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ODA to bring buyers, sellers together at Feast Portland

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A four-day food festival in Portland provides a perfect meet and greet opportunity for Oregon agriculture sellers and buyers: (NOTE: Feast Portland runs September 20-23)

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The inaugural Feast Portland is a multi-faceted event designed to showcase local foods and culinary talent. As part of the activities, the Oregon Department of Agriculture is holding a showcase that brings local growers and food processors together with buyers:

BARTON:  “The one thing we really wanted to try to do is have a larger event, a trade show type of event that would actually allow the growers and the buyers to meet each other, face to face.”  :14

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Trade manager Laura Barton says the showcase will feature 50 Oregon growers and food processors on display at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square who are available to meet with 26 invited buyers and three media representatives. This should lead to conversations that build towards future sales and more exposure for some of the great local products Oregon has to offer:

BARTON:  “We are, of course, very dedicated and our mission is to make sure Oregon agriculture stays viable, which means we want to keep farmers farming profitably. We want food processors to be profitable– especially those who are using Oregon agricultural-based ingredients.”  :16

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Among the products on display at the showcase are wine, garlic, berry jams, artisan cheese, organic beef, ice cream sandwiches and even edible flowers. All are locally grown and all come from those who want to reach a wider market. In Salem, I’m Bruce Pokarney.

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BARTON says the buyer-seller event is just a small part of the four-day Feast Portland event, but hopefully a lot will happen with that focused effort:

“The showcase is taking place right in the heart of Portland’s downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square. There will be tables. I’m calling it a pop-up trade showcase because it really is an hour long venue.”  :12

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BARTON says the products on display at the showcase run the gamut of Oregon agriculture:

“We really have a great cross-section. I’m so excited, especially to see the reaction from the media and the buyers who come through. I think they are going to be really impressed. We’ve always know we have this great diversity in Oregon and we have a lot of entrepreneurs.”  :16

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