One of the things that make our slice of the Willamette Valley so attractive to visitors (and locals) is the marriage of wine with our farm-fresh agricultural selections. Not only can you find world-class wine but you can also find the food that pairs beautifully, lovingly crafted by our innovative chefs. If you appreciate culinary travel, then you simply must experience Bounty of Yamhill County (BOYC).
This three-day food and wine event showcases top farms, chefs and wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley through a variety of activities and events including farm-to table dinners and outdoor adventures like hiking, paddling and hot air ballooning. BOYC was voted Top 10 Best Food Festivals by USA TODAY 10Best and The Culture Trip. While you’re having fun, you’re also doing good. Proceeds from the events benefit YES, local cultural nonprofit supporting programs in arts, music, education, food, and agriculture.
This year’s lineup offers opportunities to partake in an array of culinary adventures in Oregon wine country. New for 2017 is a farm-to-table dinner at Kookoolan Farms in Yamhill on Saturday, August 26. Farm owners Chrissie and Koorosh Zaepoor will lead guests on a tour of the property, highlighting their organic farming practices and on-site meadery. Chef Paul Losch of Ruddick/Wood in Newberg prepares a four-course dinner crafted from Kookoolan poultry, beef, lamb, and produce raised specifically for the event, paired with estate and single vineyard wines from Erath, Dundee Hills’ first winery.
Two “Grill & Chill” dinners kick off the weekend, Friday, August 25. The casual buffet meals are hosted by WillaKenzie Estate in Yamhill, with a menu from McMinnville’s Valley Commissary, and Dobbes Family Estate in Dundee, with Storrs Smokehouse catering the dinner.
Saturday events include a hot air balloon ride over Yamhill County with Vista Balloon, a vineyard and olive orchard hike at Durant Vineyards/Oregon Olive Mill, followed by lunch prepared by Chef Paul Bachand of Recipe and a food, and wine pairing experience at Soter Vineyards.
Sunday offerings feature Dundee Hills wine tasting by horseback with Equestrian Wine Tours and a guided paddle on the Willamette River with Alder Creek Kayak. Wine country favorite Red Hills Market caters both events.
Finishing off the weekend is BIG NIGHT, Bounty’s signature event at Sokol Blosser Winery, featuring a walk-around feast of seasonal delights, prepared by chefs from 20 county restaurants. Menu items will be created from ingredients provided by 20 county farms and accompanied by selected wines from 25 Yamhill County vintners. Guests can win their favorite Yamhill County wines at the Wall of Wine station.
Tickets range in price from $60 to $225 and must be purchased in advance. Attendees must be 21 and older. Visit http://www.bountyofyamhillcounty.com for event details and to purchase tickets. Event proceeds benefit the Yamhill Enrichment Society.