Road Trip to Feast Portland
WHERE: Downtown Portland, Oregon WHY: For the second annual Feast Portland (9/19–9/22. $10 for speaker presentations [all ages]; $45–$175 for demos and tastings, 21 and older only. Various locations, including the Grand Tasting event at Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave.; feastportland.com), a celebration of all things edible and quaffable made in Oregon. There will be tastings, butchering contests, demos (cooking on blocks of Himalayan salt, for example) and celebrity chefs galore. DON’T MISS: Saturday night’s big event, High Comfort ($175, all inclusive), when star chefs from all over the country (including Seattle’s own Tom Douglas) dream up luxe takes on comfort food to pair with Oregon Pinot Noirs from wineries such as Sokol Blosser, Domaine Serene and Chehalem. GET TO THE SOURCE: The event’s Trails to Feast guide (download here) offers seven statewide local-food itineraries, so hop in the car and explore the Oregon Cheese Trail, High Desert Brews and more. GETTING THERE: Head south on I-5 and follow the signs to Portland.