Oregon’s obsession with indulgence and sustainability takes form at the Bounty of Yamhill County — a three-day food, wine and fundraising benefitting the Yamhill Enrichment Society, a non-profit that funds music and literacy programs for kids. The festival is nestled in the Willamette Valley, which was voted the 2016 wine region of the year by Wine Enthusiast magazine. It’s an agricultural epicenter known for its majestic views of snow-capped mountains, vineyards and organic farms, and you’ll experience all three in Yamhill County.
The Bounty of Yamhill County hosts picnic style outdoor meals by local restaurateurs. You can sample Nick’s Italian Cafe, which serves Chanterelle en Cartoccioc — local chanterelle mushrooms baked with butter and thyme — on the lawn of Remy’s Wines, or feast on alder-roasted Chinook salmon paired with local charcuterie, produce and, of course, 25 different wines from county vintners at the salmon bake.
Those familiar with Oregon know that at some point, berries will make an appearance. For dessert, expect boysenberry, salmonberry or marionberry pie from Blue Raeven pies, which operates a third-generation family farm.
The Bounty of Yamhill County seems to emphasize sustainability by highlighting winemakers and restaurants that care about how they source their ingredients. One of the featured vintners, Brick House Vineyards, operates a certified biodynamic farm that takes lunar cycles into account when planting and harvesting, and Sokol Blosser was the first LEED certified winery in the country. The festival also composts all its food waste.
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- Tickets are sold per event and range from $110 to $195.
- Portland is only an hour and a half away for those who want to continue the food and wine tour