Why Chefs Flock to Feast Portland Above All Other Festivals

Aaron Franklin at 80s vs. 90s all rights to photos by Peter Hsieh

Aaron Franklin at 80s vs. 90s all rights to photos by Peter Hsieh

Feast Portland, arguably the BEST food and drink festival in the Pacific Northwest attracts many, over 20,000 people this year. This festival not only attendees from all over the nation, but also the hard working, talented chefs that comes here to showcase their craft.

If you’ve never attended Feast Portland, you really should. Here’s why. The festivities within the 4-day period includes something for everyone. From the well known main events such as the Night Market or Smoked (Where everything is grilled over fire) to the more intimate ones such as Fun Size events and Dinner Series, there is a something for everyone. As a drinking enthusiast, I also enjoy the Drink Tank classes.  Theses drink classes co-hosted by Imbibe Magazine, along with editors and mixologists gives insights to what’s new to the forefront of drinking . Amari Cocktails & Rosé beers anyone?

The OG tapes at 80s vs. 90s all rights to photos by Peter Hsieh

The OG tapes at 80s vs. 90s all rights to photos by Peter Hsieh

The carb-loving, once favorite event Sandwich Invitational has been scrapped this year to make for the new event 80s vs. 90s.  With MC Hammer and other dance tracks blurting in the background, chefs were divided into either the 80s group or 90s group and to make some of your childhood favorite bites.  “The Breakfast Club Club” and “Dang Dongs” are names that sure to bring back memories!

As I trekked around the events and noticed Chefs and their whereabouts, there were definitely some TOP names from around the country.  So it remained curious to me, why do these chefs make the trek to this event when some comes as far as the East coast.

Luckily for me, the following chefs was gracious enough to take a minute or two out of their time and answer my question. What’s the reason for them all to come to Feast Portland? After all, there are plenty of local food festivals, but after talking to these chefs, there’s DEFINITELY something special about this particular event.

Special thanks to Mason Hereford of Turkey and the Wolf (New Orleans, LA), Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole (New York, NY), Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbeque (Austin, TX), and Nina Compton of Compère Lapin (New Orleans, LA)

Gregory Gourdet and team a Feast Portland 80s vs. 90s all rights to photos by Peter Hsieh

Gregory Gourdet and team a Feast Portland 80s vs. 90s all rights to photos by Peter Hsieh

What did you make for us today? (80s vs. 90s)
Mason Hereford: We made a bagel bite from the 90s.

With So many food festivals out there, why do you come to Feast Portland?
Mason Hereford: Portland is the most fun, this is our favorite one!

What did you make for us today? (80s vs. 90s)
Brad Farmerie-Today we took on a 80s classic toaster  strudel and filled it with black pudding, or blood sausage  with a foie gras icing and pineapple jam.

With so many food festivals out there, why do you come to Feast Portland?
Brad Farmerie-“You know what? I’ve stopped going to every other festival except for this one. This one is amazing.  The people are great, the organization is great, the charity is great. You know, it’s among family and friends.  I’ve actually done this one every single year and it’s the most worth while.”

What did you make for us today? (80s vs. 90s) 
Aaron Franklin: “So tonight at the Feast, we did our version of the 100 man dinner. We smoked some turkeys, coated with butter, straight butter. We did the Garlic rice and the corn jam, side of a cookie, some tomatoes and stuff.”

With so many food festivals, why do you come to Feast Portland?
Aaron Franklin: “I love Portland and I love Feast, and this is the only festival I do actually. I don’t do festivals, I just do this one. ”

What did you make for us tonight? (Smoked)
Nina Compton: Roasted jerk corn topped with chicken skin and lime.

With so many food festivals, why do you come to Feast Portland?   
I really enjoy Feast because it’s a very intimate festival. I do festivals all over the country but this one is the one I really enjoy. Each event is so special and unique.

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It's been over a week and I've finally recovered from @feastportland. Been working on this piece on video & print format (coming soon at @wndr.mag ). Special thanks to @ninacompton of @comperelapin, Aaron Franklin of @franklinbbq, Brad Farmerie of @saxonandparole, and Mason Hereford of @turkeyandthewolf for taking a few minutes out of their schedule to chat with me. . I L❤️VE this event as much as these Chefs do. It's special in it's own way and hence I keep coming back again and again like everyone else. Thanks again for having me at @feastportland 🙏 . #feastsmoked #feastpdx #feastportland #feast80svs90s #grandtasting #nightmarket #drinktank #feastfunsize #traveloregon #franklinbbq #comperelapin #saxonandparole #turkeyandthewolf #topchef #michelinstar #chefsofinstagram #cheflife #foodandwine #foodfestival #foodbloggers

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Along with these chefs, festival goers from all over the nation has also made the trek for Feast Portland.  I personally have been here for the past three years and in a sentence have described the festivities as an Enhancement of Your Senses.  The SMELL from the grilled meats at Smoked, The SOUND of the 80s vs 90s freestyle dance music, The SIGHT of carefully plated food, The TASTE of everything, and The TOUCH of hot deliciousness is pure bliss.

If you want to be part of this great event next year, make sure you follow Feast Portland on their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Feast Portland

Sept 12-15, 2019

 

Craft beer lover, BBQ enthusiast, Wine taster, Tequila aficionado, All 'Kine Hawaiian and occasional marathoner to burn all this off.

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