Feast Portland is the best food festival in the Pacific Northwest. Every year, tickets sell out—often as soon as they go live in the spring. Luckily, there are still a few tickets available for the events below for this year’s event September 12 – 15. If you haven’t been, it’s worth the experience. Feast Portland knows how to put on an organized and delicious festival that’s worth going back year after year.
There’s something for everyone at this weekend of food and drink delight. The main events are bigger and you can spend the entire time there or come for an hour or two during the 3-4 hour event. Fun-size events are great if you’re looking for a smaller setting, classes if you’re looking for an interactive learning experience, and drink tank for libation lovers.
- East Coast vs. West Coast – Thursday 9/12, 6pm-9pm, RoseQuarter Commons
- Feast’s kickoff event!
- North Carolina BBQ kingpin Sam Jones will be cooking a whole hog, Tory McPhail of the New Orleans institution Commander’s Palace will bring the rabbit and pork gumbo and there will be brown butter lobster rolls by Arlin Smith from Eventide Oyster Company of that other Portland in Maine. There will be local chefs too—either representing Portland or their original home towns. Native son and legend Cory Schreiber is making a reprise role representing Wildwood, New York native Rick Gencarelli of Lardo will showcase a rendition of the White Castle burger while Portland’s Don Salamone of Burger Stevens and Seattle chef royalty Ethan Stowell will remind us all why Pacific Northwest Dungeness crab is superior to that silly blue stuff in Maryland. There are 19 chefs in total, an oyster bar from Taylor Shellfish, West Coast wine, and of course Kentucky Bourbon.
- Night Market – Friday 9/13, 6pm-9pm, Zidell Yards
- Night Market is a celebration of global street food made possible by more than 20 trend-defining chefs from L.A. to Bangkok, plus winemakers, cocktailers, brewers and more who’ll serve up the exotic and the adventurous. It all happens under the stars and festive stringed lights with the Tilikum Crossing Bridge and downtown skyline as a backdrop. No passport or visa is required for this unforgettable taste trip
- FEATURING: Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo of Fat Rice (Chicago, IL), Tom Cunanan of Bad Saint (Washington, D.C.), Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl (Portland, OR), Elizabeth Golay of Tiffin Asha (Portland, OR), Han Ly Hwang of Kim Jong Grillin (Portland, OR), Kyo Koo of Danwei Canting (Portland, OR), Carlo Lamagna of Magna (Portland, OR), Johnny Leach of La Neta (Portland, OR), Troy MacLartyof Bollywood Theater (Portland, OR), Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly of Gado Gado (Portland, OR), Nong Poonsukwattana of Nong’s Khao Man Gai (Portland, OR), Brannon Riceci of Boke Bowl (Portland, OR), Kasem Saengsawang of Farmhouse Kitchen (Portland, OR), Jasper Shen of XLB (Portland, OR), David Thompson of Aaharn (Hong Kong, HK), Johanna Ware of Smallwares (Portland, OR), Rachel Yang of Revelry (Portland, OR)
- The Big Feast Presented By New Seasons Market: Saturday 9/14, 1pm-5pm at Tom McCall Waterfront Park
- It’s Feast’s first event at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, but that’s not the only thing that makes this event big. It’s actually the biggest Feast event to date, with more fine wines from the Northwest and around the globe.
- FIRESIDE CHATS WITH BON APPÉTIT SATURDAY SCHEDULE
- 1:05pm – Associate Editor Hilary Cadigan and Claudette Zepeda (San Diego)
- 1:50pm – Associate Editor Hilary Cadigan, David Thompson (Aaharn, Hong Kong) and Andy Ricker (Pok Pok, Portland)
- 2:35pm – Editor-In-Chief Adam Rapoport and Michael Solomonov (Zahav, Philadelphia)
- 3:20pm – Senior Food Editor Andy Baraghani and Abraham Conlon (Fat Rice, Chicago)
- 4:15pm – Senior Food Editor Andy Baraghani and Reem Assil (Reem’s California, Oakland)
- NEW! CHEF COUNTERS! New to The Big Feast this year – Chef Counters! These talented chefs are ready to serve you a bite, chat about their dish, and bring even more food than ever before. From Normandie to La Moule to Headwaters to Trifecta Tavern to Portland Mercado – this is a who’s who in Pacific Northwest food right now. You’ll be feasting your face in no time!
