Feast Portland: FEAST 2015
Here we are at the end of another Feast Portland, and a lot of people ask me what it’s like to attend Feast. It’s really hard for me to describe that, because it’s so complex. My initial response is always “the food is really good”, but it goes significantly deeper than that. Being a blogger there, and attending almost every event and being able to watch the many personal interactions between people and chefs, and people and artisans/purveyors, it feels like everyone is a part of something larger than just having great food.
Feast Portland is unique in the way that it doesn’t feel like a food festival. Attend an event and you’ll see what I mean. From the local artisans sharing their products with the community of attendees, to the amazing chefs sharing their dishes with people, Feast Portland takes on the role of a teacher. You’ll attend a Drink Tank event and learn about different types of whiskey or you’ll engage in a casual conversation with Chris Cosentino about meat. Or, you can grab some food and watch Feast co-founder Carrie Welch interview different chefs about their experiences on the Food Network. You’ll see everyone engaging and educating each other on the simple but complex topic of food.
Feast Portland is unique in the way that fosters collaboration & conversation. The Dinner Series is a great way to experience how world class chefs interact with each other and collaborate. The Bon Appétit Hot 10 Dinner at KitchenCru was an amazing example of this. From watching each other do prep & plating in the kitchen, to Joe Kindred helping KristenMurray during her dessert course, it had all the aspects of a TEAM of chefs from different backgrounds coming together to make one cohesive meal. The dining tables were all set up community style and actually encouraged attendees sit next to someone they didn’t know and have a conversation about the food and the chefs involved.
Feast is unique in the way that it’s about the people. Go to Instagram and look up hashtag #FeastPDX.You’ll see food of course, but you know what else you’ll see? People. LOTS of people. Smiling, on dates, congratulating each other, eating solo, and just enjoying the company of others. It’s almost amazing how Feast Portland feels more like a reunion rather than a food festival.
So why is it hard to describe Feast Portland?
Because we’re a family, this entire Feast community. From all these amazing, talented people that I get to work with and grow with each year, to all the people that come out and celebrate food with each other at all the events, to all the chefs and artisans. We all come from different places with different backgrounds but we support each other like we're a family, and we dine together like we’re a family, and we're all here because of our absolute LOVE and PASSION for food and community.
It’s hard to describe something that feels like family because it’s more of an experience and an emotion, and the more you think about it, the more you realize how much you miss it, and you know what? I already miss my family.
Cheers to another great Feast, and see you all at the table again next year.