EXCITING FEAST PORTLAND 2018 CHANGES + 2017 RECAP

EXCITING FEAST PORTLAND 2018 CHANGES AND A 2017 RECAP!

Four more days and culinary heaven will be ascending upon us antsy feasters. I am all ready, I have my food and alcohol hangover kit ready with activated charcoal, aspirin, coconut water, and of course I have my ride-share apps all ready to roll. With that said I must share more reasons why you should stop neglecting the opportunity to snag some Feast Portland 2018 tickets. While many events have long sold out -within minutes- there are still many festival events open to attend and plenty within a comfortable price range. Scroll below to find a little photo breakdown of what you might be missing out on. 

SANDWICH INVITATIONAL IS OUT AND A NEW KID IS IN TOWN: 80'S VS 90'S

Feast Portland's inaugural Thursday night kick-off event, The Sandwich Invitation, has sadly sliced its' last sandwich during last September 2017's go around.  The sandwiches have gone stale and a new hombre has rolled into town. Introducing the new Thursday night main event The 80's vs 90's. Where a new team era competition is set to take place  with the help of 20 chefs divided into Team 80's versus Team 90's.  Still held at the Rose Quarter Commons -home of the Portland Trailblazers and the Winterhawks- and is still a team competition putting team 80's against team 90's. This new era competition is sure to divide the crowd into Team Pizza Pockets versus Team Tostinos. 

80’s vs 90’s tickets are $125 for 3 hours of unlimited food and beverage.


GRAND TASTINGS: FRIDAY TICKETS STILL LEFT

The Grand Tastings are still the same as previous years and are a great beginner event for any new Feast attendee. They are set up in the sprawling Pioneer Square, right in the heart of Downtown Portland. The event itself feels like a walk through tunnel of every Whole Foods, New Seasons, and Costco store during live demos and sampling from vendor reps (minus the chaos of shopping carts and checkout lanes) just exponentially elevated. 

Just like the years prior there are two Grand Tasting Events, Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon. As of right now Saturday's Grand Tasting has sold out, but there are still tickets available for Friday's Grand Tasting. Aside from tasting every bite from over 80 vendors, bakers, artisans, and makers, do not forget to fill up your wine glass from a myraid of local and national wineries pouring tastings straight from the bottle and then grab a spot on the bricks for one of my favorite sessions, the fireside chats, or look out for the hourly live action cooking demos like this demonstration from last year's Williams Sonoma Booth where Chef Gregory Gourdet of Departure, Portland and Chef Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish, Los Angeles made Charred Brussel Sprouts, Mole Blanco, Habanero, and peanuts with Finex cookware. 

Ticket sales are for $75 each and are all inclusive of food and drink. 21 and over only.

Don't forget to check the daily schedules for the Fireside Chats

Friday:

1:30p - Sean Brock (Husk, Charleston, SC) with Amiel Stanek (Senior Editor, Bon Appetit)

2:30p - Alvin Cailan (The Usual, New York, NY) with Adam Rapoport (Editor-In-Chief, Bon Appetit)

3:30p - Elias Cairo (Olympia Provisions, Portland, OR)  with Adam Rapoport (Editor-In-Chief, Bon Appetit)

Saturday:

12:30p - Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, CA) with Julia Kramer (Deputy Editor, Bon Appetit)

1:30p - Edouardo Jordan (JuneBaby, Seattle, WA) with Julia Kramer (Deputy Editor, Bon Appetit)

2:30p Bonnie Morales (Kachka, Portland, OR) with Christina Chaey (Associate Editor, Bon Appetit)


DRINK TANKING, STILL ONE OF THE BEST VALUES AROUND!

I've said it before and I will say it again and again, Drink Tank events is where the party is at! 

For an hour in length ticket holders are sat in front of a table full of whatever highlighted alcohol has creatively lent itself to the headlining theme. Your table placemat will be covered in more drinks than you can carry and enough to make you a little -or very- tipsy -depending on your stamina to drink and will to hydrate. The Drink Tank events are really one of the most underrepresented classes offered. Each year the themes change and dive into the most recent of drinking trends. Have you been following the recent spike of Rose-inspired beers and ciders in production or the recent influx of natural wines appearing on wine lists?

Just as the themes change so do the attending panelists, for the past 3 years we've had Bon Appetit columnist Marissa A. Ross talk on various wine topics, including my first very interactive Beer vs Wine  Drink Tank from 2016 -an event that had me laughing out of my chair and taste pairing wine, beer, and cheese. The guest panelists are so insightful, often funny, and if you catch them on a good day you can even hear some holesome bar shamming through background stories between the panelists. 

