Massive food and drink festival Feast Portland is back for its seventh year this weekend, with everything from drink panels with bartenders and experts, to sprawling showcases of Portland’s food scene and beyond. Tickets went on sale months ago, and many have sold out—some in just a few minutes of going live. But luckily, it’s not too late to make it to some of the festival’s events, with tickets available at all levels of the festival.
The only way to get to get into The Night Market, The Saturday Grand Tasting, or Smoked is with the full package, which also gets you into the ‘80s vs ‘90s, the Friday Grand Tasting, and Sunday’s Brunch Village. At $650 it’s not anywhere near cheap, but it’s the best way to experience the festival in its entirety, and the only way to g
et to those delicious smoked meats or exciting ‘80s dishes, whatever those may be. Below, find the remaining events with availability; all tickets are all-inclusive and 21+.
Thursday, September 13
‘80s vs ‘90s
What: This event premieres this year, having replaced the long standing Sandwich Invitational from years before. Like its predecessor, the festival is a competition, but this time split down the middle with two competing groups of chefs, one side creating iconic 80s dishes, the other, essential 90s dishes. We’re still not really certain what that means outside of Lunchables and pudding pops, but whatever it is, it’ll be fun.
Details: 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rose Quarter Commons, 1 N Center Ct St #150. Tickets are $125.
Friday, September 14
Friday Grand Tasting
What it is: Held at Pioneer Courthouse Square each year, this event sees chefs, farmers, vintners, breweries, bakers, cheesemakers, and more from Oregon and across the US sharing their wares. There’s also a series of “fireside chats” on a stage in the center of the square, featuring Bon Appétit editors chatting with notable chefs.
Details: 1 to 5 p.m. at 701 SW 6th Avenue. Tickets are $75.
The New (Old) Italy
What: Part of the expert-lead panel discussions called Drink Tanks, The New Old Italy sees wine writer Marissa Ross (Bon Appétit) and wine store owner Helen Johannesen (Helen’s Wines) leading guests through an exciting tasting and class on the subject of classic Italian wines.
Details: 2 to 3 p.m. at Director Park, 815 SW Park Avenue. Tickets are $55.
Basically Bar Trivia
What: The Bon Appétit team is hosting a food and drink based trivia games at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel. Teams will be randomly assigned, and guests chefs will lead each team in a competitive game of trivia, with wine and snacks available, of course.
Details: 4 to 6 p.m. at 403 SW 10th avenue. Tickets are $35.
Act Naturally: Natural Wine Comes of Age
What: Another Drink Tank event, this one features dynamic group of wine experts talking about the increasing popularity of “natural wines,” or wines that are made with minimal intervention. Join Imbibe Magazine associate editor Penelope Bass, Teutonic Wine Company’s Barnaby Tuttle, wine maven and Bar Noman owner Dana Frank, and Kathryn Olson of L’Oursin in Seattle for a riveting discussion on wines.
Details: 4 to 5 p.m. at 815 SW Park Avenue. Tickets are $55.
Big Feast in Little China
What: An event that looks to be as fun as the movie it borrows its name from, Big Feast in Little China is gathering chefs from all over the country to put modern spins on their favorite Chinese-American dishes. The dinner party includes Jasper Shen of XLB in Portland, Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu’s in San Francisco, and Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo of Fat Rice in Chicago.
Details: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook Street. Tickets are $135.
Saturday, September 15
What: Generally seen as a way to work off the indulgences of the Feast weekend, The Healthyish 5Kish is a morning run, kicking off at the downtown Stumptown for something resembling five kilometers of running. Of course, it’s still Feast, so it ends with a brunch with beer and sake.
Details: 10 a.m. at 100 SE Salmon Street. Tickets are $45.
Macramé + Rosé
What: Possibly the most Instagrammable event of the festival, Macramé + Rosé is being lead by Portland macramé expert Emily Katz. Katz will guide guests through knotting elegant placemats while they sip rosé and dine on snacks.
Details: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blockhouse PDX, 1988 Northwest 18th Avenue. Tickets are $160.
Iron Mixologist: City of Roses Edition
What: 11:30 on a Saturday isn’t too early to start drinking, at least not when it’s a rambunctious cocktail contest between some of the city’s best bartenders. Cheer on your favorite while day-drinking and snacking. So far, the identities of the competitors is a mystery.
Details: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at William Sonoma, 338 NW 23rd Avenue. Tickets are $75.
Tickled Pink: Why Rosé Ciders and Beer are Taking Over
What: Have you wondered why there’s been a propensity for “rosé” flavored or inspired beers and ciders recently? Is it just because they’re good? Probably! This Drink Tank events sees brewers and cider makers from all over discussing the techniques they use to craft these popular beers and ciders.
Details: Noon to 1 p.m. at 815 SW Park Avenue. Tickets are $45.
What: Nouveau Bistro gathers some of Portland’s best French-inspired chefs, like Katy Millard of the James Beard-nominated Coquine, Althea Grey Potter of Oui, a Wine Bar, and Greg and Gabi Denton of Bistro Agnes, and other Portland and visiting chefs for a raucous celebration of French and Oregon cuisine. You’ll find all sorts of delectable treats paired with stellar examples of Beaujolais wine, and feel transported to France.
Details: 6 to 8:30 at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 100 SE Salmon Street. Tickets are $135.
Sunday, September 16th
Pigeon Toe Ceramics + Lord Birthday: Dream Muggin’
What: An event as curious as its name, join Pigeon Toe Ceramics as you craft your own elegant custom mugs, emblazoned with your own drawing, while enjoying the “comic poetry” of Portland’s own Lord Birthday. As well all events, you’ll be able to enjoy bites and drinks while working on your custom mugs, and you’ll be taking home a pair.
Details: 10 a.m. to noon at 1988 Northwest 18th Avenue. Tickets are $95.
What: The final main event, and one of the most fun, is Brunch Village. Moving back into Pioneer Square, the event sees all sorts of tasty bites from Portland’s best brunch spots, as well as boozy coffee drinks, a hangover Bloody Mary Bar, and loads of exhausted feasters just managing to stay upright.
Details: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 701 SW 6th Avenue. Tickets are $95 and highly recommended.
Feast Sunday Tailgate
What: If you haven’t had enough yet, close out the week with a tailgate party, as chefs including Adam Sappington of The Country Cat, Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s, and Rick Gencarelli of Lardo all back up their trucks and pop the back for some good, hearty eating, with plenty of drinks to wash it all down.
Details: 2 to 4:30 p.m. at 100 SE Salmon Street. Tickets are $125.