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 $300,000 to charity. Feast Portland’s charitable partners for 2018 are Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Urban Gleaners. If you want to experience the best from the PDX culinary world, the 2018 Feast Portland is a must-attend event.
2018 Feast Portland
The 2018 Feast Portland festival takes place from September 13th to 16th. 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 13th, the festival kicks off with 80s vs. 90s! Twenty of the hottest chefs from Portland and across America will throw down at the ultimate throwback cook-off that’s guaranteed to be one for the books. The competition style event will enlist half of the participating chefs to represent the ‘80s and the other half the ‘90s all while set to cassette-worthy mixes at RoseQuarter Commons. With 80s vs. 90s as the inaugural inspiration, the Thursday night competition theme will change each year.
On Friday and Saturday afternoon (September 14th and 15th), the Grand Tasting Presented by New Seasons Market transforms Pioneer Square into rows upon rows of bites and beverages from over 80 food and drink vendors.
The Feast Portland Night Market: Ring of Fire Edition Presented by Alaska Mileage Plan on Friday Evening, September 14th, will take on a ‘Pacific Rim’ theme, showcasing dishes from the West Coast and places like Peru, Mexico, East Asia, and more. Encompassing everything from Hawaiian pig to American whiskey, the breadth of adventurous food and drink from 20 all-star chefs and bartenders will keep guests wanting more. All this action takes place against the sunset along the Portland waterfront.
On Saturday evening, September 16th, 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, once again, watch the sunset along the waterfront.
Feast Portland concludes on 16th with Brunch Village presented by Bob’s Red Mill. This event celebrates brunch themed food and drink.
Also, during this four-day feast, participants can partake in a bounty of 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 2017 and to get connected for future feasts, log on to www.feastportland.com.
WHEN TO VISIT PORTLAND
Summer is the best time to visit Portland. The weather is great, the cafes open their outdoor seating areas and your chance of running out of things to do is virtually zero. You can also visit during the not-quite-summer months of June and September to take advantage of slightly lower hotel rates and thinner crowds. If you’re traveling on a budget or want to steer clear of your fellow tourists, just pack an umbrella and head to Portland during the winter off-season.
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Traveling To Portland Soon? Here are a few tips:
How to get there: You can travel to Portland by car, plane or train. The most beautiful way to travel to Portland is on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight which operates daily from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. If you decide to fly, you’ll be traveling to Portland International Airport (PDX).
Where to stay: There are many places to stay in Portland as well as in Oregon. There is a wide range of hotels, from budget to luxury. For a luxury hotel that won’t break the bank, I recommend the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland, which is currently the #1 hotel on Tripadvisor. For a mid-level hotel, I suggest the Best Western Inn At The Meadows. Finally, for a budget hotel, try the Econo Lodge Portland Airport. You can also check HotelsCombined for the best Portland Hotel Rates.
What to pack: The temperatures each season vary greatly. I visited in July and was very happy to have a Jeans, tank top and sunglasses. for the beautiful summer days in Portland. If you are visiting in Winter, you’ll want to bring heavy-duty layers and scarfs. While the summer months can be gorgeous, rain is an option year-round in the Pacific Northwest, so packing a hoodie, rain jacket or umbrella is a must!
Portland Trip Essentials
6 Indispensable Items to Pack for a Portland Vacation
- Get the Fodor’s Pacific Northwest: Portland, Seattle, Vancouver & the Best of Oregon and Washington (Full-color Travel Guide)
- Bring a good quality mirrorless camera for getting those beautiful Portland landscape shots. I use the Sony Alpha a6000 .
- Summers are hot in Portland, so make sure to bring Neutrogena Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 45
- A great cross body travel bag. Crossbody bags prevent theft and are much easier to access.
- Don’t forget sunglasses for the beautiful sunny days. A.J. Morgan Unisex Sunglasses are a great choice and very affordable!
- A Pair of sneakers or good walking shoe is a must Here is a great option for women, and here is a great shoe option for men for walking around town or exploring any of the nearby hiking trails.
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