In 2012, Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch co-founded Feast Portland with a mission to combat childhood hunger in Oregon. Since its inception, “Bon Appétit presents Feast Portland: A Celebration Of Oregon Bounty” has emerged as not only a food and drink festival but also a movement designed to showcase Oregon’s culinary bounty. To date, this festival has donated more than $230,000 to charity. Feast Portland’s sole charitable partner in 2016 is Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. If you want experience the best from the PDX culinary world, the 2016 Feast Portland is a must attend event.
2016 Feast Portland
The 2016 Feast Portland festival takes place from September 15th to 18th. Over the course of four days, participants partake of large scale signature events featuring world class chefs and cuisine, collaborative dinners, informative panels, fun size events, and hands-on experiential classes. Also, industry professionals will be on hand to demonstrate the latest innovations in cookware.
Feast Portland’s signature events remain a cornerstone of this festival. On Thursday evening, September 15th, the festival kicks off with the “Sandwich Invitational Presented by Portland Monthly Magazine.” Here guests sample a range of unique offerings representing what a chef can place between two pieces of bread. Then they vote for their favorite sandwich as a panel of food personalities also selects their best sandwich. Compliment these sandwiches with Northwest wines and craft brews, as well as signature cocktails.
On Friday and Saturday afternoon (September 16th and 17th), the Grand Tasting transforms Pioneer Square into rows upon rows of bites and beverages from over 80 food and drink vendors.
USA Pears Night Market Presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Card held on Friday evening, September 16th, celebrates the diversity of global cuisine. This lively outdoor celebration combines food and drink from around the world accompanied by the beats of renowned deejays. All this action takes place against the sunset along the Portland waterfront.
On Saturday evening, September 17th, the Oregonian Media Group Smoked! Presented by Tillamook sets fire to food harvested from both sea and farm. Classic cocktails and Northwest wines will compliment these grilled eats As the evening heats up up, once again, watch the sun set along the waterfront.
The Feast concludes on Sunday, September 18th with the Brunch Village Presented by Whole Foods Market. This event celebrates brunch themed food and drink.
Also, during this four day feast, participants can partake in over 40 events scattered throughout Portland. Choose from intimate themed dinners at a few select establishments or fun size events adding a touch of frivolity to accompany the food and libations. Those seeking educational opportunities can sign up for a hands-on class, lecture or tasting.
As an indicator of the popularity of this event, the majority of events sell out by mid-July. Those events with tickets remaining can be found here (http://www.feastportland.com/schedule/).
For further information about Feast Portland 2016 and to get connected for future feasts, log on to www.feastportland.com.