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Overhead shot of lots of Feast Portland bites.

FEAST Portland 2017 – Smoked!

FEAST Portland 2017 is done, over and in the books. This year was truly a marathon of eating, drinking amazing cocktails, and sipping on the best wines that Oregon has to offer. I attended 14 food-based events in just three days and I’m still in recovery mode. Some of my highlights this year included the Grand Tasting, a hands-on photography class, a Spiked Tea cocktail making class and Smoked!.

Held at The Fields in Portland’s Pearl District, Smoked! was a night of amazing food, beautiful views of the Fremont Bridge, and fun with friends. Smokers, Big Green Eggs and open fires “lit” the scene and filled the air with the most amazing aromas…. 22 amazing chefs put forth their best dishes that were either smoked or gilled.

Here’s some of the highlights from Smoked! at FEAST 2017:

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Massive grilled Tomahawk Steaks… Flintstone style via The Country Cat.
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Gregory Gourdet of Departure made an AMAZING Smoked Turkey Wing and Duck Fat Ice Cream with Oregon Berries.
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Grilling up a heap of ribs on the Big Green Egg.
ALL the eats at FEAST Smoked! 2017 – Swoon…

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The Gran Moraine Tasting Room in Yamhill, Oregon has spectacular views & a lovely patio to enjoy while sipping on their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Rosé wine.

FEAST Portland 2017 – Wine Watch

Last year was my first year attending FEAST Portland and I learned quickly that this event for foodies is actually just as much for wine lovers too! I could not believe the number of amazing wineries that were pouring at the Grand Tasting. And they weren’t just pouring their entry level bottles either – Many of them opened the really good stuff. Bottles that are $100+!

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While most of the events for FEAST Portland 2017 are already sold out, you can still scoop up tickets for the Friday Grand Tasting on September 15th which runs from 1-5pm at the Pioneer Courthouse Square. $65 gets you into the event and covers all your food and drink – A fantastic deal if you ask me. Especially if you consider that a tasting at just one winery would run you around $15. Here you get to sample wines from over 30 wineries all in one place.

I have to say that I’ve been to many wine events and festivals throughout Oregon, and this is one of the few events where you get to sample wines from the best of the best. The wineries pouring at FEAST are all top notch.

Here’s a list of my Top 10 Wineries to visit during the FEAST Portland Grand Tasting, although you really can’t go wrong with any of them – The entire lineup is fantastic. You’ll find a lot of elegant pinot noirs coming out of Oregon, some heavier red wines from Walla Walla producers, and maybe even (fingers crossed) – some rosés here and there.

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Feast Portland 2017 – What I’m Most Looking Forward to this Year

FEAST Portland is almost here again!!! To say that I cannot wait is an understatement. Last year was my first year attending FEAST and it was one of the most fantastic events I’ve ever attended. The food, the venues, the meeting up with other bloggers, the wine!

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Here’s what I’m most looking forward to this year at FEAST Portland:

Grand Tasting – Friday & Saturday

The grand tasting is where you get to taste and experience it all. Held in the Pioneer Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Portland, you’ll find 80+ vendors including local chocolate producers,  cheese makers, breweries and wineries. Heads up – Tickets are still available for the Friday Grand Tasting and I say that that’s the prime day to go because the crowds are slightly smaller. Tickets are $65 and are so worth it. Reason? All the primo Oregon wineries are there pouring some of their best bottles. Be on the look out for Anne Amie, Domaine Drouhin, Hazelfern Cellars, Soter, Sokol Blosser and Ponzi.

 

Night Market 

The pictures that I’ve seen from this event in the past look absolutely spectacular. Stringed lights set the scene for this high-energy Latin influenced event that takes place at Tillikum Crossing. I’m looking forward the creative cocktails and interesting bites produced by some of our best local chefs.

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Photo Credit: John Valls

Cook and Capture: Camera-Ready Cooking at Home

This one is right up my alley as a food blogger and photographer. I’ve been following Meatballs Mama for quite some time now on Instagram and I cannot wait for this experience to learn from her on how best to capture food photographs.

As of right now, tickets are still available for several FEAST Portland events, including the Sandwich Invitational which I attended last year. I highly recommend it – Just be sure to go hungry! Hop on over to the FEAST Portland website to scoop up tickets for the last remaining events soon. I hope to see you there!

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Photo Credit: Eva Flores

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