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The Most Delicious Bites & Sips at Feast Portland

by in Events, September 19th, 2016

Oregon’s fifth annual Feast Portland took place this weekend in the Rose City, and it once again delivered big on food, fun and flavor. The bacchanalia spanned dozens of events throughout the city with eats by local chef-favorites like Gregory Gourdet, Jenn Louis, Joshua McFadden, Naomi Pomeroy, Vitaly Paley and Cathy Whims — plus, big-name imports including Hugh Acheson, Aaron Franklin, Paul Kahan and Jessica Koslow. Of all the delicious bites, slurps and swigs we took over the three days of feasting, these were our favorites.

 

At the annual Night Market, dozens of chefs cooked up Latin-inspired eats with views of the Tilikum Crossing at sunset. Crown Paella constructed a decadent seafood paella with Dungeness crab and fried calamari in an impressive 6-foot wide, 6-handled pan set atop open flames (pictured above).

At a lunch at Superite showcasing Washington State Wine, husband-wise chef team Gabi Quiñónez Denton and Greg Denton served up plate after plate of PNW-centric ingredients. Standouts from the meal included albacore tataki with cantaloupe and fried shallots, pork confit with chanterelles, green beans and hazelnut chimichurri and small rounds of hand-cut pasta with truffles and Irish butter – the chefs’ decadent, grown-up take on childhood favorite SpaghettiOs. 

Grey skies and a few raindrops couldn’t keep hungry foodies away from the second annual Smoked! Event (this is Oregon, after all), held Saturday night in The Fields with views of the Fremont Bridge. Chefs like San Francisco’s Chris Cosentino and Portland’s own Nong Poonsukwattana got creative with how they “smoked” their dishes, including tender bites of lamb shoulder with pickled veggies and yogurt sauce to mini meringue pies brûléed with a blowtorch.

This year’s Sandwich Invitational boasted dozens of stellar sammies like Noble Rot’s elk loin confit with liver, browned onions and a brandy spread, Trifecta Tavern’s pulled pork with smoked oyster mayonnaise and cabbage slaw, and Renata’s guinea hen porchetta topped with caramelized onion mayonnaise, arugula pesto and pickled fennel.

At “Shake, Stir, Build: Cocktail Techniques with Bull in China and Multnomah Whiskey Library,” students learned the art of the cocktail at one of Portland’s best luxe-cozy drinks dens. Once you mastered your shaking techniques with the help of an expert MWL bartender, you sipped your handiwork, sampled the nosh and moved on to the next cocktail station.

9 Favorite Bites from Feast Portland 2015

by in Events, Restaurants, September 22nd, 2015

By Joseph Erdos and Sara Levine

Portland, Oregon, should be on any food fanatic’s radar. If you want to sample food from more restaurants than you could ever possibly visit over a single weekend, plan a trip during Feast Portland, the city’s annual food festival. Feast celebrates all the great eats and drinks the city and region has to offer, plus tastes from more top chefs and restaurants across the country. Portland in September is gorgeous and green, perfect weather for walking off the food (and wine, and craft beer …) you’ve consumed. We just returned from the fourth annual Feast and can confirm that the festival’s name couldn’t be more appropriate. Here’s just a handful of our favorite bites. Read more

Getting to the Heart — and Stomach — of America in the New Series Eating America

by in Shows, June 16th, 2014

Anthony AndersonOn the new series Eating America, premiering Monday, July 28 at 9|8c, host Anthony Anderson is on a mission to discover the most flavorful food festivals in the country. Food Network fans may recognize Anthony Anderson from Chopped, where he competed on a special holiday episode, and from Iron Chef America, where he’s been a frequent judge. This food lover is now taking on a new venture in Food Fest Nation, tasting everything from classic interpretations of regional fare to surprising twists on favorite dishes. Anthony will get to the belly of what is truly at the heart of America — one food festival at a time.

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December Food Festivals

by in Events, November 27th, 2012

Candy Cane cookiesBy now, we hope you’ve put a substantial dent in the Thanksgiving leftovers and are ready to move on for a couple more weeks until the Christmastime food festival drought starts. Until then, there will be warming beers, warm cookies and warm entertainment keeping the spirit alive.

Indio International Tamale Festival, Indio, Calif., Dec. 1-2: The Mexican treat of pre-Hispanic origin is a serious victual requiring a small workforce (i.e., large family) to produce. Perhaps that’s why tamales are really only prevalent during holidays, like Day of the Dead, the Christmas season and this two-day fiesta in Indio, which has been a staple since 1992. There will be a cook-off with traditional and gourmet categories as well as an eating contest punctuated by folkloric dancing and live music from four stages at this annual event named one of the top-10 “All-American Food Festivals” by Food Network.

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October Food Festivals

by in Events, October 2nd, 2012

apple cider and apples
As the temperatures aim for sweater weather, the possibility of sleeping with open windows and sipping from a warm bowl of freshly made pumpkin soup increase. But first try a bushel of apples and maybe some fried food — October is most definitely a month of mouth-stuffing fall fun.

