Feast Portland, one of the country's most original food festivals, lands at last in the Rose City tomorrow. To count down the event (Sept. 20–23), Eat Beat interviewed seven of the great food thinkers coming to participate in this illustrious culinary mash-up of local and national talent. Their musings on Portland and America's food culture are all here—with info on where to catch them.

Tickets are still available to some of the premier events: Thursday's "Sandwich Invitational," starring everything you can imagine between two slices of bread, and Saturday's Whole Foods Speaker Series—think "Ted Talks" from the food world. Ticket info at feastportland.com.

Adam Rapoport

Duff Goldman

Chris Ying

Anita Lo

Chris Consentino

Aaron Franklin

April Bloomfield