Win Tickets ($20): First Taste Oregon 2014 @ Oregon State Fairgrounds | 120 + Exhibits, Live Music, Art, Brews, Wine & Spirits

We are giving away a pair of tickets to First Taste Oregon 2014 @ Oregon State Fairgrounds on January 24-25. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, January 17.

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First Taste Oregon 2014First Taste Oregon 2014
January 24-25, 2014
Friday: 4-10 p.m. | Saturday: Noon to 10 p.m.
General $10, VIP 2 Day $30, VIP 1 Day $20
More info:

Oregon State Fairgrounds Columbia Hall
2330 NE 17th, Salem, OR 97301

First Taste Oregon is a Festival celebrating the first taste of the new year and happens in Columbia Hall at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem the 24 and 25 of January. ‘First Taste’ is the new name for what had 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.

This is the second year distilled spirits have been able to offer tastes and sell hard alcohol in a festival environment. 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.

The entire list of vendors, chef and mixology demonstrations and music schedule will be posted on line at Admission to the Festival is $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors over 60, or $25 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.

Doors open Friday at 4pm and on Saturday at noon. The event closes both nights at 10pm. Parking is free.


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105 Responses to Win Tickets ($20): First Taste Oregon 2014 @ Oregon State Fairgrounds | 120 + Exhibits, Live Music, Art, Brews, Wine & Spirits

  1. Christine January 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    I’d love attend this one!

  2. Dave January 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great event.

  3. Sian January 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    It’s my birthday! And and don’t have any plans :(

  4. K January 6, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    Sounds amazing! Never been before but I love food. I love Wine. And I love fun things.

  5. Nickolas January 6, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    I have a special lady in mind who I would love to take with me!

  6. Heidi January 7, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Would love to get these. Perfect weekend fun!

  7. Chuck C. January 7, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    I move to Portland 3 months ago and I would like experience Portland’s delights.

  8. Mari January 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

    This would be so fun! I can take my cousin at Willamette University who needs a treat!

  9. Kirsten January 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    This is a GREAT event. Adding salsa dancing last year and this year has made it even more fun! I’d love to win tickets!!

  10. Tony January 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    That’s right before my girlfriend’s birthday. Would be perfect.

  11. Emily January 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    I just graduated from college and am gearing up for my last few months in Portland. Before I leave I want to do everything that I can to fully experience the city and have no regrets once I leave. My favorite part of Portland is the amazing food and alcohol selection/culture. Food is good:)

  12. Andy January 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    I’ve never been but it sounds like so much fun!

  13. Mathew January 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    This looks awesome amazing. I have the perfect date too.

  14. Natalie January 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Take Two Sexy Sisters to First Taste Oregon 2014!
    We love to have fun- we are so excited to taste and tell ALL about this season’s first wine, distiller spirits, and craft brews!!
    ***We heart pdxpipeline!***

  15. Penny January 9, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Sounds like a great time!

  16. Gaby Swisher January 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    I’d love to bring my wine loving roommate to this!

  17. Kathryn January 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I love food and drink. Also, been meaning to take a trip to Salem to check it out!

  18. Chris Ames January 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to get to (at least) first taste with Portland. Now I know how.

  19. Jessica January 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    It’s my birthday weekend! And there is nothing I love more than all things Oregon.

  20. Rebecca January 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Roommate and I would go to this. We’ve been talking about it for ages.

  21. Mr Karl Michael Jacobson January 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    And they say that there isn’t anything to do in Snailem.

  22. William Stewart January 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Yes, please :-)

  23. Carisa Mitchell January 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    “Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.”

    ― Joan Collins

    Plus next week is my birthday and what better way to enjoy it besides drinking…….

  24. Von Theroux January 9, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    I would LOVE to go to win free tickets to the event. Go have a blast and take my best friend. Free is always awesome!!

  25. Lauri January 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Seems like a great way to escape the rain :)

  26. Joni Preece January 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    This will be the first weekend as a new Portland resident and will be my birthday!!

