FEAST PORTLAND 2015: OREGON BOUNTY GRAND TASTING -SATURDAY

OREGON BOUNTY GRAND TASTING. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2015

Wow. Wow. Wow.

Saturday's afternoon event; oregon bounty grand tasting was an amazing food lovers play date in Oregon's boosum.

For three.straight.hours: I ate. I drank. I loved it.                                                        

From the moment I walk into the gates I experienced a culinary overload; wine to the left, food to the right, photo booths, and swag everywhere, my head could not stop spinning. I was happy as can be at my second Feast event of the weekend. Shortly after I figured out the layout I quickly made my way around bountiful and beautiful Oregon without leaving pioneer square. To start my morning off correctly I quickly grabbed my first tasting of wine, placed it into my new snazzy wine glass necklace, and of course I snagged a wine and food combo holding tray. Just like a real road trip I had snacks, a road soda and some stops to make. 

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Since this was my first year attending Feast I didn't have much else to compare it to, except that it beat each and every one of my expectations. If anything, during those short hours a Feast I learned a few things and even took a few notes while watching others.

TIPS FOR NEXT YEAR:

  • MISSING TABLES: you may miss someone's table. It will be okay, you don't know it now, but you will survive. Be prepared for next year, build a strategy. Take note of the top 5 places you must go to and make it a point to check those off immediately. Remind yourself that everyone else is a treat, even if you do still manage to skip your most loved chef, tasting table, remember everyone at the bounty event is from Oregon -or even better they may be local.
  • WHICH KIND OF BAG TO PACK: try to go as hand-free as possible. Ditch everything you do not need. If you must use a purse or need to carry your wallet think about a cross body bag, backpack or a fanny pack. You will need a place to store photo-booth photos, business cards, sunglasses, and swag. A fanny pack is awesome it allows for complete hands free!
  • CAMERA: set your camera settings and lock them in. Find a good distance and work with that. I had a hard time trying to balance between taking photos and grabbing samples.  If you can plan out a good focal distance for photos, make it your standard and if you can't get a good photo because you're too far away, tough. This is why prime lens are great -you only have one window for getting those photos.

PREVIOUS FEAST PORTLAND COVERAGE BELOW:


OREGON COAST CRABBING ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND

OREGON COAST CRABBING ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND

  • 4 bodies
  • 2 hour boat rental
  • 4 crab pots
  • = 9 freshly caught crabs for the feasting
oregon coast crabbing on labor day weekend
OREGON COAST CRABBING LABOR DAY WEEKEND
OREGON COAST CRABBING LABOR DAY WEEKEND
OREGON COAST CRABBING LABOR DAY WEEKEND

long before i had ever moved to portland oregon, i had spent a good amount of three day weekends at the coast. so naturally, when i moved to oregon i assumed i would be crabbing on the regular. sadly, i hadn't been crabbing in the four years i have been living here. over this past holiday weekend i finally fixed that situation!


 

MT HOOD-RATS

SUNDAY AUGUST 2

a few sunday's ago my husband, cousins, and myself took a wonderful day trip to Mt. Hood. I have been itching to visit the mountain in her bare form and ride the magic mile ski lift to the base of the palmer snowfield, mission F I N A L L Y accomplished!

once we finished our snowball fight and explorations we had a nice picnic while looking across the clear skies to see Mt. Jefferson

*can anyone get that riddle? it has been haunting me and i know i will be super embarrassed with the ease of it when i figure it out (that is saying i intend to figure it out but probably won't)

 

A VISIT TO BLACKFERN SURF

the beginnings of a surfboard with Blackfern Surf

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blackfern surfboar

i paid a little visit to Blackfern surf a few months back when my husband decided i was deserving of a custom made surfboard for my first year of marriage anniversary. since we were already on our way to customize my own board it only seemed fitting for me to have the deciding choice on what colors my board would be, so i had to check out in person what my possibilities were.

i spent some time walking around the shop with Mike and learned about the process the board goes through from building a template to cutting, shaping, finely shaving, applying fiberglass, resin coats, and all of the other jazz that is the process of building a surfboard. after having a look around we talked about the different ways to color the board deck and rails. i left with my head full of thoughts and ideas and practically unable to sleep at the thought of picking our surfboard colors, you would have thought i was naming my first born child.

after nearly too long, i pulled together a color scheme and let Mike at Blackfern know, absolutely cannot wait to see hot it turns out!