BY MEIGHAN MAKARCHUK, EDIBLE CANADA
A team of five of us from Edible Canada just returned from Feast Portland. We spent our time getting inspired by the talent and tastes coming out of the largest food festival on the West Coast, spotting trends, sampling new products and meeting experts in the industry. Reflecting back on all the things we tasted over the four day festival it’s difficult to pick favourites, but I’ll try!
#10 – The Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich by Lardo at the Sandwich Invitational
The judges agree with us, because this mini sando ended up winning the competition.
#9 – A Negroni Made by a Robot at the Sandwich Invitational
Hendrick’s Gin was on site with a steam punk styled machine that (as you can tell by the title) made negronis to order.
#8 – Blueberry Basil Sangria Shave Ice from Wailua Shave Ice at the Grand Tasting
A Pacific North West twist on the Hawaiian classic! We could have eaten 10 of these!!
#7 – Green Chili Cheeseburgers by Pizza Jerk and Bunk Sandwiches at the Night Market
Soft bun, juicy meat, melted cheese, delicious sauce, so good.
#6 – Cochinita Pibil Croquettes by Bar Amá at the Night Market
Crispy croquettes filled with slow cooked Mexican spiced pork, fried light and served with jalapeno dressing.
#5 – Grilled Tomahawk Steaks by The Country Cat’s Adam Sappington at Smoked
After grilling to perfection these steaks were sliced off the bone and served on fresh rolls slathered in bone marrow sauce. SO GOOD!
#4 – Marrow Bones Topped with Beef Tartare by St. Jack’s Aaron Barnett at Smoked
Bone marrow again! This time as the feature. Topped with smoked beef tartare and fresh horseradish. We’re sensing a trend.
#4 – Quail by Irvings Kitchen at Smoked
Perfectly grilled half quail stuffed with Indian spiced goat sausage served with pickled raita and fresh plum chutney. Wow!
#3 – Bulleit “Smoke Signals” Cocktail at Smoked
We drank a lot of Bulleit Bourbon at Feast (and took several naps in their trailer, thanks guys!) but this cocktail infused with smoke was especially tasty.
#2 – Brunch Trio from Chef Óli Gústa of KEX Hostel at Brunch Village
All the way from Reykjavík this trio of Icelandic brunch items was unique and delicious. We were especially fond of the wild mushrooms.
#1 – Lamb Sandwich by Maya Lovelace at Brunch Village
Lamb rubbed with coffee and cacao then smoked and slow roasted, served on an angel biscuit with smoked cheddar, marionberry bourbon BBQ sauce and crispy okra.
Did you attend Feast this year? What were your favourite dishes and drinks?