The schedule for Feast Portland has been announced as tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, June 7th at 9:00am local time. Feast Portland 2019 is presented by Bon Appétit as it will host 50 events during the four-day festival in Portland, Oregon, that takes place from September 12-15, 2019.
Co-founded by Carrie Welch and Mike Thelin, Feast Portland brings together collaborative dinners, intimate classes, thought-provoking panels, and more that places Portland on the world class stage of food and drink.
To keep Feast Portland exciting, there are a few changes that will take place during Feast Portland as it enters its eighth year. The biggest change is the rebranding of the Grand Tasting event that was held in the past on Friday and Saturday at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Now renamed as The Big Feast, it’ll move to Tom McCall Waterfront Park and take place on Saturday and Sunday.
Other changes include Brunch Village also departing Pioneer Courthouse Square for The Redd in Southeast Portland. Also, many more of the events have moved from Friday, during the daytime to taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
But with these changes many of the festival’s fan favorite events including Night Market and Smoked return along with a handful of new concepts to keep Feast Portland exciting! In 2019, Feast is also adding more balance to the event, with wellness-minded programming for attendees, including Feast’s first-ever family-friendly event, the return of Zero Proof and more non-alcoholic event options throughout the weekend, and all-new, industry-only “Before Parties” with chef-guided trail runs, yoga and meditation classes.
“From The Big Feast, which will be everything you loved about the Grand Tasting and a whole lot more, to our first family-friendly event, and a focus on wellness and balance, this truly is our biggest year yet,” said Feast Co-Founders Carrie Welch and Mike Thelin in a statement. “It is important to us to lead as a festival and reflect even more of what we’re all learning together by listening closely to what our communities are telling us.”
One of the educational series we enjoy attending is Feast Portland’s Drink Tank series as it explores various types of beverages. Drink Tank will relocate from Director’s Park to Tom McCall Waterfront Park. It’s also moving from taking place on Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday in 2019.
The Drink Tank that we’re most looking forward to is Going Dry: The New World of Brut IPAs that’ll take place on Sunday, September 15th from 12:30-1:30pm. Going Dry: The New World of Brut IPAs will explore the new realm of Brut IPAs, one of the most fascinating moves in the beer world. Join this discussion as Feast will discover this intriguing category, and talk about what this means for the direction of IPAs. Entry is $45 per ticket.
This year’s participating breweries and cideries will be part of many of the events during Feast Portland. Here’s a rundown of all of the participating makers.
Participating Breweries & Cideries:
12 Bridge Ciderworks – The Big Feast Presented by New Seasons Market: Saturday + Sunday
Cider Riot! – The Big Feast Presented by New Seasons Market: Saturday + Sunday
Full Sail Brewing – East Coast vs. West Coast / Night Market / The Big Feast Presented by New Seasons Market: Saturday + Sunday
Great Notion Brewing – Smoked / The Big Feast Presented by New Seasons Market: Saturday + Sunday
Kyla Kombucha – Brunch Village: Breakfast Around the World / Night Market / The Big Feast Presented by New Seasons Market: Saturday + Sunday
Lagunitas Brewing – East Coast vs. West Coast / Night Market / The Big Feast Presented by New Seasons Market: Saturday + Sunday
Modern Times Beer – The Big Feast Presented by New Seasons Market: Saturday + Sunday
Old Town Brewing – The Big Feast Presented by New Seasons Market: Saturday + Sunday
Olympia Beer – Smoked
Pelican Brewing – Smoked / The Big Feast Presented by New Seasons Market: Saturday + Sunday
pFriem Family Brewers – The Big Feast Presented by New Seasons Market: Saturday
Von Ebert Brewing – The Big Feast Presented by New Seasons Market: Saturday + Sunday
Widmer Brothers Brewing – East Coast vs. West Coast / Smoked
Here are the rest of Feast Portland 2019 event highlights…
East Coast vs. West Coast – RoseQuarter Commons, Thursday, Sept. 12
It’s a bi-coastal Battle Royale when two teams of renowned chefs represent their home turf and the classic flavors that define them at Feast Portland’s main event kick off. Forget the regional food stereotypes – East Coast vs. West Coast will focus on dishes that tell a story as rich as what’s being served, featuring iconic and city-defining restaurants from Portland, New Orleans, Boston and more.
Night Market – Zidell Yards, Friday Sept. 13
Night Market is a celebration of global street food made possible by 20 trend-defining chefs from L.A. to Bangkok, plus winemakers, cocktailers, brewers and more. Night Market 2019 will highlight the cuisine of South and Southeast Asia.
Feast’s classic daytime walkaround Grand Tasting event has been reimagined with a new name, new location, and new dates. With its new location at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, The Big Feast will triple in size from previous years at Pioneer Courthouse Square, though tickets sold will only grow by only by 20-25% creating a guest experience similar to Feast’s evening events with more space to wander, chill and interact with the stellar local and visiting artisans, winemakers, distillers, brewers, cidermakers, tastemakers, and others that make Feast so special.
