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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.
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NBA.com: 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.
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PBS.org: 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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2015 Press

Bon Appétit: All the Food, Drinks, Good Vibes, and Awesome Chefs at Feast Portland 2015
What was it like to eat and drink with some of the country’s best chefs at Feast Portland? It was a four-day long affair in the Rose City filled with exquisite dinners, bustling night markets, happening house parties, and more fantastic food than we ever knew could exist in one place all at once. From Aaron Franklin lugging 600 pounds of meat and a giant smoker from Texas to Oregon to chefs downing jungle juice and putting on their game faces for backyard ping pong in the Portland hills, here’s how this year’s liveliest food and drink festival went down.
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EATER PDX: Hangover Observations from Feast Portland 2015
The fourth annual Feast Portland swarmed Thursday through Sunday with chefs, mixologists, magazine editors, food lovers, and security guards. Most of the events were all about eating and drinking like a rockstar, but there were educational panels, too. To help those who attended to relive the waist-band-stretching reality that was Feast 2015, as well as satisfy the curiosity of those who missed it, here are the highlights, including scenes from the industry-only afterparties.
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The Daily Meal’s Complete Coverage of Feast Portland 2015
Whether you were in Portland with us or you just followed our adventures on Instagram, here’s your place to relive the full festival
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The Oregonian: How we learned to stop worrying and love Feast Portland
Feast, the Pacific Northwest’s preeminent food festival, returned to Portland last weekend for the fourth year, taking over parks and parking lots with a smorgasbord of classes, tastings and collaborative dinners. Oregonian restaurant reporters Samantha Bakall and Michael Russell dove into this year’s festival with both feet, then spent Monday and Tuesday dissecting the fest. Here’s what they learned.
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KATU AM Northwest: Feast Portland’s New Event
Tammy Hernandez was live at The Fields Neighborhoond Park in the Pearl District talking with Feast Portland Co-Founder, Carrie Welch, about the festival’s newest marquee event — Smoked!
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Huffington Post: Why Portland Might Be America’s Best City to Eat Out in
The West Coast has always been known for great food, but in recent years one city has started to gain attention disproportionate to its size.

Portland, Oregon has slowly become a capital for everything from coffee to produce to wine and now restaurants. With a fiercely loyal community of chefs and a legion of fans across the country, more and more people are starting to discover that Portland is a true dining destination.
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Zagat: 10 Best Things We Ate at Feast Portland
Feast PDX kicked off its fourth annual food and drink festival last Thursday — four days packed with food and drinks highlighting the best chefs, brewers and wine makers from across the country (and a few from even farther afield) — and it was a nonstop marathon of bites. From Thursday’s kickoff event, the Sandwich Invitational at Director’s Park, to Sunday’s Brunch Village at Pioneer Square, there was so much to enjoy. Here are 10 of the best things we ate.
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The Oregonian: Feast Portland returns for 2015 with more chefs, new events
This summer, if you happen to spy wisps of smoke rising from the Pearl District as you pass over the Fremont Bridge, don’t call the fire department — grab a fork.

Feast Portland, the Pacific Northwest’s preeminent food and drink festival, returns for a fourth year this September with more chefs representing more countries and more new events than ever before. Chief among those? Smoked!, a new flagship event dedicated to live-fire cooking, which will take over The Fields, a park at the Pearl District’s northern edge, on Saturday, Sept. 19.
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2014 Press

TODAY: Fall’s trendiest foods are right in your backyard: 5 plants you didn’t know you could eat
Edible flowers don’t just show up in the spring: Nasturtium made several appearances at the recent Feast Portland food festival in Portland, Ore., including in one dish by chef Justin Wills of Restaurant Beck in Depoe Bay, Ore.
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USA TODAY: Fill up on food trends from Feast Portland
Feast Portland, a four-day conference now in its third year, is significant for its intimate size and big-name attendees. Unlike larger festivals, where velvet ropes and clipboard-wielding dilettantes prevent mingling, Feast brings ticketholders toe to Chuck Taylor-clad toe with the industry’s biggest names. Last weekend, we headed to Feast to hear their predictions for the biggest trends coming to a kitchen, grocery aisle or barstool near you.

