Last week and weekend, Feast Portland took over the culinary scene in Portland. I’m pretty sure I gained 3 pounds just going through all the Instagram food shots of fellow food bloggers last week.
Feast Portland is a festival that celebrates Oregon’s bounty of food and beverage. I volunteered for a couple of events last year and loved it and was determined to come back again in some capacity this year.
The festival kicked off to the public on Thursday with a sandwich invitational at Director Park. Chefs from around town and across the country competed to make the best sandwich. The people’s choice award went to Salt & Straw while newcomer, Kachka took home the judge’s award.
Friday and Saturday was the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting held in Pioneer Square. I volunteered for this last year and got to spend a little time there this year. Think of this as a giant Farmers market where you get to taste, eat and drink products from all over the state.
One of my favorite discoveries this year was Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters. Their Spicy Thai peanut butter was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend trying to find this at Whole Foods or New Season’s Markets in the Portland area. Here’s few pics from the Bounty:
Friday night’s Night Market was my event. This was held on the Riverfront in a large field called Zidel Yards. Two large rows of tents were set up with chefs, wineries and distilleries. A perfect Portland summer night along with great music made for a fun 3 hours.
There’s a lot more to Feast Portland than what I covered here. It’s shaped up to be one of the best food festivals in the country. I’m so lucky and blessed to live in a town with such a passion for food. My whirlwind day was a reminder of that for me.