Completing my Bucket List

Attend A Food Festival – Check

I’ve had “attend a food festival” on my bucket list for a few years now, but I didn’t want to just cross this off anywhere.  I was waiting for something amazing to come up.  When we booked our trip to Portland it was great timing that Feast Portland was on.

Feast Portland is more than a food and drink festival. It’s a movement that showcases the energy, creativity and enthusiasm that’s driving America’s food revolution while celebrating the culinary world’s most inspiring places: Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. From spirited one-of-a-kind large-scale events featuring trendsetting chefs from all over the country, to intimate hands-on classes, collaborative dinners and panels, Feast offers some of the most compelling experiences and original programming in the modern food festival conversation

As well as putting on an amazing food festival Feast Portland donates the festival’s net proceeds to help end childhood hunger in the community. During the festival’s first four years, Feast donated over $230,000! 14322274_1769082703303770_3171205611668114890_n-1As we we only had the Friday free in Portland we spent the afternoon at Feast.  Arriving at 1pm we started working our way around the tables, sampling the flavours that Portland and the surrounding area has to offer.

As a lover of sauce’s my eyes were drawn to Red Duck Foods straight away.

Red Duck Foods was born out of our collective curiosity and innovating spirits. As this quirky little duck of ours has grown, we have maintained our insistence upon remaining true to who we are. That includes fulfilling our brand promise with integrity, maintaining a commitment to quality, and never settling below our own high expectations. Above all, we value variety and choice for the consumer and ourselves. We want the obvious choice to be Red Duck Foods, and to do that, we need to wow you.

If we’ve done our job well, when you taste our foods for the first time, you’ll be satisfyingly surprised by the experience.

I was definitely satisfied.

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It was then on to sample some Lagunitas Pale Ale which went down a treat.

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USA Pears were offering a tasting menu.  I don’t eat pears often, but I was there to try some new things so we headed over to a table.  14344251_1769082813303759_7951873822687387052_n

Pear Bisque and Raw Starkrimson Pear with black sesame, hot chili oil and chive were my two favourites, PEARed (get it?) with some local wines.

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This was the perfect time to hand over my sneaky card for trying a new food.

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Then it was time for dessert.  The Drunken Pumpkin cake by Decadent Creations was so tasty we had to go back for seconds (and thirds).

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Feast Portland is a full weekend event, and I wish we had longer to try the different events over the weekend.  2017 tickets aren’t on sale yet, but keep an eye out on www.feastportland.com/ to get your tickets when they come out.

 

 

 

*my ticket was complimentary, but as always all views and opinions are my own*

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