  27. Stacy rodgers January 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    I want to go!

  28. Kathy Yildizhan January 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Finally recovered from two broken feet, would love to do something fun.

  29. Jenny January 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm #


  30. Shelly C January 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Oregon is known for its food. What better way to taste and celebrate than attending a festival. I would too win these tickets, please !!!

  31. Andrew January 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    My cats breath smells like cat food

  32. Natasha January 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    I would love to attend for the wine and food tasting

  33. Kiira January 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Thanks for the contest! I’d love the tickets. Actually if I won, I would give them to my sister in Portland although I would love an event like this. My sister and her husband could really use a date, and this would be a nice surprise for her. :)

  34. Gina January 9, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Would love to sample some great Oregon tastes at this event! Pick me…

  35. Steve January 9, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    I want to win because this sounds like a blast!

  36. Amy January 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    I think Oregon wine is really the best in the world, which is why I would LOVE to attend this event! Crossing my fingers!

  37. jessica January 9, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

    My mom LOVES wine and I would love to take her here. Since my dad died she doesn’t go out much and this would be something awesome to take her out to!

  38. Monica January 10, 2014 at 12:50 am #

    I would love to attend this event. I’m a foodie and still somewhat new to the area.

  39. lisa borchart January 10, 2014 at 12:58 am #

    This sounds like a spectacular event. It’s something I’d love to check out.

  40. Carolyn January 10, 2014 at 1:05 am #

    I would love to attend this.

  41. katie v January 10, 2014 at 2:08 am #

    I love wine! events like these are always an entertaining way to meet new people. I have never been and must go!! what a great way to start a new year. please please pleeeease pick me

  42. Alex Richman January 10, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Winner winner first taste dinner, picking me will make you thinner!

  43. Wanda January 10, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Sounds fun, I would love to attend!

  44. Rachel January 10, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    I love art. And food. And everything else. Pick me, please.

  45. Mark T January 10, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    I’m so proud of how amazing my home state is. I would be delighted to see the artisan craftsmen/women in person!

  46. Karen Rigley January 10, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    I would love to get these tickets for my guy.. It will be his 50th bday and he loves beer.. We wait all winter for these events.. We love the crowd.. Good food and of course the beer.. I want to surprise him for his bday..

  47. Karen Rigley January 10, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    My guy is having his 50 bday.. I would like to get these tickets for him.. He loves the beer.. We wait all winter for these events.. We love the crowd, food and of course the beer..

  48. Linda January 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    I’m really into wine and my guy is just got into brewing his own beer. Please choose me.

  49. Joe M. January 10, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Never been and would love to check it out!

  50. Marissa January 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    I love all these things, would love to win tickets!

  51. Miranda T January 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    I’d like to win, as I am trying to impress someone and would rather be seen as a good luck charm than a sugar mama. Also, wine. *and cider*

  52. Leslie January 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    I LOVE that Portland is FULL of Foodies and we have such incredible Foodie Events!!!!

  53. Ilesha January 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Hells yeah! Perfect way to take my date for a spin! Drinks and everything!

  54. Rose January 11, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    I love free samples!

  55. Christina January 11, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    This sounds like a great event – hungry just reading it :)

  56. Luna January 11, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    I recently relocated to Portland so this would be a wonderful way to start enjoying events!

  57. Trinidad Medina January 12, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I am new to the area. I am a single dad and haven’t had a lot of time for dates. This sounds like a great time a new lady friend.

  58. Allison Sauer January 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    I have lived in Portland 6 months and still haven’t gone to any events! Please pick me, I love food and wine!

  59. sunchicka January 13, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    Because I love good food

  60. Whitney Watters January 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    This is why I live in Portland, for events like this! I need to add a little excitmenet to January, Taste Oregon would do the trick!

    Thanks PDX Pipeline!

  61. Melinda January 13, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Because I love to eat!

  62. andrew tolliver January 13, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    We would like to make this a destination on our roadtrip from spokane.

