What We're Most Excited For at Feast 2016

Feast Portland, the biggest, baddest food and drink festival in The Northwest, is nearly upon us. For those of you lucky enough to have grabbed tickets already, get ready for the best Feast yet. If you haven’t bought tickets, there are still some events available, mostly Drink Tank events.  After all, while Feast concerns itself with chefs and food, it’s also a celebration of imbibing, from Oregon wines and local distillers, to craft cocktailers and brewers. Here’s just some of the drink related events we’re looking forward to this year at Feast which takes place Thursday, September 15 through Sunday, September 18.

Obviously, these drink focused events are on our list, but this year we’re even more excited than usual. Two of the Drink Tanks this year explore products that have been maligned in the past, but have grown in acceptance and popularity in recent years.
The Aperitifs Ascendant celebrates the rapidly growing world of artisanal vermouths with a panel of experts, including Ryan Magarian, father of Aviation Gin and bar manager at Oven & Shaker and Hamlet; Paul Clarke of Imbibe Magazine; Kate Bolton, one of our favorite new Portland bartenders; and a few others.
 
The Day of Daiquiri explores, unsurprisingly, the Daiquiri, one of Portland’s favorite cocktails, and for good reason. The panel of four will focus on the history, recipes, and reasons for why this drink is so adored and includes the inimitable Mike Shea, whose Rum Club helped introduce the drink to a new generation of fans.
 
Other fun Drink Tanks include a beer vs wine challenge, a look at Washington state wines, a cider forum, and a discussion about Oregon hoppy beers and the current trends of IPAs.
 
New to Feast 2016 are the fun sized events! These aren’t as big as the five main events, but are larger than the Drink Tank. Of these, Peace, Love, and Cocktails is what’s exciting us most.  A dream team of bartenders and distillers will discussing the craft, making drinks, and hanging out, while food is provided by chefs from Nostrana, Oven & Shaker, and Hamlet.
 
Another exciting Fun Sized Event for drinkers is the Cocktail Crawl: Drink Like a Pro. If you find yourself at all intimidated by increasingly arcane cocktail menus, or if you just want to go on a crawl to some of PDX’s best cocktail bars, this is your event. Join Bon Appétit editors for a tour of Downtown Portland’s wild cocktail scene and learn more about how to read and order from one of those menus. Stops include some of the best cocktail bars in Portland: Shift Drinks, Pepe Le Moko, Teardrop Lounge, and the Green Room at the Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library.
The only two-day event, The Grand tasting on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 is the foundation of Feast. This is where some of the most talented and influential chefs, artisans, and taste-makers gather to show off their products. It’s also an opportunity for winemakers around Oregon and Washington; both days see dozens of participating wineries, and tickets to the Grand Tasting gives you access to all of them. You could spend the entire afternoon simply sampling the different pinot noirs offered. We don’t suggest sampling them all unless you’re ready to bus home afterwards and pass out. 
 
Photo via Little Green Pickle

Tags: Cocktails, Festival, Food
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Join Prost! for Kolsch Fest on Saturday, June 17

Join Prost! for Kolsch Fest on Saturday, June 17

On Saturday, June 17, Prost! will celebrate the ultimate summer German beer by replacing all its taps with different Kolsch ales....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jun 14, 2017
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is Getting His Own Beer

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is Getting His Own Beer

Astrophysicist, writer, and television personality Neil DeGrasse Tyson now has his very own beer, courtesy of Asheville Brewing Company....read more ›

by Drink Philly Jun 14, 2017
SPONSORED
Here's Where You'll Be Drinking in Portland This Summer

Here's Where You'll Be Drinking in Portland This Summer

Here's where you need to drink in Portland this summer and get some refreshing cocktails...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jun 13, 2017
Things No One Asked For: Fireball Gummy Candies

Things No One Asked For: Fireball Gummy Candies

Get ready - both Irish Confectionery Co. and VineGelee are now selling gummy bears spiked with Fireball. ...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Jun 13, 2017
D.C. Is Getting a 'Game of Thrones' Pop-Up Bar For the Summer

D.C. Is Getting a 'Game of Thrones' Pop-Up Bar For the Summer

D.C. is getting a Game of Thrones pop-up bar - three of them, in fact. Drink Company (run by Derek Brown and Angie Fetherston) is turning three of its...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 12, 2017
AB InBev Buys Minority Shares in RateBeer.com: Craft Beer Brands Ask to Be Removed From Site

AB InBev Buys Minority Shares in RateBeer.com: Craft Beer Brands Ask to Be Removed From Site

Global conglomerate Anheuser-Busch InBev now has a minority stake in RateBeer.com....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jun 12, 2017
Pernod Now Owns Del Maguey Mezcal

Pernod Now Owns Del Maguey Mezcal

On June 7, 2017, Ron Cooper announced that Pernod-Ricard, one of the world’s top spirits companies, would be acquiring Del Maguey....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jun 12, 2017
Behind the Bar: Tracie Franklin, Glenfiddich Ambassador

Behind the Bar: Tracie Franklin, Glenfiddich Ambassador

For this installment of Behind the Bar, we talked to Tracie Franklin, the Southeasten US representative for Glenfiddich, about her day-to-day, her per...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 6, 2017
Portland's Best Summertime Patios for Outdoor Drinking

Portland's Best Summertime Patios for Outdoor Drinking

Here are some amazing patios where you can drink outside this summer in Portland....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jun 6, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close