2011 Best Fests Preview

Here at the Oregon Wine Press, we know how fast the year can fly by; so we decided to give you a heads-up on the biggest Oregon wine events of 2011.

With live music, amazing food, world-class wine and worthy charities, the following events promise good times and lasting memories.

The calendar begins with two events at the end of January.

Oregon Wine, Food & Brew Festival, Jan. 28–29, will feature dozens of Oregon wineries, food, art and main stage entertainment at the Jackman-Long building at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.

This year’s music line-up includes the Ted Vaughn Blues Band, the Mathew Price Band, Blind Rhino, jazz pianist Brady Goss, the Bourbon Street Jazz Band and more. Plus, the festival will bring back its popular wine competition — this year produced by the Oregon Wine Press. Winners will be announced at the festival.

Oregon Truffle Festival, Jan. 28–30, will entertain guests with workshops, dog-training seminars, cooking classes, a truffle marketplace and the Grand Truffle Dinner prepared by notable chefs. Located at the Valley River Inn, this event is the first of its kind in North America.

Both festivals guarantee your palate’s inspired with gourmet grub and local wine.

January 28–29, 2011

Oregon Wine, Food & Brew Festival
Oregon State Fairgrounds (Salem)

January 28–30, 2011

Oregon Truffle Festival
Valley River Inn (Eugene)

February 19–20, 2011

Confluence Wine, Beer, Seafood & Music Festival
Old W. F. Jewett School Building (Gardiner)

February 25–27, 2011

Newport Seafood & Wine Festival
South Beach Marina (Newport)

March 4–5, 2011

Classic Wines Auction & Dinner
Oregon Convention Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland)

March 4–6, 2011

Oregon Chocolate Festival
Ashland Springs Hotel (Ashland)

March 5, 2011

Big Sip Oregon
Doubletree Lloyd Center (Portland)

Greatest of the Grape
Seven Feathers Casino Resort & Spa (Canyonville)

March 11–13, 2011

Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic
Evergreen Space Museum (McMinnville)

March 19, 2011

Oregon Cheese Festival
Rogue Creamery (Central Point)

March 25–27, 2011

North Meets South Food & Drink Jubilee
The Benson Hotel (Portland)

April 1–3, 2011

Columbia Gorge Passport Weekend
Columbia Gorge Wineries 

April 2, 2011

Flavors of Carlton
Ken Wright Cellars (Carlton)

April 16, 2011

Umpqua Valley Barrel Tour
Umpqua Valley Wineries

Springfield City Hall

April 16–17, 2011

Dundee Hills Passport Tour
Dundee Hills Wineries (Dundee)

April 22–23, 2011

Spring Beer & Wine Festival
Oregon Convention Center (Portland)

April 29–May 1, 2011

Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
Clatsop County Fairgrounds (Astoria)

April 29–May 1, 2011

A Taste of Ashland
Ashland Galleries

May 5–7, 2011

Science of Wine
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum (Ashland)

May 14, 2011

Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival
Bison Building (Portland)

Silverton Wine & Jazz Festival
Downtown Silverton

May 21, 2011

Umpqua Valley Barrel Tour
Umpqua Valley Wineries

May 21–22, 2011

America’s Wild Rivers Coast Wine, Art & Music Festival
Event Center on the Beach (Gold Beach)

May 22, 2011

Applegate Valley Spring Uncorked Tour
Applegate Valley Wineries

May 28–30, 2011

Memorial Weekend
Oregon Wineries (Statewide)

June 3–5, 2011

Canby Wine, Art & Garden Show
Clackamas County Event Center (Canby)

June 18, 2011

Gorge Wine Celebration for Hospice
Best Western Hood River Inn

June 18–19, 2011

Hood River County Fruit Loop Wine Celebration
Hood River Fruit Loop Wineries and Farms

June 25–26, 2011

The Bite of Bend
Downtown Bend

July 2–4, 2011

Art & The Vineyard
Alton Baker Park (Eugene)

July 16–17, 2011

Best of Oregon Food & Wine Festival
The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club* (Aloha)

July 23–24, 2011

Carlton’s Walk in the Park
Wennerberg Park (Carlton)

July 29–31, 2011

International Pinot Noir Celebration
Linfield College (McMinnville)

August 12–14, 2011

The Bite of Oregon
Waterfront Park (Portland)

August 20, 2011

Hearts & Vines Auction
Valley View Winery (Jacksonville)

August 26–28, 2011

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival
Esther Short Park (Downtown Vancouver)

August 26–September 5, 2011

Oregon State Fair
Oregon State Fairgrounds (Salem)

August 27, 2011

World of Wine Festival
Del Rio Vineyards (Gold Hill)

September 3–5, 2011

Explore Tour & Taste Tour
Chehalem Mountains Wineries

September 10–11, 2011

Umpqua Valley Wine, Art & Music Festival
Umpqua Community College (Roseburg)

September 17, 2011

Jellyfish Jubilee: A Celebration of Food & Wine
Oregon Coast Aquarium (Newport)

November 4–6, 2011

Ashland Food & Wine Classic
Ashland Springs Hotel

November 5, 2011

Northwest Wine & Food Festival
Doubletree Lloyd Center (Portland)

November 11–12, 2011

¡Salud! Oregon Pinot Noir Auction
Domaine Drouhin Oregon (Dayton), The Governor Hotel (Portland)

November 20, 2011

Applegate Valley Fall Uncorked Tour
Applegate Valley Wineries

November 25–27, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend
Oregon Wineries (Statewide)

*Location subject to change. Check website for up-to-date details.

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