Slideshow SLIDESHOW: We Eat All of the Sandwiches at Feast Portland's Sandwich Invitational

[Photographs: Jay Friedman]

Feast Portland kicked off its second year with bready bang last night at the Sandwich Invitational, which featured 15 chefs competing for sandwich glory (Tillamook Cheese, a sponsor, served up three sandwiches as well).

It was a tough competition, with hometown heroes The Country Cat and Laurelhurst Market winning the people's choice and judging panel awards, respectively. Visiting chefs included Sean Brock of McCrady's and Husk, Paul Qui of East Side King and qui, Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes, and Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinki of State Bird Provisions.

Judge Francis Lam, far left, perhaps talking country life while Sean Brock (to his right) makes "Hillbilly" baloney sandwiches

Participants also included the crowd of sandwich lovers, who formed long lines to sample the wares, which were paired with craft brews from local Widmer Brothers Brewing, Northwest wines, and Reyka vodka cocktails.

Check out the slideshow for a look at all of the sandwiches, and check back here next week for more on Feast.

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.

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