Ready For Feast?! I am! Every year the events get bigger and better, and this year is looking to be no exception. Having attended Feast the last three of the four years it’s existed, I’ve organized a list of things that will help make your time at Feast fun and easy-going. Many of these items can be applied to most any large festival you may attend–is there something you think would be a good addition to the list?
- Bring a bag–something nondescript that you don’t mind having on your shoulder all day. This will help hold any swag you might collect. A backpack or messenger back would be best so your hands and arms remain free.
- Have a water bottle. While the temperatures look quite cool and lovely this year, you will still find yourself craving water and surrounded by wine and beer. Keep hydrated, especially if you’re drinking!
- Pace yourself. I remember last year’s Sandwich Invitational was the fullest I think I ever remember being in. My. Life. This year I would split most of the sandwiches with someone so that I was not consuming so much.
- If you have a small plate (like the girl in the title picture), bring it along so that you can enjoy your bites at your leisure.
- Take public transportation in to the city–between the street cars and the new MAX Orange Line there are plenty of stress-free ways to get to your events.
- Bring hand sanitizer along–you’re going to be eating a lot with your hands, even some extra wet wipes or napkins will help you out!
- Get to the events early! They fill up fast and your best chance at food and bevie are going to be in the first hour of the event.
- Have a phone charger with you. This year I will have a Jackery charger on hand to keep my phone powered up all day.
- Exercise during the week–walk, go for a light morning jog or bike ride. Get a head start on the calorie burn.
- Wear loose clothing. Jeans are not your friend the week of Feast. Stick to the leggings, shift dresses, sweats, who cares. You’ve been warned!
- Layer up and have sun protection on hand. Portland weather can be unpredictable in September – if it may rain, definitely
have an umbrella on handhaha–just kidding it’s Portland–have a rain jacket. We don’t use umbrellas here.
- Drive home if you over-drink. There are plenty of other ways to get yourself home–Uber (Text the code FEASTPDX to 827-222 for your first ride free (up to $20)), Lyft, Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, Union Cab, Green Cab, PDX Taxi Co, or Trimet.
- Miss the after-parties. Every night of Feast there is at least one after-party and then even more after-after-parties!
- Forget to take pictures! It’s a fun and easy way to go back and revisit bites you loved or products you were introduced to.
- Count calories. Just enjoy and plan on cleansing starting Monday (and going to Thanksgiving!).
- Eat before you go – know that you’ll leave all the main events happily full.
- Wear uncomfortable shoes. Most of Feast is spent on your feet so remember to wear comfortable footwear. Especially if you’re headed to Night Market – NO HEELS LADIES!
- Scarf, nibble instead. Remember that you’re not the only person feasting this week, going back for seconds is ok here and there, but don’t walk off with 3 plates of food.
- Forget to give back!! The whole reason we feast is to help raise awareness for Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and No Kid Hungry. These programs launch more than 300 local children’s meal programs that help more than 700,000 at risk youth in Oregon.
Still looking to attend Feast? There are still a few tickets left! Get on it!
Tickets are still available to these events:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational Presented by Dave’s Killer Bread
Friday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines
Saturday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines