This time last year, I had no idea what was coming in the following days. I’d heard so much about Feast, but somehow it failed to sink in that there were precautions to consider in order to have a successful weekend! Since Feast week has OFFICIALLY ARRIVED (!!) I’ll share just a few easy tips that I’ll be following this year, and hopefully some newbie out there will glean a few helpful tidbits!
- Come hungry. Last year I wasn’t sure what to expect at the Grand Bounty, so I had a small breakfast beforehand just in case. Um, totally unnecessary. For any event you attend (ok, except drink tanks I think) you absolutely do NOT need to eat beforehand. Obviously if you’re going to a night event, eat a normal (maybe modest…) breakfast and lunch, but definitely expect to have more than enough food to eat at the event itself.
- Be comfortable. I definitely fall on the “comfort first” end of the spectrum, and while you’ll definitely be socializing all day (and therefore perhaps want to look good), make sure you’ll be comfortable walking around, standing A LOT, perhaps growing outwards a bit (fo reals, stretchy pants or dresses are a must), and being in the elements. The forecast this year looks sunny and warm, but it’ll cool down at night — be ready!
- Respect your limits, physically and mentally. Hippy talk time: be mindful of what you need!! This definitely applies to the eating/drinking aspects — there is no reason you HAVE to keep eating/drinking! — but also to your general mental status! If you need to go take a quiet moment, or leave an event early, or skip an after-party: DO IT. I did it last year on Friday night, and was so glad I did. No shame in taking care of yourself!
- Consider alternative transportation. If you can avoid driving, do. I biked to most events last year, and then took cabs when it was dark/riding didn’t seem prudent. Program this number into your phone RIGHT NOW: (503) 227-1212 — RADIO CAB. I’m decently anti-Uber and Lyft, so if you’re an app-only-cab-hailer: download Curb. It’ll sync you up with local cab companies, but with the convenience of an Uber-ish app. Use the cod 70E35C to get a $5 credit on Curb!!
- Relax. Remember that this is supposed to be fun. If you don’t make it to every tasting opportunity you want, it’s okay! We’re here to raise money to fight childhood hunger, and that’s what should matter at the end of the day!
Have questions? Feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email! I’m no expert, but I am always willing to chat! xoxo