- NEW! HERITAGE RADIO NETWORK PODCAST LOUNGE – Interviews with chefs from Portland and all over America, hosted by Heritage Radio Network, Bon Appétit, and Women Who Travel.
- The Big Feast Presented By New Seasons Market: Sunday 9/15, 1pm-5pm at Tom McCall Waterfront Park
- More artisans—from cheesemakers and chocolatiers to bakers and brewers. Cocktails, panel discussions and a live podcast lounge? Sure! There’s more to see, do, sip and sink your teeth into. It’s a Big Feast for your eyes, too, plopped down in the quintessential Portland location – with the Willamette River and snow-capped peaks in one direction and Portland’s photogenic skyline in the other.
- FIRESIDE CHATS WITH BON APPÉTIT SUNDAY SCHEDULE
- 1:05pm – Host of It’s Alive Brad Leone and Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue, Austin)
- 1:50pm – Food Director Carla Lalli Music and Maya Lovelace (Yonder, Portland)
- 2:35pm – Food Director Carla Lalli Music and Tom Cunanan (Bad Saint, Washington, D.C.)
- 3:20pm – Food Director Carla Lalli Music and Chris Shepherd (UB Preserv, Houston)
- 4:15pm – Associate Editor Hilary Cadigan and Nite Yun (Nyum Bai, Oakland)
- MORE CHEF COUNTERS!
- MORE HERITAGE RADIO NETWORK PODCAST LOUNGE!
- Late, Late Show: Noodles – Thursday 9/12, 7:30pm-10pm at The Lot at Clay Creative
- The Andy Ricker and David Thompson Dinner Series event sold out in less than a minute this year, but tickets to their Thursday Night event Late, Late Show: Noodles are still available!
- FEATURING: David Thompson (one of the most respected chefs on the planet with Michelin-starred restaurants on two continents and his Bangkok restaurant ranked among the 50 Best restaurants in the world), Andy Ricker of Pok Pok (no introduction needed), Tony Tien of Pho Kim (Portland noodle royalty, also founding chef of legendary Portland restaurant Pho Hung, a PDX staple since 1990), Ivan Orkin of Ivan Ramen (his unique story of a New Yorker who made it big in Tokyo’s ramen world was featured on Netflix Chefs Table Season Three), Kyo Koo of Danwei Canting (worked at the two-Michelin starred Mugaritz near San Sebastian in Spain, currently ranked the ninth best restaurant in the world) and Stephanie Thornton of Blue Star Donuts.
- Portland surf rock band Don and the Quixotes will play a live set while you slurp
- Melty Fest Presented by Tillamook – Saturday 9/14, 4pm-7pm at The Redd on Salmon Street
- Feast’s FIRST family-friendly event!
- Feast has teamed up with some of our favorite chefs to put together the ultimate chef + food + daytime party that felt like the Feast events we all know and love, but envisioned with the entire family in mind. Chefs include Peter Cho, Gabriel Rucker, Tommy Habetz, John Gorham and Maya Lovelace, plus incoming friends like Howard and Anita Hsu (Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Atlanta), Joe and Katy Kindred(Kindred, Davidson), Michael Scelfo (The Longfellow Bar, Cambridge) and more.
- Activities for kids and grown ups including a crazy craft corner by our friends from the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts who will be bringing all the creative goodness you could dream of, a hair-style salon by our pals at Sit Still Kid’s Hair Salon (think glitter spray and crazy hair colors), face painting by the lovely Kim Millen, outdoor games and live music from local kiddo favorite Micah and Me. Plus bubbles, squirt guns and even some old-fashion parachute fun!
- Tickets: $65 Adult (21 and over) ticket includes food and adult beverages. $35 Youth (under 21) ticket includes food and non-alcoholic beverages. Children under three years-old (3) are free and do not require a ticket.
- Vegetables: A Love Story, Continued – Saturday 9/14, 5:30pm-8pm at Stumptown Coffee Roasters
- Here, in one of America’s most prolific produce-growing regions, our local bounty is a source of endless inspiration for chefs near and far. See it on full display as eight top-flight chefs put vegetables on a pedestal – and on your plate – at the return of this popular Feast event.
