of state for Feast Portland, ask about Alaska Airlines’ “Wines Fly Free” program. Holiday gifts, anyone?
Saturday, September 19, 6 - 9 pm:
Oregonian Media Group Smoked! will be at The Fields. The newest Feast main event is sure to sizzle--it focuses on everything cooked over an open flame!
Sunday, September 20, 11 - 2 pm:
Tillamook Brunch Village presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card® will be held at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Imagine a city with Bloody Mary bars and copious destinations with tasty brunch options (oh, wait--that sounds like Portland on any given weekend!) In any case, a concentrated version of the best breakfast foods from as far away as Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, and Vancouver, Canada, can be experienced at the Square on Feast weekend Sunday. Cheers!
Dinner Series: What happens when the most celebrated chefs of our area--as well as guest stars from Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, Chicago, IL, and Nashville, TN--team up with wineries, breweries and cider houses to have as much fun as they can? Culinary magic! Feast weekend includes a lineup of once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences guaranteed to wow.
Hands On Classes: Feast attendees will also get a chance to learn about what goes into creating some of the most delicious treats. You can learn how to make candies from the founder of QUIN, concoct “farm-to-shaker” drink ingredients with The Commissary, shuck oysters like a pro with the Hama Hama Seafood Company and get the low-down on how to properly butcher a pig from Portland Meat Collective. Other classes include making tasty treats to pair with beer, bringing your coffee A-game with Stumptown and discovering what Amaro is and why it makes a drink so amazing.
Drink Tank: What good is the most scrumptious food without fabulous drinks? There’s a whole world to explore in regard to beverages, and Feast Portland will dive in at Portland Art Museum’s Evans H. Roberts Sculpture Hall. Learn all about the technology, thoughts and passion behind some of our favorite liquids, including collectible beers, margaritas, pinot noir and whiskey. As a special treat, Bon Appétit magazine will sit down with key players in the industry to discuss why we like booze so much.
No matter what part of the incredible gastronomic experience of Feast strikes your fancy, the event is guaranteed to dazzle your senses. It will make you feel good about enjoying the bounty of Portland and beyond as well as Feast’s impact on reducing hunger.
Photo Credits: Feast Portland