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2018 Press

Portland Monthly: The Beast That Was Feast 2018

We came, we ate, we conquered … and then we regretted—not the food comas and sugar highs, but the anxiety of knowing we missed something: a dish, a moment, or a forbidden flavor hybrid that could have rocked our world. After all, one cannot taste everything at Feast Portland. But we tried, mightily. For three nights and four days, we hit as many of the festival’s main events, fun-sized events, and dinner series as our stomachs could handle, joined by a record 20,000-plus ticket holders (a jump of nearly 2,000 eaters). This much we can say: As it turned seven, Feast Portland had one of its best years yet. Among the high points: a great new event (’80s vs. ’90s), a groundbreaking dinner (No Proof), and one dish worthy of a last supper (Jerk corn dusted with chicken skin, from Smoked!). Party on, people
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Another year, another Feast Portland. The Pacific Northwest’s signature food and drink festival celebrated its seventh year in 2018 as it always does: throwing a city-wide party catered by some of America’s best-known chefs. This year, some 20,000 people attended classes, dinners and one late-night Korean instant ramen party, adding to the more than $400,000 the festival has donated to its charitable partners so far.
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Eater: Hangover Observations from Feast 2018

Heading into Feast Portland 2018, Portland’s buzzy, sprawling food festival, Willamette Week published a tapestry of years past’s debauchery, from secret Portugal the Man concerts to the general gnawing on pig heads. Perhaps Feast 2018 was tamer than years prior, but Portland still got pretty dang rowdy.
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SeattleMet: Our Favorite Moments From Feast 2018

Feast came and, like Fernet Branca zipping through an ice luge, it went. Chefs and hungry attendees alike descended upon Portland for the weekend-long food festival that spanned Rose City.
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Bon Appétit: What Happens When Five Sober Chefs Share a Kitchen?

Fifteen minutes into my conversation with bartender Evan Zimmerman, I realize he isn’t going to eat half of the tomato focaccia square I purchased at Ellē in Washington, D.C., so I slide the plate back toward me and listen to him while I finish the rest. He can’t eat because his hands are occupied, mimicking how he might pulverize salted peanuts and use them to season the creamy head of nitrogen-charged Coca-Cola.
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Getting sober is hard. Staying sober is harder—especially when you work in the food and beverage industry, where boozing is implicit in the very description of your profession.
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USA Today: Cooking with cannabis growing in popularity as users seek more than just a sugar high

The first time Holly Hukill tried to make cannabis-infused desserts it was, in her own words, “a complete disaster.”

“I burned the butter,” said Hukill, product development director at Serra, a Portland, Oregon-based weed dispensary. “And the cookies were just awful.”
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Sip NW: How to Feast like You Were Born To

The time is finally upon us for the Pacific Northwest’s most gorgable four-day food festival: Feast. Starting tomorrow, September 13, the plates will be piled, the drinks will be flowing and chefs from all over the world fly into Portland to stuff lucky attendee with their award-winning wares. Now in its seventh year, there are still tickets available for some of the events, so if you’ve been sleeping on dinner, it’s time to wake up and get to Portland. Here’s how to tackle the best of the fest.
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Seattle Mag: A Game Plan for Feast Portland 2018

One foodie’s strategy for getting the best bites from this year’s biggest PNW food fest
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Eater: Your Ultimate Guide to Feast 2018

Welcome to Feast, where you’ll eat and drink too much, contemplate napping in between courses in Pioneer Square, and maybe bump into a chef you watched on a competitive cooking show once. It’s a magical time.
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2017 Press

Travel and Leisure: 12 of the Best Food Festivals Happening This Fall

Traditionally, fall food brings to mind hot apple cider, spicy butternut squash soup, and pumpkin spice everything. But at food festivals across the country, there’s a lot more on offer. It’s not just Oktoberfest, either.
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Newsweek: Experiencing Portland’s ‘Feast For The Senses’

It’s come to this: gourmands from across the country pouring into Portland, Ore., to stuff their faces with small plates from some of the state and the country’s top chefs. Feast Portland, now in its sixth year, is a charity event that has raised more than $300,000 to fight childhood hunger during its first five years. Most of the more than 40 events during the four-day festival sell out well in advance. Our favorite images from this year’s festival.
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FOOD&WINE: 50 Million Brunch Fans Can’t Be Wrong, Can They?

People love brunch—eggs, bacon, and Bloody Marys. You’d think, in cities around the world, that they were giving it away, based on the Sunday morning lines. Yet, never do I, a food writer and person who very much likes bacon and eggs, feel less on the wavelength with popular food culture than when the discussion turns brunch-ward.
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Paste Magazine: 9 Spots in Oregon’s Hood-Gorge Region
Portland might be the foodie capital of the Pacific Northwest, as evidenced by the hugely popular Feast Portland food festival. But have you ever wondered where the City of Roses gets its locally-sourced, sustainably produced ingredients? The answer is just an hour’s drive east of Portland into the fertile lands of the Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge region of Oregon. In addition to growing and producing much of the region’s food, this area is also home to restaurants, breweries and fresh markets where you can stop and enjoy fresh eats.

