Food is definitely worth celebrating—especially here in Oregon. With tons of delicious produce, fresh-caught seafood, award-winning beer and wine and innovative chefs, Oregon is full of amazing foods and drinks to be discovered. This year, check out some of the wonderful festivals that center on the abundant flavors of Oregon. From grape stomping to seafood festivals, you’ll want to mark these nine awesome events on your 2016 calendar.
9. Feast Portland
Self-proclaimed as the "premier food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest", Feast Portland is a wonderful celebration of Oregon's delicious bounty and fabulous chefs. The festival takes place from September 15th-18th.
8. Oregon Brewers Festival
This incredible brew fest is located in Portland and takes place between the dates July 27-31. Prepare to taste an array of amazing beer crafted by artisan brewers right here in Oregon--and to have a bunch of fun while you're at it! (This festival is 21+).
7. Oregon Truffle Festival
At this unique festival in Newberg, visitors are invited to take part in multiple activities including tasting exquisite multi-course truffle dinners (paired with local wine), taking part in a truffle hunt, and learning about the delicious mushroom and the culture around it. The festival takes place over three weekends in January.
6. Newport Seafood and Wine Festival
Located on the beautiful Oregon coast, the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival is an awesome annual festival specializing in the best local (you guessed it!) seafood and wine. This year, the festival will take place from February 25-28.
5. Blackberry Arts Festival
Located in downtown Coos Bay, this charming festival celebrates local blackberries as well as all the amazing things they're a part of. If you love blackberry jams, pastries, wine, or candies, this lovely festival is definitely worth checking out.
4. Oregon Wine Experience
This wonderful wine festival not only provides visitors with the chance to taste many of Oregon's amazing wines, it also helps raise money for Children’s Miracle Network and other Asante healthcare programs. Located in Jacksonville, this weeklong festival will take place between August 22 - 28.
Who doesn't love chocolate? ChocolateFest features lots of Oregon's delicious artisan chocolates and takes place at the Portland Convention Center from January 20-22.
2. Carlton Crush Harvest Festival
This awesome harvest festival takes place on Sept. 10 in Carlton. Although its main focus is on wine, it's tons of fun for the whole family, with activities including grape stomping, food, music, a pie-eating contest, yoga, and of course, tasting amazing local wine.
1. Bite of Oregon
This awesome food festival takes place from August 12-14 on the Portland waterfront and features a delightful array of amazing local foods and drinks, many of which can be sampled as bite-sized miniatures.