I also really enjoyed the sessions I attended. By the end of the days my head was so full of new ideas and information I had to force myself to get out there and enjoy Portland (woe, a hard life!). Everyone in attendance was so friendly and the conversation flowed easily, especially since most of the conversation was about my two favourite topics (food, technology).
We also got a chance to sample some amazing Oregon Wines! Not being as educated about wine as I would like to be, the opportunity to talk to the producers and learn about the differences in wine production between my home province of BC and Oregon was fascinating. A little too fascinating after such an early morning and light lunch because I was so busy chatting people up at the bookfair...!
Of course, there was much enjoyment of the rest of Portand's food scene, which I have documented on my personal blog!