Portland loves food. And even in this perpetually dining-obsessed city, this month is something special.
Photo by Greg Robeson, courtesy of Feast Portland
The countdown is on to Portland’s first international food festival, Feast Portland, Sept. 20-23. The fest is made up of many different events (tastings, dinners, lectures, classes) — several of which are already sold out. But, whether you’re feeling peckish (Homemade Crackers and Chèvre), indulgent (High Comfort), or just want to try it all (Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting) — now’s the time to satisfy your craving and buy your tickets.
That last event, the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, is shaping up to be the must-see (and taste) of the festival. In addition to samples from dozens of Oregon wineries, breweries and culinary artisans (think Salt & Straw, Xocolatl de David, Hot Lips Soda), this two-day affair in downtown’s Pioneer Courthouse Square will also feature cooking demonstrations from celebrated chefs like Chris Cosentino (Incanto – SF), April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig – NYC) and Amanda Freitag (Food Network, Cooking Channel).
Photo courtesy of Feast Portland
The culinary community is so excited about Feast that they’re actually celebrating it all month long — the Appetizing Oregon promotion, available at 35 Portland restaurants through Sept. 30 — offers diners $10 small plates featuring Oregon ingredients. The options range from Oregon Albacore Tataki at Biwa to the Feast Rioja Board with Chorizo Rioja, Manchego, Star Gazer Farm Peppers, housemade Oregon stone fruit preserves, and local crusty bread at Olympic Provisions.
There’s never been a better time to explore the culinary offerings of Portland and the state. Dig in!