Smoked – The Fields, Saturday, Sept. 14
The line-up says “amazing food experience” but the vibe will feel more like the summer camp of your youth. Smoked is a showcase of live-fire cooking by 20 of the country’s most heralded chefs. Expect unexpected food, top-shelf drinks and outstanding wines from Oregon and beyond, plus all of those Wet Hot American Summer vibes.
Brunch Village– The Redd on Salmon Street, Sunday, Sept. 15
This year, the event dedicated to Portland’s favorite meal breaks out of its egg shell. Brunch Village goes international, representing the food traditions of Japan, Australia, Lebanon, the Philippines and more as we raise our Bloody Mary glasses and salute breakfast around the world and moving to an eye-opening new venue – inside the main hall and outside on the plaza of The Redd on Salmon Street.
The 2019 lineup of Feast’s popular mid-size walkaround tasting events will include returning favorites and all new themes:
The Late, Late Show: Noodleswith Andy Ricker, David Thompson, Ivan Orkin, Kyo Koo, and Tony Thien
Franklin Barbecue & Friendswith Aaron Franklin, Chris Shepherd, Matt Vicedomini, Earl Ninsom, Eric Nelson, and Rodney Muirhead
Vegetables: A Love Story, Continuedwith Michael Solomonov, Reem Kassis, Joshua McFadden, Sam Smith, Justin Woodward, Karl Holl, Sara Hauman, and Kasey Mills
Vaguely Spanishwith Nick Perkins, José Chesa, John Gorham, Javier Canteras, Scott Ketterman, Althea Grey Potter, Maylin Chavez, and David Briggs
Melty Fest Presented By Tillamook –Feast’s first ever family-friendly event! Featuring Peter Cho, Gabriel Rucker, Tommy Habetz, John Gorham, Maya Lovelace, Howard and Anita Hsu, Joe and Katy Kindred, Michael Scelfo, Jace Krause, Matt Carr, Justin Sutherland, and Kasey Mills
These intimate, once-in-a-lifetime collaborative dinners are curated by Team Feast in conjunction with the chefs themselves, often inspired by a specific cuisine, social movement or personal story. The 2019 Dinner Series line-up includes:
Bon Appétit Hot 10 Dinnerwith Nick Perkins, Angela Pinkerton, Tom Cunanan, and Nite Yun
More Zero Proofwith Gabriel Rucker, Gregory Gourdet, Michael Solomonov, Matt Jennings, Callie Speer, Eric Nelson, Patrick McKee, Eric Joppie, and Gina Helvie
Gregory Gourdet + Edouardo Jordan + Dolester Miles + Kwame Onwuachi
Troy MacLarty + Sarah Minnick + David Tanis
Doug Adams + Fermín Núñez + Karl Holl
Andy Ricker + David Thompson
Elias Cairo + Jeremy Charles + Brad Leone + Chris Cosentino
Vitaly Paley + Maksut Aşkar
Cathy Whims + Melissa Perello
The Joy of Cooking With Naomi Pomeroy and Michael Scelfo
Drink Tank Panels
Feast’s trend-spotting Drink Tank Presented by Imbibe panels, taking place this year next to The Big Feast at Waterfront Park, provides guests with a lineup of high profile local and national beverage industry experts to guide them through an intimate tasting and discussion of top trends in beverages. Feast’s 2019 Drink Tank topics will include: cannabis & cocktails, brut IPAs, alternative sparkling wines, and the new tropical cocktails.
These immersive classes take learning to a delicious next level. The lineup of classes includes: Thai Food with David Thompson, Market Cooking with David Tanis; an historical Portland food tour by bike with History Bites; New World, Old Wines: A Washington Wine Library Tasting; Ice Cream Dreams with Salt & Straw’s Tyler Malek; Chocolate on Chocolate with Cloudforest; Shake, Shoot, Sip: Take The Best Cocktail Photo With Westward Whiskey; and Clear-Headed: Zero Proof Cocktails.
WHY WE FEAST
Feast Portland continues to be a festival with a mission, having donated over $400,000 to hunger relief charities since its inception in 2012. In 2019, Feast continues its long-time collaboration with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, a statewide nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the problem of hunger and solutions, advocates for more programs and policies to end hunger, and connects communities to food resources. Feast 2019 will also benefit Oregon-based charitable partner, Urban Gleaners, which collects and redistributes over 70,000 pounds of food every month, feeding more than 5,000 people every week through school pantries, summer free farmers markets, and Mobile Markets at low-income housing communities.
“It’s always inspiring to see so many people come together to create and enjoy delicious food, while also celebrating victories to wipe out hunger” said Annie Kirschner, Executive Director of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. “Being a partner of Feast Portland elevates the work and has helped us make huge gains this year, like passing an historic “hunger-free schools” law. The awareness and donations mean we can keep chasing after a day when all of us in this state can afford the food we need.”
“We are grateful to partner with Feast Portland in furthering our mission of keeping Portland well fed,” said Tracy Oseran, Founder and Executive Director of Urban Gleaners. “The Feast team goes to great lengths to bring awareness and action to a problem that impacts us all. Because no one should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, especially children.”
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.