Win Tickets ($20): First Taste Oregon @ Oregon State Fairgrounds | 31 Wineries, 14 Breweries, 7 Distilleries, Chef & Mixology Demos, Music

We are giving away a pair of tickets to First Taste Oregon on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, January 25.

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First Taste OregonFirst Taste Oregon
Friday, January 25 @ 4 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, January 26 @ Noon – 10 p.m.
$10 general admission | $8 senior 60+ | $30 VIP
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Oregon State Fairgrounds
2330 17th St NE Salem, OR 97303
(503) 947-3247

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 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.

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57 Responses to Win Tickets ($20): First Taste Oregon @ Oregon State Fairgrounds | 31 Wineries, 14 Breweries, 7 Distilleries, Chef & Mixology Demos, Music

  1. rachel January 23, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Pick me! I’d love to attend!

  2. Jennifer Zdeb January 23, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Yummmm – love the flavors on the great NW!!!

  3. Kristen January 23, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    First timer at first taste…sounds great to me:)

  4. Michele Goosen January 23, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    This is another great reason to love PDX & the Pipeline! I completed bartender training in December and have my OLCC permit but have yet to make any connections that will get me where I want to be – besides CONSUMING alcohol. I would so love to attend! xoxo

  5. Becky January 23, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    I would so enjoy a day out… it’s been a long year :)

  6. Stephanie January 23, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Would love to attend. Great place to find and taste wine from new wineries.

  7. Luis January 23, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Would love to win. Wife & I haven’t been out w/o kids for 5 years!

  8. Becca January 23, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Pick me, pick me!!!!!!!! Pretty pleassssseeeeeee!!!!!!! I adore all things wine <3

  9. Miranda January 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    I love wine. It makes me happy. Matter of fact, I don’t think that there is a day when a glass of wine does not end up in my hand. Usually I have my lovely boyfriend to thank for this. For some reason when I walk in the door and begin to talk about my day he finds it necessary to stop me and say, “I think you need a glass of wine.” Now, I don’t stop him – no, I love wine and after working all day trying to get 10th graders to love books, reading and writing as much as me can leave me tired and frustrated. I think a whole day of tasting wine is just what the doctor ordered. Think of how happy I will be when I return to work!? Is this reason enough to want to attend? I think so.

  10. Frankie January 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Yum pick me please!

  11. Christine January 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Great timing I’m in Salem this weekend visiting friends!!! This sounds fun!

  12. Jessica January 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I just moved out to the Portland area, and would LOVE an opportunity to get out and go wine tasting! Between work, kids, and school, my appreciation for all things wine has grown tremendously. This would be a blessing to have an excuse to get out and enjoy myself. Not to mention a lovely 3 weeks belated birthday outing!

  13. Aj January 23, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    I just moved to the area from VA on sunday, I know noone and have no job. This would be a great way to to throw myself in the culture…

  14. Bethany January 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Sound like a blast!

  15. Nate January 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Howdy. Tastings? First tastes, for that matter? Awesome. Simply awesome.

  16. Nimojo January 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    May the odds be ever in my favor!

  17. Stacia January 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    I’m a single mom and Ive been working really hard to support my son and I. I would love a night out with my friends to relax and have a night for me. My life revolves around my son, I just need a few hours for me.

  18. Sian January 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    I’d love to go

  19. Sian January 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Who wouldn’t want a fun day out!

  20. James Martin January 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    We drink….we eat….we listen to music…..

  21. Brianna January 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Ooh, pick me, pick me! I love wine and am always looking to discover new ones :) The husband would have a great time with the brews, too!

  22. Holly January 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    I would love to go. Thanks!!

  23. Steve burnett January 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    I’m brave enough to take the first taste

  24. Karlton Hahn January 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Sounds like a great event!

  25. Kathrin Dodds January 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    What an exciting event. Sure would be great to win free tickets.

  26. Nathan January 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    This would be fun!

  27. Kimmy January 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Food and drink get into my mouth!

  28. Mandy January 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    This event would be so awesome – I’m new to Oregon and would love to get a chance to sample all these breweries/distilleries/wineries offerings and get to know the local taste!

  29. Alex January 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    because i never win tickets!

  30. jazz January 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    pick me pick me!

  31. Matthew January 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Wine not?!

  32. Maile January 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    sounds too good to be true!! it would be awesome to get a ticket!!

  33. don January 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    sounds tasty. let’s go!

  34. Sheri January 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    My husband would faint!

  35. Kim January 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    In my last year of grad school… thousands upon thousands of dollars in debt but will be doing what I love, and helping out the world at the same time :) I could use a beer (or three)!

  36. don January 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    You gotta love the combination of great eats and drinks combined w/being at the state fairgrounds!

  37. jessica s January 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    i love wine. so this sounds great. please pick me. i love experiencing all the northwest has to offer.

  38. Paul January 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    WOW! We LIVE in Salem and it’s so refreshing to see that something so AWESOME is going to be in our neck of the woods! We usually travel to Portland, but would love to win tickets and also invite a bunch of other friends from here that love the whole food and wine life! PDX Pipeline, YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

  39. Kelsey May January 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    I cannot think of a sweeter way to spend a weekend.. Pinkys up!!

  40. Diana January 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    This sounds really great, pick me!

  41. Jessica January 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    Pick me because i can lick my own elbow!

  42. Ly January 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    First taste of 130 different Oregon vendors…Yes please.

  43. Ashley Brewer January 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    My husband and I totally are bummed about our tax return…or lack thereof…a weekend of booze would really turn the mood around. :)

  44. Bianca January 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    I’d like to attend because my boyfriend is an IT geek and I recently had a major surgery. I need to celebrate and he needs to get out of the house! Also we love food and spirits with a passion! I always write nice, long responses and never get picked. Please let this time be different!

  45. Molly Myers January 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    Born and raised Oregonian, show me some Oregon love!

  46. Scotty January 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Be looking for a place to sample some local favors

  47. Tonya January 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    I need a night out with the hubby!!

  48. Amy January 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I love PDXpipeline!

  49. Ashley T January 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    I always love taste of a city event. So many things to try and enjoy around here! Plus it’s my birthday so I’d love to win!

  50. Kimberly January 25, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    My friends are going I would to join them!! such a great event

  51. Courtney January 25, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    I would love to go! Hubby and I have been bummed out lately with medical problems and need a day off!

  52. AnneMarie Chiappetta January 25, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    This would make a great girls day out event!!!

  53. Maarius Dennis January 25, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Just moved here and would like to experience the taste of Oregon.

  54. dan January 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Please let me win this so I can do something nice for my girlfriend.

  55. Bethan Stinson January 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Yesterday was my 25th birthday! I’ve lived in the Portland area for nearly 6 years and feel like I’ve never really gotten a chance to get the full “flavor” of things here, yet, due to always working/going to school and lack of knowledge when it comes to the when and where’s of the city.
    Also, I’m getting married here, next year! I love Portland, and everything it has to offer, despite my lack of experiences in that area. ^_^

  56. Joe January 25, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    I haven’t been to this event and would love to attend.

  57. Renee Sanchez January 26, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    I would love to go!

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