My favorites from Portland Feast 2014

If you love to eat as much as I do, you will want to go to Feast Portland.  I am still so full from eating, all weekend long, that I would go back for more, in a heart beat.  It was that good.

 I love seeing people passionate about what they do and everyone talked about what they made with so much joy and zest.  This event was so special because it highlighted local Pacific Northwest chefs, restaurants, and the best of the local food industry.  If you watch Top Chef or the Food-Network, there were a ton of celebrity chefs around every corner, and they were demoing, feeding the crowd and talking to everyone. I talked with the likes of Hugh Achenson (whose unibrow wasn't as noticeable in person) and Ruth Reichel (so much more eccentric and rad in person) and I have to admit I was a little star struck.

Feast is so unique, that there is the traditional open tastings with lots of food and booze during the day.  Then at nigh,t there were these magical parties with beautiful food, from some of my favorite Portland restaurants and in amazing transformed spaces.

The main event I went to was the Sandwich Invitational, that was tucked in Directors Park in down town Portland.  I have been craving sammiches the whole time, I've been pregnant.  So this was the perfect place!  This was a competition of creating the perfect or the most inventive sandwich.   There were every sort of sandwich, one could dream of! Everything from traditional fancy sandwiches to the twist of the ice cream sandwich.

Here are a peak at some of my favorite photos and vendors from the entire experience.

I can not say enough good things about Portland Feast 2014 because everything was so darn good.  Now the count down begins until next year.

My favorite yummy links from the event.

Olympic Provisions- one of the best salamis and restaurants in town
Pacific Pie Company- um hello pie.
Cacao Chocolate - a chocolate drink in a cup or I should say pure heaven in a cup.
Batch PDX - chocolates. serious business.
Salt and Straw - the darling ice cream shop of Portland and they just opened up a new location in LA!
Bent Brick - one of my favorite restaurants in Portland and the food is always delicious.
Oregon Berry - they supplied many of the vendors, for this event.  Oregon Berries are the jam.
USA Pears - 85% of the pears in the United are grown in Oregon and Washington.  Pears so happens to be Nora's favorite fruit.
Whole Foods-  grocery store loves supporting local businesses, no matter what state they are in.
Little Green Pickle- the people who make Feast Portland happen!

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Tales of Whimsy said...

Oooooooo those tacos.

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

looks like so much fun! so was there a day event as well? then the dinners were the paid affairs? i kept looking into it but i couldn't quite figure it out. next year i'll have to try a bit harder!

Rachel @ Love, Rachel said...

Great post!! it was so good to see you! I will be following on social media waiting for that little baby!

OrangeMew said...

Great Pics, it was fun eating together!! Thanks for making me approach Ruth!

Lauren said...

I saw so many references to this event over the past days. I'm madly jealous that you got to go! It sounds awesome. I would have been completely star struck, wouldn't have known what to say, and it wouldn't have mattered because I would have had food in my mouth (and dribbling down my chin) anyway. :)

Hollands Reverie said...

Oh it all looks so so good! I craved sandwiches with my last pregnancy too, strange thing to crave I thought. Your pictures are always so fabulous and I love the way it tells your stories.

rooth said...

Yay for Salt & Straw and Lardo - noms!

Caitlin said...

Everything looks so yummy + lovely. I've never been to a food festival, but I would imagine Portland is the best place to attend one! Your pictures make me think I should reconsider the food festivals they host in my city (Boston) every year. Definitely going to have to check one out! Glad to read you had a great time.

Rach said...

This is right up my alley! All that food looks SO good! said...

Oauu, all these temptations to eat, I wish I was there, looks amazing ;)