The biggest names in American wine country may lay south of the Oregonian border, but real die-hards know that if you want the good stuff -- especially if by “the good stuff” you mean good pinot noir -- you’ve got to go to Willamette. With its rich soil, mild climate, and absolutely stunning hillside scenery, this western Oregon valley produces some of the most delicate and interesting wines in the world today, and a burgeoning culinary scene to match. One of the best ways to celebrate this undersung bastion of American cuisine? The annual Bounty of Yamhill County, a three-day food and wine festival starting in 2012. It may be relatively new to the festival circuit, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less delicious!
Obviously, the main attraction at an event like this is the food -- and you’ll certainly find a lot of it to enjoy, no matter how your tastes run. Chefs, growers, and vintners hailing from Yamhill County and the surrounding areas will be represented, all showcasing their very best delectable delights.
The Bounty of Yamhill County has been voted one of the top-ten best food festivals by both USA Today and The Culture Trip, so there’s no doubt you’ll find something that suits your palate. But there’s plenty more to do here than eat and drink… although there’s no shortage of opportunities there, either.
Along with browsing the offerings of the many vendors in attendance, visitors can also enjoy a stacked schedule of events including tastings and live entertainment. For a full schedule of events spanning Friday through Sunday, check out the Bounty of Yamhill County Events Page.
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Although there’s no on-site camping at the festival grounds, the Yamhill County area has ample options for RV campers -- and tent campers, too. Whether you’re looking for an amenity-packed resort experience or a modest public campground, here are a few spots to consider.
RVing is one of the very best ways to enjoy the Bounty of Yamhill County, or any food, music, or harvest festival for that matter. You’ll enjoy a front-row seat to all the action and a comfortable, relaxing haven to return to after a full day of wining and dining -- and when you source your RV rental through RVshare, you’ll pay a fraction of the cost you would from the big, commercial dealerships.
Not camping this time around? There are still plenty of accommodations to choose from in the area, ranging from high-end luxury hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts that turn a night’s stay into an unforgettable event. You can find full details on lodging on the Yamhill County area on the Bounty website, but here are a few serene-sounding options.
Yamhill County is conveniently located only 25 miles from Portland, Oregon, about equidistant between the state’s capital and the coast. It’s made up of a variety of small, historical wine-making communities, the epicenter of which is McMinnville.
Other towns in the area include Amity, Newberg, Dayton, and Dundee, all of which are easily accessible via Oregon’s I-5 and Highway 99. Flying in? Portland International (code PDX) is a major hub serviced by many commercial carriers. For full driving directions, please see the Bounty of Yamhill County website or visit the Oregon Travel Bureau.
Although this event is relatively new, it makes up for its youth in popularity. Tickets are limited, and many events have historically sold out early.
Chill ‘n Grill at Abbey Road Farm with Quaintrelle
Chill ‘n Grill at Remy Wines with Nick’s Italian Cafe
Pinot 101 at Brittan Vineyards
Vineyard Hike + Lunch at Daffodil Hill Vineyard with Maria & Rob Stuart of R. Stuart & Co. Winery
Plate & Pitchfork Dinner at Domaine Drouhin Oregon with Henry Kibit of Sokol Blosser and Mark Wooten of Little Conejo
Beer + Wine Brunch with Xicha Brewery | Hideaway at Dobbes
Create Your Own Wine Tasting Journal at Elizabeth Chambers Cellar
Whether you find yourself sipping a satisfying glass in Willamette Valley or on some other epic adventure, we can’t wait to learn about your journey -- and, we admit, taste some of those amazing eats vicariously through you! For the chance to be featured on our blog and social media channels, tag us when you post your favorite festival photos, or send pics and details to us directly at [email protected]!
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