Feast Portland Festival: We Eat (Almost) the Entire Night Market
One of the best-attended events at Feast Portland, and one of my favorites, was the spectacular Night Market. This celebration of global street food featured some of Portland's most popular chefs (the line for Nong's Khao Man Gai was out of control at times), and fine chefs from around the country and beyond, including Anita Lo from Annisa (New York City), Paul Qui from East Side King (Austin), and David Thompson from nahm (Bangkok).
The night featured skewers of hearts to balls, beef tongue rolls and beef tendon salads, and even a couple of outrageous sweet treats. And that's just the food.
Serious Drinks editor Maggie included some of her favorite sips from the Night Market in her Feast Portland drinks roundup.
Most of the dishes were Asian, many with fusion influence, like Boke Bowl's crawfish "poutine" over rice tots. The Night Market was magical enough to transport participants to Asia for one night, leaving many to lament that we can't enjoy a food gathering like this every night, or at least every weekend.
About the author: Jay Friedman is a Seattle-based freelance food writer who happens to travel extensively as a sex educator. An avid fan of noodles (some call him "The Mein Man"), he sees sensuality in all foods, and blogs about it at his Gastrolust website. You can follow him on Twitter @jayfriedman.