- FEATURING: Michael Solomonov of Zahav, Philadelphia (called “America’s Most Celebrated Chef” by The Atlantic, Chef Solomonov and his restaurants have been awarded four James Beard Awards in the last five years) Reem Kassis, author of The Palestinian Table (named one of the best of 2017 By National Public Radio), Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s (prolific Chef, Restaurateur and James Beard Award Winner), Justin Woodward of OK Omens and Castagna (five-time James Beard Finalist for Best Chef Northwest who has cooked at Copenhagen’s Noma and Basque Country’s Mugaritz), Karl Holl of Spatzle and Speck at Park Avenue Wines ( reigning Portland Monthly Magazine Chef of the Year), Sam Smith of Tusk (one of Michael Solmonov’s protégés and opening chefs at Zahav), Erik Van Kley of Arden Wine Bar + Kitchen, and Kasey Mills of Mediterranean Exploration Co.
- Vaguely Spanish – Sunday 9/15, 5pm-7:30pm at Stumptown Coffee Roasters
- A celebration of the diverse culinary regions of Spain featuring chefs who have lived and traveled there, and who have been inspired by Spain. From its ubiquitous paella to being the most gin and tonic obsessed country on the planet, Spain is a treasure.
- FEATURING: Jose Chesa of Ataula (Catalonian-born chef worked at two Michelin-starred temples of Spanish cuisine, including Can Fabes near Barcelona under legendary chef Santi Santamaria before landing in Portland to launch the beloved Ataula), Javier Canteras of Urdaneta (Born in Basque Country in the Northern part of Spain, Javier’s childhood was steeped in traditional Basque Cuisine. Fun fact: The Basque country’s culinary capital San Sebastian is second only to Kyoto, Japan as having the highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants on Earth), John Gorham of Toro Bravo (arguably Portland’s greatest ambassador of Spanish Cuisine—launching Toro Bravo in 2007 and always taking multiple trips to Spain and hosting Spanish chefs for festivals and events) Scott Ketterman of Crown Paella (cut his teeth at San Sebastian restaurants Akelare as well as Mugaritz, which is currently ranked among the top ten restaurants in the world), Maylin Chavez of Olympia Oyster Bar, Aaron Croder of Cervo’s (New York) and Althea Grey Potter of Oui! Wine Bar + Restaurant.
- Shake, Shoot, Sip: Take The Best Cocktail Photo With Westward Whiskey – Saturday 9/14, 1pm-3pm at Westward Whiskey Distillery
- Join industry pioneers, Westward American Single Malt Whiskey and Apartment Bartender, in a guide to drink photography workshop with Elliott Clark. Dive into the story, process, and technique of drink photography with an emphasis on creating compelling social imagery.
- History Bites (*Bike Tour!) – Saturday 9/14, 2pm-5pm at Pedal Bike Tour
- Join culinary historian Heather Arndt Anderson and Pedal Bike Tours for a casual ride through the City of Roses. Take little bites of Portland’s food history with a break for wine and snacks midway, and see Stumptown through hungrier eyes.
DRINK TANKS: (At Tom McCall Waterfront Park!)
- Cannabis & Cocktails: Best Buds? – Saturday 9/14, 2:15pm-3:15pm
- This panel will explore this new frontier, with experts from the worlds of both booze and cannabis taking on some tough questions while serving up the facts and some tasty beverages. (*No cannabis served during event per local regulations)
- Yes To New Friends: Introducing Oregon’s Other White Wines – Sunday 9/15, 12:30pm-1:30pm
- In this session we’ll say yes to new friends and get to know Oregon’s other white wines – from Auxerrois to Viognier, Gewürztraminer to Riesling, and many, many more.
- The New Tropical: Tiki is Just the Beginning – Sunday 9/15, 2:15pm-3:15pm
- Tiki’s roots stretch back nearly a century, and today, a fresh wave of bar owners and drinkers are both appreciating tiki’s traditions while also taking the model in fresh directions. We’ll taste some of the drinks from this fresh wave of tropical adventure, and talk through some of the directions the new tropical bars are headed.
- Wine? Cocktails? Let’s Have Both – Sunday 9/15, 4pm-5pm
- Join this panel as we taste and talk through the use of wine in cocktails and punches, delving into details like special considerations for mixing with wine, the flavors and ingredients that have special love for the grape, and how to use wine to make party punches more sessionable.