  63. Mike January 13, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    I want to go!!!!!

  64. Mathew January 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    Considering how much of a wino I am, I should definitely be here.

  65. Jackie January 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    I need to take my boss and impress him!

  66. Sharon S January 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    This would make a great family (adults only) outing.

  67. Liz January 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    I’ve like to take my step dad for his birthday, he would love to teach me about fine wines. It’d be a good time to bond.

  68. Heather January 14, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    I have never been to anything like this, but I would love the chance.

  69. Donielle January 15, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    I would love to be able to take my boyfriends mom to this! Pick me! :)

  70. Pamela January 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    So much good wine to taste and so little time!

  71. Sara January 16, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    I LOVE food…and wine :) Who doesn’t, really? But I would love to go to get some inspiration for my home cooked meals. I am a huge fan of making it myself. I would bring my chef friend from Japan to enjoy the experience, too.

  72. emma January 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    This would be a great birthday present !!

  73. Christie January 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    My wife would love this! (And I would too!)

  74. Janelle January 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    I haven’t been to this since they changed the promoters and name. I’d love to check it out and have heard they made a lot of great improvements. This is always a great event in our local area.

  75. Yume January 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Sounds like a great event – would love to go!

  76. Scott January 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Sounds like fun

  77. Mary January 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    This would be awesome! It’s the weekend after my birthday!

  78. Minh T January 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Pick me and I’ll spout my love of pdxpipeline for the whole event!

  79. Jenn Lawrence January 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    Sounds deliciously fun!

  80. Greg January 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Sounds like something for both of us, so this would be perfect.

  81. Jenny January 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Yes please!

  82. Lisa January 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Love me some local food!

  83. Buster January 16, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Would love to go!!!!

  84. Iris G. January 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I just developed a taste for wine. This could help me stay away from the bitch beer of wines White Zinfandel.

    I need more exposure to different wines and booze in general.

    Thank you.

  85. Danielle January 16, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Yay food. Oh how I love to try new foods.

  86. Ashley T. January 16, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    I love these events! Plus it’s on my birthday weekend! Perfect : )

  87. Jenna Burke January 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to do this!

  88. Stephanie January 16, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    I am looking to get involved in the wine industry and this would be an excellent opportunity for me to meet winemakers, tasting associates and make some connections!

  89. Rob Melton January 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Now that I’ve watched the Oregon Grapes documentary on OPB, I’m eager to taste the famous Oregon grapes and celebrate my birthday!

  90. panda January 16, 2014 at 6:54 pm #


  91. Kathy White January 16, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    2013 got divorced, dog died, broke both my feet and lost my job…. it’s been a while since I’ve been out to enjoy Oregon… would love to get tickets to this event.

  92. Rachel January 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    I Adore Fine Foods!!

  93. seth francis January 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Sip some wine, delicious, I can taste the sweat on the grape squasher’s feed. Taste some spirits and beers and smile as we cheers. Yummy snacks and foods to elevate your moods, and dancing to silly up your day. There is nothing better than a day full of these so I end this poem with a big fat please – PLEASE PLEASE bring this joy to me, then your greatest fan and so happy I will be :)

  94. Sara January 16, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    Would love to take my mother to this, what fun!

  95. candy January 17, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    I need a girls night

  96. johannah January 17, 2014 at 2:41 am #

    Because it would be fun.

  97. Sara January 17, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I love food!!

  98. Lana January 17, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    I would love to go, sounds fun!


  99. Adam January 17, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Would love to win! I haven’t done anything like this in forever!

  100. Dee January 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    This sounds like great fun. Pick me!

  101. Kimina January 17, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    This looks great!

  102. Ilesha January 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    Would love to take my partner out to this!

  103. Rebecca January 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    I would love to win this so I can show my boyfriend that Portland is still a great city even when you are broke!

  104. Lana January 19, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    Me and my husband have not been able to do much lately because of finances being very tight. So this would be amazing so we can finally spend some time together away from he kids!

  105. Kerri January 24, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    heard lots of good comments about this event and need to get out of winter stay at home mode

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