2015 Feast Portland Preview

Feast Portland Night Market (photo by Cat Stelzer)
Feast Portland Night Market (photo by Cat Stelzer)

The culinary scene here in Portland continues to explode and the rest of the nation continues to notice. Our foodie scene will be the center of attention in a few weeks when Feast Portland returns as the premier food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest from September 17th through 20th all across Portland.

Now in its fourth year, Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch founded Feast Portland. The duo’s mission is to showcase Portland’s diverse food scene and most importantly donating net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Since its inception, Feast has donated more than $162,000 to these deserving organizations dedicated to making childhood hunger history.

Feast Portland goes beyond just food as the event also showcases many of the alcoholic beverages that Oregon is home to including craft beer, spirits and wine. There are events that attract a diverse cross section of the scene. It’s a way to celebrate the phenomenal bounty that is created here in Oregon.

Cooking Demonstrations at Feast Portland Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting
Cooking Demonstrations at Feast Portland Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

The event that exemplifies this most is the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting that takes place on Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19. For a ticket price of $60.00 this includes unlimited samplings of artisan cheeses, fresh berry pies, chocolates, and other delightful food with ingredients from within Oregon. Attendees will also receive unlimited tastings of some of the state’s top wineries, more than a dozen breweries, Oregon ciders plus world-class showings, samplings and gadgetry by some of the most important names in the food world. Feast transforms Portland’s “Living Room”, Pioneer Courthouse Square, into Portland’s “Dining Room” for two days in the heart of downtown. Plus ticket holders will also receive a one-year subscription to Portland Monthly Magazine.

Stumptown Coffee at Feast Portland Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting
Stumptown Coffee at Feast Portland Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

Widmer Brothers Brewing will once again be the beer sponsor of Feast Portland. However, this year the brewery got creative and is offering up four different Feast Portland beers all brewed with a different collaborator. Widmer Brothers brewed small batch beers with Andy Ricker of Pok Pok; Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue; Stumptown Coffee; and Prosciutto di Parma USA. Here’s run down on each of the four beers.

Rauch und Kirschen
Helles Lager brewed with 10 pounds of cherries smoked by Aaron Franklin in Austin

Missing Legs Saison
Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale brewed with Grains of Paradise

El Injerto Coffee Pale
American Style Pale Ale brewed with Guatemalan Finca el Injerto Bourbon coffee from Stumptown Roasters and dry hopped with Eureka hops

Som O Grapefruit Radler
Helles lager blended with the house-made soda using Pok Pok Grapefruit Som Drinking Vinegar

Widmer Brothers Brewing at Feast Portland
Widmer Brothers Brewing at Feast Portland
A view of Tilikum Crossing from Feast Portland Night Market (photo by Cat Stelzer)
A view of Tilikum Crossing from Feast Portland Night Market (photo by Cat Stelzer)

Many of the Feast Portland events have sold out including the two of the premiere events, Friday evening’s Night Market at Zidell Yards and Saturday evening’s Smoked! at The Fields Neighborhood Park. We were fortunate enough to attend the Night Market last year from assisting a local brewery out in pouring its beers.

However if one truly wants to attend these two events there are still available tickets for The Package at $530 per package. For those willing to spend a little bit more money to attend Feast Portland’s premiere events, The Package delivers with the following:

  • One pass to the Sandwich Invitational
  • One pass to Friday and Saturday at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting
  • One pass to the Night Market
  • One pass to Smoked!
  • One pass to Brunch Village

Below are the Feast Portland 2015 events that tickets still remain available for.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave’s Killer Bread
Thursday, Sept. 17th, 6pm-9pm

Widmer Brothers Sandwich Invitational at Feast Portland
Widmer Brothers Sandwich Invitational at Feast Portland (photo courtesy of Widmer Brothers)

Drink Tank Presented by Imbibe
Friday, Sept. 18th and Saturday, Sept. 19th, various times

Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting presented by Alaska Airlines
Friday, Sept. 18th, 1pm-5pm
Saturday, Sept. 19th, 12pm-5pm

Face Rock Bloddy Mary Shooters at Feast Portland Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting
Face Rock Bloddy Mary Shooters at Feast Portland Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

Tillamook Brunch Village Presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card
Sunday, Sept. 20th, 11am-2pm

Drink options at Feast Portland Night Market
Drink options at Feast Portland Night Market
Finnriver Cider at Feast Portland Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting
Finnriver Cider at Feast Portland Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

Tickets are selling fast so come see why Feast Portland has been ranked one of the top food events in all of North America. Be sure to follow and interact with Feast Portland on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and use the official festival hashtag, #FeastPDX.

 

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