The Oregonian: Feast Portland announces star-studded 2017 chef lineup
Portland will be the center of the food world once again this September. Feast Portland, the Pacific Northwest’s preeminent food and drink festival, will host a star-studded lineup of chefs and an expanded schedule of events across the city from Sept. 14 to 17.<» Read More

2016 Press

Food and Wine: Best Food and Drink Festivals in Portland
This 4-day festival kicks off fall in true Portland fashion by bringing together the coolest (not flashiest, thankfully) culinary characters. Like Aaron Franklin, Jenn Louis, Elias Cairo and Chris Cosentino. The chef hosted dinners, marquee events, and brunch village are obvious draws, but it’s events like last year’s infamous after-hours house party (hello, ice luge) that really sends it over the top.
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Gear Patrol: Feast Portland: A Taste of Oregon, and Beyond
Feast Portland is more than just the story of food or chefs in the Rose City. While the bulk of the festival’s events take place in Downtown Portland, Feast is about all of Oregon and its bounties: locally sourced meat and produce; fish from the Columbia River and surrounding waterways; wines of the Willamette Valley; and a craft beer industry that has made Oregon the number one state for brew artists and Portland the state’s epicenter.
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Univision Trends: Feast Portland, por qué hay que ir y qué no hay que perderse de este festival culinario
En su momento cumbre, la ciudad hospeda el festival culinario de la revista Bon Appetit, Feast Portland, un evento de cuatro días consecutivos en los que se come, se bebe, y en el ínter se discute sobre (adivinaron) comida y bebida para celebrar las propuestas que han surgido en la ciudad, en todo Oregon y en el Pacífico Noroeste.
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Eater Austin: Franklin Barbecue Dabbles in the Art of Chocolate
Aaron Franklin’s annual cookout at the Feast Portland, the city’s food festival, is as hard to get into as Franklin Barbecue itself. But now everyone can try his legendary brisket in the form of chocolate. The pitmaster collaborated with David Briggs of Portland’s Xocolatl de David for a chocolate series in honor of the festival’s fifth anniversary.
» Read More Trail Blazers Well Represented At The Sandwich Invitational
Thursday night, chefs, winemakers, distillers, brewers and roasters converged at the Rose Quarter to compete in the fifth annual Sandwich Invitational, one of the premier events of Feast Portland, a three-day city-wide event highlighting the best of Portland’s culinary scene. And considering the setting, many of of the participants chose to show their support for the Trail Blazers while slinging sandwiches for the hundreds in attendance.
While many wore shirts or jerseys, some went a step further, such as the folks at Stumptown Coffee, who served cold brew ice cream sandwiches stamped with both the Trail Blazers pinwheel and the Stumptown horseshoe logo. And to wash down those sandwiches, Stumptown cold brew poured through an ice luge featuring the Trail Blazers logo.
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Forbes: How The Country’s Top Chefs Stay Fit And On Track (Hint: The Holidays Are Around the Corner)
You’ve got to give it up for Feast Portland, arguably the country’s coolest culinary festival. Despite the typical drizzly weather last weekend, notable chefs and enthusiastic epicures from all over the country kept spirits (and appetites, of course) high as they mingled, ate, and drank their way through four jam-packed days.
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Paste Magazine: The Best Dishes at Portland’s Feast Festival
Some of the most fun and buzzworthy events of Feast Portland are the ones that aren’t on the schedule. There are After Parties and even After After Parties to keep the Feast buzz going all weekend long if you please. Among the most noteworthy was the closing night tiki-themed Ring of Fire after party at Irving Street Kitchen. Featuring boozy rum cocktails served in whole coconuts, a molten cheese fountain in the shape of a volcano, meat-laden taco bar with a whole pig’s head in the spotlight, and tropical hula dancers, this was the best send-off for a weekend of feasting.
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Bon Appétit Foodcast: Aaron Franklin Wants You To Make Better Brisket
The line at Franklin Barbecue in Austin is about four hours long—but it’s worth it. Chef and owner Aaron Franklin knows how to smoke meat (deemed a “barbecue god” by our own Andrew Knowlton). He started with a pit in his backyard, eventually opened up in a trailer, and finally moved to the brick and mortar spot he still runs today.
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Tasting Table: The 6 Best Beers From Feast in Portland
At last weekend’s gourmet food and drink festival, Feast, in Portland, Oregon, the Base Camp Brewing Company server laid down a dish full of vanilla-bourbon marshmallows next to a butane torch. He plucked out one of the squares, flipped on the torch and applied it to the tiny confection. Then he handed it over, along with the perfect beverage with which to wash the marshmallow down: a barrel-strength R.C.T.I.D.
» Read More A Chef’s Life: Season 4, Episode 4: Stand By Your Cabbage
Vivian’s summer itinerary picks up with a 14-day photoshoot as she preps for a first-time trip to Feast Portland. Before heading out west, Sam Jones and Miss Lillie share old school cabbage recipes that influence the dish she prepares for festival goers. While on the road, Vivian trusts John and Justise to hold down the fort back home.
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VICE Munchies: How Portland Became One of America’s Best Food Cities
This spirit of collaboration is why Feast Portland has been so successful. People just get behind each other and really support one another. For example, this well-loved farmer recently passed away and 50 chefs from around the city just got together to host a fundraiser for his family.
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Huffington Post: One Lesbian Couple, One Toddler, One Food Festival, And One Wish For A New Additon
Carrie and Jannie’s other baby, of course, is Feast Portland, slated for September 15 – 18. This is Feast’s 5th Birthday and the pair says guests are in for some great new events and surprises, including Fun-Size events. “It’s like the Goldilocks of events. Not too big and not too small. Just right. We even have a cocktail crawl with Bon Appétit’s editors.” This year’s Night Market will be Latin themed, the Sandwich Invitational is moving to Moda Center, and the Sandwich Invitational is moving to the East Side at the RoseQuarter Commons. Carrie says it’s all thanks to their incredible team Mike Thelin, Emily Crowley, Elizabeth Roberts, Haehee Phillips, and Maureen Hidalgo. “They make our world go round!”
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