The time is near to FEAST! September 15 – 18, 2016. During Feast Portland, you can enjoy hands-on classes, live demonstrations, speakers, and cozy sit down dinners.
Feast Portland is the Pacific Northwest’s flagship food and drink festival, capturing the current energy and enthusiasm driving America’s food revolution. The four-day festival founded in 2012 by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch showcases the local culinary talent and Pacific Northwest ingredients alongside internationally recognized chefs, culinary professionals, and industry leaders.
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There are many drink focused events, talks, and classes this year. Here are two that caught my eye!
Cocktail Crawl: Drink like A Pro on SATURDAY, SEPT 17TH 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
You belly up to a bar, study the menu, and the bartender asks what you’re in the mood for. You freeze. Deciding on a drink can be a harrowing experience, don’t be that guy. Join Bon Appétit’s editors on a cocktail tour of Downtown PDX as we learn all kinds of bartender secrets – from cocktail ice to whiskey 101 – by the end, you’ll be a drinking pro.
Now, what are you drinking? On this crawl, you’ll walk to the following bars: Shift Drinks, Pepe Le Moko, Teardrop and the Green Room. Featured Tastemakers: Andrew Knowlton, Carla Lalli Music, Julia Kramer, Claire Saffitz, Amiel Stanek, Alise Moffat, Sean Hoard, Daniel Shoemaker.
In this corner, we have a wine spirit animal, Bon Appétit contributor, blogger, and social media superstar, Marissa Ross, representing team grapes!
And in this corner, we have the man who’s always on the Great American Ale trail, founder of the brand new Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery, and esteemed beer journalist, Christian DeBenedetti, representing team hops!
Marissa and Christian will each receive delicious cheeses from top Portland cheesemonger Steve Jones, and they will each pair wine and beer with said yummy, cheesy goodness for YOU, lucky Feast fans. The audience will taste both pairings and vote for the pairing they think is a knockout punch. Featured Tastemakers: Christian DeBenedetti, Marissa Ross, Steve Jones.
As I already mentioned they have hand-on classes. As a blogger who occasionally creates my own recipes, I am super excited for this class.
Inside the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen on SUNDAY, SEPT 18TH 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Ever wonder how recipes in the BA Test Kitchen make their way onto the pages of the magazine? Bon Appétit’s food editors offer guests a glimpse into the recipe process (lots of cooking—and tasting!) as they explore some of the dishes developed for their October 2016 Issue. Come for the grub; stay for the stories and tips. Featured Tastemakers: Carla Lalli Music, Claire Saffitz and Julia Kramer
One of my favorite events is the Feast Grand Tasting. I like being able to try so many things so quickly and compare.
Feast Grand Tasting will take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons from noon until 5 P.M. you can enjoy the Grand Tasting event where you can try over 80 different bits of food and samples of drinks. There is a stage at the Grand Tasting as well with various things happening on it. Here is the Culinary Stage Schedule 2016:
- 1:30pm-2:00pm – Natural Wines Panel Discussion
- 2:30-3:00 pm – What is Pacific Northwest cuisine – then and now? A discussion with chefs Vitaly Paley and Tom Douglass.
- 3:30pm-4:30pm – Bon Appétit’s Podcast – Live on stage!
- 3 pm or 3:30 pm-4 pm – An interview on Bon Appetit’s Adam Rapoport
- 4 pm-4:30 pm – An interview with BBQ master, Aaron Franklin
Book Signings during Saturday Grand Tasting:
- Jeff Allworth, Beer Expert, signing“The Beer Bible”
- Greg and Gabi Denton, OX signing “Around the Fire.”
All events will take place in downtown Portland at popular restaurants or parks and unless stated otherwise for those 21 and up only. Event prices are all-inclusive, so once you’ve paid for your tickets there are no extra charges for food, drinks, or gratuity. Prices vary depending on which event you decide to attend.