FEAST PORTLAND 2016 RECAP PART 3. DRINK TANK'S PRESENTED BY IMBIBE

Let's just preface this post by saying in the past scurry of buying Feast Portland tickets, I may have severely overlooked some knockout, smaller, intimate Drink Tank events -like really really overlooked- because I favor the variety the main events offer and the crowds really don't bother me.

Last year I was fortunate enough to attend a few of the Drink Tank Events on a Feast Portland media pass and although I was super pregnant (like 34 weeks) and unable to partake in drinking, I was completely impressed by the entire event set up, the fun joking atmosphere, the amount of knowledge behind every individual on the panel, and, of course, how much drinking was involved! Although Feast Portland is very much a food forward festival let's not forget about the drinking that is to be done during Feast week!

Two things you must know about Feast Portland's drink tank series: 

1. The Drink Tank's are one part interactive drinking audience and two parts education.

2. The Drink Tank events are a really good deal, for under $60 you get a dedicated hour of learning, a reserved seat, personal cocktails; beer; wine; cider (depending on what course you choose), paired snacks to share amongst your table-mates, water, education on what you're imbibing on, and a guest panel of very serious drinkers to answer all of your serious or canny questions. 

Just scroll down my list of 2016 Drink Tank events presented by Imbibe below to read the reasons why you and I should never overlook these events again.


  • 2016 APERITIFS ASCENDANT: UNDERSTANDING VERMOUTH, QUINQUANAS AND APERITIF WINES

1. Reserved seating. No lines, no juggling drinks and eats, overall, a nice sit down atmosphere.

guest panel lineup:

  • Kate Bolton, Maven, Portland, OR
  • Paul Clarke, Imbibe, Portland, OR
  • Neil Kopplin, Imbue Cellars, Beaverton, OR
  • Ryan Magarian, Hamlet, Portland, OR
  • Jake Parrott, Haus Alpenz, Bristow, VA

  • 2016 WASHINGTON WINES ON THE RISE

2. A guest panel of enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers. 

guest panel lineup:

  • Kate Derby Raymond, Spring Valley Vineyard, Walla Walla, WA
  • Brennon Leighton, B. Leighton Wines, Seattle, WA
  • Tony Rynders, Tendril Wine Cellars, Carlton, OR
  • Bruce Schoenfeld, Saveur, Boulder, CO

  •  2016 THE DAY OF THE DAIQUIR: HOW RUM AND LIME CONQUERED THE WORLD

3. Lots and lots of ALCOHOL!

guest panel lineup:

  • Paul Clarke, Imbibe, Portland, OR
  • Simon Ford, The 86 co, Studio City, CA
  • Jim Romdall, Rumba, Weattle, WA
  • Michael Shea, Rum cCub, Portland, OR

Although I didn't participate in the drinking, I was dumbfounded at the bits of knowledge tossed out behind the rum making process and how to concoct a great daiquiri.

[PS. how much more alcohol do we need to hammer the point of a great cocktail? As I was leaving this event people from the audience were asking to take the cocktails I was sitting in front of, apparently these were really good!]


  •  2016 BEER VS WINE, THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL

4. Audience interaction and participation from your own seat.

For not drinking at any of the Drink Tank events, this event was possibly my favorite events to sit through. So much audience interaction, and I had a girl-crush moment listening to wine aficionado Marissa Ross defend her choices in wine and cheese pairings, while Christian contested the moods of his beers, which made for some great laughs and a desire to pair my beer with cheese.  

the guest panel lineup:

  • Christian debenedetti, Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery, Newberg, OR
  • Marissa Ross, Bon Appetit, Los Angeles, CA
  • Steve Jones, Cheese Bar, Portland, OR

Although a majority of the participating audience had pre-voted wine as their choice drink between wine and beer, the cheese pairings and marissa's charming rebuttals definitely won the audience over as wine won the overall vote. 


Tickets go on sale for Feast Portland's 2017 festival this Friday, June 2nd 9a. The schedule goes live Thursday, June 1st at 9a, don't forget to spend all 24 hours from when the schedule drops to when tickets go on sale to figure out which events you want to attend.

If you don't enjoy sifting through crowds of people, standing for hours while juggling your drinks and eats, a Drink Tank series might be the event for you. with all Drink Tank events you get reserved seating, a sit down intimate atmosphere, all of the conversation realness from your favorite food/drink celebrity, the ability to ask drink or personal related questions to said food crush without too much rush, and, oh snap, let's not forget that there is a whole lot of drinking to be done at these events! don't hesitate on the trigger, tickets drop Friday, June 2nd 2017 at www.FEASTPORTLAND.com


full disclosure:

i was kindly provided a Feast Portland 2016 pass that included entry to the Drink Tank events in exchange for media coverage. all opinions expressed are my own.


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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

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