Five years ago prior to launching the first Feast Portland, co-founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch had a vision of featuring a lineup of local chefs and artisans along with bringing in nationally recognized talent for a food and drink festival like no other. Through the festivals short five years, Feast Portland has become one of the most buzzed about foodie festivals in the nation and for good reason brings in many fans from across the United States and beyond during the four day event.
Later this week Portland will be a buzz about food and drink when the 5th Annual Feast Portland returns to the Rose City from Thursday, September 15 through Sunday, September 18. The event has grown in popularity that all of the events except for three of its Drink Tank Series are now sold out. This is event after adding additional events for the 5th anniversary. Bring great tasting food for a charitable cause and people will definitely show up.
Drink Tank: Meet The Press
Friday, September 16 – 12:00pm-1:00pm – $35.00
In early America cider was king, consumed by everyone from kids to George Washington. Post-Prohibition, cider became tee totaling juice, and hard cider turned sticky and sweet. Todayâ€™s daring cider makers are embracing tradition, heritage fruits, and brewing methods (dry-hopped ciders!) to devise dynamic, elegant beverages that are the apple of drinkersâ€™ eyes. Meet the makers behind the movement.
Drink Tank: Washington Wines On The Rise
Friday, September 16 – 2:00pm-3:00pm – $55.00
Maybe youâ€™ve slurped down a bottle of delicious Washington Cabernet Sauvignon with your last juicy steak and sipped a delectable Washington Syrah over a leg of lamb, but thereâ€™s a whole lot more happening with Washington wine. From spicy Grenache and floral Cabernet Franc to cool-climate sparklers and Rieslings, Washington wines have come of age. Winemakers are exploring new varieties, growing grapes in emerging viticultural regions, and experimenting with winemaking techniques, all with delicious results. Feastâ€™s big league wine aficionado and award-winning writer, Bruce Schoenfeld leads a panel of trailblazing winemakers and experts on an exploration of the latest and greatest wines from across the mighty Columbia.
Drink Tank: Aperitifs Ascendant: Understanding Vermouth, Quinqunas And Aperitif Wines
Friday, September 16 – 4:00pm-5:00pm – $45.00
Twenty years ago, vermouth was stuck in the doldrumsâ€”but today, drinkers are discovering the aperitif experience. Old World standards are mingling with New World newcomersâ€”and this is just the start. Find out what bottles to look for, and get a taste of some of the most interesting styles.
Beyond these three events that still have tickets available, Feast Portland has also teamed up with six of its top participating artisans and chefs to create Feast Portland-inspired, one-of-a-kind items.
What is being called the #FeastFab5 collaborations are available for a limited time in honor of Feastâ€™s 5th birthday. The #FeastFab5 collaborations include the following:
Many of these products, excluding Wiz Bang Bar and Stumptown, will be available until September 18th online and in select retail locations. The featured makers will also graciously donate 10% of net sales to Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon!
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.