BON APPÉTIT PRESENTS FEAST PORTLAND: A CELEBRATION OF OREGON BOUNTY RETURNS THIS SEPTEMBER WITH AN ALL NEW FOUR-DAY PARTY
Announcing The Complete Lineup For Feast Portland 2014, September 18-21, 2014,
The Northwest’s Flagship Food and Drink Festival, With Tickets On Sale May 19

Loosen your belts, because Bon Appétit Presents: Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty, the flagship food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest, taking place on September 18-21, 2014, announces its festival lineup today, with tickets going on sale Monday, May 19th at www.feastportland.com. Entering its third year, this four-day party for your mouth brings together leading chefs, artisans, farmers, winemakers, brewers and distillers from Oregon and beyond for one delicious weekend with over 35 events at venues across Portland. At the core of this annual exhibition of bounty is a mission to end childhood hunger in Oregon and across America by donating festival net proceeds to Share Our Strength and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, giving more than $99,000 in its first two years.

THE TALENT
Based in a city globally celebrated for innovations in food and drink, Feast Portland unites local talent with internationally recognized chefs, industry leaders, national media and top culinary influencers. Founded by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch in 2011, Feast has become a premier festival for emerging and established talent across the industry. “Feast Portland shines the spotlight on Portland and Oregon for one weekend each year, and provides industry leaders with firsthand experience of emerging culinary trends,” said Welch and Thelin.

Local Portland chefs such as Aaron Barnett (St. Jack), Elias Cairo (Olympic Provisions), Jose Chesa (Ataula), Greg and Gabi Denton (OX Restaurant), Jason French (Ned Ludd), John Gorham (Toro Bravo), Gregory Gourdet (Departure), Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood (Bunk Sandwiches), Tyler Malek (Salt & Straw), Joshua McFadden (Ava Gene’s), Kristen Murray (Maurice), Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place Bistro + Bar, Imperial), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Will Preisch and Joel Stocks (Holdfast), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), Gabe Rucker (Le Pigeon), Adam Sappington (Country Cat), John Taboada (Luce), Cathy Whims (Nostrana), and Justin Woodward (Castagna) welcome a roster of visiting chefs including Hugh Acheson (Empire State South), Noah Bernamoff (Black Seed Bagels), Jamie Bissonnette (Toro), Marco Canora (Hearth), Homaro Cantu (Moto), Chris Cosentino (Incanto), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), Brad Farmerie (Public), Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue), Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes), Paul Kahan (Avec), Philip Krajeck (Rolf & Daughters), Edward Lee (610 Magnolia), Anita Lo (Annisa), Ori Menashe (Bestia), Charles Phan (The Slanted Door), Paul Qui (qui), Jon Shook (Animal), Sarah Simmons (CITY GRIT), Michael Solomonov (Zahav), Ari Taymor (Alma), Matthew Tinder (The Restaurant at Meadowood), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milkbar), Kuniko Yagi (Hinoki & the Bird) and Rachel Yang (Joule).

“Oregon’s vibrant food scene is a direct result of the talent that is cultivated here along with access to some of the world’s most pristine ingredients, said Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon. “Feast Portland celebrates Oregon’s bounty and allows us to showcase the diversity of culinary experiences that can be found throughout the state.”

THE EVENTS
Feast Portland 2014 will feature the return of marquee events like Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational Presented By Dave’s Killer Bread, USA Pears Night Market at Zidell Yards, Oregonian Media Group High Comfort at The Nines, and Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines.

New to the Feast Portland schedule is a Sunday marquee event, Brunch Village. This walk-around style tasting event celebrates the Bloody Mary-fueled phenomenon of Portland’s favorite meal – Sunday brunch.

“The Portland food scene never stops pushing the boundaries and that has caused waves on a national level,” said Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit. “Through its wide range of events and talent, Feast Portland showcases the energy and experience that has put Oregon on the map.”

Another exciting addition to the 2014 Feast Portland schedule is The Hot 10 Dinner: Celebrating Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants in America. The exclusive Thursday night dinner will feature five previously nominated Bon Appétit Best New Restaurant chefs – both from inside and outside of Portland – as well as a chef from this year’s top 10 list. Marquee events are complemented by intimate sit-down dinners, tasting panels, hands-on classes, lively culinary demonstrations and industry get-togethers over the course of the weekend.

THE HIGHLIGHTS
A complete listing of events and participants can be found at FeastPortland.com.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational Presented By Dave’s Killer Bread
Location: Director Park | Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Time: 6pm-9pm | Price: $95
The goal: Sandwich Supernova. The event: The Sandwich Invitational, Feast Portland’s killer kick-off party, where wildly imaginative, chef’d-up interpretations redefine everything you thought the humble sandwich could be. This year, 13 of America’s top chefs gather under the stars at Downtown Portland’s Director Park in their quest for sandwich success. Test your sandwich savvy by voting for the People’s Choice winner, wash it down with local Widmer Brothers Brewing beers, Northwest wines and cocktails and you have yourself a deliciously unforgettable evening.

Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines
Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 and Saturday, September 20, 2014 | Time: 12pm-5pm | Price: $60
Oregon is known for outstanding artisan offerings such as cheese, charcuterie, wine, beer and coffee. Come taste them all at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting when we transform Portland’s “living room” into the city’s dining room for two days of Feast-ing! At the festival’s premiere daytime event, you can eat and drink your way through artisans, wineries and breweries. And while you’re indulging in Oregon’s best, the country’s top chefs return to the KitchenAid Main Demo Stage for lively cooking demonstrations. Whether you’re new to Oregon’s bounty or a dedicated locavore this event is not to be missed.

USA Pears Night Market at Zidell Yards
Location: Zidell Yards | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 | Time: 6pm-9pm | Price: $125
The nation’s liveliest outdoor celebration of global street food moves to the iconic Portland waterfront at Zidell Yards. So get ready for an evening that is bigger, bolder, and somehow, filled with even more food! Situated below the Ross Island Bridge, the Night Market will overlook the central artery of this port town, the Willamette River. New street food offerings will include the plethora of Asian options you’ve grown to love, along with Italian, Argentinian, Indian and more. With a who’s who of Oregon craft beer, wine, and spirits, you’ll be ready for an experience that embodies the sights, sounds, and tastes of an international culinary journey.

Oregonian Media Group High Comfort at The Nines
Location: The Nines Hotel | Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014 | Time: 6pm-9pm | Price: $175
Feast Portland doubles down again this year, with more than 20 chefs pushing comfort food out of its comfort zone at High Comfort. Put on your cuff links and high heels ladies and gents, cuz we’re headed to The Nines Hotel for the most decadent culinary event around. Oregon’s top winemakers will personally keep your glass full and you’ll be fed silly by the nation’s top culinary talent from Portland to NYC and everywhere in between. Don’t plan anything early the next day!

Brunch Village
Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square | Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Time: 11am-2pm | Price: $75
We’ve gathered the best of the brunch for Feast Portland’s newest event, Brunch Village. If you’ve ever found yourself waiting in line outside of that must-get-into brunch place, if you’re a baron of Bloody Mary’s, a sultan of scrambled eggs, then pull up a chair and join us for the best boozy brunch ever. Chefs from Portland and around the country will build their “towns” of bacon, eggs, pastries, and everything else that makes brunch our favorite meal of the day. Pile your plate up high, relax and take in the first-ever Feast Cocktail Competition, where Portland’s top bartenders mix up their favorite drinks for brunch glory. We guarantee you’ll apply for citizenship of Brunch Village.

Hands-On Classes & Tasting Panels
Location: Throughout Downtown Portland | Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 – Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Prices: $55-$125
For those who want to bring home more than just a fully belly from the festival, Feast Portland’s Hands-On Classes provide a rare opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade directly from the nation’s most skilled artisans and chefs. The Tasting Panels explore new trends in the beverage world, with discussions and tastings of wine, beer and cocktails led by local and national experts.

MORE INFORMATION
Tickets can be purchased at feastportland.com for the more than 35 events around Portland, Oregon, and offer a broad range, from “The Package,” which includes one ticket each to the Friday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Saturday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Sandwich Invitational, Night Market, Brunch Village and High Comfort, at $530, to tasting panels at $55.

In addition, visitors and media are invited to expand their Feast experience by taking advantage of pre- and post-event options that will take them to Oregon tastemakers’ favorite mouthwatering spots. Travel Oregon’s “Trails to Feast” inspirational itineraries give a firsthand look into Oregon’s bounty – meeting the farmers, fishermen, winemakers, foragers and food artisans who contributed the ingredients behind Feast. For more information or to plan your tasty adventure, go to TravelOregon.com/see-do/eat-drink.

Sponsors and partners of Feast Portland include: Adelsheim Vineyard, Alaska Airlines, Alpha Broadcasting, Archery Summit, Bargreen Ellingson, Bon Appétit, Bottlenotes, Buffalo Trace, Charlie’s Produce, Chase Bank, Chipotle, Columbia Winery, Dave’s Killer Bread, Domaine Serene Winery, Eater, Edible Canada, Elephants Delicatessen, Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, Elk Cove Vineyards, Food 52, Hama Hama Company, Hawks View Cellars, Heathman Hotel, Hotel Rose, House Spirits Distillery, KATU, King Estate, KitchenAid, KitchenCru, Le Cordon Bleu, National Pork Board, Nature’s Path, Nestle Waters, Nicky USA, Omission, Oregon Brewers Guild, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission, Oregonian Media Group, OSU: College of Agricultural Sciences, Pacific Seafood, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Pollinate, Ponzi Vineyards, Portland Monthly, Prosciutto Di Parma, Provenance Hotels, R. Stuart & Co. Winery, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Sahale Snacks, Seattle Met, Snake River Farms, Sokol Blosser Winery, Standard TV and Appliance, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, The Nines, TMT Development, Travel Oregon, Travel Portland, Union Wine Co., USA Pears, Valrhona, VerTerra, Washington State Wine, Whole Foods Market, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Will Leather Goods, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Willamette Valley Visitors Association, William Grant & Sons, Williams-Sonoma and Zidell Yards.