Feast is returning for a second celebration of local cuisine for four days between September 19-22 in Portland. And just like the bounty of the Pacific NW, Feast is too big to be contained in one spot – the events will move about. Most events are downtown, but Feasters will move freely through Portland’s parks, restaurants and public spaces. You can learn more about the events and locations by visiting the Feast page.
The Feast masterminds understand there are different ways to enjoy food. Along with dinner and lunch events, the Feast schedule includes the chance to learn to cook from the pros at Feast classes. Tasting panels offer a chance to get up close with new flavors and learn from experts about how and why things taste the way they do. Considering I have a soft spot for classic rock puns that equals my weakness for a good cocktail, the tasting entitled Aged and Confused will not be missed. There is a lecture series offering expert speakers on subject as food-centric as on how to start a meaningful food business, hunger, GMO Labeling (Washington residents here is your chance to be star of the BBQ by offering up facts rather than opinions) and why Portland matters (culinarily). View all the lectures here.
Feast isn’t bound to one aspect of the area’s food scene, but at the Market we are especially partial to the people who grow food and sell directly to food lovers at our Markets. Fortunately you will see many familiar faces at the Feast celebration including, Hot Lips Sodas, Olympic Provisions, Jacobsen Salt and if you attend one of the brunch or dinners, you will be laying your teeth into farm fresh fruit and veg grown in part by the 250 farmers, ranchers and vendors who make PFM special.
Events like the Sandwich Showdown in Director Park or the the final and decisive, legally binding Beer v. Wine proceeding are just two of the events scheduled over the four days. For a chance to taste everything at once, Friday, 20th at Pioneer Courthouse Square will be taken over by 100 or so of Portland’s best foodists for the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting. Thanks to Feast we have two tickets and all you have to do is tell us what your favorite local food to feast on. Post your entry on Twitter and be sure to use the @portlandfarmers and @feastpdx handles so we know it’s there. Winner we be chosen somewhat randomly Wednesday the 18th at 7pm. You can score style points by adding a picture of food of a selfie at the Market or by using your words well.
If you don’t want to take a chance on the capriciousness of the judge, you can find tickets and events here. Eat well, learn and enjoy the bounty that is Oregon.