Kentucky Apple Festival, Paintsville, Ky., Oct. 5-6: For half a century, this Johnson County hootenanny has warmed the bellies of locals and visitors alike. The delicacy here is the tiger ear, a fried apple pie (try saying that without a Southern drawl). Purveyors offering those treats will be joined by dozens of other concessionaires and sit alongside arts and crafts stalls. And who can forget the pageants, corn hole tournament and a parade of Golden Delicious proportions? Visitors to this festival will get to the core of the phrase, as American as apple pie.

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Cold War: Austin Ice Cream Festival

by in Food Network Magazine, July 31st, 2012

Austin Ice Cream Festival

The average high in Austin this time of year is 97 degrees, so it’s no wonder the city’s ice cream festival was an instant hit when it started in 2007. Nearly 12,000 people showed up that summer, and now the all-day event (taking place August 4, $10; www.icecreamfestival.org) is an annual affair, with an ice cream eating contest, Popsicle-stick sculpting and, most important, an ice cream making competition. It’s an intense battle: Contestants have to bring their own machine and churn out their creation on-site for a panel of four locals and four discerning kids. We asked champions from past festivals to hand over their winning recipes.

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August Food Festivals

by in Events, July 30th, 2012

lemons
August is about as hot as it gets each year, in terms of the temperature and the good-eats celebrations. It’s especially true for the hauls of seafood, corn and blueberry festivals this month. Below are our pick of the pecks.

Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, Maine, Aug. 1–5: Vacationland is booming, fueled by bountiful catches of crustaceans that end up predominantly in lobster rolls. This is not a bad thing — it should be celebrated. And that’s what the small town of Rockland has done since 1947. The modern festival includes more than 20,000 pounds of lobster, a fantastical parade replete with giant lobster, the crowning of the Sea Goddess and loads of competitions. Beyond the professional and amateur cooking contests, there are blindfold rowboat and lobster crate races. For those who can’t stomach the crack of claw and tail, there are all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts.

Blueberry Arts Festival, Ketchikan, Ark., Aug. 3–5: More than fish is grown in the land of tundra and groceries via seaplane. The tart summertime burst of berries is also found in the 49th state. For that, Alaskans are grateful and because of that, they party. This annual festival is more than a platform for bragging about your best blueberry dish. The three-day happening involves a slug weigh-in (yes, that kind of mollusk) a race and a pie-eating contest. Attendees can also take part in local arts and crafts, a mini-beer festival and a doll parade.

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July Food Festivals

by in Events, July 2nd, 2012

peaches
The seasonal climb to triple-digit temperatures nationwide has begun. Whether you’d like to cool down or heat things up this month, there is a food festival for everyone in July.

Greater Mandeville Seafood Festival, Mandeville, La., July 4-8: Dive into summer and Independence Day with this five-day party on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. They expect more than 10,000 visitors daily, all of them hankering for some Louisiana lobster puffs, crawfish sausage po’ boys, Creole crab cakes or any of the bountiful underwater edibles served here. Carnival rides, a car show, live music and the FireCracker Fun Run benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project are among the other attractions at the Seafood Festival. End day one with the fireworks display at 8:45 pm.

Wild Rice Festival, Deer River, Minn., July 6-8: As much a staple of life as water, grains are the focus of countless of food festivals worldwide. In the Upper Midwest, it’s wild rice, which has been feted for more than six decades. The Deer River Wild Rice Festival showcases more than a local delicacy. A snapping-turtle stew dinner kicks off a weekend of fireworks, a police department bike rodeo, a parade and bingo — so much bingo.

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June Food Festivals

by in Events, June 9th, 2012

peaches
As the mercury begins to climb, it’s time to find entertaining ways to beat the heat. From ice cream to watermelons, both of which instantly soothe, June is cool.

Georgia Peach Festival, Fort Valley, Ga., June 1-9: There is nothing more Georgian than the peach, the fuzzy fruit whose name adorns myriad street signs in Atlanta, confusing more tourists than Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds. But what a sweet treat this will be! Under the cover of night, the “World’s Largest Peach Cobbler” will be concocted. Attendees will be able to stuff themselves with peach this and peach that, and, of course, Miss Georgia Peach will be crowned.

National Asparagus Festival, Shelby, Mich., June 8-10: From the Asparagus Dinner and Spear-It 5K Run/Walk to the recipe contest and community picnic spotlighting asparagus brats, there are plenty of ways to show your spear-it at the 39th annual National Asparagus Festival. Sample asparagus jelly, asparagus cookies and asparagus bread before attending a farm tour.

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April Food Festivals

by in Events, April 3rd, 2012

asparagus
For some, April — like T.S. Eliot notes in The Waste Land and the seasonal severe weather shows — is the cruelest month. Those poor folks would change their tune if they could partake in any of the pabulum parties below. This month’s culinary treasures are sweet, spicy and creamy.

Tater Day, Benton, Ky., April 2: While this festival celebrated on the first Monday in April is 169 years old, it wasn’t until approximately 1960 that the Kiwanis Club gave the festival its current form. Local growers still gather to trade sweet potato slips (shoots grown from mature potatoes) and related wares. They also congregate to fete the town’s favorite starchy tuber with a parade, pageants, eating competition (perfect after a spin on a carnival ride), horse races and the Barbeque Kookoff. Of course, folks will vie for a chance at winning the title of largest sweet potato.

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