I’ve never been to Portland, Oregon. I have only watched Portandia more times than I can count, and sipped on Portland produced wines, beer, and of course, coffee. Yet, I have had many culinary dreams about this food lover paradise. This September I was invited to attend, Feast Portland, presented by bon appetit.
I wanted to be sure that I got the most out of the festival and experience, so I asked my friends at imbibe magazine to share some must stops. If you can, join me a plethora of incredible chefs at FEAST and we can wine, dine, and festival around the city together.
-Coava and Heart, supposedly two favorite local roasters. Coava’s cafe is in a bamboo showroom, which is heard to be a sight.
-Stumptown is an obvious choice, especially if you haven’t been before. The original cafe is still the best, but the one in the Ace Hotel downtown is a close second.
-Barista. Champion barista Billy Wilson now has several cafes around town. They’re super minimalist and the coffee (from rotating roasters) is always dialed in.
-So. Many. Breweries! Hair of the Dog is a classic with lots of brews on tap that don’t make it into bottle. Base Camp is a favorite, as is Migration, Breakside and the Cascade Barrel House is a great stop for sour beers.
-Portland has a TON of urban wineries, I am eager to check out the Southeast Wine Collective, Enso and Clay Pigeon.
-Cooper’s Hall also recently opened—it’s got a big wine bar with lovely wines.
-For Champagne, I am headed to Ambonnay- word has it has the best bubbles in town.
-Some Recent additions: Easy Company, Angel Face, Jackknife and the Multnomah Whiskey Library
-Nostrana. James Beard-nominated chef Cathy Whims’ wood-fired pizza spot. Also, supposedly great cocktails and a thoughtful Italian-driven wine list. I’m eager to try the Nostrana Salad.
-Oven & Shaker. Cathy Whims’ second resto in the trendy Pearl District. A tad more lively of a scene and killer cocktails (I’m going to try the Pineapple Trainwreck and the Pepper Smash).
-Olympic Provisions. Charcuterie, small plates and a great wine list.
-Ava Gene’s. Italian comfort food from Stumptown owner Dwayne.
-If there’s time: Roe, Pok Pok, Le Pigeon, Little Bird, Por Que No
More about FEAST Portland, the festival:
Join us in Portland, September 18th-21st. Feast Portland celebrates the unmatched vibrancy of the Oregon food and drink community, it is also a festival with a mission, donating its net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country. 16 of the 31 events have already sold out, but there are still plenty of opportunities to feast at the Northwest’s third annual flagship food and drink festival with tickets available for purchase on FeastPortland.com. May I recommend: At Feast Portland’s new Sunday event, Tillamook Brunch Village, join chefs from Oregon and around the country as they build their “towns” of bacon, eggs, pastries, and everything else that makes brunch Portland’s favorite meal. While chowing down bites from Franklin BBQ (Austin, TX), Black Seed Bagels (New York, NY), EggSlut (Los Angeles, CA), Duff Goldman (Los Angeles, CA), Butcher & Bee (Charleston, SC), as well as Portland’s best local brunch spots, guests can cheer on their favorite local bartenders at Feast’s first ever Brunch Brawl aka “I Woke Up Like This” Cocktail Competition on the KitchenAid Main Stage. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
I hope to see some of you there, as if there was more of a reason to ever visit this incredible food lover paradise?
Join me as we experience a Delicious travel adventure,
*Disclosure: this post was written from my heart. Yet, I was given a media pass to attend FEAST Portland.