Food events in Portland generally fall outside our geographic purview, but there's a glorious exception to every arbitrary rule. Feast Portland tickets go on sale today (May 20) at 9am. It might feel ridiculous to plan a meal four months in advance, but the Rose City's annual spread of nationally renowned chefs sells out fast.
Feast is a mix of big events, where you wander around drinking and lining up for bites made by culinary heavy hitters, and smaller, more personal (and yes, more expensive) dinners. Much of the magic of Feast resides at these gatherings, and they're the ones that go fast. Here's the full lineup.
Dinner series meals include a mass pile-on of seafood talent wherein chefs from Portland restaurants Roe and Holdfast and Maurice join up with our own Edouardo Jordan of Salare for a multicourse seafood meal. Another dinner, billed as Konnichiwa PDX, involves a collaborative omakase via a badass quartet of Portland chefs—Naomi Pomeroy, Justin Woodward, and Gabe Rosen, and Ryan Nogoduro—plus ramen savant Ivan Orkin and Tokyo chef Kotaro Asakura.
This year the festival is adding some so-called fun-size events that strike a happy medium between massive party and tiny gathering. These include a cookout with barbecue deity Aaron Franklin, and a family-style noodlefest and Sunday picnic, each prepared by a handful of chefs from different cities.
The big events really are some of the best of their kind; this year the night market will shift continents, serving Latin-inspired dishes rather than Asian ones.
Event prices begin at $35, though ones involving a full meal and endless drinks generally start at $85. Most Seattle attendees use the weekend as an excuse to do some tax-free shopping and grab a non-festival meal or two around town...another activity that merits an early booking.