Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Feast Portland // Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Insider Tips

Summer has seriously flown by. Maybe it's because we're expecting, trying to remodel a kitchen, various visitors, or just a combination of everything. Either way, I can't believe it's already September! There's no escaping it and you can definitely feel it in Tahoe. Crisp morning air, pine needles everywhere and open trails. Fall in Tahoe is amazing. 

Anyway, today I wanted to talk about food -- actually an amazing food event at Feast Portland. In less than two weeks the hubby and I will be heading to Portland, Oregon for Feast Portland! One of the various events I plan on attending is the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines. Since this is my first grand tasting at Feast Portland I figured why not ask the experts about the event. Lucky you I'm sharing some insider tips form one of the event's founders, Carrie Welch.

c/o Jannie Huang

The Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting is a foodie's dream, but could be overwhelming at the same time. Where do you suggest beginning?
CW: Yes the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines is overwhelming, in the best way! However, it is also one of our most laid back, relaxed events as you are outside in one of Portland's historic landmarks, Pioneer Courthouse Square, literally in the center of the city, enjoying all the state has to offer in terms of food and drink.

Start out by getting the lay of the land - you have tasting tents to your right, KitchenAid Stage with cooking demonstrations to your left, and even up top above the steps, there are more tasting areas from our partners like Whole Foods Market and Bon Appetit. You can also find some crazy good wines up there, so don't miss it!

At big events like these, I like to do a lap before I commit to a location. That way, you can plan your drinks, your bites, what demo you're going to see and what you're going to be sure to go back to. I'd grab a taste of wine or beer while I'm doing this, just to get the party started a bit. Walk around the upper tasting areas, catch that demo from one of our top chefs, and then, when you are ready, hit the tasting tents in all their glory. There is so much to choose from - we have every artisan from honey to peanut butter to vegan cupcakes this year - so go for it and trust that everyone there is going to be very good!
c/o Matt Sacks

There are so many incredible breweries, wineries, artisans, etc. Who do you feel are the hidden gems?
CW: There are so many! In the artisan category, I love Eliot's Adult Nut Butters - they are absolutely delicious suped up peanut butters with wild flavors; Mariam Foods - their Ethiopian dips are a great switch up to hummus; and Red Wagon Creamery - out of Eugene, their ice cream will put you in a dreamlike state.

On the winery and brewery front, we aim to provide both up and comers and established names. So you'll see your favorites like BridgePort and Hopworks beer, but have you tried Gilgamesh Brewing out of Salem? Same on wine - we have Soter, King Estate and Erath, who you know, as well as urban winery Division Winemaking Company and Hawks View Cellars out of Sherwood, who you might not!
c/o Feast Portland

Between Friday and Saturday what cooking demonstrations are you looking forward to the most?
CW: I love the whole vibe of the cooking demonstrations - people coming together over food, sharing tips and knowledge, you can't beat it! Chef Jenn Louis of Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern restaurants here in Portland is a wonderful teacher and her demos are always packed with great information. I also enjoy Sarah Simmons, who hosts a pop up in NYC called City Grit. She's new to our demo lineup so I'm excited to see what she'll do on stage.

Kitchen Aid Main Demo Stage Schedule:

Friday, September 19
1:00-1:45pm- Jenn Louis, Lincoln Restaurant
2:30-3:15pm- Naomi Pomeroy, Beast
4:00-4:45pm- Paul Qui, qui

Saturday, September 20
1:00-1:45pm- Sarah Simmons, CITY GRIT
2:30-3:15pm- Chris Cosentino, Cockscomb
4:00-4:45pm- Hugh Acheson, Empire State South

c/o Allison Jones

Can you describe the overall flow and feeling of the event?
CW: The OregonBounty Grand Tasting is a choose your own adventure type of event. There truly is something for everyone - if you like wine, you can taste wine and pair it with great food all day long. If beer is your thing, there are tons of ways you can experience it. If you just want to eat and eat some more, and watch the nation's best chefs create recipe magic, then sit back, relax and grab a step. There's an awesome feeling of togetherness at the event that, to me, is unmatched. You feel like you're a part of this incredible food movement and that's exciting.

Will there be products for sale?
CW: The only products for sale are Feast t-shirts, which are produced by our friends at Flavor Gallery and are fantastic! They go fast so be sure to grab one!
c/o Allison Jones
Any other insider tips you would like to add?
CW: Many of our partners have great areas around the perimeter with fun activities like temporary pear tattoos from USA Pears, travel information and trip giveaways from Travel Oregon and great chefs preparing regional foods from around the state. KitchenAid, Alaska Airlines and other partners also have more fantastic items so be sure to really get in there and experience it all!

A big thank you to Carrie and her team I appreciate that they took the time chat about Feast. I’m seriously even more ecstatic to experience the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting firsthand. You can find out more information about the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting event here, and lucky you tickets are still available. Don’t delay, you won’t want to miss out on all the deliciousness!

1 comment:

  1. You are in for a wonderful time! Team Feast does an awesome job putting this event together and I know this year is going to be amazing! Looking forward to seeing you Tiara!