Holy Smoked!! Feast Portland’s newest event is also probably its best event.
Now that it's been four whole days since the end of Feast Portland, I've digested (ha!) it all and I think I'm ready to make a big verdict.
This past weekend, we went on vacation to Chicago, and it was an absolutely fun-filled, food-filled awesome weekend. One of the highlights was definitely a day-trip we took on Friday to the Wisconsin State Fair – Milwaukee is only a couple of hours north of Chicago and it was a really great day spent with family.
We got to the fair around noon, so the first thing we did was grab lunch in the “Products of Wisconsin” tent. I had an amazing grilled cheese with Wisconsin cheddar:
…which was made on the second-coolest food assembly line at the fair:
Basically, these ladies have a ton of griddles surrounding a giant tray of bread in the middle. Each one is probably making 20 grilled cheeses at a time. All of those bags underneath the table are hundreds of loaves of bread that they haven’t used yet.
Afterwards we went to see all of the baby animals, and these little goats were just too cute not to share:
We visited all of the animal pavillions (although sadly, the sheep and goats share a barn, so seeing goats did mean we didn’t see any baby lambs 🙁 ). After that we were in need of a snack, so we got something you can’t visit the Wisconsin State Fair and miss: deep fried cheese curds.
So so so so so good! Also: it should be noted that I did not personally eat all of all of the pictured foods. In almost all cases, ONE order was bought and split between the seven of us. Including this one, which is a good thing because I could have been responsible for some serious damage to one of these.
After that, we watched the pig races, which were a ton of fun but difficult to get a good picture of with my phone. And following the pig races, we headed over to the cream puff pavilion. Because at the Wisconsin State Fair, there is a whole pavilion for cream puffs! These people know what they are doing!
Here’s what happened. First: pan after pan after pan of pate choux rolls.
Next: Piping them full of a large amount of fresh whipped cream:
Next, they are covered in confectioner’s sugar. I think this guy is wise to have protective eyewear.
And then, they go to the lucky folks buying them. These cream puffs are the size of a large hamburger!
After we had all finished our amazing cream puffs, we had one more food to try. Can you guess what this is?
Budweiser, to be specific. We ordered one box again, and we all passed it around and each tried one ravioli at a time. And everyone had the same look on their face….
There may be some types of beer meant to be served warm but Bud is not one of them! Thank goodness for the nacho cheese…
And that was our adventure at the fair.