Samples of food and wine from Savor Cannon Beach

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival March 8-11 in Cannon Beach, Oregon will offer wine tastings, wine dinners and a wine walk with tastings throughout town featuring over 30 Northwest wineries. Wine tasting events occur each day of the festival and restaurants host wine dinners and special pairing menus while local retailers offer their own tasting events ranging from specialty salts to gourmet chocolates over the four days. Art galleries and retail shops also participate with a variety of events, many of them food and wine related.

Festival events begin Thursday, March 8 with the "Thursday Night Throwdown" matching Oregon wines versus Washington wines. Participants taste several red and white wines in head-to-head match-ups by varietal and vote on their favorites. Other festival tasting events include the "Battle of the Blends" on Friday, with attendees sampling red and white blends from various regions of the Northwest. Saturday afternoon, it's the "Winter Wine Tour," a wine walk throughout town as art galleries and stores host Northwest wineries offering tastings to festival participants. Other festival events include a Wine and Cheese pairing seminar with Andy Perdue, editor-in-chief of Wine Press Northwest Magazine and a Sunday morning sparkling wine and brunch bites tasting.

In addition to Cannon Beach restaurants offering wine dinners and special tasting menus, many other local businesses participate with food and wine related events. Icefire Glassworks will feature live demonstrations of hand-blown glass wine goblets, Cannon Beach Book Company will host a book signing by "Dishing Up Oregon" author Ashley Gartland and local galleries will feature artists who create food and wine related art. The Cannon Beach Treasure Company will present a "Taste of History" exhibit featuring food and wine related items recovered from historical shipwrecks.

A festival ticket offers admission to all of the festival's official tasting events, seminars and a glass to participate in the wine walk. Festival tickets are $99 and may be purchased in advance, online through the PayPal link below. Festival tickets good for all events are limited to 100 and have sold out in advance in past years, so tickets to individual events will only be available at the door if space permits. Up to 400 additional tickets will be available for the Saturday Wine Tour (a fundraiser for the Cannon Beach Preschool and Children's Center). Ticket for just the Saturday Wine Tour are $25 and are available through the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce or the Cannon Beach Children's Center.

For the complete schedule of festival events click here.

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