For good reason, it seems like the most popular event at Feast Portland is always the USA Pears Night Market. The location along the south waterfront is beautiful, especially with the new Tilikum Crossing bridge providing a dramatic backdrop. For the second year in a row, the weather blessed Feast with perfect temperatures to relax along the riverbank. To cap the evening, nature provided an incredible sunset, that contrasted so well with the overall feel – the paper lanterns, happy crowds, music and drifts of smoke, that it seemed half the crowd stopped to take a picture.
One of the things that stuck me, is how happy and enthusiastic all of the Feast staff was; the event was nothing but smiles and happy, helpful greetings. Every year the event gets better. Parking issues have been resolved, line waits are generally shorter, and the event space has been spread out to provide a bit more room between booths.
With so much good food, it was hard to pick a “Best Dish”, but John Gorham of Toro Bravo won me over: heirloom tomato consommé with a spritz of absinthe and Ancho Reyes, and skewer of octopus, paparra vasca chili, anchovy stuffed olives, and house-made chorizo; summer in one ounce portions.
Here is a slide show of some of the photos we took during the evening: