FEAST Portland keeps attendees hungry for more every year. Launched in 2012 with 9,000 attendees, this year’s food festival drew over 12,500 guests. It is not only the fantastic eats that keeps foodies from near and far flocking to Portland for nationally known food festival. Feast Portland has been named among the Top 15 Food Festivals in North America, receiving recognition from affluent publications and industry professionals including the Wall Street Journal, Zagat, Food Republic, and many others. The cuisine, beer and wine pairings, celebrity appearances, and emphasis on local Oregon bounty are undoubtedly the event highlight.
“Guests are given an authentic food experience” says Festival Director, Emily Crowley, defining what sets FEAST apart from other food festivals. “Chefs at FEAST are still in the kitchen, serving food in their restaurants and cooking daily while maintaining their celebrity…FEAST attendees have the opportunity to talk with the owners and chefs themselves, not a marketing representative”. Over 30 wineries, 15 breweries, six distilleries, and 15 artisans participate in FEAST at iconic Portland locations including Zidell Yards, Pioneer Courthouse, and Director Park—also a distinguishing factor. These local quintessential locations help guests from around the nation engage in the Portland experience.
The food festival is almost equally known by event professionals for the immaculate organization and turnkey efficiency that has become evident in the seamless guest experience attendees and culinary participants enjoy. Only in its third year, FEAST Portland “Is done to such perfection you’d think… (FEAST) is in its 30th year” according to Fodor’s Travel North America’s Top 15 Food Festivals. The festival director shared her organization secrets with West Coast Event Productions, one of FEAST’s team members from inception, divulging that good old fashioned spreadsheets, highlighters, and in-person meetings are the key for communication and a smooth production.
FEAST Portland’s mission doesn’t end with sharing great food, the festival also helps support Partner’s for a Hunger Free Oregon and Share Our Strength. Mark your calendar and prepare your palette for next year, Feast will take place September 17 through 20, 2015.
Photos courtesy of John Valls.