It is upon us. Well, it's upon our metropolitan neighbor to the south. The time has come for the annual food and drink festival; for a four-day, multi-event grand display of culinary prowess; for workshops and tastings and James Beard award-winner sightings... Feast Portland is here (Sept 14–17). Damn are we glad it's back.
This Bacchanalic fete is packed with enough meals, spirits, and high-profile chefs to keep you buzzed for days. While many hands-on classes and dinner series sold out within a matter of days, take heart, there are still tickets available for some of the weekend's main events.
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I bought my tickets and packed a travel-sized tin of Tums. What should I do?
Good on you, friend. (Also, I applaud your foresightedness.) After you drop off your stuff at your Edwardian Airbnb rental, you want to ready yourself for Thursday's Sandwich Invitational. Find out what happens when 19 chefs—who most definitely know their way around buns and bread and the fixins' therein—go head-to-head in this anything-goes sando competition. Friday and Saturday, start your afternoon off right with, no not high tea, but rather a parade of over 80 vendors: top-notch chefs, vintners, brewers, bakers, and cheesemakers from the Northwest and beyond will proffer a cavalcade of handcrafted everything at the Grand Tasting. Later on Friday, see yourself to the Night Market. Let over 20 chefs romance you under the stars via Latin-inspired food, a love language unto itself. Go ahead, you deserve this. Then there's Smoked! Imagine: A good old Saturday evening backyard cookout, except wait, Gergory Gourdet (of Departure in Portland and Top Chef alum), Tom Douglas (I think you're familiar?), Andy Ricker (of spice-haven Pok Pok), Ravi Kapur (of Liholiho Yacht Club in San Francisco), Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo (of Fat Rice in Chicago), Earl Ninsom (of Langbaan) are all there, bringing you to meaty, smoky bliss.
I still want to go. Is it too late?
Ticket availability is shrinking by the minute. But all is not lost! Here are some standout events you can get in to, if you hurry.
The aforementioned parade of over 80 vendors: top-notch chefs, vintners, brewers, bakers, and cheesemakers from the Northwest and beyond will proffer a cavalcade of handcrafted everything.
Drink Tank: Quenching America's New Taste
Get to know the reds, whites, and rosés of Beaujolais wines. It's okay, everyone accepts your soon-to-be stained wine teeth. We're in this together.
Pilsners: So Fresh and So Clean
Yeah, yeah, in the land of IPAs—some as bitter as a Seattle transplant saying goodbye to summer—pilsners seem...tame. But three brewers and a certified cicerone with a beer degree will show you how "crisp, complex and gosh darn delicious" the pale brews can really be.
Punch Power: Drinks for a Crowd
Join three celebrated West Coast bartenders as they teach you the tricks to big-batch booze.
Kilts Not Required: American Single Malts
Northwest distillers ruminate on New World single malts beyond bourbon and rye.