It is a food lover's dream through and through, a four-day long event which Forbes calls one of America's "hottest food festivals." Well, weather-wise Portland should hit a fitting temp of about 66 degrees with a chance of rain. Popularity-wise, yes, Feast is on fire. The main events—'80s Vs '90s on Thursday evening, Grand Tastings on Friday and Saturday, Night Market on Friday, Smoked! on Saturday night, and Sunday's Brunch Village to help tend to your food-and-drink hangover—check all of the food fest boxes: sweeping in breadth of food (perhaps fresh gazpacho in a drinkable bag by day, smoky barbecued everything by night), no shortage of beverages (endless tastes of wine in the afternoon, or refreshing cocktails to wash down all of the meats—all of the meats), and a variety of programming. Elbowing through large crowds not quite your jam? There's also more intimate dinners with big-time chefs from Portland, Seattle, and beyond. Classes on everything from mixology to macrame, nerdy bar trivia, and a myriad of smaller, ahem, "fun-size" events round out the rest of the weekend's schedule that dot nearly every part of Portland. It is a feast, capital "F", in the truest sense. Sept 13–16, prices vary
Imagine this: It's early fall when the last rays of summer are clinging to the ever-shorter days, and you're surrounded by lush hills and lusher forests. Oh, and, game meat. There's meat—smoked, grilled, cured, you name it—everywhere. Welcome to Wild About Game.
The 18th annual food festival returns to the slopes of Oregon's Mount Hood on September 30, when four chefs from Seattle and four from Portland duke it out for culinary regional prowess. The cook off determines, essentially, who has the ultimate game meat meat game on lock. Last year, Portland's Sarah Schafer of Irving St. Kitchen took home the Nicky USA's Wild About Game win. While the year before that Seattle's own Edouardo Jordan—between opening Salare and before his critically acclaimed JuneBaby was born—secured our town's reputation for skilled chefs. (I mean, have you tried Jordan's chitlins yet?)
Beyond hot competition, expect an artisan market filled with even more morsels and tidbits to eat and drink, as well as a cocktail competition—bartenders like to throw down, too, okay? Sept 30, 11–4pm, Welches, OR