A moment from Feast 2014

Do you consider yourself a foodie? If so, you better be attending Feast Portland because your “foodie” card just might be revoked if you don’t go!

Next month, Feast Portland draws about 10,000 food lovers from near and far to town. Since the festival takes place over a long weekend with events sprinkled throughout the city, Feast Portland never feels too crowded. Well, unless you’re in line for the Salt & Straw ice cream!

Salt & Straw ice cream sandwich

The festival’s a la cart passes make it accessible to even the most cash-strapped of foodies. Although some of the most popular events have already sold out, there are many others still available. The opening night Sandwich Invitational is an excellent introduction to Feast along with a great way to kick off the gloriously gluttonous weekend. At $95 a ticket, attendees can eat and drink to their hearts content for three hours. Be prepared to taste many different versions of sammies as well as see how far some chefs push the sandwich envelope.A moment from Feast 2014Unlimited delicious food and drink can also be had at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, offered both Friday and Saturday afternoons. Held in Pioneer Courthouse Square, known as Portland’s living room, it’s transformed into Portland’s dining room both days. With a $60 investment, foodies can sample mouth-watering bites that celebrate locally grown ingredients, meet chefs on the rise and chat with small producers making everything from nut butters to honey from rooftop hives. Expect local beer, cider and winemakers to be generous with both their pours and knowledge.

Tiny bubbles session at Feast Portland 2014If you’re looking for something a bit more intimate, consider attending a Drink Tank session ($35-55) where experts discuss the nuances of booze; from margaritas to beer. Mere blocks from the hustle and bustle, these sessions take place at the Portland Art Museum sculpture garden. It’s also a nice way to walk off the excess indulgences of the weekend.

The Hands On classes ($75-150) are a great way to hone new skills and there’s something for every foodie, from mixing cocktails to pig butchery to brewing the perfect cup of joe. Most are held at the Oregon Culinary Institute, an ideal location for the foodie at heart.

And if you want the thrill of getting behind the scene at these events, Feast Portland is seeking volunteers. It’s a great way to make Feast Portland even better (if that’s even possible) and free attendance can’t be beat.

Now if all this food talk wasn’t enough, consider that Feast Portland also contributes money to both Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry program. Be a part of the movement working to ensure that no child suffers hunger pangs in Oregon. Since 2012, Feast Portland has raised over $162,000 to help feed Oregon’s children, one meal at a time.

Now that you’re feeling all warm and fuzzy, get your passes to one of the most exciting weekends in the foodie world. Celebrate Oregon’s bounty and our inspiring chefs and winemakers as they serve up their creativity on a plate and in a glass. Bottom’s up!

A moment from Feast Portland 2014Feast Portland

Sept 17-20, 2015

Events take place at various times and locations (mostly centered around downtown Portland)

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About the Author: Michele Francisco

Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at michele@winerabble.com & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.


  1. Meredith {MarthaChartreuse} 2015-08-10 at 10:35 am - Reply

    I am so excited for Feast! I will be at Sandwich Invitational, Night Market, Grand Bounty and Brunch Village!

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-10 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Meredith- I plan on attending all those events too! See you there, Michele

  2. Rosie for Blog To Taste 2015-08-10 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Feast looks like SO much fun, but I have a question (that I am a little afraid to ask, because I hate to be a bother). If you couldn’t tolerate any dairy, would the price for feast be worthwhile? Because here’s my train of thought: Ice cream is out, and sandwiches, wine, and pretty much all delicious things in life have cheese in them- so I will be passing on half (or more) of the things, and having to ask every single person that hand me a bite of food what is in it. Kinda sounds like no a great match for me—- but i LOVE food, and festivals, and maybe I am somehow wrong?

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-10 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Rosie- The official Feast Portland website says this: “All of our events are omnivore friendly. We will have a few vegetarian options at our main events; however, in order for us to allow our participating chefs full creativity, our events are not catered to vegetarians or those with strict dietary restrictions. Thank you for your understanding.” As a vegetarian, I did find some of the events, particularly the Night Market, a bit challenging to find enough to eat. But I suspect that finding dishes without dairy/cheese might be easier than veggie options (like I had to.) One thing I did notice was that people were happy to make me a dish without the meat ingredient and bet they will do the same, without cheese, for you.

      And, if you’re referring to wine filtered with egg whites, I would recommend calling the participating wineries in advance and asking them.

      Cheers and hope to see you there! Michele

  3. Melissa 2015-08-10 at 11:16 am - Reply

    This event looks amazing.


    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-10 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      Hi Melissa- it IS amazing! You should come!

  4. Erin @ Platings and Pairings 2015-08-10 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    I’ve yet to make it to Feast and am SO dying to go!!! I’ll be at the International Food Bloggers Conference this year, but am definitely putting it on the list of things to do next year! Have a great time!!!

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-10 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Erin- have fun at the International Food Bloggers Conference! I’ve wanted to go but since it’s the same weekend, I’ve always chosen to stay in town and attend Feast. Cheers, Michele

  5. Pech 2015-08-10 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe it’s almost just a month away!

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-10 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Me neither Pech! I’m already planning my strategy ;) What are you planning to attend? Michele

  6. Create/Enjoy 2015-08-10 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    OMG. Feast is SO cool but I get so overwhelmed by the people and vendors!

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-10 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Overwhelming is an understatement at times! I find that using the buddy system helps me. One of you can go scout for food (or wait in line) while the other looks for something else. Then you can meet up at your designated spot and share stories, drinks and food. And at all the bigger venues, there were corners to escape into without as much traffic. But I think getting swept up into all that Feast has to offer is half the fun! It’s a bit of a tidal wave but man, what a rush!

  7. Erin 2015-08-11 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Oh how I love Feast! I can’t wait for this year! I love your suggestion above about the buddy system. I did that last year and it was a great idea! I also appreciate you posting about the volunteer positions. I did that a few years ago and it was awesome. It was a great way to not only see behind-the-scenes but get a ticket without having to pay, since they are pretty expensive. As a volunteer, you’re still able to enjoy the event and sample the food, so it’s a great trade! Hope to meet you somewhere along the way!

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-11 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your kind words Erin! Will you be at any of this year’s events? I would love to meet up, either way! Michele

  8. Jenni 2015-08-11 at 8:28 am - Reply

    I love that FEAST has gotten so large but still has that very local feel to it. I did get overwhelmed the first time I attended, but even feeling overwhelmed I was able to attend a ton of great talks and demonstrations and stay full the entire time!

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-11 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Jenni- it is a fun balance between big events and smaller ones. I love that the festival celebrates all that is the bounty of Oregon! Are you going this year?

  9. Melinda 2015-08-11 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Should be a great event!

    • Michele Francisco 2015-08-11 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Hi Melinda- have you been before?

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