The Oregonian: Feast Portland 2014: The essential festival recap
This year’s Feast Portland is firmly in the rear-view, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relive the festival’s sights and sounds. Below, find links to our complete coverage from the Pacific Northwest’s premier celebration of food and drink.

OPB: Feast Portland: From Sandwiches To Sodas And Everything In-Between
Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon’s Bounty concluded its third year this past weekend. The four-day festival, which was also a fundraiser for Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share our Strength, highlighted local and international culinary talent, as well as Pacific Northwest ingredients.
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The Oregonian: Feast Portland continues with Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, featuring top homegrown food and drink
Feast Portland continued its 2014 edition with the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, which filled downtown’s Pioneer Courthouse Square Friday afternoon with several thousand food enthusiasts and a selection of locally made specialty foods, wine and beer. The event, which repeats Saturday, is one of the most-accessible of Feast’s main events, with a lower ticket price and a larger capacity, thanks to the size of Pioneer Square, which was partially covered with large tents that shielded brewers, winemakers and festivalgoers from the late-summer sunshine.
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The Oregonian: Scenes and food from the inaugural Tillamook Brunch Village: Feast Portland 2014
The Tillamook Brunch Village, a new addition to the Feast Portland 2014 schedule and second-fastest selling event this year, brought hundreds of hungry and patient attendees to Pioneer Courthouse Square on Sept. 21.
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Examiner: Feast Portland 2014: Anita Lo, Gregory Gourdet and Pichet Ong dinner delights
Feast Portland not only showcases the amazing talent of Rose City chefs, it allows us to enjoy the talents of visiting chefs from around the world. One of the Thursday evening Dinner Series events brought Anita Lo and Pichet Ong from New York City to collaborate for a meal at Gourdet’s Departure restaurant, with wines from R. Stuart & Co. and Sokol Blosser.
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The Oregonian: The three best bites from the Sandwich Invitational: Feast 2014
Thousands descended on downtown Portland’s Director Park on the evening of Sept. 18 for the Sandwich Invitational, the kick-off event of Feast Portland 2014, where 14 chefs from across the country competed for the title of best sandwich.
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The Oregonian: Feast Portland 2014: Big moves and bigger events at the third-annual food fest
Back for a third year, Feast Portland, the Northwest’s four-day, premier culinary celebration, will up the ante with new events and even more chefs from around the country at its 2014 festival.
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Eater National: Feast Portland Announces 2014 Schedule and Chef Lineup
Heading into its third year, Feast Portland — officially Bon Appétit Presents: Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty — has announced its schedule, and it’s packed with an enormous amount of chefs from across the country.
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Eater PDX: Behold the Complete Chef Lineup for Feast Portland 2014
The slow march to Feast Portland 2014 starts right now: Festival organizers Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch have revealed the complete(ish) chef and event lineup for this year’s belt-loosing installment, scheduled for September 18 to 21, 2014.
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FLIPKEY by Tripadvisor: Top Food & Wine Festivals for 2014
Feast Portland is the top food and drink festival in the Pacific Northwest. Feast Portland exhibits local Oregon culinary talent and ingredients, alongside nationally recognized chefs and industry leaders during a four-day celebration.
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Yahoo! News: Gels, Foams, Spheres: Modernism Comes To Portland
Jason French of the Ned Ludd restaurant serves shrimp and watercress tea sandwiches during the Feast Portland food festival in Portland, Ore. Far from the expectant gaze of major restaurant critics and the accompanying pressure to produce the Next Big Thing, the little-big city of Portland offers chefs a unique opportunity – the chance to experiment.
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Portland Business Journal: 40 Under 40: Bolted Services and Feast Portland’s Mike Thelin
Mike Thelin typically shines in the early fall, when the excellent Feast Portland gathering, which he co-created, takes place. This year, the principal of Bolted Services should enjoy his February thanks to his 40 Under 40 designation. Thelin’s group creates and revives large national-scale food festivals, food events, food industry conferences and food-related marketing initiatives.
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Food Republic: Yes, It’s True: Good Wine Is Now Sold In Cans
Wine snobs who wouldn’t be caught dead within a city block of boxed vino might really go berserk over this one: wine in a can. On the other hand, those seeking fuss-free more portable drinking options may just love the idea…. In other words, the can is the only new factor in the equation. Of course there’s the issue of how the metallic vessels might affect the wine’s flavor profile. However, that didn’t seem to raise any concerns with early tasters at Portland Feast last year, where the cans made a trial-run debut.
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2013 Press