Tickets run from $25 to $55 and there are still tickets left to The New (Old) Italy, Act Naturally: Natural Wine Comes of Age, and Tickled Pink: Why Rose-Inspired ciders and beers are taking over


HANDS-ON CLASSES

Hands-on classes at Feast are just like they sound, hands-on. The class theme and time vary, as do the prices. The classes range from in price from $65 to $160 and the highlights of the class can range from cooking classes with master chefs, turning pie into works of art, learning how to stylize your next dinner gathering into instagramable pictures, to building your very own macrame piece while sipping rose.

Below are scenes from last year's Bon Appetit's "Inside the Test Kitchen" with Brad Leone and Carla Music. Talk about Fangirl moment for me, a longtime reader of Bon Appetit.

There are still tickets available to Macrame and Rose, and Pigeon Toe Ceramics + Lord Birthday: Dream Muggin'. Although these aren't my favorite events I would say this is just more ammo to get tickets early next year.. Just sayin'.


NIGHT MARKET 2018 TAKES A TRIP TO THE PACIFIC RIM

Previous Feast years have taken trips through Latin America and Spanish speaking countries and a long trip through the Asian continent to showcase a global feast very reminiscent of a SE Asian night market. Bright lanterns hang from each food stall, strings of lights illuminate the walkway, a live DJ is pumping out the beats -in the case of last year, spicy latin music-, the atmosphere is absolutely festive and you might find yourself dancing between stands. 

For Feast 2018 Night Market has taken a trip through the Pacific Rim encompassing everything along the America's coast line, across the waters to Polynesia and Australia, and back up the Asian Continent. The Pacific Rim is going to be a festive event with a live DJ, over 20 participating chefs, and many participating sponsors presenting cocktails, and eats.  

Also, if you are an Alaska Airlines Card holder be on the lookout for special perks like VIP entrance to some events but most importantly to VIP lounges, which will be the case at Night Market. 

This event is currently sold out, better try to get them next year!

Left to Right: Potato and Ham Croquetas from Bar Ama, Tuna Tostadas from Local Oceans, and Carrot Nachos from Ghost Donkey. 

The bustling scenes from Night Market


SMOKED! ZERO REASON TO CHANGE AN ALREADY FABULOUS EVENT!

Wonder what's so hot about this famed Smoked event that sells out every year? Well, the key is experiencing Smoked first hand. Nothing can describe the excitement that boils in your veins as you drive up to the Fields Park on night three of Feast week greeted by plumbs of smoke marbling the evening skyline into a hazy fog. If you can't quite make out those smoke signals allow me to interpret, "You've made it to Smoked!" Feast Portland's final main evening event which takes place in the open air in the heart of the Pearl District at The Fields park. 

This grand event runs every Saturday evening of feast week and it happens to be a crowd favorite selling out every year -and this year in under 9 minutes. There are many reasons why some events win the hearts of feasters but Smoked is an event unlike the rest. The event showcases over 20 chefs preparing dishes using their interpretation of smoked. In previous years there were Smoked Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies, Smoked Root Beer Floats, Grilled Snake River Farms Tomahawk bathed in Smoked Bone Marrow, and items without a direct smoked correlation like the Ricotta Fritter, Apple Butter, Rosemary and Pork Fat Powder. 

This event sold out in 9 minutes this year meaning it will only become increasingly popular, with the potential to sell out within the first minutes like many other events have in previous years. 

Montrel Smoked Beef Tartare, Grilled Bone Marrow, Preserved egg, and Shaved Horseradish from St. Jack Restaurant, Portland. 

Favorite bites Left to Right: Pork Ribs and puffed rice from Fat Rice, Ricotta Fritter, Apple Butter, Rosemary and Pork Fat Powder and ,Hama Hama Oysters, Smoked Tomato Kasundi, Pickled Mustard Seeds, and Cilantro


BRUNCH VILLAGE

The final day four of Feast Portland has arrived and with it being the last day of all events what better way to send off the throngs of feasters than to send them through Portland's most quintessential meal, Brunch. And not just to a plated brunch buffet of tired eggs, dried out sausage, and a puddle of hollandaise teetering on the verge of the danger zone but to an entire village dedicated to brunch. I'm talking about half of Pioneer Square covered under a tarp with over a dozen talented chefs from across the nation supplying their best morning versions of eggs and biscuits, yogurt parfaits, fried chicken sandos, build-your-own bloody mary bar, kombucha on tap, and mimosas, the perfect start to your sunday funday!

Tickets are still available for Brunch Village: $95 a ticket for three hours of food and drink.


