FEAST PORTLAND 2016 RECAP PART 1
WELCOMING PARTY + VERTERRA DINNERWARE + MEDIA SWAG
it's been a few weeks since FEAST has come and gone and let me tell you, i cannot wait to do it all over again next year. if you were following the blog prior to the event you may have noticed i had two posts up; one dedicated to my preparation tips, and the other post listed what events were still available... see below.
well surprise surprise all of the events sold out well before opening kick-off this year. so if you don't want to get caught on the outside like you might have this year, go to FEASTPORTLAND.COM and in the upper right corner is a spot to sign-up to receive e-mails; be in the loop; know what the hell is going on; stay up-to-date; include yourself, or don't, and forever wonder what all of the -believe the- hype is all about. listen, just pull out your 2017 calendars and reserve the 14th through the 17th of septemeber for feast 2017. and if you belong to any spectrum of social media be sure to also follow along on one of Feast Portland's twitter, snapchat, facebook, and/or instagram accounts, consider yourself warned tho, severe cases of FOMO have been reported!
- how do i even start this massive re-cap of my time at feast 2016?
how about we get one thing out of the way, let's talk about the fact that i am and was very pregnant at FEAST this year, a full 34 weeks pregnant during all of the events. although i enjoyed the heck out of myself i wasn't able to eat a few items or drink as i would have loved (okay i had a few sips of beer and wine for research, but it's not the same) but i was still able to carry on and enjoy my time at FEAST. do not let a growing fetus stop you from purchasing tickets, there is plenty to eat and drink without fear!
how about i start to recap all of the wonderfulness that is FEAST? how about i start with wednesday night
THE WILLIAMS-SONOMA FEAST PORTLAND WELCOMING PARTY
@ JACOBSEN SALT CO.
-not a public event-
the welcoming party for feast was a wonderful evening hosted in the parking lot and within the the spacious light filled warehouse of jacobsen salt co. in se portland.
the event had so many surprises including: bravo's top chef finalist and portland local Doug Adams slinging barbecue under the tent, many drink collaborations including a cocktail with quin candy garnish, an epic fresh veggie display, eats and products from some wonderful FEAST sponsors and of course a performance by portland's very own portugal the man, quite the way to spend a wednesday evening!
surprises everywhere: chef celebrity and bravo top chef winner Mei Lin was at the welcoming party serving up her signature trail mix and even worked on a wine cooler collaboration with union wine co
chef Michael Scelfo of Cambridge's Alden & Harlow was in town showing off a scallop crude with oregon apples, jalapeños, almond creme and crunch
did you know the little plates, bowls, trays, and tasting spoons we ate out of during the FEAST events were made from fallen palm leaves that are compostable, durable, and biodegradable.
why is that important you ask?
because each plate and bowl are made from 100% renewable and bpi-certified compostable fallen leaves; meaning no trees or palms are harvested or cut down for this purpose. the production of verterra dinnerware is simple, fallen leaves are gathered and shaped using steam, heat, and pressure, all without the use of chemical bonding agents. these products are also microwave and oven safe, so aside from being completely non-toxic and chemical free, the verterra dinnerware line will biodegrade within two months without the use of chemical agents. need a little more info, well verterra production is located in se asia where only women are employed, receiving fair wages and access to health care.
first things first, it has been a dream of mine to be invited to participate in Feast Portland as a blogger, i am so happy where my blog has gone in the last year and am completely honored to be a part of such an amazing festival that encompasses something i am super passionate about myself; food -and not just any food but portland food.
aside from the media pass i was also given a huge swag bag filled with items that have already long been consumed and or used!
and let's not forgot about all of the amazing volunteers that helped make feast possible! i know ya'll spent long hours hauling shit around, setting up chef stations, tearing down structures, and just your overall contribution to such a wonderful seamless event, a big thank you is in order!
disclosure: i was invited to participate and provide feast coverage with a blogger pass which included entry to the grand tasting, night market, and drink tank events in exchange for festival coverage before, during, and after. all opinions expressed are my own.