Feast Portland – It’s Here! Plans Friday?

It’s HERE! Feast Portland will kick off another year of amazing food and drink in less than 48 hours. Here I am surprised there are still tickets for the Grand Tasting left!! In the following words and images, I’m going to explain how much you’re missing out on, and by the end I think you’ll understand.

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The Grand Tasting takes up the entirety of Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. This specific event goes for two days during Feast, however, you purchase a ticket for the specific day you’d like to go. Saturday is already sold out, but a few tickets for Friday remain. the event on Friday spans from 1pm-5pm, and once you’re in, you’re in for as long as you’d like. Have I pointed out the forecast for Friday to you yet?

Um, gorgeous.

As for the square itself, it gets separated into quadrants with a central stage for interviews and performances. One area is dedicated to wine of all kinds–talk with the wineries about the terroir of their different vintages, all while sipping away. Wines are not the only drink to enjoy; Breweries, cideries, and many other bevies are also in attendance!

In case the sun starts to get to you, the largest tent is typically home to the most food. I highly recommend doing a full lap before you dive into a specific corner, and at this event, there’s flow enough that you won’t be suffocating in long lines waiting for a bite to eat. You’ll most likely be right in front, or in worst case (and the only worst case in my mind is if there’s something wrong with a beer line), you’ll be 2 people back. That’s it! Keep an eye out for little pop up restaurants with timed seatings or more hands on stations for entertainment.

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Food will of course abound–expect bites of all shapes and sizes, colors and textures–the best advice I can give is try a little of everything and don’t be afraid to talk to the vendors! They are some of the most wonderfully knowledgeable people about their practice. The thing some people think when they go to an event like this is that it will be like other festivals where samples are puny and vendors are hungry for a purchase–Feast is not this. What you will find though are coupons to try the product, or cards so that you can refer back to should you find something you absolutely love–bring a bag, there’ll be a lot to love!

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In another tent, you might come face-to-face with some local celebrities plating up a table reserved for you! What’s up Doug Adams?

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Finally, every year something shows up and literally blows your pants off. Last year it was Salt & Straw’s CHOCO TACO.

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If you manage to make it around the entire block and you’ve still got some extra time, I suggest a second trip for some wine, and then have a seat on the bricks near the stage. Take it all in–all the splendid art at your fingertips.

Do yourself a favor, schedule a long lunch for Friday, and snatch up some of the last tickets for the Grand Tasting–you will NOT be disappointed. Better yet? Take a half day, cuz you’re going to need a nap.

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  • Reply Aubrie LeGault September 14, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Happy Feasting to you! Hopefully we run into each other. ☺️

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