FUN-SIZED EVENTS: BECAUSE BREAKFAST

Feast Portland's Fun-sized events have truly become one of my most anticipated events. They are not quite as grand as the Main events and not as intimate as the Dinner series. The Feast Fun-Sized events offer a more focused, as the name implies, Fun-Sized approach. The atmosphere is a little more of everything with a little less of everything. Less waiting in lines, more places to sit, less of the hurry up and grab ideology, and more time to chat with some of your favorite participating chefs. 

Below are scenes from last years Sunday Fun-sized event "Because Breakfast."  The running theme of this year's event was a collection of instagram-ready breakfast goods, including pastries, crêpes, drool worthy donuts and morning cocktails. Handcrafted creations from Clare Gordon (General Porpoise Donuts, Seattle), Kim Boyce (Bakeshop, PDX), Jehnee Rains (Suzette, PDX) and Michael Scelfo (Waypoint, Boston). Treats so pretty, you might feel guilty eating them.

There are still tickets the following 2018 Fun-Sized events:

Tickets are still available to a few events, if you have the chance, you do not want to miss out! Head to www.FeastPortland.com to snag the last few!


Disclosure: I was invited to participate and provide Feast Portland social media coverage with a staff pass which included entry into all main events, hands-on classes, fun-sized events, and Drink Tanks. I was not provided the pass in exchange for coverage but to help with their social media platform. I wrote this post because I am a big fan of Feast Portland felt the need to share my love.

As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

PREPARATION TIPS FOR FEAST PORTLAND 2016

2015 was my first year attending Feast: I went to Friday Night Market, and Saturday's Oregon Bounty. for both events i showed up like any event with my cross-body purse containing my normal items within; over-stuffed wallet, smart phone,  cosmetic bag, sunglasses with case, and entrance tickets. aside from what was within my purse i was also carrying my big DSLR camera and let me tell you, i was overwhelmed with the amount of items I came with and even more overwhelmed when i started to load up on food, drink, and swag. below are the mishaps i experienced and the solutions to tackle them for this year's events!

ISSUES/SOLUTIONS

below:


  • ISSUE: camera strap and purse strap were constantly tangled.
  • SOLUTION: between lugging around my big DSLR camera and my cross body purse, both with straps, i was a tangled mess. my solution this year: ditch the purse and bring only the bare minimum, so i purchased a fanny pack and will only pack my event tickets, smart phone, ID plus debit card, and a few cosmetics, that is all the extra i am bringing besides my big camera. i know a fanny pack might be a bit extreme for ya'll but once you experience hands free, it is a life saver.  fortunately there are tons of options out there HERE, HERE, and HERE. having used a fanny pack for multiple adventures in the past i know this is a great option for myself and anyone else that can go to an event with just the basics.  

  • ISSUE: dropped and cracked very expensive sunglasses
  • SOLUTION: well the easy answer is to not ever drop them but somewhere between hanging my sunglasses off my shirt and bending over to tie my shoe gravity took over and down went my sunglasses. the lens cracked and lets just say the cost to replace the lens and the hassle of installing were too much, i wound up just replacing the glasses with a fresh new pair, so this year i will not let them fall and will be wearing glasses retainers.

  • ISSUE: dead phone battery
  • SOLUTION: of course my phone died, i was snapping photos, and drained the battery with every media post and extra little item i just had to document. the best solution is to invest in a battery case like this one  HERE. there are multiple case charging options available, this one suites me as it can simultaneously charge the case and phone using the same port, and the case also provides some drop protection for my wonderful clumsy life. this case has already come in handy over a recent road trip where i had forgotten to place my phone in airplane mode while i drove for hours through an out-of-range area, needless to say my battery was drained by the time i did receive service. once the case was on my phone the battery came to life with the hit of a button. i will have my phone in case during the festival and full of juice to start the day's events.
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  • ISSUE: lost camera lens cap
  • SOLUTION: this is an easy fix, buy a lens cap strap like this one HERE. the funny part of the lens cap strap is it does allow for you to remove the cap and have it still attached to the camera, however, depending on the camera angle, i would go a step further and remove it entirely, so just save yourself the headache and place it around your arm like a hair tie or put it in your back pocket! i found a pack of five and bought those online, as i'm sure i'll be losing more lens caps in the future.

  • ISSUE: switching between my camera phone and DSLR camera
  • SOLUTION: well before the solution, the story is, i typically use my smart phone to post immediately and my DSLR camera to obtain blog quality photos, so there is a lot of switching back and forth between the two cameras. the DSLR beats the quality of camera phone every time, but i can't help the need to want to post to social media as the event unfolds, so my solution this year: purchase a wi-fi SD card for my fancy camera. the plan is plain and simple: only whip out my smart phone to download the needed photos and do immediate posting to social media as needed, no need to cover the same shot on both cameras, however i will be doing some snapchat and instragram stories, so the smart phone will never lose its place in my social media line up.

picture 1: three straps too many; wine glass strap, camera strap, and purse strap.

 picture 2:  dressed appropriately for the evening; additional layer tied around my wait to add-on when the temperature drops.

