The festival is made up of several signature events that run through this 4 day festival which I attended September 12-15, as I mentioned in my Experience post. Out of all the tasty events that I had attended, these are my favourite bites and beverages that I tasted, from the signature events to the after parties.
At the East Coast vs West Coast on the first night at the Rose Quarter Commons where restaurant chefs battled it out from restaurants across the USA, I tried several of the dishes and these were my favourites.
Magic Carpet Ride made with coconut bliss from Burgerville (Portland, OR) was plant-based and it was delicious, also had a piece of Moonstruck chocolate design of carpet as the garnish from Portland airport, they served this to promote a new restaurant opening in Portland International Airport.
Rabo Encendido oxtail stew with fried plantain from Palomar (Portland, OR)
Open-faced Pastrami Reuben on Miniature Rye Bagel from Kenny and Zuke’s Deli (Portland, OR)
Lamb “Frankie” Torta from Restaurant St Jack (Portland, OR)
Classic vegan NY Black and White Cookie from Bowery Bagels (Portland, OR)
Eggplant Parmesan, Tortellini en tomato brodo, cheesy garlic bread from Il Solito (Portland, OR)
At the After Party first night of the festival at the Hoxton Hotel which featured delicious food and drink and a great vibe on the rooftop.
I loved Chef Rachel Yang of Revelry’s (Portland, OR) Meatloaf Slider garnished with potato sticks
Beef Cheek Tacos and Confit Duck tacos from Tope (Portland, OR)
Frosted Flakes Ice Cream Bar from Salt and Straw Ice Cream (Portland, OR)
At the Night Market event at Zidell Yards for their Asian themed Night Market, my favourites were the
Sticky rice with raspberries and mango from Nong’s Khao Man (Portland, OR)
Mieng Jackfruit a beautiful Thai dish from Farmhouse Kitchen (Portland, OR)
Dungeness Crab Rangoon with sichuan blackberry coulis and xo sauce from Boke Bowl (Portland, OR)
Papri Chaat from Bollywood Theatre (Portland, OR)
Yaka Mein with Ma Po “bolognese” from Dan Wei Canting (Portland, OR)
Indian Falafel from Tiffin Asha (Portland, OR)
Miso Moon plantbased ice cream from Frankie and Jo’s (Seattle, WA)
At the Big Feast signature afternoon event at the waterfront park, my favourites were:
Oregon Berry Cheesecake Tamale from the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission (Portland, OR)
Beef Burger from Burgerville (Portland, OR)
Olive oil and Gooey chocolate brownie ice cream from Salt & Straw ice cream (Portland, OR)
Pumpkin pie yogurt from Ellenos Yogurt (Seattle, WA)
At Smoked at The Fields Park, this nighttime festival signature event, I had several favourite dishes including the
Willamette Valley Smore from 1927 Smores Co (Portland, OR)
Perepichka from Kachka (Portland, OR)
Brisket Frito pie from Sammich (Portland, OR)
Smoked Beef Ribs “Pot Roast” with Grilled baguette and smoked bone marrow garlic butter from Big Green Egg
Charred long bean tum tuah from Fish and Game (Hudson, NY)
Tomatoes slightly dried over the fire, roasted herbs, a broth of summer fruits from Hogstones Wood Oven (Orcas Island, WA)
Elote grilled street corn from Pollo Norte (Portland, OR)
Pit beef sundae from Shun Cutlery (Portland, OR)
Bread pudding skewer from Oregon Fruit Products (Portland, OR)
At the last After Party of Feast Portland, this Block Party at Mikkeller Portland featured a a couple of tasty bites which included the
Potatos from Kex (Portland, OR)
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shake from Tillamook (Tillamook, OR)
Brunch Village was the last signature event of the festival, with tasting stations throughout The Redd on Salmon Street. I had several favourites here including the
Charcoal Pavlova, lemon myrtle, passionfruit, summer fruits from Proud Mary Coffee (Portland, OR)
Marionberry scones from Bakeshop Portland (Portland, OR)
Greek Yogurt bowl from Ellenos (Portland, OR)
Ehleskiver from Broder Nord (Portland, OR)
Harvest Quiche from Lauretta Jean’s (Portland, OR)
French Toast Ice Cream Sandwich from Salt and Straw ice cream (Portland, OR)
Bananas Foster La’ssant from Nola Doughnuts (Portland, OR)
Feast Portland 2019 welcomed 21,382 total attendees to 47 unique events during the four-day festival. There were 131 participating chefs – 90 local chefs and 41 visiting chefs coming to Feast from 15 other states and 4 other countries (Australia, Turkey, Hong Kong, Canada).
Keep an eye out for next years Feast Portland which takes place September 17-20, 2020, and get ready to taste a lot of incredible food and drink.
By: Richard Wolak
Disclosure: I attended the Feast Portland events in this post courtesy of a media pass. As always, all opinions and photos are my own.