I have Portland on the brain right now as I am heading there this weekend for the International Food Bloggers Conference. I can’t wait! I will be speaking at the conference on the subject of building community online and offline. I really love IFBC because it is an intimate conference with awesome food and a great opportunity to connect with people.

Portland is the ultimate getaway for me ; only a 3 and a half hour train ride where I get to relax and read or sleep and everything is walkable with creative restaurants everywhere. If you are not going yet, you should try to snag a ticket because this will be a conference that you will want to attend.

Photo credit: Jackie Donnely Baisa

Anytime I hear the name Portland, my eyes light up so imagine how exciting to see information about Feast, the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting on September 20-23. This is a huge event bringing together famous chefs from all over the world. The line up includes food celebrities, writers and chefs like Mark Bittman from the New York Times, April Bloomfield from the Spotted Pig, Andrew Knowlton of Bon Appetit and many more. The event is about getting these culinary talents together, from PDX to New York City, everybody will be mingling and cooking together. There are private dinners, educational panels, tastings and so much to do. The event is sponsored by Bon Appetit Magazine, This is going to be rocking event and your opportunity to taste from Portland’s best restaurants as well as food from some of the top chefs across America. Get tickets here

Giveaway: You have the chance to win an exclusive tasting package worth $350 for this event. The package includes: Two tickets to the Sandwich Invitational, Two Tickets to the Coffee That Rocks panel with Andrew Knowlton and Two Tickets to the Friday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting. Descriptions below. Just leave a comment to be entered to win. Share my blog and this contest on Facebook and receive 3 entries (comment back to let me know). Share on twitter for an extra entry. (I just added this one to give you more opportunities) The winner will be chosen on Monday September 3. The winner is Jasmine Campbell. Thanks for entering.

Portland Monthly Sandwich Invitational
Presented by Widmer Brothers Brewing
Location: Director Park
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Price: $95
Experience the creative spirit of America’s most innovative culinary talent through their chef’d-up interpretations of sandwiches brought to a whole new level at Feast Portland’s kick-off flagship tasting event. From po’ boy to banh mi, savor the best sandwiches you’ve ever tried paired with craft beers made by Portland’s landmark Widmer Brothers Brewery under the stars at Downtown Portland’s chic Director Park. Though the definition of sandwich – and even what counts as bread – is up for creative interpretation, the end result will be pure magic.
The Lineup:
Adam Berger, 24th& Meatballs (PDX)
Ben Bettinger, Imperial (PDX)
Ned and Jodi Elliott, Foreign & Domestic (Austin)
Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ (Austin)
Jason French, Ned Ludd (PDX)
Duff Goldman, Charm City Cakes (Baltimore/LA)
Ken Gordon, Kenny & Zukes (PDX)
Tommy Habetz & Nick Wood, Bunk Sandwiches (PDX)
Jenn Louis, Lincoln (PDX)
Molly Moon Neitzel, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (SEA)
Rodney Muirhead, Podnah’s Pit BBQ (PDX)
Naomi Pomeroy, Beast (PDX)
Sarah Schafer, Irving Street Kitchen (PDX)
Ethan Stowell, Tavolata, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Ballard Pizza Company (SEA)
Cheryl Wakerhouser, Pix Patisserie (PDX)

Coffee That Rocks
Location: Director Park: Drinks Pavilion
Date: Friday, September 21, 2012
Time: 10:00am- 11:00am
Price: $45
Bon Appétit Restaurant and Drinks Editor Andrew Knowlton and Portland coffee experts give the lowdown on choosing the right equipment and showcasing fun ways to prepare coffee at home. Learn the pour over, Aeropress, siphon brewing, and a culinary coffee trick or two to make the most of your morning ritual.
Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit (NYC)

Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting: Friday
Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square
Date: Friday, September 21, 2012
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Price: $60/day or $100/both days
Portland’s so-called living room transforms into the city’s dining room for two days as dozens of the region’s most celebrated wineries, breweries, vendors and artisans take over the award-winning Pioneer Courthouse Square for Feast Portland’s premiere daytime event. Experience the scene, meet the chefs and winemakers you’ve read about, and enjoy cooking demonstrations from celebrated chefs like Chris Cosentino, April Bloomfield, and Naomi Pomeroy at the KitchenAid Main Demo Stage.
KitchenAid Main Demo Stage Schedule
Chris Cosentino, Incanto, Boccalone (SF)
Friday at 2:30pm-3:30pm
Amanda Freitag,Food Network, Cooking Channel (NYC)
Friday 3:45pm-4:45pm

Correction: The date of the giveaway has been updated.

Written by franticfoodie

I am Keren Brown (note: Keren with 2 E's). I love living in Seattle, I think the weather here is fabulous and spend my days writing, organizing and planning food events. Read about Seattle food events, recipes or just immerse in the food obsession. Check out my other blog in the Seattle PI http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/franticfoodie/


  1. My fingers are super tightly crossed – Feast PDX sounds like a feast for all the senses! That and Portland is so close…

  2. Omg! We are already going to be in portland that weekend visiting my parents (built in babysitters for the twins if we win!) Sounds amazing!

  3. Also read Portland Monthly feature articles on Feast. Interesting to hear Mark Bittman’s take on the “food movement” when he says that the increasing popularity of people trying new restaurants and new, more obscure ingredients isn’t helping our nation become healthier or learn to cook at home. He says it’s the home cooking where food will make the difference, and so far, people aren’t transitioning that food “knowledge” they’re supposedly getting in a restaurant to their own house. Interesting take that seems fairly true. So far, many like the fad or label of being a foodie, but aren’t practicing it at home.

  4. Feast is going to be an incredible weekend. Just shared this on fb as well. Good to see you last night-knock ’em dead @IFBC.

  5. Portland is an amazing city to lose yourself in–the people, the architecture, the places. I still want to dedicate just one day to browsing and people watching in Powells. Would love to win–event hough we have amazing food and restaurants here in Seattle, I think they’re one up on us in PDX.

  6. This is very cool, but i am more curious about how she will travel back in time to announce the winner on August 3rd. I mean, Feast is cool, but give me the ability to travel back in time any day.

  7. Portland definitely has fueled my foodie genes!!! So many creative chefs and food scenes to try….can’t wait til the Feast!!

  8. Shared on Peha Promo dot com. Drooling at all the sandwich possibilities. PDX is such a great food city, this will be a rockin’ event…I agree. And a great opportunity to meet interesting food peeps as well.

  9. What a fun giveaway! We would love to get the chance to go to this event! Just shared the blog and contest on Facebook and am crossing my fingers we’ll get a much needed foodie night in Portland while our twins are tucked safely into their beds in Eugene!

  10. Darling, I haven’t the slightest idea how you do it all…but you do..and you make it look good.

    Have a blast in PDX this weekend…wish I was there!

  11. hi there! I would love to win this tasting package! I know about Feast Portland and want to go but $ is a little tight right now. I shared on FB and twitter (@aleedallas). What a GREAT giveaway! Thank you!

  12. I’m sorry I missed hearing you speak in Portland. I’m sure you were wonderful! We’ve been in California visiting family. I hope to attend IFBC in the future, though.

  13. I shared on fb and will be visiting your site from now on, too! Love hearing from a nearby foodie! Crossing my fingers for that weekend pass!

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