Feast 2015 was a whirlwind of food, drinks and laughter. This was my first year attending Feast, the ultimate food festival in Portland, Oregon. It was an honor to be a part of the photography team. I want to thank Little Green Pickle for inviting me to document this amazing event.
You can check out my previous posts to get the full scoop on Feast. Visit my blog posts on Feast Sandwich Invitational, Feast Dinner Series “London is a city in Oregon” and Feast Smoked. To hear from some of my fellow blogger friends scroll down to the end of this post and I’ll list some additional recaps for you to check out.
I had the pleasure of eating my way through Oregon Bounty and Brunch Village. And my Drink Tank experience was all about the Pinots. (I am such an Oregon girl- I love Pinot Noir and IPAs.)
Oregon Bounty is a mash-up of tasty eats, artisans and tons of beer, wine and cider tasting. It’s a splendid way to spend an afternoon and you’ll leave with so many business cards from restaurants, bakeries and wineries to revisit in the future.
There were a few nibbles and wines that stood out to me. Fifty Licks created an amazing ice cream dish with fresh grated ginger. I thought the Dungeness Crab Salad with Lobster Mushroom over Pickled Pear from The Joel Palmer House was interesting… I mean, repeat that sentence back and tell me that it doesn’t sound intriguing. Hyland Estates was a new winery for me and I enjoyed their wine and will definitely head out to their estate to try some more vintages. The winner for Oregon Bounty had to go to Annie’s Pies. Annie’s Chocolate Salted Caramel Mini Pie was the best thing I put in my mouth. I’ve already come home with a half dozen pies from her SE Portland kitchen.
Brunch Village was my runner-up for Feast Events. (I voted Smoked as my favorite event.) I am a sucker for breakfast, it’s my favorite meal. How can you go wrong with Pip’s hot donuts, ooey-gooey marionberry cinnamon rolls and a spicy Bloody Mary? I will say that my favorite brunch bite was from Saxon + Parole. Brad Farmerie made a Poached Turkish Egg that was to die for. You will not see a photo of this dish…because I ate it too fast. Lemon Ricotta Pancakes from Locanda Verde, Dim Sum by Boke Bowl and Simpatica’s Fried Chicken & Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup were also delicious delights.
I went to one Drink Tank, Pinot Noir: The Battle for Balance. It was educational hearing from wine experts their takes on Oregon Pinots and Pinots from South Africa and France. Believe it or not my least favorite out of all 10 wines was the Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France (David Duband). My favorite Pinot Noirs came from Antica Terra and Seven Springs Estate. In my notes I wrote that my first impression for Antica Terra’s 2010 Pinot was “Delicious!” And my first impression for Seven Springs Estate was “Gorgeous. Yum!” I know, I know… my wine vocabulary is out of control.
I realize that some of the conversation was over my head, but I am okay with that. I’m learning about wine and I enjoyed trying all the different Pinot Noirs. My favorite part of the day was when a man from Indiana started his comment with “I am originally from Indiana so my bar is low…” Hey- now!!! (Okay, so Hoosiers aren’t growing Pinot grapes, but we have some damn good corn on the cob.) Go out and taste some Pinots- fall in love again with Oregon’s greatest crop. Cheers.
If you would like to hear some fellow food blogger’s opinions on their favorite Feast events please check out these blogs:
Bakery Bingo “Feast PDX Top 10 Bites”
Pechluck’s Food Adventures “Recap of Feast Night Market 2015”
Martha Chartreuse “Best Dressed Feast PDX”
Urban Bliss Life “Feast Portland 2015 Recap”
PDX Food Love “Holy Smoked“