Portland, September 18th, 2015.  Gregory Gourdet  from Departure Restaurant + Lounge won the “Feast Sandwich Invitational” and the People’s Choice Award went to Vitaly Paley from Imperial. (Photo credit, FeastThe cooking contest was just one of the more than 30 foodie events held during the four-day festival – most are sold out. Presented by Bon Appétit,  since its inception in 2011, Feast has donated more than $162,000 to deserving organizations dedicated to fighting childhood hunger, including No Kid Hungry. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority.

More information about No Kid Hungry can be found on the nonprofit’s website.

Here are some images from Feast 2015:

Ice cream magic with was created by Fifty Licks. The recipe included Buttermilk fudge ice cream with lime zest, peanuts, candied ginger + shaved bottarga.

Ice cream magic with was created by “Fifty Licks.” The recipe included Buttermilk fudge ice cream with lime zest, peanuts, candied ginger + shaved bottarga.

Start Date Founded in 2011 Address Portland, OR Short Description The premier food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest. September 17th-20th, 2015 Portland, Oregon http://feastportland.com/ Long Description Oregon's soil produces amazing fruits and vegetables. Our vineyards grow grapes that make award-winning wines. Our hops are ... See More Email info@feastportland.com Website http://www.feastportland.com/

Organizers rave about all that the region has to offer: “Oregon’s soil produces amazing fruits and vegetables. Our vineyards grow grapes that make award-winning wines. Our hops are the reason Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world. Our ocean provides sustainably caught salmon, Dungeness crab and tuna. And our beef, pork and chicken are organic and raised to the highest standards. We grow much of the country’s hazelnuts, marionberries and green beans. And our forests are home to so many exotic mushrooms the Japanese have us on speed dial. Best of all, we have marvelous chefs who know what to do with all this abundance. So we decided it’s high time we had our own world-class celebration of food, drink and everything else that makes Portland awesome. We’re calling it Feast Portland.”

Hot chicks! Dough filled with savory chicken & spicy tamarind creme. #FeastPDX #letthegamesbegin

This dish was dough filled with savory chicken & spicy tamarind creme.

Feast Portland! #feastpdx #OBGT #drinkstoller — with Betsy Hannaford.

Local wineries had their moment in the sun including The Stoller Family Estate.

The Feast Portland Sandwich Invitational is underway. The hardest part is deciding which one to try first.

Delicious food ✔️ Incredible crowd ✔️ Epic view ✔️✔️✔️ USA Pears #NightMarket at Zidell Yards is on! #FeastPDX

Night Market was held in the Zidell Yards.

Last year, Feast Portland helped Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon connect 4,729 kids to healthy summer meals.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon is a local, statewide organization that works to prevent hunger.

They advocate with policy makers to help move Oregon families out of poverty, bring conversations about hunger into public view, and strengthen effective public assistance programs like School Meals and SNAP (food stamps).

1 in 4 kids in Oregon is at risk of hunger. Matt Newell-Ching, public affairs

director of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, believes that “we don’t have to live in a state where hunger exists. Together, we can create an Oregon where everyone thrives.”

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon’s mission is to raise awareness about hunger,

connect people to nutrition programs and advocate for systemic changes that end hunger before it begins. Visit

oregonhunger.org for more information.

From Feast:

From spirited one-of-a-kind large-scale events featuring trendsetting chefs from all over the country and the world, to intimate hands-on classes, collaborative dinners and panels, Feast offers some of the most compelling experiences and original programming in the modern food festival conversation.

Founded in 2012 by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch, Feast is also a festival with a mission, donating net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country through Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Since its inception, Feast has donated more than $162,000 to these deserving organizations dedicated to making childhood hunger history.

Entering its fourth year, Feast Portland has been called “the best food festival in the country” by Thrillist National, the “food festival to beat” by Tasting Table and applauded by local and national media alike, including USA Today, Serious Eats, Eater National, The Wall Street Journal, Food Republic, New York Post, Forbes and The Oregonian, and named among Fodor’s Travel North America’s Top 15 Food Festivals for being “done to such perfection you’d think one of the Pacific Coast’s biggest-catch food events was in its 30th year.”