Top Five Feast Portland Events Under $99

Unless you have been living in a cave in the middle of the Siberian tundra, you have probably seen some sort of magazine ad, tweet, or flyer for the fourth annual Feast Portland which begins in just under three weeks.

Just a quick snippet on what Feast Portland is again: An annual celebration, or rather a “movement” that corrals chefs, artisans, brewers, journalists, distillers, mixologists and food & drink enthusiasts from around the world to Portland for four fantastic days. From Thursday, September 17th- September 20th Portland becomes host to a plethora of food & beverage events ranging from an oyster shucking class, a Margarita showcase and even an ode to sandwiches in the form of the “Sandwich Invitational”. In short, there is a lot of food and a lot of drink  and a lot of beautiful people who all share a love for eating, drinking and being merry.

And now, let me dispel a couple of myths: Not all Feast events are sold out and no, not all of them cost more than a 50ml Chanel eau de Parfum for a ticket. In fact, some of the best events still have tickets AND cost less than an oil change. Check out my picks below for Feast Events that still have tickets available and won’t cost you any more than $95 for a ticket:

1) Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational Presented by Dave’s Killer Bread

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Price: $95

Feast’s already legendary kick-off party transforms Director’s Park into a Disneyland for sandwich lovers. Fifteen nationally acclaimed chefs will be there serving up their own innovative and delectable renditions of sandwiches. Expect everything from dessert sandos to gourmet gyros to waffles and forever change how you define a “sandwich”. Bring a humongous appetite, taste from all fifteen chefs, vote for your favorite and sip on Widmer Beer, Hendrick’s gin cocktails or some Northwest wines. And yes, this event is all you can eat (and drink…as long as you stay relatively well behaved and don’t spill aioli on your fellow patrons). The line-up this year includes Top Chef runner-up Gregory Gourdet (Departure), Aaron Barnett (St. Jack and La Moule), Alvin Cailan (Eggslut, Los Angeles) and Aaron Franklin (Franklin’s BBQ, Austin).

2) Tillamook Brunch Village Presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card

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Price: $70

Brunch Village was so extraordinarily successful last year that of course the Feast team decided to bring back the most epic brunch in America. Why go spend the same amount of money at a subpar hotel buffet brunch when you could come to this and eat both sweet and savory brunch fare cooked by some of the best chefs in America such as Andrew Carmellini of Bar Primi in New York City and our very own Rick Gencarelli of Lardo and Grassa. In addition to more food than you could ever eat, there will be a Bloody Mary Bar, lots and lots of wine, and obviously excellent coffee. This is exactly how I’ll be doing my Sunday Funday on the 20th so I sure hope you decide to participate.

3) Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines

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Price: $60 per day (occurs both Friday and Saturday)

Occurring on both Friday and Saturday (with different itineraries for each day), The Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting is an orchestra of Pacific Northwest bounty presented to you by their artisans. Expect local cheeses, chocolates, pastries, honey and tastings from over 20 wineries and several surprises yet to come. The ultimate weekend wine and cheese day party…and I may or may not be participating in one of those surprises. You’ll have to come on one or both afternoons to find out what that surprise may be. All I’ll say is that you’re more than welcome to wear sequins.

4) Bon Appétit: Shaken, Stirred and Buzzed: Why We Really Like Booze

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Price: $55 (also include one year free subscription of Bon Appétit Magazine)

Whoever said booze couldn’t be art obviously has never ventured past 7-11 for libations. Come and get educated by some of the most prominent players in the wine and spirits industry and learn exactly what vintage champagne has in common with overproof whiskey. Then go throw your own cocktail party in a month and impress your guests with your new knowledge.

5) Beer Bites with Christian DeBenedetti and Andrea Slonecker

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Price: $75

This guided Beer Brunch combines beer connoisseur Christian DeBenedetti’s knowledge (Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery/author of The Great American Ale Trail) with the talents of cookbook author, Andrea Slonecker (The Picnic; Eggs on Top; Pretzel Making at Home). Expect a delicious educational experience to start off the final day of Feast.

I hope to see you all there! And remember, use the #FeastPDX so I can see all your tweets and instagrams!

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