Feast Portland, The city’s biggest, busiest food festival and likely the largest in the Pacific Northwest, is next week. The four-day-long festival includes massive main events like the extravaganza of grilled meats that is Smoked to the boozy Brunch Village, as well as multiple smaller events throughout the weekend, from fun sized parties to drink panels, private dinners, and classes.
While a number of the events have sold out, others still have available tickets. For anyone who missed the initial sales or those who have never been to Feast but always been curious, here are the events still up for grab.
These are the big parties that see hundreds of people gathering in lines to sample food from Portland’s hottest chefs, as well as those visiting from all over the country and beyond. They all include dozens of dishes to try, as well as wine, beer, cocktails, spirits, coffee, and non-alcoholic drinks. Expect some lines, especially for the more well-known names.
East Coast vs West Coast
What it is: The kick off event for the festival, East Coast vs West Coast pits chefs against each other to finally decide which side of the Mississippi rules the culinary scene. Aaron Barnett (St. Jack, Scotch Lodge), Maya Lovelace (Yonder), and Rick Gencarelli (Lardo), are all Portlanders who are sure to serve up something evocative and fun, while guest chefs like Sam Jones of North Carolina will be barbecuing a whole pig and Arlin Smith of the famous Eventide Oyster Co. in the other Portland will be competing with brown-butter lobster rolls.
Details: Thursday, September 12, 6 to 9 p.m. at Rose Quarter Commons, 1 N Center Ct Street. Tickets are $125.
The Big Feast
What it is: Feast PDX has shook things up a bit this year — formerly the Grand Tasting, the Big Feast has a new name and new time, moving from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday. It has also moved from the cramped Pioneer Courthouse Square to the much larger Tom McCall Waterfront Park without adding too many more tickets, so there will be far less squeezing involved. The events see winemakers, artisans, and chefs sampling wares, as well as panels hosted by Bon Appétit, chef counter experiences, and live interviews.
Details: Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, 1 to 5 p.m. each day at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito Parkway. Tickets are $95 Saturday and Sunday.
Fun Size Events
These smaller parties throughout the weekend are a bit more low key than the main ones, with fewer attendees and chefs. Each is like a mini food party, packing a lot of fun into a small package.
Late, Late Show: Noodles
What it is: Pok Pok’s chef and owner Andy Ricker has teamed up with Tony Tien of Pho Kim for an evening party all about the noods. They’ll be joined by chefs like Kyo Koo of Portland’s own Danwei Canting and Ivan Orkin of Ivan Ramen in New York city, with some “surprises” apparently planned, and a lot of scotch.
Details: Thursday, September 12, 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Lot at Clay Creative, 240 SE Clay Street. Tickets are $125.
Vegetables: A Love Story, Continued
What it is: Luckily, not all of Feast is about grilled meats, fried birds, and noodles — there’s also vegetables, and this event is all about the bounty of the Northwest’s produce. Portland chefs famous for vegetables like Joshua McFadden (Ava Gene’s) and Sam Smith (Tusk) will be joined by visiting chef Michael Solomonov (Zahav, Philadelphia, PA) and Reem Kassis, author of The Palestinian Table.
Details: Saturday, September 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 100 SE Salmon Street. Tickets are $125.
What it is: The finale of the festival, Vaguely Spanish gathers up some chefs from Portland’s top Spanish restaurants, along with some guests for an evening of classic-Spanish-cooking-meets-more-unorthodox takes. José Chesa (Ataula), Javier Canteras (Urdaneta), Althea Grey Potter (Oui! Wine Bar and Restaurant), and other Portland culinary minds will be joined by Aaron Crowder of Cervo’s in New York City alongside a lot of Italian and Oregon wines.
Details: Sunday, September 15, 5 to 7:30 at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 100 SE Salmon Street. Tickets are $125.
The booziest part of Feast, the Drink Tanks are a series of panels all about the hottest trends in drinking, whether it’s the debate about natural wines, the growing trend of non-alcoholic cocktails, or the rebirth of rum.
Cannabis and Cocktails, Best Buds?
What it is: It had to happen — the cannabis and alcohol worlds have started to mix. But that’s not without its struggles, both legal and chemical, and this panel sets out to explore that with experts from both fields discussing the growing trend of combining cannabis and cocktails.
Details: Saturday, September 14, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito Parkway. Tickets are $45.
Yes to New Friends: Introducing Oregon’s Other White Wines
What it is: While Oregon wine fans may praise our pinot gris and chardonnay, there are a ton of lesser known varietals that truly evoke the terroir of Oregon, including some that are as obscure as they are difficult to pronounce — how does one say Auxerrois? Luckily, a panel of experts will be there to guide guests through the rieslings and gewürztraminer that line Oregon’s vineyards.
Details: Sunday, September 15, 12: 30 to 1:30 p.m. at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito Parkway. Tickets are $55.
The New Tropical: Tiki is Just the Beginning
What it is: Portlanders may notice that tropical cocktail bars have been popping up around Portland with complete abandon, but most of them can’t be described as “Tiki”. This panel looks at the new trends in the fruity, rum-packed drinks that are hitting the scene.
Details: Sunday, September 15, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito Parkway. Tickets are $55.
Wine? Cocktails? Let’s Have Both
What it is: From the not-so-humble Champagne cocktail to the party-pleasing sangria, wine cocktails have always been popular, but this panel looks to go even further on the art of mixing wine with spirits. Experts will discuss the ingredients that marry best with wine, and how to make a sessionable, delicious punch for parties.
Details: Sunday, September 15, 4 to 5 p.m. at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito Parkway. Tickets are $55.
This story has been updated to remove the events that have sold out, September 11, 12:06 p.m.