As you can see from the photos taken by our Brad Taylor, Newport’s 35th annual Seafood and Wine remains its wildly successful self. The tents at South Beach are bulging at the seams. Seafood is being served along with some of the best wines Oregon has to offer. And as you can see, a very good time is being had by all who attend.
As always, if you intend to party like it used to be 1999, bring a designated driver. Drunk driving is never excusable. Oregon State Police and Newport Police want everyone to enjoy themselves BUT everyone should drink responsibly.
Here’s Seafood and Wine times for the rest of the weekend:
The 35th annual Newport Seafood and Wine Festival kicked off Thursday to a big crowd who bought advance tickets for a gourmet feasting on ocean fresh seafood and sipping award winning wines. It’s all going on at South Beach, in the big tents just east of the Rogue Brewery.
Newport’s 35th Annual Seafood & Wine Festival takes place on the picturesque Oregon Coast, which runs February 23rd through February 26th. The event is headquartered near the Rogue Ales Brewery at the South Beach Marina in Newport. Artists and Craftsmen will show-case a variety of fine art, sculpture, photography, pottery, and jewelry. Pacific Northwest Wineries will be pouring the finest of wines and culinary professionals will serve seagoing cuisine of delectable delights. No one ever leaves disappointed or hungry!
The theme for this year’s Seafood and Wine is “Swingin’ on the vine, for the 35th time! Hours Friday are 2-9pm, with a $12 admission. Ticket prices do not include wine tasting. Food item prices range from $1 and up. Wine sampling starts at $1 and glasses of wine are available for menu price. Bottles and cases of wine are sold by wineries, too!
Be sure to stop by the Newport Firefighters booth. They are serving Seafood Gumbo ‘on fire.’ All proceeds from the firefighters booth go toward firefighter training, fire house and fire truck equipment and accessories for EMS equipment. So stop by, have some gumbo and invest a few bucks in the people who some day may invest in saving your house!!
This year’s Seafood and Wine featured sponsor is Chinook Winds Hotel and Casino. Drop by their booth and let them know how much you enjoy the festival and of Chinook Winds’ critically important support to Lincoln County’s quality of life!!
We’re just a day away from the start of the biggest tourism even on the Central Coast – Seafood and Wine. Our Brad Taylor has been out and about the “tent city” that’s been constructed to accommodate the thousands who flock to sip great wine and partake of excellent food while sipping. If you don’t have your ticket yet, contact the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce at 541-265-8801.
NEWPORT, Oregon – The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival’s Commercial Wine Competition entered its 26th year with 167 wines entered in this year’s contest. Second only to last years’ record 181 entries, this number reflects the quality of winemaking in the Northwest, according to Seattle area wine and food writer Brooks Tish, who has served as a judge all 26 years of the Competition.
On February 11th and 12th, the Shilo Inn Suites Oceanfront Hotel, site sponsor for the Competition, once again provided space for the event. Five renowned wine experts spent two days navigating their way through wine flights, narrowing down their choices until a Best Of Show emerged, to take top billing. Of significance is that this Competition, now in its 26th year, is the longest continuously running contest of its kind in the Northwest. Its reputation places it in the highest standing for wineries from the Northwest region.
The judges panel, including Brooks Tish, Loren Razzano, Georgia Ross, Gerry Warren and Thomas “Mac” McLaren, have been working together for nearly two decades, resulting in consistent, cohesive evaluation of wine submissions year after year. This cadre of experts consists of wine writers, restaurant wine buyers and retail merchants. Although varying opinions arise, respect and esteem for each other facilitates consensus, and ultimately a final decision.
This year a 2008 Reserve Chardonnay submitted by Ponzi Vineyards received the nod for Best Of Show, narrowly beating out Gold Medal winners Troon Vineyard’s 2009 Old Vine Meritage, a red blend, and Silver Falls Vineyard’s 2009 Sparkling “Cheers”, a Champagne-style wine. Judge Razzano, from Ashland’s Wine Cellar Shop, described the Ponzi Chardonnay as reminiscent of a classic white Burgundy with the terroir minerality, the rich texture that comes from soils of those great French vineyards.
This year a total of 25 gold medals, 45 silver medals and 29 bronze medals were awarded to new and returning wineries to the Festival. A full list of award winners is posted on: www.newportchamber.org.
Organizing an event, the scope and size of the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival requires day to day planning, organization of duties and assignments, and a Committee who visualizes the big picture. The Seafood & Wine Festival’s Committee, along with countless volunteers, joins together each year, to “make it happen.” However, vision alone cannot see a project through, start to finish. Without the financial support from a myriad of sponsors, Newport’s largest annual Festival would only be a dream. Individuals and businesses alike, assume the Sponsorship mantle, and make it a reality.
During the summer of 2011, local sponsors began their annual sign-up, and by late fall, CHINOOK WINDS CASINO RESORT signed on as the 2012 Newport Seafood & Wine Festival’s Presenting Sponsor. A few weeks later, in an unprecedented move, they took on the E-Ticket Sponsorship as well.
As we near the Seafood & Wine Festival, UMPQUA BANK, and OSU FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, respectively will underwrite the Sponsor Reception and Wine Glass Booth sponsorships. Behind the scenes partners such as the CITY OF NEWPORT, E2 ELECTRIC, OCEAN TIRE & AUTO SERVICE, ROGUE ALES and the NEWPORT NEWS TIMES consistently collaborate with the Newport Chamber of Commerce, providing crucial support each year.
The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival has a wide range of sponsor levels, all of which are vitally important to the operation of this Chamber event. Each sponsor level fills a specific niche, crucial for the commission of managing a Festival. Sponsorships, both monetary and in-kind make up the whole. With over 80 sponsors backing the Festival this year, it is no wonder our community has been so successful in marketing this venue. Newport can justifiably be proud of its Festival and the partners who work each year to make this event a triumph.
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Dave Morgan, Editor
The 35th Annual Seafood and Wine Festival is arriving at Newport during the last weekend in February. Crews are setting up the tents and getting ready to begin receiving all the goodies that makes for one of the most talked about and most anticipated fun events on the Oregon Coast. Seafood and Wine, Swinging on the Vine for the 35th time is this year’s theme. Here’s a quick interview with Seafood and Wine taskmaster Lorna Davis, Chamber of Commece Executive Director to bring us up to date…