Eater: Feast Portland Announces Schedule For 2013
Heading into its second year, Feast Portland — officially Bon Appétit Presents: Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty — has announced its schedule, and it’s packed with an enormous amount of chefs from across the country. Locally, the lineup includes Gregory Gourdet (Departure), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon), Adam Sappington (The Country Cat), and more.
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The Oregonian: Mission Chinese Food’s Danny Bowien Headlines Feast Portland’s 2013 Lineup
Organizers for Feast Portland, the Northwest’s ambitious culinary event, are gearing up for the festival’s second year with a few new events and an updated roster of visiting chefs.
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Fodor’s Travel: North America’s 15 Best Food Festivals
Feast Portland is done to such perfection you’d think one of the Pacific Coast’s biggest-catch food events was in its 30th year. Surprisingly, this year only marked the second anniversary for this eat-a-thon. Expect butcher face-offs, craft brew tastings, coffee sampling sessions, intimate meals, and grand events (like a Sandwich Invitational!) celebrating Oregon’s bounty.
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Oregonlive: Editorial sketchbook: Eating well to set other people’s tables
In its second year celebrating Portland’s new status as a nightly special on the national menu, Feast offered several events benefiting childhood hunger efforts, and panels discussing preschool nutrition as well as those matching microbrews with merlots. The stickers surfaced at upscale dinners featuring Portland’s most prominent chefs and Oregon’s most legendary wineries, at sold-out seminars on roasting your own coffee and do-it-yourself pig butchering.
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Fodor’s Travel: Just Back From: Feast Portland
It’s impossible to walk a mile in Portland without passing chock-a-block food carts and a mouthful of eateries. Case in point: as I stroll to the opening night of Feast Portland—the Pacific Northwest’s prime-cut foodie event, now in its second year—I almost stop 20 times to buy a bite from the congregation of carts lining the street.
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Serious Eats: We Eat All of the Sandwiches at Feast Portland’s Sandwich Invitational
Feast Portland kicked off its second year with bready bang last night at the Sandwich Invitational, which featured 15 chefs competing for sandwich glory (Tillamook Cheese, a sponsor, served up three sandwiches as well).
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Zagat: Feast Portland 2013 Photos: High Comfort
Feast Portland 2013 culminated with High Comfort, a retro chic-themed celebration of dining, high and low. Guests dressed to the nines, at the Nines Hotel, to eat highfalutin comfort food prepared by nearly two dozen chefs. Among the stand-outs of the carne-tastic event: Mom’s spaghetti with wild boar, sweetbread and pig trotter Bolognese via St. Jack’s Aaron Barnett; Andrew Carmellini’s The Dutch-inspired foie gras hot dog and Stephanie Izard’s goat chili.
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The Daily Meal: Best Bites From Feast Portland
Last weekend Portland, Ore., hosted Bon Appétit’s second annual Feast Portland, where local chefs mingled with national chefs and cooked up meals for the general public to enjoy. Glasses were broken, sandwiches devoured, almost all-nighters pulled (most likely on the chef side), and downtown Portland was turned into a food festival and pedi-cab-filled semi-tourist attraction for four days.
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