Portland's iconic food festival Feast returns this September 15 to 18, 2016, and with tickets available here starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, May 20, you may be flummoxed by all the options. Here's what you need to know, with a brief overview of key events and the full list of participating chefs.
When festival co-founder Mike Thelin described this year's Feast Portland food festival as its "no re-run year," the most interesting new events seemed to be four suped-up dinners, now officially named Fun-Size Events. Feast describes these dinners as "bigger than a Feast Portland dinner though smaller and more intimate than the festival's main events," and included are a picnic thrown by the iconic chefs from Bunk, Le Pigeon, and more, and the return of the Franklin Barbecue & Family (see full "fun-sized" details here).
A few of the festival's main events will return—but with key changes. The massive outdoor gathering of chefs and food artisans of all kinds known as The Night Market will have a Latin, rather than Asian, theme. The Sandwich Invitational, in which Portland, national, and international chefs make their Platonic ideal of the sandwich, will be held in a larger venue on the eastside of the city.
And those tried-and-true main events returning without major changes include the Grand Tasting, Brunch Village, and Smoked. Likewise, Drink Tank, a series of educational beverage-focused panels (drinks included), and Hands-On Classes, where you can learn cool things like how to build a cocktail from scratch from the experts from Multnomah Whiskey Library and Bull In China, are both returning.
The final key events of Feast—aside from the underground afterparties—make up the Feast Portland Dinner Series. These smaller dinners are held in restaurants throughout the city and feature all-star line-ups of chefs, both local and national. Let's just say you can geek out in a more private setting, so check out the full roster of nine dinners here.
And just who will be cooking you these delicacies? Behold the visiting and local chef line-ups for Feast Portland 2016 (provided by Feast Portland):
Visiting chefs this year include: Hugh Acheson of 5&10 (Athens, GA), Jason Alley of Pasture (Richmond, VA), Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark of Parachute Restaurant (Chicago), Kotaro Asakura of Kirakutei (Tokyo), Alex Barkley of Manolin (Seattle), Justin Brunson of Old Major (Denver), Ericka Burke of Chop Shop (Seattle), Alvin Cailan of Eggslut (Los Angeles), Chad Valencia and Chase Valencia of LASA (Los Angeles), Nina Compton of Compère Lapin (New Orleans), Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo of Fat Rice (Chicago), Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb (San Francisco), Tom Douglas of Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen Restaurants (Seattle), Isa Fabro of Unit 120 (Los Angeles), Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole (New York), Christine Flynn of iQ Food Co. (Toronto), Michael Fojtasek & Grae Nonas of Olamaie (Austin), Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station (Los Angeles), Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue (Austin), Stephen Gerike of National Pork Board (Churchhill, MD), Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes (Los Angeles), Matt Jennings of Townsman (Boston), Eric Johnson of Stateside (Seattle), Edouardo Jordan of Salare Restaurant (Seattle), Paul Kahan of Dove's Luncheonette (Chicago), Jessica Koslow of Sqirl (Los Angeles), Tony Maws of Craigie on Main (Cambridge), Charles Olalia of RiceBar (Los Angeles), Ivan Orkin of Ivan Ramen (New York), Rene Ortiz of Launderette (Austin), Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow (Cambridge), Alon Shaya of Shaya (New Orleans), Bryan Lee Weaver and Michael Shemtov of Butcher & Bee Nashville (Nashville), and Rachel Yang of Trove (Seattle).
Local chefs this year include: Ben Bettinger of Laurelhurst Market, Phillippe Boulot of The Multnomah Athletic Club, David Briggs of Xocolatl de Davíd, Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions, Beau Carr of Ringside Steakhouse, Devon Chase of Hamlet, Maylin Chavez and Melissa Mayer of Olympia Oyster Bar, José Chesa of Chesa, Peter Cho of Han Oak, Matt Christianson of Urban Farmer Restaurant, Lisa Clark of Petunias Pies and Pastries, Jami Curl of QUIN, Greg Denton And Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton of OX Restaurant, Scott Dolich of Park Kitchen, Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl, Ryan Fox of Nomad.PDX, Jason French of Ned Ludd, Rick Gencarelli of Lardo, Benjamin Gonzales of Nuestra Cocina, John Gorham of Toro Bravo, Gregory Gourdet of Departure, Andrew Gregory of The Woodsman Tavern, Tommy Habetz And Nick Wood of Bunk Sandwiches, Tim Healea of Little T Baker, Han Ly Hwang of Kim Jong Grillin, Eric Joppie of Bar Avignon, Scott Ketterman of Crown Paella, Dustin Koerner of Andina, Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common, Chris Lascik of Oven and Shaker, Jenn Louis of Lincoln Restaurant, Maya Lovelace of Mae, Troy MacLarty of Bollywood Theater, Tyler Malek of Salt & Straw, Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene's, Rich Meyer of Trifecta Tavern and Bakery, Katy Millard of Coquine, Kasey Mills of Mediterranean Exploration Company, Bonnie Morales of Kachka, Rodney Muirhead of Podnah's Barbecue, Kristen D. Murray of Maurice, Kelly Myers of Xico, Earl Ninsom of Langbaan, Vitaly Paley of Imperial, Trent Pierce of Roe, Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, Nong Poonsukwattana of Nong's Khao Man Gai, Annie Portlock of Annie Pies, Andy Ricker of Pok Pok, Ryan Roadhouse of Nodoguro, Gabe Rosen of Biwa, Matt Ross of The Bent Brick, Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon, David Sapp of Park Kitchen, Adam Sappington of The Country Cat, Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen, Billy Schumaker of Taqueria Nueve, Matt Sigler of Renata, BJ Smith of Smokehouse Tavern, Joel Stocks and William Preisch of Holdfast, Leather Storrs of Noble Rot, Erik Van Kley of Taylor Railworks, Kyle Linden Webster of Expatriate, Cathy Whims of Nostrana, Justin Wills of Restaurant Beck, Justin Woodward of Castagna Restaurant, and Jin Soo Yang of Bamboo Sushi.