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From our sponsors:
First Taste Oregon
Friday, January 25 @ 4 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, January 26 @ Noon – 10 p.m.
$10 general admission | $8 senior 60+ | $30 VIP
More Info: www.firsttasteoregon.com
Mobile App: FTO2013.com
Oregon State Fairgrounds
2330 17th St NE Salem, OR 97303
First Taste Oregon, a Festival celebrating the first taste of the new year comes to Columbia Hall at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem the 25th and 26th of this month. ‘First Taste’ is the new name for what has been known as the Oregon Wine and Food Festival which started 30 years ago in the same location.
There are over 130 vendors in the Festival featuring Oregon wine, craft brews, culinary, distilled spirits, Northwest artists and art and live music over the two day run. Along with tastings, samplings and various food products there are also full meals from 6 Oregon caterers and area restaurants. There is also a full schedule of entertainment and educational things to do and see including mixology and chef demonstrations.
The entire list of vendors, chef and mixology demonstrations and music schedule are on line at www.firsttasteoregon.com. Admission to the Festival is $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors over 60, or $30 for a VIP admission that is good for both days admission, a free event glass and complimentary tastes from various vendors in the event. There is also a VIP lounge area with snacks and samples. Parking is free courtesy of Les Schwab Tires.
This is the first year distilled spirits have been able to offer tastes and sell hard alcohol in a festival environment. “The small distillers in Oregon have really embraced this Festival with the new laws that allow them to present their products just like wineries and breweries have been able to do for years”, said Scott Ingalls, one of the owners and producers of the Festival. “I think this is a great addition and opportunity for people that want to sample the whiskeys, vodkas and gins that Oregon is producing”, Ingalls said. Attendees can purchase samples of wines, beers and distilled spirits as well as buy those products by the bottle to take home and enjoy. There are also a number of culinary booths with spices, chocolates, jellies, jerky, oils & vinegars, cheeses and more to be sampled. First Taste also features several Oregon artists and their art as well as a variety of lifestyle products for the home throughout the show.
Entertainment during the two days includes mixology demonstrations from Eastside and Big Bottom Distilleries, Chef demonstrations featuring Chef Leif Eric Benson who is a four time Chef of the Year winner and Chef JD Thomas who is the Culinary Director of the NW Culinary Institute. Friday evening starting at 8 the band ‘Carried Away’ featuring Carrie Cunningham will be playing blues, rock and a little country music. Saturday evening the Salsa band Son Moleo will be playing on the main stage. During the day there is a piano bar in between the demonstrations on the Chef Demo Stage.
First Taste Oregon will benefit three non-profit organizations this year including the Salem Exchange Club Youth Programs, Altrusa of Salem and Albany and Oregon Horse Country.