It's official, Feast Portland is back—bigger, beefier, Brock-ier, Bon Appétit-ier, and brunchier in its second year.

The whale of a lineup of official Feast events landed today, and what a whale it is: a long weekend packed with more than 40 opportunities to eat, drink, and chef oggle—crashing into town September 19 through 22.

Filled with international culinary VIPs, Portland pride, and can’t-miss events night after night, the event schedule for the Bon Appétit-sponsored food and drink festival cements Portland’s induction into the upper echelon of the national food scene.

Big names on the docket include Hugh Acheson (The National), 2013 James Beard award winner Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food), 2013 JBF award winners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski (State Bird Provisions), Sean Brock (McCrady’s), Renee Erickson (The Walrus and the Carpenter), Jason Franey (Canlis), Aaron Franklin (Franklin BBQ), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes), 2013 James Beard award winner Stephanie Izard (The Girl and the Goat), Michael Voltaggio (ink.) and many, many more. 

Throughout the weekend, these food celebs will partner with Portland’s best chefs to highlight the best of our city’s culinary offerings, from charcuterie and coffee to sandwiches and salmon.

Returning events include the two-day Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting in Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Sandwich Invitational at Director Park, the Night Market global street food celebration at Ecotrust, intimate pairing dinners, and a relocated "High Comfort" event featuring upscale "lowbrow" bites from local and national VIPs. New this year:

  • Affordable events like the free Whole Foods Market Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off to individual event tickets starting at $10
  • A brunch series on Sunday, September 22 celebrating Portland's favorite meal.
  • Panel discussions exploring everything from the best Northwest wines you aren't drinking to nostalgic candy bars
  • A new-format speaker series dishing out business tips to culinary entrepreneurs and questioning whether Portland is still on the rise or about to be over (guess which side we come down on)
  • More cooking classes (DIY butchery! Salt block cooking! Pok Pok at home!)
  • and a few surprises still under wraps...

The first round of public tickets go on sale Monday, May 20 at feastportland.com. Mark your calendars, and happy feasting!

Can't wait for September? Get pumped up for the next Feast fest by thumbing through our slide shows from last year's events.

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