Posted by: jillw in: Food/Beverage -
We may be a little biased, but we think Feast Portland is one of the best food festivals in the county. Trendsetting chefs and celebrated purveyors – from Portland and beyond – come together to showcase their skill, creativity and passion for all things culinary.
Fortunately for us – and for you – this foodie playground is conveniently located in our backyard. We can shift from media calls at our desks to a Grand Tasting in Pioneer Courthouse Square in mere minutes, spying trends that are sure to sweep the food & beverage scene in the months ahead and taking copious notes to catch you up on the Main Events.
Grand Tastings: From the Farm
A city block is hardly enough to contain this grand celebration involving more than 80 vendors plying the city’s foodies with all manner of food and drink. For Feast 2018, we found:
‘80s vs ‘90s: Beyond Big Hair and Shoulder Pads
Feast created a battle of the decades. Literally. For the first time ever, 20 of the hottest chefs from Portland and beyond participated in an ‘80s vs. ‘90s match-up that saw favorite foods from years past get an updated, artisan twist. All set to a soundtrack manned by two local DJs mixing ‘80s and ‘90s hits. Our favorites:
The event included lots of Insta-worthy, themed and interactive sets to encourage social sharing – such as a Lexus revolving bedroom set and a giant Gameboy.
Sunday’s Brunch Village: Boozy and Beautiful
Portlanders are religious about Sunday brunch, and it truly takes a village to sate our appetites for this delicious meal mash-up. More than a dozen chefs and artisans were joined by breweries, wineries and distilleries for this year’s tasty and boozy event. Our top picks:
Night Market: Ring of Fire Flavor
The Night Market really came alive after dark, with a DJ spinning fire-themed tunes from inside his tiki hut platform, and 20 all-star chefs kicking their dishes up a notch with Pacific Rim flavors and ingredients. With its Ring of Fire theme, the Night Market was one of the hottest tickets in town:
Smoked: Still Sizzling
Smoked delivered a cookout of epic proportions, in more ways than one. Twenty chefs descended on the Pearl District to work their magic with fire and flame. And while meat was the star of the show – from caveman-sized beef ribs and dry-aged American Wagyu beef tomahawk steaks to pickled and grilled beef tongue – there were some surprises. James Beard Award winner Nina Compton made a jerk corn that almost made us want to turn vegetarian.
Our personal favorite? Snake River Farms’ Wagyu beef grilled on the Big Green Egg’s kamado-style charcoal grills. It melted in our mouths! We’re already thinking about next year!
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