GENERAL TIPS FOR FEAST:

  • READ THE LINE UP AHEAD OF TIME: you will miss someone's table, you will find yourself overwhelmed by the massive amounts of food and celebrity chefs, you will undoubtedly find out, after the fact, that so-and-so was there who you happen to be a big fan of. do yourself the favor of looking at the line-up for your main event. to lessen the urge to overwhelm yourself and visit everyone, build a strategy and write down your top five stops to make during each event. 
  • TRANSPORTATION: most of the events are going to be at very public areas, that means parking is going to sparse and very pricy to park privately, best option is to take public transportation, call on a friend for a lift, a taxi, or uber your way there! plus if you plan to imbibe staying away from the wheel is the best case scenario. 
  • DRESS COMFORTABLY: you will be on your feet over 80% of the time, wear some comfortable shoes, and bring at least one layer to add-on if going to a night event, and add a lightweight layer to discard if going to an outdoor/sunny event. best to bring something that can easily tie around your waist.
  • PACE YOURSELF: although it might be possible to eat a little bit of everything at the main events, the real side is some of the servings are pretty hefty. one strategy i learned from last year: split items with a friend. don't both wait in line for the same item, instead split up and get different items and then share down the middle, you will keep yourself decently paced and will be able to try more options before walking away too stuffed for another bite!

FEAST PORTLAND 2016 COUNTDOWN. TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

13 MORE DAYS UNTIL FEAST KICK OFF!

You guys! We are so close to my favorite weekend in September, a weekend I've been planning my life around. Of course this isn't just any weekend, it's FEAST weekend, four days of eating, drinking, hands-on classes, dinners, tasting panels, main and fun-sized events all while meeting our foodie crushes, finding new food affairs, and most importantly feasting to put an end to childhood hunger. 

Last year I attended two main events: the Friday Night Market presented by USA Pears, and Saturday's Oregon Grand Bounty; both events left me wanting more! Scroll down to the very bottom to catch my recap of last years events!


WHAT IS FEAST? 

Feast is not a typical half day food festival, but rather a four day gastronomous affair filled with numerous workshops, hands-on classes, tasting panels, private dinners, and expansive main events for every food lover's dream. Not only is there food to be hand, but it's lots of "Portland" food which we all know is ranked really high among the nation we even have some of our own talented well known chef's cooking our of Portland, Oregon, how can you love food, live here, and not become a foodie?

Last year's 2015 feast was the first year i attended any of the events and let me begin by shaming myself and admitting that i had never been to any of the years prior...

from the moment i walked in to friday nights nigh market i was in heaven. just imagine 1 part harry potter welcoming feast, 1 part of every Bon Appetit's drool worthy layouts and covers, 1 dash of all of the magic that is a full thanksgiving dinner spread, a pinch of the surprise happiness you feel when someone brings in a fresh dozen of your favorite donuts to work, and 2 parts of all of the happiness you feel when you receive a gift certificate to one of your favorite dinner spots. that is what feast is to me!

if you love food, are an adventurous eater and follow the restaurant scene closer than the presidential elections than feast is the event for you. my childhood music crush could be in town for a secret show at mississippi studios and i would be in line at whole foods to have my cookbook signed by Yotam Ottolenghi or John Gorham, because that is where food is on my list of life priorities.

as soon as tickets went live for feast 2016 i immediately snagged tickets to Oregonian Media Group SMOKED! presented by Tillamook, and Brunch Village presented by Whole Foods. these two events were ones i did not attend the year prior and i made a vow to go this year. thankfully i was quick on the draw and had my strategy in place because SMOKED! sold out within hours and Brunch village wasn't far behind to sell out.  

aside from the above events, i was granted a feast 2016 blogger's pass for the following events: Friday and Saturday Grand Tasting, USA Pears Night Market present by Alaksa Airlines and a  Drink Tank presented by Imbibe tasting panel. i couldn't be more excited to be at two new-to-me main events this year as an attendee and to attend those listed above as a blogger, it certainly feels like a honor to help promote something i am already passionate about!

be sure to follow along on my social media trails:

i'll be running around four main events this year, plus a drink tank; be sure to follow along on my social media trails: instagram: @Maxenestrail and twitter: @Mytrailofcrumbs and follow hashtag: #maxeneatfeastpdx to sort out my coverage amongst the many other fabulous bloggers!

 


scenes from Friday Night Market 2015


scenes from Saturday Oregon Grand Tasting 2015

FEAST GRAND TASTING 2015

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR:


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