Feast Portland is nearly arrived. Are you prepared? The festival will be running from Thursday, September 12 to Sunday, September 15 this year. It has a “versus” theme for the first time: East Coast vs. West Coast. (Hmm, we can’t imagine who will possibly win!) Come by, savor the best tastes of the region, and listen to music while enjoying your favorite Oregon pinots. Here’s what you need to know:
Feast Portland Basics
Feast Portland benefits Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Urban Gleaners. You can learn more about these charity organizations here. As always, there will be events leading up to Feast Portland as well. These include guided yoga and trail runs. There will be more than 50 main events!
Tickets start at $35, but range upwards depending on which events you choose. Dinner Series events will range $175-$225. That’s not for everybody, so fun size events will be $35-$175. Drink Tank is $45-$55 for each panel. Classes are back, and they range $35-$200 depending on which you take. Main Events are between $95-$175.
Have a Plan
Talk to your entire group so you’ll know ahead of time what events you want to go to, what food you want to try, and if you’ll stick together or split up into groups. You don’t need every minute sketched out, but having an awareness of who wants to go to what will cut down on confusion at the event.
Talk to other people. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Remember, Feast Portland takes place right before Portland dives into another 8 straight months of rain and everyone goes into hibernation mode. It’s the perfect time to expand your social circle.
You love someone’s food. As soon as you’ve left, you forget what business it was. No matter how hard you look, you’ll never find this most perfect restaurant ever again. We’ve all been there. That’s why you should grab business cards. Take a picture of the food, the restaurant name or logo, whatever helps you remember.
Relax with an Oregon Pinot
People sometimes get to Feast Portland and start running around like they’re going to miss everything. Let yourself relax. It’s summer. It’s hot. You’re there to refresh yourself. In between events of Feast Portland, take a moment to relax and enjoy your favorite Oregon pinots from Rainstorm wines. Take in the river, the music, the people. Things can feel very stressful and overwhelming these days. When you give yourself a break, treat yourself.
The Big Feast
The Grand Tasting is now named The Big Feast and will be taking place entirely on the weekend. It’s also moved from Pioneer Courthouse Square to Tom McCall Waterfront Park. This is a great change – the waterfront area is three times larger. It’ll run Saturday and Sunday, Sep. 14-15, from 1 pm-5 pm both days.
But I’m Hungry Now!
Early eaters will want to stop by Brunch Village. This also has a new location at The Redd (831 SE Salmon St). It’s both ADA accessible, has street parking, and has a lot of space both indoors and outdoors. Consider the VIP Brunch Village ticket upgrade. You can arrive half an hour early and meet Emily Elyse Miller, founder of the Breakfast Club and author of “The Breakfast Book”.
Who Will Feed My Voracious Children?
Look at Melty Fest Presented by Tillamook. This is Feast Portland’s first family-friendly event and it’s about time. Since every other event is 21 and over, Feast saw a need for families to get their good eats on. Melty Fest is taking place Saturday, Sep. 14 from 4-7 pm. Anticipate lots of melty summer foods and goodies.
What Chefs Will Be There?
Portland chefs include Matt Vicedomini from Matt’s BBQ and Rodney Muirhead from Podnah’s Pit, Maya Lovelace from Yonder, Carlo Lamagna from Magna, Tommy Habetz from Pizza Jerk, Gregory Gourdet from Departure, Nong Poonsukwattana from Nong’s Khao Man Gai, and Gabriel Rucker from Le Pigeon.
Visiting chefs include Aaron Franklin from Franklin BBQ in Austin, Chris Shepherd from One Fifth in Houston, Abe Conlon from Fat Rice in Chicago, Nite Yun from Nyum Bai in Oakland, and Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins from El Jardin in San Diego.