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.

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FEAST PORTLAND 2015: NIGHT MARKET

MY OH MY.

I am currently on my third day of post-FEAST shenanigans and I have yet to get off this amazing food high. Someone should pull me back to earth because I could just live up here if it was possible.

FEAST NIGHT MARKET 2015. SEPTEMBER, 18TH 2015

Friday night was a feast for the eyes, and a power house to energize all wagging tongues. The night market was by far the best food event I have ever been to.  From the moment I walked into USE PEARS NIGHT MARKET I knew this was everything my food loving little heart had been waiting for.

Choosing where to start was the hardest part, to the sun glared left was my dear friend John Gorham of Toro Bravo so I bee lined for his table where he was serving up cups of tomato consomme with a touch of absinthe, and a skewer of anchovy stuffed olives, house cured chorizo, octopus, and a pickled pepper (Okay, so we're not really friends, but I feel like we would be).

my husband and my homie; aka the one who follows all of my crazy ideas.

maxenestrailofcrumbs at feast.
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FEAST, WHERE YOUR BEST FACE IS ONE FULL OF FOODS.

maxene's trail of crumbs at feast

MEI LIN, top chef season 12 winner, serving up pork belly pate egg rolls with fragrant micro greens.

ps. check how fab mei lin looks in the mists of serving the masses at the night market.

DESCHUTES BREWERY even they got in on the food action and served up a savory cream puff to pair up with their porter and ira.

maxenes trail of crumbs at feast.

REYKA VODKA & the reyka fall mule, perfect description for their ginger cider tasting cocktail, tasted like a typical leaf littered pacific northwest fall day.

reyka vodka

MILAGRO TEQUILLA served up two ways, I chose the hoppy miracle margarita and was happy bout it

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milagro tequila

maxenes trail of crumbs at feast.
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ROLF AND DAUGHTERS, #3 on bon appetit's the hot 10: best new restaurants in america 2013 

rolf and daughters

For three solid hours I ate and drank my happy little heart around north america -until I was told to go home.

FEAST NIGHT MARKET HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The celebrities, top chef contestants, and locals; Doug Adams and Gregory Gourdet, and even this previous season's top chef winner; Mai Lin
  • Bon Appetite's hot 10 winners of hot new restaurants in america; 2013's #3 Rolf and Daughters, and  #4 Fat rice. so fun to see these people I've read about in the past.

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