Food Event Spotlight

Feast—Portland’s Biggest, Baddest Food Fest—Happens This Week

Wondering what all those bloated, barbecue smoke-steeped out-of-towners are up to? Check it out.

By Benjamin Tepler September 12, 2016

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For three days starting this Thursday, September 15, Feast, now in its fifth year, will take over Portland. There will be major food celebrities from New York and L.A.—clearly identifiable by their lack of Gore-Tex. There will be weird, hedonistic overeating. Beyond that, here’s the cheat sheet for Feast 2016 (for more, see our Feast preview, and listen to an interview with co-founder Mike Thelin): 

  • There are fun-sized events, somewhere between a headliner and a small, intimate dinner. We're talking about a Franklin barbecue party, an “Eat Your Feelings” noodle throw-down, a Southern-style picnic, and more. 
  • Fan favorite Night Market will shift from Southeast Asian to Latin cooking, Mexico to Madrid.
  • PoMo’s Sandwich Invitational will head to the Rose Quarter. Will there be Blazers stars involved? We still don’t know. 
  • Bon Appetit will be in town, touting their “Hot Ten” chefs, including Portlanders Rachel Yang (Revelry) and Joshua McFadden (Ava Gene’s, Tusk). 
  • Clyde Common’s Carlo Lamagna and his contemporaries will introduce Portland to Filipino cooking with “Twisted Filipino” dinner. 
  • Six fine chefs come together over a shared passion for Japanese food, including cult Ramen shop owner Ivan Orkin, and Tokyo’s Kotaro Asakura Kirakutei, at Konnichiwa PDX.

If you’ve procrastinated, it’s nearly too late. But you can still get a taste at one of these four events

Grand Tasting: The festival's largest event, a gigantic foodie flea market at Pioneer Courthouse Square, is the only main event not sold-out. Expect 80-plus vendors offering everything from berry pie to briny pickled things and hand-crafted chocolates.

Meet the Press: A must-attend event for cider lovers. The folks behind Cider Made Simple, Reverend Nat’s, E.Z. Orchards, and Tieton Cider Works will be on hand to sample their wares. 

Washington Wines on the Rise: Haven’t you heard? Washington wines are blowin’ up. Wine writer Bruce Schoenfeld leads a panel of three Northwest winemakers, with pours from Spring Valley Vineyard in Walla Walla. 

Apertifs Ascendant: Understanding Vermouth, Quinquinas, and Apertif Wines: The title doesn’t leave much to the imagination. But there’s an awesome panel of bartenders for this event, from Ryan Margarian (Hamlet) to Kate Bolton (formerly of Americano and Maven).

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